WHEN: This year's Data Challenge will occur June 4-24, 2018.
WHAT: The Accessible Data Challenge involves a competition analyzing data over a period of time to help develop and present solutions that are technology-based initiatives, government policy recommendations, and/or service delivery improvements that can be implemented in the private and/or public sector, or through public/private partnerships.
WHO: Everyone! Private companies, local / state / federal government agencies, universities, students and professors are encouraged to give data or participate in the challenge.
WHERE: Data access will be given remotely to participating students/teams, and participants will have until the 24th to work on solutions based on parameters and a questionnaire given to them at the beginning of the challenge. All final submissions will be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR), along with its university partners, government regulator member agencies and affiliated organizations, will be holding an Accessible Transportation Data Challenge.
Finalists will be selected by a panel of IATR judges and will be invited to travel (at IATR's expense) to its 31st Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, held between September 14-17, 2018, with recognition and prizes to be announced and awarded to the winners selected through live voting by the IATR membership.
The Accessible Data Challenge involves a competition analyzing data over a period of time to help develop and present solutions that are technology based initiatives, government policy recommendations, and/or service delivery improvements that can be implemented in the private and/or public sector, or through public/private partnerships.
Similar to Hack-A-Thons, which the IATR has also held during 2016-2017, this data challenge will be held over a period of weeks, instead of the typical 2-3 days period hack-a-thons are known for. This year's Data Challenge will start and end in June 2018.
The IATR's Innovation/Technology and Accessible Transportation Committees, comprised of government transportation agency executives, advocacy organizations and university representatives from around the world, developed a detailed list of challenge questions that competing individuals or teams (comprised of students, professors, government agencies, academic or stakeholder organizations, and/ or private sector companies) will use data sets to propose innovative solutions.
The following topics represent a sampling of the challenge questions:
Public Paratransit Integration
: Integration of for-hire vehicles and micro-transit into public paratransit programs to deliver safe, economical, efficient and sustainable service;
Equity: Using innovative transportation services and technology to promote equity (underserved urban and rural areas, unbanked communities, and meeting all accessible passenger needs);
MaaS & Shared Mobility: Using intermodal integration and shared rides to improve accessible service through "on-demand" solutions.
Automated & Connected Mobility: Deploying new automated/connected technologies to enhance accessible transportation options.
Benchmarking: Utilizing data sets to establish international benchmarking standards for accessible service delivery, demand, pricing and fiscal costs.