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Hackathon, the HackTrain conference, will be held in London this week from 20 to 22 November, 2015. It is the largest initiative of its kind, bringing together skilled programmers, designers and entrepreneurs who will be selected to build unique apps, websites and software solutions for the rail industry. For more information, click here.
Under the hashtag of #HackTheRails, the HackTrain will build prototypes at the Hackathon that will hit the headlines, sell to rail operating companies and start exciting collaborations and projects.
There are impressive prizes up for grabs for the top three technology solutions for carriage congestion, communication for delays and WiFi availability. The prizes include the opportunity for one team member of the top three teams to present their project at SmartRail Europe in Amsterdam, as well as an all-expenses paid trip for four to Singapore to attend the Tech in Asia congress.
Other prizes include a lightsaber, a VR Kit, a 3D printing pen and a hoverboard. Staff at Railway-News have definite prize-envy for the lightsaber and hoverboard. For jousting purposes.
Keynote speakers include Andrew Jones, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport, Claire Perry, also Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport and Gerard Grech, CEO at TechCity UK.
Other speakers will include representatives from SilverRail, Trainline, National Rail, Virgin East Coast Trains, South West Trains, GWR and Chiltern Railways. The focus of speakers will be how technology and HackTrain can drive innovation in the rail industry.
Friday will see the launch of the government and private sector initiative RailTech, which aims to solve the rail industrys biggest problems, as well as to improve customer experience and operational efficiency on the UK rail network.
The HackTrain Accelerator is a three-month programme which is focused on assisting promising rail-tech start up companies to solve the greatest challenges facing the rail industry. The Accelerator will choose the best rail technology start-up companies from around the world who will be given the opportunity to test and trial their innovation, as well as receive funding , mentorship and introductions to potential partners and clients. By the end of the three months, the lucky start-ups will have enough traction to grow exponentially, with access to funding and myriad opportunities.
120 train hackers will participate in the event, with over ten events and multiple partners. It promises to be an awesome event not to be missed by anyone with an interest in technical innovation solutions in the rail industry.
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