The Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York and AT&T are joined up for this years MTA Apps Quest. It’s driven by NYU Poly and ChallengePost. The goal of this hackathon will involve solving issues for and improving the experience for MTA’s 8 billion plus transit users. What are the perks for this challenge other than enhancing the transit experience? $50k in prizes will be awarded, which in detail is $10,000 for participants of the hackathon and an additional $40,000 will be awarded after the completion of the virtual challenge. The dates are Saturday May 4th 2013-Sunday May 5th.
Developers will be using MTA’s own public data and APIs to develop apps for smartphones that will do the following:
- Provide transit visualizations of timetables, service alerts, and real-time feeds
- Augment in-station way-finding, particularly for people with disabilities
- Integrate MTA services into other application workflows (calendars, e-mail programs, etc.)
- Leverage the increasing availability of cellular phone service on the MTA network to create data-driven models of train and bus performance and customer flow
- Are creative, functional, and engaging
For a few more details of this awesome event and opportunity to register for the hackathon, head over here: