Challenges Mobility Hackathon

The weekend of 8 and 9 October 2022, Stadslab Eindhoven becomes a vibrant pressure cooker for developing new and surprising solutions for challenges in the world of urban mobility.

What is the impact of digitization on our mobility, what can the concept of the 15-minute city mean, which problems have priority: the bicycle first; shared mobility; car-free city center; citizen science; parking; climate neutral; AI powered blockchain?

We invite everyone to join this exciting weekend in a dynamic innovation competition!
Free registration (required).

More information and contact:
The hackathon is English spoken.

At the start of the Hackathon challenges and pitches are presented live. Any participant may pitch their own idea or challenge within the theme Mobility.


1. Urban shared mobility network

We strive for a city that is safe and easily accessible for everyone, with an eye for sustainability and a well-maintained public space for living, moving and meeting in the streets. However, the city cannot grow and become more sustainable without a mobility transition. This means more walking, cycling, use of public transport and shared mobility. Or don’t travel – but work from home.
Making these forms of transport attractive requires a mobility system that is competitive with the car. To what extent does shared mobility compete with the car? And is shared mobility an alternative for everyone?

2. Shared mobility for all

How can we make shared mobility accessible to everyone? The commercial offer of shared mobility is growing. It is expected that some large providers will remain, but what about the ‘bottom-up’ initiatives? There are more and more people who do not need their car on a daily basis and want to share it with others. There are also more and more groups of people who buy a shared car together. What can we do to strengthen this development? How can we make it easier to share cars with each other? Solutions are needed to be able to reserve and open cars, but also to automate administration and invoicing.

Extensive challenge information and links to data and information here.

3. Park & Ride use for cleaner city

The city of Eindhoven operates a number of Park & Ride locations, some of them equiped with high-end facilities and connections. However, these facilities are often neglected by potential users, like visitors from other towns and cities traveling to Eindhoven for work, school, shopping or entertainment. Many of them travel by car directly to the city center resulting in congestion, air pollution and parking nuisance in residential areas. How can the city council further improve the use of P&R locations and facilities? What can be learned from other cities and be implemented in Eindhoven region? What can be done to strengthen the image of P&R and improve the popularity amongst potential groups of users?

4. Pop up bicycle parking facility

The bicycle use in the city of Eindhoven is growing rapidly. This is a positive consequence of our mobility transition policy. However, it also creates new problems and challenges. One of them concerns the bicycle parking situation at the Catharinaplein and surroundings. On Friday an Saturday evening/night, hundreds of bicycles are parked outside the bicycle recks in the Ten Hagestraat, Catharinaplein, Kerkstraat and Begijnenhof. This causes several problems. Emergency routes (for police, ambulance, fire department) get blocked by bicycles, pedestrians have to find their way between parked bicycles. Dozens of bicycles remain at the Catharinaplein overnight and block access to the market on Catharinaplein on Saturday. And this bicycle chaos does not look nice either.

The city of Eindhoven is considering a pop up bicycle parking facility at Begijnenhof, close to Stratumseind (with all the pubs and clubs) and Catharinaplein. The pop up parking should accommodate at least 400-600 bicycles and be operational at Friday and Saturday evening/night (from 6PM till 4:30AM). 

5. Flattening the curve with “vehicle to grid” (V2G)

To accelerate the energy transition, it is necessary to be able to store energy in batteries and use it for later use. The large batteries of e-cars can play a key role in this because they can serve as mobile “powerbanks”, which means they will not only be charged with energy for driving but also be discharged and used for other purposes (this technique is called ‘vehicle to grid’, in short V2G). 

The technology is already available, but the practical application is still limited because there are not many manufacturers who offer V2G e-cars. How can we accelerate this innovative way of storing energy?

Problem description: How can we make shared mobility accessible to everyone?

The availability of shared mobility is growing rapidly. Besides commercial providers of shared mobility, there are also more and more people who do not need their own car on a daily basis and want to share it with others. What can we do to strengthen this development? How can we make it easier to share cars with each other? User-friendly solutions are needed to reserve and open cars, but also to automate administration and invoicing. Your creativity is needed to come up with solutions to make car sharing easier.

DATA sources

For the participants a great number of data sources is available. Some data are only accessible after a login that will be provided on the spot.
Check the preliminary list of data sources here.

Prizes are € 1500 in cash!

1st prize: € 750
2nd prize: € 500

3rd prize: € 250
Goodie bags for all! 

Participate and join this endeavor to explore, build and hack together with fellow engineers, designers, artists, entrepreneurs, professionals, students.
Free drinks (lots of coffee), healthy lunches and nutritious dinner.

Boldly go where no one has gone before!

Register to take part

Register free as an individual (teams are allowed) to claim your seat and share your competencies here.

Program Saturday October 8:

  • 10:00 Introduction theme and challenges
  • 11:00 Concepts & team clustering
  • 12:00 Preliminary hacking
  • 13:00 Project pitches / lunch @ Cyklist
  • 14:00 Continued hacking
  • 16:00 Lightning talk
  • 18:00 Eat (buffet @ Cyklist), drink, prolonged hacking, sleep

Program Sunday October 9:

  • 10:00 final hacking
  • 13:00 Eat, drink, last minute hacking
  • 15:00 1 minute pitch on camera
  • 15:59 stop hacking
  • 16:00 Prototype presentations PITCHES!!
  • 17:00 Jury verdict. Prize ceremony & drinks


Henk Schravemade – Connekt/Rijkswaterstaat
Maarten Boender – – Creating Trust in a Digital World
Ger Post – Fontys Professor Business Entrepreneurship & Smart Mobility
Merien ten Houten – Amber
Sandra Mastboom
 – HOWtodoWHY


Program is 32 hours – from Sat 10am till Sun 6pm
If you want to work through the night that’s fine.
Successful teams often have a variety of skills from concept to prototype and from design to programming.

Calling all veteran and virgin hackathon participants to be part of this weekend extravaganza of creative smartness. Data is the lubricant for society?

Register free:
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