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Back at the beginning of the summer ICE received an invitation from London Southbank University to design and run a one day hackathon for final year civil engineering and IT students. Having duly accepted, we chose to base the hackathon around the ‘smart cars vs dumb roads’ dilemma.
Smarter vehicles that could bring multiple safety, lifestyle, journey and environmental benefits are entering the automotive market. But to get the most out of them will require agile highways networks that are better able to adapt and respond to the introduction of autonomous vehicles and other innovative technologies.
Over the course of the day five teams of students were asked to identify solutions for making highways networks smarter in design and operation. In developing their ideas and putting a project case together each team was encouraged to consider the benefits, risks, challenges and uncertainties associated with deploying new technologies across UK roads.
After some interesting brainstorming sessions, some pitch polishing and a lot of pizza the students were asked to present their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges, including ICE Thought Leadership Sponsor Ross Agnew (KPMG) and Suzanne Moroney (ICE London Director).
The students came up with a number of interesting ideas for utilising emerging technologies to help solve the dilemma that they were presented with. These included:
and the winning team….
ICE will be running student hackathons with a number of other universities over the next 12 months through our Academic Partnership Programme. We would also like to test the format with industry, so if you have read this with interest and would like to collaborate with us on taking forward your own idea for a hackathon do get in touch!
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