A Groundbreaking Hackathon
The Staten Island Bus Hackathon, organized by the NYU Rudin Center, TransitCenter and the MTA was a resounding success and an unprecedented event. Held on Saturday, March 5th, It was highly attended and produced many implementable solutions.
Approximately 150 participants - coders, planners and other interested attendees - joined the event held at LMHQ in Lower Manhattan. Fifteen proposals for reforming Staten Island Bus service were submitted and presented.
Three prizes were awarded:
- Grand Prize: "How to Optimize Express Bus Routes in Staten Island," by Sri Kanajan (link)
- Best Solution for Express Bus Service: "Better Than The Subway," by Colin Foley, Maria Carey, Raymond Cha, Larry Gould and David McCreery (link)
- Best Solution for Local Bus Service: "Buses in SI," by Austin Krauza, Jenny Ye, Adam Davidson, Sunny Zheng and Steve Bauman (link)
All submissions can be viewed in the gallery.
The event was hosted by NYU Rudin Center Assistant Director Sarah Kaufman and TransitCenter Program Manager Tabitha Decker. The program featured several prominent presenters:
- TransitCenter's Executive Director, David Bragdon, welcomed the attendees.
- Staten Island Borough President James Oddo discussed key transportation concerns and his high hopes for the hackathon's outcomes.
- The data and Staten Island Bus Study were introduced by MTA NYCT planners Jonathan Hawkins and Chris Pangalinan.
- Key tools to be used by hackers were introduced by Felipe Hoffa (Google) and Jeff Ferzoco (CartoDB).
- Chris Whong of CartoDB delivered the lunchtime keynote, hitting on several key ingredients necessary for successful civic hacking.
The hackathon submissions were judged by:
- John Gaul, Vice President, 21st Century Service Delivery, MTA New York City Transit
- Manasvi Menon, Senior Strategic Consultant, Intersection
- Shin-pei Tsay, Deputy Executive Director, TransitCenter
- Sarah Wyss, Senior Director, Bus Service Planning, MTA New York City Transit
The hackathon was a highly successful event showcasing the importance and value of public participation in planning and the power of data-based solutions.
Photos below and at our photo gallery.