#AccessCPT: Hack on the world’s first Open platform for integrated transport data

Fri Mar 3, 18:00 - Sun Mar 5, 16:00

Bandwidth Barn


With the addition of all 770 taxi routes in the city, Cape Town now has the richest Open dataset for public transport data in the world. This data, along with data for trains, buses, shuttles, and even the ferry, is available through WhereIsMyTransport’s Open API. This is a world-first in integrating open transport data, and we want to see what you can do to make it simpler, safer, and more appealing to get around in the Mother City. 


Public transport is an essential part of any sustainable, accessible city. Integrating formal modes like the MyCiTi and the Metrorail with minibus taxis is an important part of creating a unified, efficient public transport system that allows all Capetonians to get where they want to go. 

WhereIsMyTransport has launched the world’s only platform for integrated transport data in emerging cities, and Cape Town is the first city to have data for ALL modes available. This hackathon will create products and solutions that aim to:
  • Increase the use of public transport in Cape Town
  • Increase the use of multiple modes of transport (making it easier and more appealing to transfer and combine modes) 
  • Empower Capetonians to travel further and experience more of the city, whether by making public transport more attractive, safer, healthier, or easier to understand
This event is part of the Global Public Transport Hackathon Series, sponsored by Youth 4 Public Transport. It is being hosted by WhereIsMyTransport, the Bandwidth Barn, KATO, and Women in Tech Cape Town. It is also sponsored by the City of Cape Town and Microsoft.


Every entry should aim to increase the use of public transport in Cape Town. However, your entry should fit specifically into one of the following categories:
  • Integrated Mobility: entries that increase the use of multiple modes of transport in a single journey, especially combining formal modes like trains and buses with minibus taxis. 
  • Healthy Mobility: entries that encourage physical, mental, or social health through the use of public transport.  
  • Inclusive Mobility: entries that make public transport more accessible to those who may not typically use it, or for whom it is riskier (women, the disabled, etc)
  • Future Mobility: entries that envision future transport developments beyond our current understanding, and push the boundaries of how we will move people and objects in the cities of the future. 
There will be prizes for the best entry in each category, along with cross-category prizes:

Grand Prize: one member of the overall winning team (from any category) will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit, held this year in Montreal, Canada. There they will represent South Africa in a global competition with winners of other local hackathons. The Grand Prize entry will be the one that best places public transport as the cornerstone of mobility in Cape Town. 

Most Implementable Solution: this prize will be awarded to the entry that is most implementation-ready. This prize focuses not just on the solution, but the team’s pitch: their knowledge of their market, their strategy for the solution, and their plans to make it real. 

Best Design: this prize will be awarded to the entry with the best design.

All judging will be conducted by a panel of qualified judges from diverse backgrounds, including local transport experts and representatives of the City of Cape Town, engineers and data scientist from WhereIsMyTransport, and representatives of Cape Town’s entrepreneurship community. We will release the rubric for scoring all entries prior to the start of the hackathon, along with the names of the judges as they are confirmed. 


You can make anything! You can create an app, website, a plug-in, an algorithm, hardware, or even a policy solution. Your creation can address the demand for public transport (by addressing certain users, certain situations, or even freight) or the supply (by addressing operators or regulators). 

While knowledge of programming, software and hardware design, and other tech skills are useful, you don’t have to be a coder to be part of a winning team. Whether you’re a public transport user yourself, an urban planner, a writer, or a cyclist, you just need passion and ideas for a more accessible Cape Town. 

No. Friday night opens with a public event where you’ll learn about the context, details of the data and the platform you’ll have access to, and the challenges of public transport in Cape Town. You’ll choose your teams, and then return Saturday morning to start hacking. You don’t need to stay all day on Saturday or Sunday, as long as your entry is ready to be pitched Sunday afternoon. 

We’ll provide the space, power, and wifi, along with food, drinks, and of course coffee. We’ll also provide the integrated transport data and Open API for you to connect to. 

WhereIsMyTransport is a company, based in London and Cape Town, that collects and creates data on public transport in emerging cities. They provide the world’s only Open API for integrated transport data in Africa and beyond, and were responsible for mapping all of Cape Town’s taxi network. They’re mapping in the rest of South Africa too, and you can access those and all the rest of the cities they support at



Organised by WhereIsMyTransport Ltd, and KAT-O (“Organisers”)

Sponsored by WhereIsMyTransport Ltd, Microsoft, and the City of Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (“Sponsors” “Us”)



  • Eligibility: 
  • No entry fee. The Hackathon begins at 18h00 3 March 2017 and ends at 18h00 5 March 2017.

The Hackathon is open to individuals

  • who are invited by the Sponsors to participate in the Hackathon.
  • who are at least eighteen years old 

Participation in the Hackathon constitutes Participant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Terms and Conditions (“Terms”). The term “You” refers to You, the “Participant”. 

The following individuals may participate in the hackathon, but are not eligible to be awarded any prize or remuneration for the Hackathon:

  • No director or employee of WhereIsMyTransport Ltd and/or Bitwise Development and members of their immediate family and/or partners; nor members of the sponsors and/or any of their affiliated companies and/or agencies, and members of their immediate family.


