EdinburghApps returns for Road Safety Hackathon

Developers, designers and programmers will come together to consider how to make Edinburgh’s roads safer today.

Held over the weekend, the Road Safety Hackathon allows participants access to data from the Council, Scottish Government and other partners, which they use to come up with solutions to improve public safety.

This is the second event organised by EdinburghApps, which focuses on enabling innovative ventures and last October held the city’s first civic challenge event.

Now the project is partnering with Transport for Edinburgh and the Streets Ahead campaign to tackle the issue of accidents involving pedestrians, caused by people not looking properly or becoming distracted.

Hackers will be challenged to use data to find ways of informing road users, raising road safety awareness and educating pedestrians, particularly children, who are considered most vulnerable.

Participants will use three sessions over Friday and Saturday come up with apps, product concepts or websites before pitching ideas to judges on Sunday.

Economic development Convener Councillor Frank Ross, who will open the competition, welcomed the event.

He said: “Road safety is incredibly important for City of Edinburgh Council, and we are always looking at ways of improving it. That’s why it’s great to see a project making the most of technology to find solutions to the issue. 

“I was very impressed with the entries to last year’s event and am confident that we will see a range of creative and innovative ideas for improving pedestrian safety this weekend.”

Last year’s Edinburgh Apps event, which split entries into four core themes - economy and tourism, transport, environment and health and wellbeing – saw entries including an app to locate city recycling points and technology to help blind people cross the road.

Prizes, awarded by a panel of judges, were tailored to winning products.

Find out more about the event and how you can attend by visiting the EdinburghApps website.

Event Timings

Friday 6th June 7pm – 9:30pm, Appleton Tower, School of Informatics, 11 Crichton Street

Saturday 7th June 9am – 7pm, School of Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street

Sunday 8th June 9am – 6pm, School of Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street

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