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is a non-governmental global research organization that aims to protect earth’s environment and provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations, including but not limited to improving the quality of life in cities, by developing and scaling environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable urban transport solutions, with capabilities to identify and implement such solutions in over fifty countries including within Europe, United States, Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia and India.

About the activity :

In March of 2018, Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) became the first metro agency in the country to open its data so that it can be used in innovative ways to improve access to its services. putting India on the global map of progressive agencies committed to do the same. To take the initiative forward, KMRL in collaboration with WRI India Ross Center for Sustainable cities and Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has launched the Station Access and Mobility Program’s (STAMP) Data Innovation Challenge in Kochi. the aim is to bring interesting solutions and visualizations to improve accessibility and mobility services in the city.

Mobility and non-mobility data sets will be made available to participants, to design creative interventions using these data sets to make the city more navigable and improve service delivery to commuters.

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The Data Innovation Challenge will have two tracks :

  • Track 1: Technology Challenge: Participants will be invited to develop data-driven, technology solutions to improve access to transport services for all demographics of the city or support the agency in increasing ridership or increasing efficiency.

  • Track 2: Design Challenge, Participants will be invited to use data to develop creative visual interpretations to communicate gaps in the transportation network or assist commuters to move in the city.

To encourage implementable solutions, each track will be conducted in the following two stages:


  • STAGE 1 :

    • The Qualifying Hack will require teams to develop <> for a given problem statement with data sets provided.
    • Based on the submissions, the best teams will be selected to proceed to the next round.
    • Problem statements for the Qualifying Hack will be announced on the 14th of Feb 2019.
    • Teams will also be given access to data sets for this stage with the announcement.
    • The sections below are only an overview of the problem statements that can inform team development and sourcing of relevant skill sets.

    The Technology Challenge: Optimizing travel between two points in the city given a combination of cost, time and mode choice
    The Visualization Challenge: Creating interactive or static maps that can inform tourists visiting Kochi

  • STAGE 2 :

    • The Final Hack will allow shortlisted teams to access all data sets to develop prototype solutions/ visualizations that can evolve further and adopted by the city.

Who can participate?

  • Anyone with programming capabilities
  • Anyone with design capabilities
  • Anyone with an understanding of urban systems
  • Enterprises/innovators
  • Anyone interested in data and cities

Team Formation :

  • Once registered, candidates will be inducted onto a platform where they will be allowed to communicate with each other and form teams based on skill sets, alignment of ideas, etc.
  • Each team can have a minimum of two and a maximum of four individuals.
  • Once formed, teams cannot be changed.
  • We encourage teams to have a good balance of programming and non-programming capabilities to create holistic solutions/products that demonstrate technological proficiency and urban perspectives.

Over the course of the Innovation Challenge, teams will interact with coaches, mentors, and representatives of KMRL and WRI.

Winning Teams

  • Research Grant/Prize money for winning teams (Each Track)
  • Opportunity for teams to work with the city or agency and other mentors to evolve the product/service
  • Opportunity to integrate the product/service with existing platforms that interact with citizens
  • WRI will ensure continued mentorship and support to the team.

You need to carry your original photo id proof which you need to show to the security.
This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Innovation Challenge for coding and testing.

If you love challenges and have the relevant skills and experience of 1-4 years, go ahead and take up the task.

No, it’s free of charge. There are no hidden charges.

It will get published a week after the hacks (Qualifier/Final)

Yes, you must have slides to pitch your idea.

Solve the Qualifier challenge after registering on the Skillenza platform. Based on your score, invitations for the Innovation Challenge will be sent out.

During the Innovation Challenge:-
1. Form a team of at least 2 members, (3 Ideal) consisting of the ‘developer’, and the ‘urban planner/Transport planner’
2. Evaluation will be done at as a team

Two part Innovation Challenge:

  • The Qualifying Hack will enable participants to innovate under certain boundaries using partial data sets to test their understanding of the city.

  • The Final Hack will allow shortlisted teams to access all data sets to develop prototype solutions and detailed visualizations that can be developed further and implemented in the city

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An in-premise 2 day Innovation Challenge to be scheduled on 22-23 March (TBC) in Kochi/Delhi (TBC). Winners to be announced at WRI India’s annual ConnectKaro conference.

Participants can use any open APIs pertinent to the challenge.

The Innovation Challenge primarily focuses on working with mobility and non-mobility data sets. If you feel you have the necessary skill sets to work with data, join the challenge!

The following data would be made available to participants:

Data Type
Kochi Metro (schedules, fares, stops, etc.)
City bus services (schedules, fares, stops, etc.)
Ferry services (schedules, fares, stops, etc.)
Public Bicycle Systems (Geo codes of stops)
Auto rickshaw stands (Geo codes)
Spatial Data (Geo codes physical assets in the city)
Road network
Historic ticketing data (Metro)

For any further queries.
Please write to

  • Name: Prateek Diwan, WRI India

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