Hacking climate change: “Skopje Green Route” reloaded coming soon
05 Jun 2015
For two days in June, Macedonians will have the chance to take part in the country’s first ever climate change hackathon—a nationwide competition designed to tap into the talents of budding programmers to come up with new ideas for upgrading the Skopje Green Route app.
The winning idea will be awarded US $1,000, while awards for second and third place will be $750 and $500 respectively.
The Skopje Green Route app was first launched last year, providing commuters with all the information needed to plan the quickest, cheapest, and most environmentally friendly routes to destinations in the capital.
The app makes use of Google Transit—a feature of Google Maps that helps users plan their trips on public transport by calculating routes and transit times and providing directions to bus stops. As well as giving information about bus routes and timetables, the app indicates bicycle rental-points and parking places throughout the city. In addition, it also gives real-time information on traffic congestion and air pollution, using data on carbon emissions to help commuters make the greenest choice possible in planning their journeys.
The Skopje Green Routes project was recently honoured as one of the top seven ‘projects to watch’ in a global contest organized by UN Global Pulse to harness big data in the fight against climate change.
But now it's time for an upgrade to Skopje Green Route 2.0!
UNDP has partnered again with the Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, the City of Skopje and the Faculty of Information and Computer Technology to seek out ideas for new, interesting and climate-friendly modules for the Skopje Green Route.
The hackathon will be held for 48 hours in the Social Innovation Hub, starting from 17:00 on the 26th of June 2015. The competition is open to entries from individuals and teams - the only condition for applying is to have at least one Android programmer on hand.
Fifty percent of the votes for the winners will be decided by a jury while the other 50 will come from the public. The public will have 48 hours to vote via social media for the solutions they think will be the most beneficial to the environment – and themselves.
The winning solutions will be fully developed and become part of Skopje Green Route 2.0.