The 5GMETA project recently organised  its second Hackathon with the overall objective of demonstrating the potential of the 5GMETA Platform in providing real value for the smart mobility system. Over a span of 28 hours, 13 participants from start-ups and SMEs were tasked with developing innovative solutions and working prototypes, utilising the dataflows provided by the 5GMETA Platform.

The primary objective of the 5GMETA project is to exploit data captured from cars and roads in order to encourage and enable the development of innovative products and services. In pursuit of this goal and to test its Platform, the consortium organised the project’s second Hackathon during the recent ITS European Congress in Lisbon.

The 5GMETA Platform under test

The occasion marked the debut of the 5GMETA Platform, which was made available to a limited number of developers for the first time. Through their participation, the developers gained hands-on experience and leveraged the dataflows provided by the Platform to create new solutions and prototypes.

The 5GMETA consortium, supported by ERTICO’s role as organiser of the ITS European Congress, managed to set up a successful event, which saw the participation of a distinguished panel of external jurors, an efficient supporting technical team formed by consortium partners, and demonstrated the value of teamwork and collaboration.

Three teams and three innovative solutions

The Second Hackathon yielded three progressive solutions proposed by the participating teams. The first solution addressed the challenges of car parking and supporting local businesses. This innovative solution aimed to optimise parking space utilisation and enhance the overall parking experience for drivers while boosting local economic activity.

The second solution involved a dashboard that utilised data from various sources to reconstruct accident dynamics accurately. By fusing information from different sensors and data points, this solution provided a comprehensive understanding of accidents, aiding in accident analysis and response improvement.

The third solution introduced a platform allowing road operators to effectively communicate road status information to drivers. This would enhance overall road safety and improve traffic management.


A story of success at the ITS European Congress

The award ceremony took place on the main stage in the exhibition area of ITS European Congress. This opportunity allowed the 5GMETA Hackathon organisers to share the project’s goals with the large audience and to explain the pioneering solutions that the three teams came up with.

Participants had the opportunity to engage with some of the most influential experts in the field of smart mobility, while the audience was given a taste of the immense value of the 5GMETA Platform as an enabler for tomorrow’s mobility. The Second Hackathon will give 5GMETA’s consortium the chance to reflect upon the results achieved so far and direct next steps towards the right direction.

As Dr Tamara Djukic, Senior Manager at ERTICO, says: “5GMETA partners worked together towards the same goal, showing that cooperation, one of ERTICO’s corporate values, enables innovation and is a tool to overcome obstacles. The challenges were numerous and difficult to face, but hard work paid off, and we are ready to proceed taking into account the important lessons learned.”

The 5GMETA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 957360 (Innovation Action).