Driving forward innovation in transport!! We provide an immersive journey of a hackathon on moving trains/buses!

 

  

DFT HACKS IS A HACKTRAIN INITIATIVE TO INNOVATE THE TRANSPORT INDUSTRY.

HackTrain is arguably the craziest and most memorable 48-hour hackathon experiences on earth! A 48-hour weekend long adventure hacking whilst on moving trains! We invite a group of the best developers, designers and entrepreneurs from all around the world to come together to build mobile apps, websites, products and services to solve problems in the railway industry. All within 48 hours!!

  

THIS MARCH, WE HAVE BEEN COMMISSIONED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT TO RUN DFT HACKS!!

This means different routes, challenges, datasets and venues, but the same crazy organisers!!! Pictures speak louder than words. Check out the aftermovie from our hackathons now!!

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Eligibility

We welcome all programmers, designers and entrepreneurs! If you're really interested in innovating the transport industry then feel free to apply!

Requirements

The Judging criteria is split into 3 categories:

 

Business Model (15%)

Can this idea make money? Is there positive customer growth or revenue? Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy? Did the team identify their market? Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic? Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution? Would you invest in this company at this point?

Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)? Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers? What channels of communication are used? Product/Market fit? Did they get a paying customer/sign a deal? Did they find a partner?

 

MVP/Prototype (50%)

Business Perspective

Does the MVP express well their solution for the problem? Would people use it? Did they build their MVP with their customer in mind? Is it memorable? Does the project have appropriate graphics? Is it intuitive and easy to use? Do you like how the project is structured, from a user’s point of view?

 

Technical perspective

Does the project meet its goals? Can it be used by everyone? Does it work properly? Does it have enough working features? Are the features implemented the ones that define this project.

 

Does the team uses appropriate technologies / frameworks? Is it simple to setup or get it running? Are the system requirements appropriate? Did the team build with scalability in mind? Does it work in my browser/device?

Pitch Presentation (10%)

Was the idea well delivered? Did the team convince you about how awesome their project is? This is about rating the quality of the presentation in the perspective of an investor/expert.

 

Design (25%)

How well has the product been designed from a user experience perspective? Does it flow well? Is it simple and easy to understand? Is the user interface modern and practical?

 

How to enter

APPLICATIONS OPEN 25TH JANUARY, 2017

Fill in your application form here. There are 4 sections to the form. Answer them to the best that you can! We’re not just looking for the most talented people, but also those who are a great cultural fit for the event. We want everyone to be excitable, friendly, sharing and motivated to make a difference!

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We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Judges

Tom Ewing

Tom Ewing
Department for Transport

Judging Criteria

  • DfT Hacks JC
    The Judging criteria is split into 3 categories: Business Model (15%) MVP/Prototype (50%) Pitch Presentation (10%) Design (25%)