International pitching competition Youth for Public Transportation (Y4PT) Hackathon concluded its Cape Town event on 6 March. It focuses on mobility and takes place in 20 major cities around the world.
Y4PT was held in partnership with WhereIsMyTransport, the Bandwidth Barn, KAT-O, and Women in Tech.
“This hackathon was our first to showcase what can be done with integrated transport data, and the power of an open platform,” said the co-founder of WhereIsMyTransport, Devin de Vries, in a press release to Ventureburn.
Teams could compete in four categories which included Integrated Mobility, Healthy Mobility, Inclusive Mobility and Future Mobility. The winners from various countries will compete in the finals in Canada sometime this year.
The grand prize winner, as well as the winner of the Future Mobility Catagory, was FindMyTaxi. This startup aims to innovate the minibus taxi industry by making off-peak operations more efficient by connecting drivers and passengers. FindMyTaxi essentially feeds route information among others to both the taxi driver and the passenger through chatbot systems.
The Y4PT Hackathon challenge aims to brng together the brightest SMEs in transport to tackle the industry’s issues
“I’ve been dreaming of this day, and this hackathon, for a long time. When I moved to Cape Town, I gave up my car. I wanted to be able to live without it. I’m so glad that we’ve had the opportunity to create something that can help others do the same,” said FindMyTaxi’s Emma Phiri.
Phiri and the rest of the FindMyTaxi team are headed to the finals in Canada.
The winning teams in each category are as follows:
All category winners won an online course to any tech topics of their choice which includes machine learning in Python, Ruby, Java, Scala and many others. The best Design and Implementation team members all won free games at HintHunt while the Implementation Readiness team also won free space at The Basement for a month.
Featured image: Jsok Yang via Flickr