First Local Transport Ideathon Manchester 2019

Transport for Greater Manchester is partnering with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), as part of the EU-funded IMOVE research project to tackle tough urban mobility challenges. Are you a developer, innovator or entrepreneur? An expert in business development, Internet of Things technology, or public transport systems? We need you!Join us for a weekend of of innovation and collaboration, working with indsutry experts to help shape the future of mobility and bring about the social and environmental potential of Mobility as a Service.

With crash courses in running a start-up and workshops with leaders in technology and sustinable transport, your idea could make its way to the 63rd UITP Global Public Transport Summit in Stockholm later this year, one of the biggest sustainable transport events in the world! A member of the winning team will have an expenses-paid trip to the Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon.

Is the future of travelling booking via voice of Amazon Alexa or Google home? Or a Facebook Chat concierge creating a journey tailored to your every need? Or could it be a simple journey app that helps you discover a new exciting parts of your city? Sign up now to make your ideas a reality.

Sign up on Eventbrite here!


Schedule for the Weekend

Friday 22nd February:

  • 18:00 - 22:00 – Challenge kick-off and networking

Saturday 23rd February

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast and coffee / tea
  • 09:30 - 10:00 Day overview (over breakfast)
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Technical Workshops / Lean Canvas workshop
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Worktime
  • 12:00 - 13:00 MVP 1: What's the big idea?
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 MVP 2: Market Viability
  • 22:00 - Bright Building closed

Sunday 24th February

  • 08:00 - 11:00 Breakfast and coffee tea - wake & work
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Workshop: Presentation Skills & Funding Templates
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 MVP 3: Does the code work
  • 15:00 - 15:00 Hard stop
  • 15:30 - 16:15 Project & Business Demonstrations
  • 16:15 - 16:45 Judges review / Secondary awards
  • 16:45 - 17:00 Grand Prize Presentation
  • 17:00 - 18:00 Networking and drinks


Participation in IMOVE Ideathon is completely free and is reserved for individuals aged between 18 and 40, also refferred as "Participants" or "Talents". Participants, can participate in the Ideathon both individually and in teams (consisting of a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 5 participants).
Talents and Teams are informed that participation in the IMOVE Ideathon does not determine any right to receive compensation, for any reason, refunds and / or compensation, and that the related expenses will not be incurred and / or reimbursed by the IMOVE consortium, UITP, TfGM or Y4PT.

Hackathon Sponsors


£2,552 in prizes

Trip to Stockholm for 1 person

The winning project will get to travel to the international final of the 3rd Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon in Stockholm (Sweden) during the 63rd UITP Global Public Transport Summit in June 2019, one of the main events on sustainable transport in the world. Here they will challenge each other in a final round and have the possibility to be included among the best innovative transport solutions in the world. For one person per team, the travel costs, accommodation and participation in the UITP Summit will be covered.

3-week Introduction to Coding course

For the best idea generator, business developer, entrepreneur, or innovator without a coding background: a three week introduction to coding course from Code Nation. Usually worth £1200.

£25 Uber Credits (4)

For each member of the winning team, £25 worth of Uber credits.

See.Sense Reactive Bike Lights (RRP £79.99) (2)

For two winners, each will receive a pair of See.Sense reactive bike lights, usually worth £79.99. See.Sense bike lights react to braking input and provide real-time tracking data with accelerometers and GPS.

Colour changing cat lamps (3)

Colour changing whale lamps (3)

Bluetooth Speaker (4)

GridIt organisers (4)

High street gift cards (5)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Alessandra Gorini

Alessandra Gorini
Founder and Head - Youth for Public Transport

Anne Dornan

Anne Dornan
Head of Innovation and Partnerships - Manchester Science Partnerships

James Kelly

James Kelly
Head of Cities, North of England - Uber

Nitish Bakshi

Nitish Bakshi
Technical Manager, Intelligent Mobility - Atkins

Melissa Giusti

Melissa Giusti
Mobility as a Service Specialist - Transport for Greater Manchester

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
  • Business model
  • User experience
  • Get funded challenge

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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