  • Individuals directly involved with the design, production, promotion, execution, or distribution of the Hackathon, and each member of their immediate family or household.


  • Any individual or organization whose participation in the Hackathon would create, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, a real or apparent conflict of interest.


  • Any Judge (defined below), or company or individual that employs a Judge;

To participate, You must reserve a free ticket on the Quicket website:

And respond to any subsequent registration materials that may be sent to You. 


  • Your Participation: 

You can participate either as part of a team of up to four (4) people or on an individual basis. Switching teams is not allowed. Sponsors are not responsible for, and will not assist in resolving, any disputes between team members. To participate, You must attend the opening event on Friday night to create and register a team, and the final presentation on Sunday afternoon.  You must make Your own travel and accommodation arrangements and cover all associated costs and expenses. You, as a Participant, must supply Your own laptop or computer. 


The purpose of this hackathon is to create and develop innovative products, tools, processes, or other project connected to or using the WhereIsMyTransport Ltd Transport API and the public transport data based within it (“Entry”). Identical access to the API and documentation will be provided to all Participants. 

A team may only submit one Entry. Individual Participants may only submit one Entry. Incomplete Entries may be disqualified. Each Entry must:

  • Be submitted into one of the specified contest categories.


  • Conform to entry requirements that will be specified at the hackathon, and which will include information about the team members, a short description of the entry, and how its success would be measured. 


Intellectual Property Rights: 


  • Each participant will retain ownership of all intellectual property rights to their or the team's submission.


  • By making a submission for the Access Cape Town Hackathon, You represent and warrants that Your work is Your own original work and that You are not infringing or violating of any intellectual property rights or other rights of a third party. 


  • You may submit a Submission that includes the use of Open Source Software or hardware as defined below, provided You comply with the requirements of this section.
  • By making a submission, or accepting any prize, You represent and warrant the following: 
    • You will not submit content that is copyrighted, protected by trade secret or otherwise subject to third party intellectual property rights or other proprietary rights, including privacy and publicity rights, unless You are the owner of such rights or have permission from their rightful owner.


  • You will not submit content that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, libellous, threatening, pornographic, harassing, hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offence, give rise to civil liability, violate any law, or is otherwise inappropriate or destructive to the Organizers brand image or goodwill.


  • Your entry or participation in any aspect of this Hackathon is not forbidden by any existing agreements, including policies or contractual obligations You may have with Your employer. 


  • By participating in the Hackathon You consent to the use of personal information about You. You consent to the use of Your personal information by the Sponsor, Sponsor’s Partners, Administrator, and third parties acting on their behalf. Such personal information includes, but is not limited to, Your name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, comments and hometown and country of residence. It may be used in any existing or newly created media, worldwide without further payment or consideration or right of review, unless prohibited by law. Authorized use includes advertising and promotional purposes.
  • The duration of Your consent is for a period of three years following the conclusion of the Hackathon. This consent applies, as applicable, to all members of a Your Team or Organization that participated in the winning Submission.
  • You represent and warrant that the Sponsor, Administrator, and Hackathon partners are free to use Your Entry in the manner described above, as provided or as modified by the Administrator, without obtaining permission or license from any third party and without any compensation to You. You will, however, be attributed as the creator and owner of these works.


  • You agree that nothing in the Official Rules grants You a right or license to use any Sponsor or Administrator name, trademark or service mark.


  • You acknowledge that we, other entrants or others may have developed or commissioned materials similar or identical to Your Entry, or may develop something similar in the future, and You waive any claims You may have resulting from any similarities to Your Entry.
  • You understand that Sponsors cannot control the information You disclose to us or our representatives in the course of participating in the Hackathon, or what we or our representatives will remember about Your Entry. You also understand that we will not restrict work assignments of representatives who have had access to Your Entry. By participating in the Hackathon, You agree that we may use any information in our representatives’ unaided memories in the development or deployment of our products or services without liability or compensation to You. We are not responsible for any unauthorized use of Your Entry by those accessing or viewing Your Entry.


Business Relationship: Mere participation in this Hackaton does not create an obligation on either Your part or Sponsors’ part to negotiate or enter into any business relationship or to sign any commercial agreement.

Privacy and Publicity: The Administrator collects personal information from You when You enter the Hackathon. Personal data You provide in Your Entry in connection with Your Entry will be used for purposes described in the Official Rules and used and protected as governed by the Privacy Policy posted on the WhereIsMyTransport website:


  • Scoring of Entries: 

A panel of 5 or 6 people with relevant expertise will be responsible for judging Entries

The Entries will be judged based on the following criteria: 

Potential Value/Benefits (25%): does this entry solve a real problem that people have, or offer them value? Does it help them do something that they could not do before?

Innovation and Creativity (40%): does this entry approach a problem in an innovative way? Does it use either unique technical or process innovations that have not been seen before? Does it create new technology or process, or combine existing technologies or processes in a new way? Does this entry demonstrate creativity, in its approach, techniques, design, or other aspects of the entry?

