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Over the weekend of 15–17 March 2019, the MODE+ALT+SHIFT Hackathon brought together more than 100 people to unleash the potential of technology to unlock travel options and change travel behaviours in New Zealand’s cities. It’s about technology unlocking travel choices – moving people, not machines.

Our vision of transport in the future includes everyone having positive travel choices – less harmful to our health, the environment and the transport system. Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency challenged participants to come up with solutions that encourage people living in our cities to make travel choices that will reduce the number of single-occupancy cars on our roads.

The weekend was all about bringing together a diverse group of volunteers with a range of skillsets, including students, creatives, developers, entrepreneurs, and public servants, to collaborate and rapid-prototype solutions to enable better transport outcomes.

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

After working all weekend, teams presented their concepts and prototypes to the judging panel:

  • Pete Clarke, Senior Advisor on Travel Demand Management, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
  • Susan Parkes, Group Manager of Customer Central, Auckland Transport
  • Ben van Bruggen, Manager of City Design Strategy, Auckland Council
  • Louise Webster, Co-founder and Director, Ideas Accelerator.

First, second and third place prizes were awarded, but the real prize is in the opportunity to connect with other innovators and create an impact in shifting the way Kiwis experience transport.