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Will you participate in the Volvo Trucks Hackathon Challenge?    Nov 15, 2016

Will you participate in the Volvo Trucks Hackathon Challenge?
Nov 15, 2016


Pieter De bruyn (Volvo Trucks)

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Volvo Trucks organizes a Hackathon Challenge in 2017. Enthusiastic students, alumni, startups or developers will have to create an innovative and user-friendly ‘Route cost calculator’ for transport companies within 30 hours. The three best ideas will be awarded. Do you dare to take the challenge?

“Can we motivate transport companies to avoid city centers in rush hours, if they thereby save fuel? Can we motivate them to choose another route, if this route is safer? Can we motivate them to organize their transport flows in a different way, if we make the cost of transporting transparant?”, said Pieter De bruyn, Product Support Engineer at Volvo Trucks. “Volvo Trucks challenges you to develop a ‘Route cost calculator’ for transport companies during the hackathon challenge.”

The ‘Route cost calculator’ should help transport companies calculate exactly the costs of transporting via several routes and to get a better overview of their daily cost. Your tool can possibly motivate them to choose the safer road creating less traffic jams. Are you ready to accept the challenge?

You can join as individual or as a team. Dr. Caroline Ariën (IMOB, UHasselt) would already like to share one tip with the students Transportation Sciences. “When forming a team, don’t hesitate to contact students from other faculties. Bringing together various points of view often results in interesting ideas. An economic will examine how he can cut costs, whereas road safety will be the priority of a transportation expert. An environmental expert will pay specific attention to the environmental friendliness of a route.” Volvo Trucks provides data of Dynafleet to support you in developing a tool. Besides Volvo Trucks, there are several institutes providing data, such as the Flemish Government (Wegenregister).

Who can participate?
Volvo Trucks searches enthusiastic students, alumni, startups and developers that want to participate in the Hackathon Challenge. You don’t need to have any experience in the transport sector, but the ambition to develop an innovative and user-friendly ‘Route cost calculator’!

An international jury will judge the best ideas and announce three winners. To award the best ideas, the following criteria will be considered: innovation, feasibility and end user value.


Read more on the website or on the FB-page of the Volvo Trucks Hackathon Challenge.