Hack a Bike
This Innovation Zone challenge was to explore the possibilities and different opportunities of connected bikes.
In this hackathon the challenge was to explore the possibilities and different opportunities of connected bikes. Teams were provided with electric bicycles and a hardware kit containing sensors, options for connectivity and Arduinos. Access to cloud services on Azure’s and Amazon’s cloud was also provided. The teams had 24 hours to go from a blank paper to prototype.
The winning solution fitted the bike with an accelerometer, a GPS and a sonar system to increase awareness of the surroundings for the rider using vibrations. The data being gathered by the system is presented on a heatmap with “close call” zones, areas where riders get very close to each other. Using the heatmap a municipality can increase the safety and as a result make more people comfortable riding bikes.
The hackathon was an eye-opener for the client on how you can work with innovation, sustainability and digitalization in an engaging and interactive way. Moving to a service-based and data driven business model enables the client to quickly add new offerings and remain competitive in the connected world.