AFRICA'S TALKING AND NAIROBI COUNTY OPEN HACKATHON: TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS - NAIROBI, KENYA

Apr 4, 5:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Africa's Talking, Nairobi County and Liquid Intelligence Technologies proudly presents an unparalleled event aimed at redefining the future of transportation: the Open Hackathon aimed at building solutions on Transport and Logistics, with a spotlight on Traffic and Parking Solutions, in Nairobi, Kenya Get your Ticket!

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About this event

Africa's Talking, Nairobi County and Liquid Intelligence Technologies proudly present an unparalleled event aimed at redefining the future of transportation: the Open Hackathon aimed at building solutions on Transport and Logistics, with a spotlight on Traffic and Parking Solutions, in Nairobi, Kenya. This event is crafted to address the pressing challenges of urban mobility, focusing on innovative and practical solutions to traffic congestion and parking dilemmas that plague the city of Nairobi. By leveraging technology and creativity, the hackathon aspires to transform Nairobi into a model of efficient urban transport and logistics.


The United Kingdom’s DVLA Vehicle Enquiry Service (VES) API[1] plays a crucial role in supporting traffic and parking solutions by offering real-time access to vehicle details based on registration numbers. Traffic management systems can utilize this API to track vehicles entering and exiting specific zones, facilitating efficient traffic flow management. Additionally, parking solutions can leverage the API to streamline parking enforcement processes by verifying vehicle ownership and registration details, thereby reducing fraudulent parking activities and enhancing revenue collection for municipalities. Furthermore, integration of this API into parking apps or systems can provide users with accurate information about available parking spaces and payment options, contributing to a smoother parking experience for residents and visitors alike.

Challenges:

  • Traffic Congestion: Develop intelligent traffic management systems that can adapt in real-time to changing conditions, reduce congestion, and enhance the flow of vehicles.
  • Traffic Rules Compliance: Develop technology-driven solutions to ensure adherence to traffic rules, reducing accidents and enhancing road safety.

  • Traffic Coordination: Innovate ways to coordinate traffic across different modes of transport, ensuring smooth transitions and reducing bottlenecks at key points in the city.

  • Smart Parking Solutions: Innovate parking technologies that optimize the use of available spaces, reduce search time for parking, and integrate with city planning tools.
  • Public Transport Efficiency: Create solutions to improve the scheduling, routing, and capacity management of public transportation, making it a more appealing option for residents.
  • Vehicle Pollution Control: Address environmental concerns by proposing solutions that help reduce emissions from vehicles, especially in congested areas.
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety: Enhance the safety of non-motorized transport users through innovative approaches to urban design and traffic management.
  • Efficient Parking Payment Systems: Create user-friendly, efficient digital payment solutions for parking, reducing time and hassle for drivers and improving revenue collection for the city.


Target Attendees:

  • Software Engineers: Professionals skilled in coding and software development, capable of translating complex problems into innovative software solutions.
  • Developers: Developers who are passionate in solving day to day problems which present progressive development while addressing human challenges
  • Tech Innovators: Individuals or teams with a passion for leveraging technology to solve complex problems.
  • Urban Mobility Experts: Professionals with insights into the dynamics of urban transportation and logistics.
  • Environmental Advocates: Those committed to reducing the carbon footprint of urban centers through smarter transport solutions.
  • Policy Makers: Decision-makers interested in evidence-based policies to improve city transport logistics.
  • Engineering Students and Academics: Young minds and scholars keen on contributing fresh ideas to the fields of urban planning, engineering, and technology.


Objectives:

  • Innovate for Efficiency: Inspire the creation of groundbreaking solutions that significantly improve traffic and parking management in Nairobi.
  • Promote Sustainable Urban Mobility: Encourage solutions that support a shift towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
  • Strengthen Community Involvement: Engage the Nairobi community in discussions and actions towards solving the city's traffic and parking challenges.
  • Showcase Talent: Highlight local and regional talent in technology and urban planning, providing them a platform to contribute to their city's development through software solution.
  • Influence Policy Development: Generate practical and innovative ideas that can be adopted by policymakers for better urban transport and logistics management.

Prizes:The winning solutions will receive cash prizes:

  • Winner: $100
  • 1st Runner-Up: $50
  • 2nd Runner-Up: $25


Find the Hackathon Presentation Meeting Link Here.

New to Africa's Talking? Get started here.

Access Liquid Intelligence Technologies API Documentation: HERE. 

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

The mock API has been pre-populated with over 50 vehicle entries. The vehicle registration numbers for these entries can be found HERE .

The HuggingFace license-plate-reader demo app can be found here.

Agenda:

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Warm-Up

  • Introductions
  • Team Formation (if needed)
  • Feedback Session
  • Feature Requests

9:30 AM - 1:00 PM: Building/Hacking

  • Code on GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket
  • Deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo
  • Note: Additional setup may be required

1:00 PM : Lunch

1:00 PM - 5:00PM: Building Continues

  • Code on GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket
  • Deploy in Docker/Automated CI/Travis CI/Bamboo
  • Note: Additional setup may be required

5:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Demonstration and Wrap-Up

  • Teams or individuals will demo their projects for feedback or potential adoption

  • Note: Please bring your laptop

Opportunities:

  • Networking
  • Innovation
  • Access to Talent Bench (Job and Gig Opportunities)

New to Africa's Talking? Get started here.

Developer Documentation (We welcome feedback)

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Facilitators

  • Wendy Frezah

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies

    Frontend developer

  • Andrew Precious Mbugua

    Liquid Intelligent Technologies

    Backend Software Engineer

  • Ian Githungo

    Africas Talking

    Africas Talking

  • Douglas Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Software Developer

  • Sylvia Jebet Kipkemoi

    Africa's Talking

    Developer Relations, WIT Lead

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Africa's Talking

    Community Lead Nairobi

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

Moderators

  • Josphat Mwangi

    Taka points

  • Cynthia Moraa

    AT WIT Kenya Community Lead

Featured Attendees

  • Collins Kechir

    Water Resource Authority

    GIS Analyst

  • John Okall

    iNet

    CEO

  • Emmanuel Cheruiyot

    Emkaco Enterprises

    CEO AND FOUNDER

  • Michael Kimathi

    Africa's Talking

    Head of Developer Community Africa

  • Faith Waithera

    Buniflow Limited

    Developer

  • Adrian Ochieng

    University of Nairobi

    STUDENT

  • Joel Mukono

    MTAA

    Director

  • Tony Otieno

    Code with Kids

    IT EXPERT/

  • Kenedy Matete

    Onsfam

    Director

  • Tony Otieno

    Code With Kids

    IT MANAGER

  • Braxton Lumbasi

    Visionary ventures Organization

    Visionary ventures Organization

  • Moses Githinji

    Shule Web

    Full Stack Developer

  • Peter Ngethe

    KRA

    Information Security Specialist- IT Policy and Risk Mnangement

  • Cynthia Wanyeki

    Delight Africa

    Data Scientist

  • Paul Mihango

    iPage Limited

    CEO