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Decode Congestion Hackathon

City’s engineering hackathon returns and aims to Decode Congestion

Last year’s VANquish Collisions event attracted 120 participants

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.

Lon LaClaire, Director of Transportation

October 9 2019 –

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

The City is again calling on strategists, designers, technologists, transportation professionals, and engaged residents to participate in a three-day collaborative workshop. 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.

Register to participate

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. We believe that the combination of data, technology, and talent at this event will shape creative ideas to achieve our City’s goals.

We encourage residents with a background in data science and technology, web app development, interface, graphic design, and data stories to register for this event .

Key areas

Using data and information provided by the City, participants will have the opportunity to develop and present their solutions that focus on one of five key areas:

  • Improve monitoring of traffic conditions and trends
  • Improve road safety
  • Ensure a smart and efficient transportation system
  • Coordinate street use
  • Prioritize people and goods movement

Solutions will be judged on innovation, feasibility, user experience, strategic thinking, and alignment with the challenge. 

Find more information about this event