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MapMassDOT’s Visualizing Transportation Hackathon in Cambridge December 13-14 in partnership with the Mass Big Data Initiative, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and hack/reduce, will release data sets on travel in Massachusetts and open a challenge to the public to collaborate around analyzing this data and visualizing resulting insights to help inform the future of transportation in the Commonwealth. The Hackathon is taking place at hack/reduce, 275 3rd Street, Cambridge.

Partnerships will be invited to explore a collection of transportation data with a specific focus on travel behavior, road-rail comparisons, and the energy, environmental, and social impacts of transportation mode-choice.

Massachusetts travelers make daily decisions on how to reach their destinations. Those decisions have significant impact on traffic congestion, travel costs, and carbon emissions.  MassDOT installed a pilot network of roadway sensors to provide real-time traffic management (RTTM) information on three major roadways- 93, I-90, and Rt. 3. Each of these roadway “corridors” is paralleled by at least one light rail line. The Mass Transportation Future Hackathon will engage the public to show compelling insights from the available data, with a special priority on differences between driving vs. riding the train through specific corridors. The event will encourage participants to choose their own most compelling “lens“ through which to analyze the data, which may include: travel cost, emissions, and time delays.

A total of $6,000 in prizes will be awarded in the categories of Best Use of Data, Most Visually Compelling, and Crowd Favorite. Best Use of Data will be awarded based upon data that is useful, insightful, and actionable.

Submissions will be judged based upon whether the data use is interactive and imaginative, with the public readily able to learn and use the content.

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