Grab's MYTrafficHack hackathon to address traffic woes and road safety

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  • Monday, 03 Apr 2017

The 24-hour hackathon will see teams work against the clock to develop solutions to traffic woes and road safety issues. — LEE KAH LENG/The Star

Grab, the popular ride hailing service, will be organising a hackathon called MyTrafficHack this weekend (April 8 to 9) to unearth new solutions and ideas for traffic problems and road safety.

Taking place at the Asean Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX) at Bangsar South, the 24-hour hackathon will address four key areas – hidden patterns in traffic accidents, citizen empowerment and better road safety, emergency response for road crashes and transport policy planning.

The participants will work on their solutions with the assistance of open source tools and traffic data from OpenTraffic, the non-profit organisation founded by the World Bank.

The hackathon is held in collaboration with MDEC (Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation), the World Bank and open-source tool providers Carto and Mapillary.

According to Grab, participants are also encouraged to make use of publicly available tools – Carto and Mapillary to develop their solutions during the hackathon.

Carto is an intelligent analytical tool which provides key insights using location data while Mapillary is a crowdsourcing platform for street level images and data.

The grand prize winner will walk away with RM9,000 while the second and third prizes are worth RM6,000 and RM3,000 respectively.

The grand prize and second prize winners will also automatically qualify for the National Big App Challenge organised by MDEC happening later this year.

In addition, Grab says that teams that make use of Mapillary will stand the chance to win a special prize sponsored by the company.

Registration for the event is open until 9am on April 8. The top five entries will be presenting their ideas on April 10.

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