It’s time to Change transport in Cambridge!

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CambridgeSpace joined up with Cambridge University Technology Club (CUTEC) and Dawe Labs to present the Cambridge Hack on February 25th and 26th, addressing the challenge of transport congestion within Cambridge’s city centre.

This community event was held at the Institute for Manufacturing(IFM) on the Cambridge University West Campus and attracted nearly 90 people of whom two-thirds were graduates or under graduates, supported by a group of experts, mentors and professional business people.

Following presentations from the expert group, the students split into eight teams with mentors to start conceptualising how the problem of congestion could be solved. The teams worked collaboratively and with access to various transport data, developed their ideas over the two days, presenting their final concepts in the afternoon of the 26th.

The winning team, Team Ditch, proposed encouraging non-car transport through gamification, for children and their parents to compete against each other for points.

highly creative concepts by other teams included:

  • an app to bridge the gap between buses and taxis (“Uber for buses”)
  • an app promoting ride-sharing by employees of companies working in similar places by providing minibus services
  • an app showing bicycle parking spaces in real time
  • co-working spaces located at park and ride car parks to stagger traffic flow into city centres
  • an app rewarding users for taking decisions about mode of transport which reduce congestion
  • smart counting of passenger occupancy on buses using AI for traveller recognition
  • smart parking for cars that reduces congestion by making real time on-street parking occupancy levels available via an app

Prizes include a brand new ‘Pete’s Peddles’ electric bike donated by DaweLabs; An expenses paid trip to attend the first Y4PT (Youth 4 Public Transport) Transport Hack in Montreal in May 2017; and £200 Amazon vouchers for the winning team provided by AstraZeneca.

All the teams and their mentors were applauded for their excellent contribution to this highly successful event.

For updates and more photos of the event, follow Cambridge Hack on social media or

Blog author: Gerry Westwood