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Over the weekend of 21–23 September 2018, the All Access Hackathon focused on unleashing the potential of technology to create a more inclusive transport system.

There are people and parts of New Zealand whose needs are not yet met by our current transport system, whether that is through geography, affordability, licensing, age, physical accessibility, and more. How can we use technology to bridge that gap to create a more accessible and inclusive transport system?

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency brought together a diverse range of skillsets, including students, creatives, developers, entrepreneurs, and public servants, to collaborate and rapid prototype solutions to improve access.

Alongside transport data at their fingertips, the event included local and international suppliers bringing the latest technology and insights for teams to bring their solution to life.

After working all weekend, teams presented their concepts and prototypes to the judging panel of Robyn Fisher, Strategic Advisor in the Chief Executive’s Office at Waka Kotahi, Gael Surgenor, Director of Community and Social Innovation of The Southern Initiative at Auckland Council, Minnie Baragwanath, CEO and Founder of Be.Accessible and Martin McMullan, Director of Connected Journey Solutions at Waka Kotahi.

First, second and third place prizes were awarded, but the real prize was in the opportunity to connect with other innovators and create an impact in access to our transport system.