Following up on the success of last year’s VANquish Collisions Hackathon, the City of Vancouver is hosting a second hackathon and inviting residents to develop solutions that will Decode Congestion to improve the flow of people and goods throughout the city.

Event organizers are calling on strategists, designers, technologists, transportation professionals, and engaged residents to participate in a three-day hackathon starting on November 8th. Participants will work in teams to develop a data-based solution that will optimize street use for an efficient, safe, and reliable transportation network.

“Last year’s hackathon was an incredibly rewarding experience – 120 people participated with 33 experts volunteering as judges and mentors,” says Lon LaClaire, Director of Transportation.

“This year’s event will be equally challenging. It relates to a number of strategies and targets the City has set, including reducing transportation-related fatalities to zero and having two-thirds of all trips made by walking, cycling or transit by 2040. Our street network is also largely built out so we need to make the most out it.”

Last year’s hackathon resulted in one of the teams signing a contract with the City to develop an app for safe walking routes to school.

Hackers will have one evening and two full days to work in teams coding collaboratively to create digital solutions to solve a specific problem. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three solutions.

Decode Congestion takes place on November 8th, 9th, and 10th at UBC. Register online to participate.