Use of the WhereIsMyTransport API (15%): to what extent does this entry utilise the WhereIsMyTransport API and/or data within it? How sophisticated, unique, or creative is the way in which the platform is used? 

Readiness and Scalability (10%): does this entry have a good grasp of what would be needed to implement it in the real world? Is there a good understanding of the market and potential business case, strategy, or audience? Is it scalable? This doesn’t mean that the entry must be ready for implementation tomorrow, rather that there is a good understanding of what it would take to get it there, and that it is possible for that to happen. 

The Pitch (10%): was the pitch compelling and polished? Did it clearly explain how the entry provides value to users in a creative and innovative way? Was it exciting to watch and professional?

The Entry that earns the highest overall score will win. The decisions of the judges will be final. In the event of a tie, judges will deliberate to determine the winner. Judging will start at approximately 15h00 on 5 March 2017 and continue until 18h00 on 5 March 2017. 

Each Participant or team must be available during the judging period to demonstrate the Participant’s or team’s Entry. Each Entry must be original, of the Participant’s or Participant’s teams own creation and newly written during the Hackathon and must not have been entered in any other competition or program similar to the Hackathon, including other competitions conducted by Sponsors. “Newly written” means that Participants cannot in any way copy software code that already privately exists, and submit it as part of an Entry. Entries may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Terms. Determination of eligibility and compliance is at the sole discretion of Sponsors. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any Entry if the Entry or a Participant or a Participant’s team does not comply with these Terms.

  • Prizes and Awards: 

The prizes and awards to be awarded are as follows: 

  • Grand Prize: one member of the overall winning team (from any category) will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit, held this year in Montreal, Canada. There they will represent South Africa in a global competition with winners of other local hackathons. The Grand Prize entry will be the one that best places public transport as the cornerstone of mobility in Cape Town. Only ONE (1) person will be provided with accommodation, airfare, and registration at the UITP Summit. Members of the winning team will to choose the person and indicate them to the organisers of the hackathon by 18h00 on 6 March 2017. Acceptance and all requirements related to this prize are governed by the terms and conditions of the Y4PT Global Hackathon:


  • Other prizes will be awarded for each category, and cross-cutting categories. These prizes and their value will be announced as available and remain at the discretion of the organisers. 

No cash or other substitution of prizes is permitted, except at the sole option of Sponsors for a prize of equal or greater value. 

Winners will be notified by 18h00 on 5 March 2017. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize and/or where applicable an affidavit of eligibility and publicity/liability release is not timely received, is incomplete or modified, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from remaining valid, eligible Entries timely submitted. 

  • Publicity:

Except where prohibited, by participating in the Hackathon, Participant consents to the use of his/her name, photo and/or likeness, biographical information, entry and statements attributed to Participant (if true) for advertising and promotional purposes, including without limitation, inclusion in Sponsors’ newsletters, Sponsors’ website any of the Sponsors’ social media accounts or outlets without additional compensation. 

  • Indemnity: 

You agree to release, indemnify, defend and hold Sponsors and their parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, sponsors and agents, including advertising and promotion agencies, and assigns, and any other organizations related to the Hackathon, harmless, from any and all claims, injuries, damages, expenses or losses to person or property and/or liabilities of any nature that in any way arise from participation in the Hackathon or acceptance or use of a prize or parts thereof, including without limitation (i) any condition caused by events beyond Sponsors’ control that may cause the Hackathon to be disrupted or corrupted; (ii) any claim than an Entry infringes third party intellectual property or proprietary rights; (iii) any disputes among team members, (iv) any injuries, losses, or damages (compensatory, direct, incidental, consequential or otherwise) of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of the prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of the prize, or from participation in the Hackathon; (v) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Hackathon; technical errors that may impair Your ability to participate in the Hackathon; or (vi) errors in the administration of the Hackathon. 


  • Conflicts and taxes:

Participation in the Hackathon is subject to all national, provincial and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. You are responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in Your jurisdiction before participating in the Hackathon to make sure that Your participation is legal. 

You are responsible for abiding by Your employer's policies regarding participation in the Hackathon and ensuring that Your Submission does not violate any policies set by Your company/employer. You are further responsible for ensuring that Your participation in the Hackathon and Your Submission does not violate any contractual obligations or other legal obligation You may have regarding confidentiality or intellectual property ownership to Your company/employer. Sponsors disclaim any and all liability or responsibility for disputes arising between You and Your employer related to this Hackathon. 

You are responsible for all taxes and reporting related to any award that You may receive as part of the Hackathon. You may be subject to background screening as needed to assure the Sponsors’ legal compliance.

  • General: 

Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Hackathon in whole or in part, in the event of fraud, technical or other difficulties or if the integrity of the Hackathon is compromised, without liability to the Participants. Sponsors reserve the right to disqualify any Participant, as determined by Sponsors, in their sole discretion

  • Winner’s List:

A list of winners will be posted on: no later than 1 week after the close of the Hackathon (5 March 2017).