We just came back from San Francisco, where we announced the winners of the Urban Data Challenge, launched at Lift13. We quickly wanted to share the inspiring results with you:
Just how frustrated are you when your bus is late or overfilled? While one of the winning projects of the Urban Data Challenge, sought to measure this annoyance with a frustration index, the Fusepool prize winner reminds us that using public transport can also be fun and humorous.
The Urban Data Challenge competition took place over two-months between February 6 and March 31 2013, during which participants explored mobility data sets from three cities—San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich—and were challenged with merging and comparing the urban data to draw meaningful insights through visualization. The Challenge was co-organized by Lift, swissnex San Francisco, GAFFTA and OpenData.ch with the support of the three cities. Over 60 designers, programmers, data scientists, and artists completed the challenge in 21 teams hailing from Zurich, Geneva, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Paris, and Singapore.
Watch the highlights from the Urban Data Challenge Awards
The results are impressive. Third prizes winners created a visualization that lets you fly over Geneva along the different bus routes in A City’s Heartbeat, examine transit ridership in 3D in the app TranstVis, and race buses through the three cities in Urban Bus Races. These projects won a $300 cash prize each.
The two projects that took home second prize honors received two round-trip tickets each to Switzerland. They both took the challenge a step further using additional data and creating new indexes. While Transit Quality + Equitygets political by overlaying transit data with income levels, the Frustration Index incorporates the emotional aspects of using public transport.
The first-place winner, Dots on the Bus, took home the Fusepool prize for app development earning $5,000 to develop their visualization into something truly useful for every day. They won the jury over by bringing humor to the difficult issue of public transport and engaging the ridership. This visualization proves that even though riding transit can sometimes seem intimidating, everybody’s doing it. Pick a route off the map and watch a day in the life of the line. Buses speed by, passengers jump on and off. Some lines are slow, some are hopping, and rush hour is often hilarious.
The Urban Data Challenge proves the power of Open Governmental Data. The collaboration between creatives and representatives from the cities Geneva, Zurich, and San Francisco allowed both sides to exchange and learn from each other. Antoine Stroh, project manager for Transports Publics Genevois (TPG), is amazed with all the work put into the project and the results. The TPG opened up its first data set for the Urban Data Challenge. For Antoine Stroh the results of the challenge seem to point into the right direction. “This is a first step,” he says. “I am sure that we will carry on with open data.”
The same is true for swissnex San Francisco and Lift—this is only the beginning. We are excited to move forward and follow the insights, actions, and implementation of the three cities and work with the City of Geneva on a touring exhibition of the projects. Stay tuned!
Today we're selecting the first cohort of entrepreneurs and innovators that will join -Pulse Incubator HES in September 2019. The jury is looking forward to discover the pre-selected batch of projects!
Participating in the Strategyzer Bootcamp to sharpen my innovation management and innovation skills. It's a great opportunity to deepen my understanding of innovation tools and exchange with a fantastic cohort of practitioners.
Co-facilitating a 3-day innovation workshop with Greg Bernarda in a beautiful venue along Lago Maggiore. This is the 2nd out of a series of 3 workshops to support pilots projects from a Pharma company. Experts are invited to co-design and support teams in order to navigate uncertainty and de-risk their projects.
Today is the graduation ceremony of the third edition of the CAS Kick Off. The CAS Kick Off is a program that I'm organizing since 2016 with HEAD Geneva, fostering entrepreneurship and self-marketing for designers and creatives. Our 2018-19 cohort will pitch before receiving their diplomas, exciting!
Facilitating Lift:Lab Seoul with Jean-Henry Morin, a one-day creativity sprint offering an opportunity for participants to collaborate towards identifying new ideas, designs or ventures leveraging technology to serve challenges of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
I'm facilitating a the Swiss-Korean startup workshop in Seoul to help startups from each country to develop mutual trust and creativity, learning with and from each other, while exchanging about business difficulties and tricks.
Delighted to join the Swiss-Korean Innovation Week 2019 organized by the Science & Technology Office Seoul, where experts from Switzerland and Korea active in the academic and industrial worlds are invited to bring visions and examples for a “smart living”.
We're facilitating a hackathon during Open Geneva for students from HES-SO Geneva to support them in their innovation journey. The format has been designed to foster interdisciplinarity among engineers, designers, artist and business students.
Facilitating a 2-day workshop with a big Pharma company in collaboration with Greg Bernarda. This is the first of a series of 3 workshops planned during the year to support pilots projects to go from idea to execution.
Facilitating a collaborative innovation workshop for the management of Swiss media publishing SME. Interesting to analyze how the competitive landscape has been evolving and to explore new opportunities in terms of business models.
Facilitating a workshop with parliamentarians from around the world on how to organize hackathons, a new and innovative way for them to engage with civil society. Let's roll up our sleeves and share our experience!
Today we're moving to a new office after 2 beautiful years of coworking in the lovely Seedspace. We did not leave alone, as some of our felow co-workers are joining us. Feel free to stop by for a visit!