Explore and build the future of urban mobility at TravelSpirit Hackout Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester is partnering with the TravelSpirit Foundation to tackle tough urban mobility challenges with a weekend of innovation and collaboration. This event gathers passionate developers, digital artists, IoT experts, and business savvy professionals, to bring about the pro-social and environmental potential of 'Mobility as a Service'.

The difference between a Hackathon and a HackOut? This isn’t a race. Its about building meaningful relationships and powerful collaborations that can get us somewhere, together. Exploring the future space of MaaS at scale, through open collaboration. Catapult your ideas into reality, and take a idea or concept to working prototype in 48 hours, with the support of our global open source community and onsite tech gurus.

Hackout Manchester is part of the UITP - Youth for Public Transport 2017 Global Hackathon (http://www.uitp.org/events/1st-y4pt-global-transport-hackathon-montreal-2017). The chosen representative of the grand prize winners at Hackout Manchester will get to showcase and refine their project at the 62nd UITP Global Public Transportation Summit in Montréal, 15-17 May.

The event has been made possible through partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, BT, Alstom and Manchester Metropolitan University.

For more information about TravelSpirit, take a look at our latest newsletter, here: http://www.travelspirit.io/2016-newsletter/






Draft Event Schedule

Friday 17th March 2017   The Shed, Chester St, Manchester, M1 5GD
18:00 - 19:00   Registration, Networking & Light Snacks
19:00 - 19:30   Welcome, Challenge Overview
19:30 - 20:00   Flash Pitch
20:00 - 20:30   Final Concepts
20:30 - 21:00   Group Formation
21:00 - 21:15   MVP: What Do We Mean?
21:15 - 21:30   Housekeeping
21:30 - 22:00   Friday Night: Networking & Drinks
  22:00   Close the Shed
Saturday 18th March 2017   The Shed, Chester St, Manchester, M1 5GD
8:00 - 8:30   Breakfast & Coffee / Tea
8:30 - 8:45   Day Overview (over breakfast)
9:00 - 9:30   Workshops
9:30 - 12:00   Worktime
12:00 - 13:00   Lunch
14:00 - 15:00   MVP 1: What's the Big Idea?
19:00 - 20:00   Dinner
20:00 - 21:00   MVP 2: Market Viability
  23:00   Close The Shed
Sunday 19th March 2017   The Shed, Chester St, Manchester, M1 5GD
8:00 10:00   Breakfast, & Coffee / Tea, Wake & Work
10:00 10:45   MVP 3: Show & Tell
11:30 13:00   Workshop : Presentation Skills & Funding Templates
12:00 13:00   Lunch
14:00 15:00   MVP 4: Does It 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 & Drinks


Registration and housekeeping

Registration is free, and complimentary refreshments and coaching will be provided throughout the weekend. Note, this is not an overnight hack on-site. See updates for suggested accommodation.

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62nd UITP Global Public Transportation Summit

The chosen representative of the grand prize winners at Hackout Manchester will get to showcase and refine their project at the 62nd UITP Global Public Transportation Summit in Montréal, 15-17 May. Flights, accommodation and lunches included. Prize sponsored by Y4PT.

MSP Greenheys business growth support package

Free workspace and business growth support package for 6 months @MSP Greenheys incubator, alongside the CityVerve HQ and Cisco CREATE team with support to pitch to enter the Mi-IDEA post-accelerator in partnership with Cisco - www.mi-idea.com.

DfT Hacks interview Fast Track

The whole winning team receives Fast Track to our interview stage of DfT Hacks happening from the 24th to the 26th of March at Department for Transport London. If each team member pass interview stage, then they will individually receive free Golden tickets to the HackTrain hackathon. The free tickets will include participation fee, food, accommodation and transport for the whole weekend of the HackTrain hackathon. Each participant will also receive a travel reimbursement of up to £25 upon proof of receipt.

Prize Sponsored by HackPartners.

DfT Hacks
Friday, 24th March 2017. 14:00
Sunday, 26th March 2017. 18:00

Application: apply.dfthacks.com

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 means different routes, transport modes, challenges, datasets and venues, but the same crazy organisers!!! Pictures speak louder than words. Check out the aftermovie from our hackathons now!! https://youtu.be/f8AxokvfcX0

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


This Hackathon is open to any 18+ participants. 


Over the weekend teams will create projects that respond to specific mobility and transportation challenges. All projects will need to be completed by 3pm (15:00) on Sunday 19 March, at which point projects will be presented to a panel of judges.




Rafael Cuesta

Rafael Cuesta
Head of Innovation - Transport for Greater Manchester

Alessandra Gorini

Alessandra Gorini
Co-Founder & Executive Director - UITP Y4PT

Kasper de Graaf

Kasper de Graaf
CEO - Images Co @kasperdegraaf

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation - 30%
  • Business Variability - 30%
  • UX & UI - 30%
  • Special Requirement - 10% *Revealed "Get Funded Challenge"
    This exercise simulate real world funding rounds from a public authority such as InnovateUK which have a very short time window to complete and submit applications. Please complete this by 15:00