About

“This will be a game changer and will establish Toronto as a leader in running a truly smart city.”
- John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto

Evergreen CityWorks and the City of Toronto are teaming up with engaged citizens, digital creatives and data detectives to fix Toronto’s traffic troubles. During the 48-hour TrafficJam, 150 Torontonians will form teams and collaborate with local traffic analysts, government officials and data collectors to brainstorm new ideas, analyze data and build tools that will kickstart the development of real solutions. All teams will present their submissions to fellow participants and judges at the TrafficJam Expo. The most promising submissions will be recognized during an awards ceremony with celebrity judges and awarded prizes.

When:
October 2nd, 6:00pm - October 4th, 6:00pm
Where:

Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
(transportation to/from location will be provided)

The Data

Modern transportation problems are increasingly complex. Cloud technology, 'big data analytics' and the growing prevalence of smart devices have the power to expand our understanding of traffic patterns and deliver solutions that may compel real world impact. Links to the relevant data sets and tools will be made available shortly.

The Jam

150 inventive minds, grouped into teams and supported by mentors will jam for 48-hours and create disruptive solutions for Toronto’s traffic congestion. The event will kick-off on Friday October 2nd with a briefing by traffic, data and technology experts followed by a brainstorming and team building session and two days of hacking.

The Expo

All teams will present demos of solutions to peers, members of the public, and a panel of judges (science fair style) on Sunday October 4th. Cash prizes, honours and recognition will be awarded to the top three teams. More details about the expo will be revealed as we get closer to the event.

Results

Grand Champion

TrafficJam Tacos

Using regular traffic probes of road conditions, team TrafficJam Tacos mapped congestion and resulting slow speeds, as well as unreliable areas with highly variable speeds. BAsed on this insight commuters can make more informed route choices, and planners can target unreliable areas. This baseline opens up numerous possibilities, such as predicting the impact of construction and street events in terms of both geographical reach and duration.

Runner-Up

RueView

Avoid rush-hour with daily and hourly RueView traffic forecasts. Using the Westbound Gardiner Expressway as a proof of concept, the RueView team’s TrafficJam submission RueView forecasts traffic congestion and accurately predicts rush-hour periods. RueView can be utilized in various ways, from as simple as avoiding rush-hour to empowering Torontonians to make better transit choices.

Third Place

Tripple Comma Club

The team visualized pedestrian infrastructure and volumes, on top of which they layered social media to highlight geographical and behavioural hot spots and cold spots. With this, the city has visibility into social/behavioural trends in order to improve, sustain and create new infrastructure. The end-state would include a consumer wayfinding interface that encourages exploring and feedback on municipal efforts to make Toronto more walkable.

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