MTA Back on Track Hack

Metro-North MTA Virtual Hackathon

Hackathon Concluded - Thank you Everyone!

July 13th 2020, 9.00 AM EST

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Here are our top 3 solutions!

Every Participant is a Winner​!

Grand Prize Winner

 

Team – TrainSpace

Second Prize Winner

 

Team DXC

Third Prize Winners

 

Team – Metro North Hackers

Event Sponsors

Who can participate?

University students
Data scientists
Developers
AI ML experts
Designers

Each team may consist 1 Data Scientist, 2 Developers, 2 AI ML Expert & 1 designer and will be accompanied by a MTA and Microsoft mentors.  You can come with a pre-made team or we will add you to a team. If you come with a partially made team, we will make every effort to round out the team with other registrants.

Students and Public sector professionals with expertise in Developer / Data Scientist / AI ML Expert / Designer are eligible to participate. 

 MTA and Microsoft employees are ineligible to compete in the hackathon, but can participate as mentors.  Official hackathon rules are listed here

Here is your Challenge

COVID has impacted all of us.  The ridership all across the MTA is no exception.  As Metro New York re-opens, it’s our aim to deliver the safest and most comfortable experience for our ridership.  We have partnered with Microsoft, institutions of higher education and a partner ecosystem of developers, designers, data scientists and trusted community minded organizations together for a week-long event (a few hours daily) to help the MTA re-imagine the railway experience for our customers.  

We are seeking the development of a consumer mobile application that allows our Metro-North ridership to check availability, spacing and social distancing on each of our MNR trains.  We want our patrons to feel confident in their access given their level of comfort.  Using a blend of Microsoft’s Cloud services, MTA provided and public datasets, and the creativity of the audience of hackers with mentoring from various stakeholders, we are convinced we can civic hack a solution that helps the MTA and NYC get “MNR back on track to recovery”.

 

Don’t Forget

How does app look and feel to user
AI & ML to run backend
Scalability 

Schedule

Pre-Hackathon:

June 24th-July 10th

Registration open

June 29th 2020, 9.00 AM EST

Registration close

July 9th 2020, 7.00 PM EST

Team formation and Communications

July 6th-10th 2020

Hackathon

July 13th-17th

July 13th, 9.00 AM to 10.00 AM EST - Event Kick Off

July 13th, 10.00 AM to 11.00 AM EST - Meet your Team

July 13th, 11.00 AM to 12.00 PM EST - Lunch break

July 13th, 12.00 PM to 5.00 PM EST - Virtual Learning Lounge

July 14th, 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM EST- Hack

July 15th, 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM EST - Hack

July 16th, 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM EST - Hack

July 17th, 12.00 PM to 1.00 PM EST - LinkedIn Learning Lounge session

July 17th, 1.00 PM to 3.00 PM EST - Hack

July 17th, 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM EST - Video Creation and Closing

July 24th - Results Announcement

Winners walk away with

Grand Prize

(Team Consisting of Up to 7 Members; each will receive)

Metro-North Pass (Delivered as (12) One-Month Fare Cards) supplied by Metro-North Railroad

Microsoft Surface Backpack supplied by the Microsoft Surface for Business Team

1 Hour Remote Fireside Chat Luncheon Session with Nikita Shamgunov, Co-CEO & Founder of MemSQL supplied by MemSQL

1 Hour Career/Professional Coaching Session with Nikita Shamgunov, Co-CEO & Founder of MemSQL supplied by MemSQL

Registration and Certification Exam Voucher for AZ-204  : Developing Solutions For Microsoft Azure Associate (for App Devs) (8/3/2020 – 8/7/2020) supplied by NetCom Learning

Registration and Certification Exam Voucher for AI-100: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution Associate (for AI Engineers) (8/10/2020 – 8/12/2020) supplied by NetCom Learning

$50 GrubHub Gift Card supplied by MemSQL

Second Prize

(Team Consisting of Up to 7 Members; each will receive)

$100 Gift Card supplied by Databricks

Azure Databricks Nike Hoodie supplied by Databricks

Microsoft Surface Yeti Tumbler supplied by the Microsoft Surface for Business Team

Registration and Certification Exam Voucher for AZ-204 : Developing Solutions For Microsoft Azure Associate (for App Devs) (8/3/2020 – 8/7/2020) supplied by NetCom Learning

Registration and Certification Exam Voucher for AI-100: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution Associate (for AI Engineers) (8/10/2020 – 8/12/2020) supplied by NetCom Learning

MemCAFE coffee mug and coffee beans supplied by MemSQL

Third Prize

(Team Consisting of Up to 7 Members; each will receive)

Under Armour Azure Databricks polo shirt supplied by Databricks

Registration and Certification Exam Voucher for AZ-204 : Developing Solutions For Microsoft Azure Associate (for App Devs) (8/3/2020 – 8/7/2020) supplied by NetCom Learning

Registration and Certification Exam Voucher for AI-100: Designing and Implementing an Azure AI Solution Associate (for AI Engineers) (8/10/2020 – 8/12/2020) supplied by NetCom Learning

MemSQL T-shirt supplied by MemSQL

All Participants

30-Day Trial to LinkedIn Learning supplied by LinkedIn

MTA SWAG Bag supplied by MTA

All Participants can REGISTER HERE for Microsoft Technical Training Events and receive an Exam Voucher to earn Azure Fundamentals (AZ900) Certification

All Participants who complete the challenge and submit an mobile application for judge’s review at the end of the hack will receive an Acclaim Badge to post on social media, including on their LinkedIn profile.  Badge sponsorship and accreditation made possible by CUBIC. 

Raffle Prize

Microsoft Surface Studio 2

Microsoft Surface Studio 2: Where Creative Begins. Supplied by the Microsoft Surface for Business Team

Note: Eligibility for the Surface 2 Studio includes all registered virtual hackers, who participate in a minimum of three team based hacking sessions throughout the week long hack event, participate in their Hack Team’s Final Project Submission video. The winner of the random drawing for the device will occur during the BACK ON TRACK HACK skills-based competition winners are announced on July 24th. Please check the hackathon rules for more details here

Support Contact

MTA Press Release

MTA, SUNY, CUNY and Microsoft Launch Virtual Hackathon to Improve Real-Time Seating Information for Metro-North Railroad Customers
 

Click here to read the press release.

Watch this Space for more exciting announcements!

Judge Profiles
More Prize Announcements
Technical Resources
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