LATE NIGHT DATA CHALLENGE AWARDS CEREMONY

The Late Night T Data Challenge Awards Event

Join MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey, data challenge sponsors Microsoft, Uber, the City of Boston, MassTech, challenge participants, and the wider transportation community on September 10, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00PM ET for brief demos of the submitted projects and the presentation of awards to the winners.

Overview

MassDOT and the MBTA want to know how late night service is changing the way people think about accessing and traveling around the city. The Late Night T Data Challenge is a 4-week effort to engage the regional community in expanding our understanding of the MBTA’s late night service, its effects on regional transportation and economies, and the connections to other on-demand services such as Uber.

Data

MBTA has released late night ridership data as well as a new version of the API for the T’s real-time data. The new API is an exciting improvement for developers that currently access the MBTA’s real-time data, because the common platform will allow for the visualization of all of our data on all modes side-by-side in one application. The new MBTA-realtime v2 API integrates predictions and alerts together for MBTA subway, commuter rail, and bus in one easy-to-use interface.

Goals

  1. 1.      Explore the ways that late-night MBTA service is being used, opening opportunities, and changing the region
  2. 2.      Promote new apps that use integrated real-time and alert data for MBTA subway, bus, and commuter rail service

Prize categories

  1. 1.      Best exploration of late-night ridership
  2. 2.      Best exploration of the opportunities that late-night service opens up
  3. 3.      Best app to that uses many different kinds of information published through MBTA-realtime
  4. 4.      Most original or creative new application to use MBTA-realtime data

Sponsors

MassDOT/MBTA
The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative / Mass Big Data Initiative
Ciy of Boston
hack/reduce
Microsoft
Uber