Road Safety Idea Hack Challenge 2017

Attention: All those interested in providing road safety solutions whether it be an app, technology or digital media here is your chance:

In a nutshell what is it all about?

WHAT: Road Safety Idea Hack Challenge 2017
WHEN: March 13 (Launch) Morning (8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.) and Afternoon (1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.): Free Workshops (!) – Coding, mapping, road safety!
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Ballroom B, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Avenue
WEBSITE: IdeaHack2917

Eventbrite : Click on this link


Up to PhP 180,000 worth of prizes at stake!

On Road Safety

Road traffic injuries pose a major public health problem and a leading cause of death, injury and disability globally. Roughly 1.2 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes with 90% deaths occur in developing countries (WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety, 2015).

Hence, the government realized the need for a quality data collection on road crash investigation mechanism. With the support from the World Bank, a web-based platform has been developed for geographical spatial recording and road crashes analysis –Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER) system. To date, the platform is used by MMDA, Cebu City, Dipolog City, and BGC which have recorded over 4000 incidents since 2016.

In response to this, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) organizes the IDEA HACK which challenges participants to create and develop solutions related to the improvement of quality of road crash data collection and reporting in the country. This Competition is a complement to the UN Decade of Action goal of reducing 50% of global road fatalities by 2020.

About the event

The IDEA HACK Competition encourages creative use of ICT, digital media , and road data in addressing one of the problem statements in road safety. These solutions can be apps, platforms, websites, visualizations, advocacy campaigns, paper prototypes, maps etc. The challenge aims to use the DRIVER platform in creating solutions to improve road safety in the country such as, but not limited to the following:

Create visualizations/guides on how to use the DRIVER platform;
Create an app that will show real-time road safety statistics;
Create a platform which allows citizen reporting for road crashes and combines data from DRIVER;
Create visualizations to help the public understand and respond to crash data;
Improve emergency medical response services for road crash victims; and
Develop an advocacy campaign which emphasizes the need for data to make evidence-based decisions on road safety.

Important Dates

March 13: Launch at Crowne Plaza Ballroom B, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas Avenue

Morning (8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.): OAddress by Secretary of Transportation, Intro to the Hack-a-thon Datasets and Rules, Hacking 101 etc
Plated Lunch: Limited space — register early to secure a seat!

Afternoon (1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.): Free Workshops (!) – Coding, mapping, road safety!

March 13-17: IDEA HACK!

Submission Deadline: March 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
March 18: Award Dinner at Crowne Plaza Ruby AB

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Finalist presentations, judging and voting, next steps
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: Networking awards dinner (Limited space – register early to secure a space!)

Criteria for judging

The entries will be judged by the committee with following criteria:

Innovation and Uniqueness (35 %). Does it communicate efficiently and effectively? Is it different from other apps currently available?

Potential social value and market (35 %). Does it bring value to drivers, pedestrians, and residents? What are you contributing to the improvement of society?

Usability – UI and Quality Experience (30 %). Is the app easy to navigate? Is the idea properly executed? Is the interface clear and simple? Does the app work in a way the user would expect?

Applications will be selected and awarded for the following categories:

Grand Prize: Php 90,000 and other prizes
Second Place: Php 60,000 and other prizes
Third Place: Php 30,000 and other prizes

Complete mechanics, problem statements, and other Road Safety Idea Hack FAQs can be found here.

Event FAQs

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please send an email to

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Please present a printed ticket or a ticket saved in your phone. Only those with tickets will be allowed inside event venue.

Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you can!

Do I have to attend the workshop to participate in the contest?
Not necessarily, but at least one team member must be present during the launch on March 13.

Can you join the contest if you can’t make the award ceremony?
ALL team members must be present in the awarding on March 18.

PRESS RELEASE – 17 February 2017

Idea Hack Highlights Road Safety in the Philippines
Government taps open data to support efforts to reduce road crashes

METRO MANILA,—The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and partner agencies will gather Filipino developers, IT and digital media talents, and road safety enthusiasts in a national Road Safety Idea Hack, which also features workshops using traffic and road safety data sets at the Crowne Plaza, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City on March 13 and 18

The Road Safety Idea Hack welcomes people from diverse backgrounds, whether in app development, digital media, social science, data sciences, road safety advocacy and all who are excited and interested to learn more about open data and road safety.

Interested participants will form teams to produce ideas, analyses, methodologies, digital media, advocacy campaigns and app prototypes to improve road safety in the Philippines, using OpenTraffic data provided by Grab, road crash data aggregated by the DOTr, and other datasets, such as jeepney routes and school locations. Entries will be judged according to expected impact, creativity, feasibility, and presentation. The panel of judges will be announced shortly.

Registered participants who are not joining the competition are also invited to free workshops on March 13, where they can learn new skills, such as using Mapillary or the Open Street Map, or about how to become a road safety advocate.

Road safety is a critical issue affecting the lives of millions of Filipinos, and through the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan (2011-2020), the DOTr is committed to reduce road crashes by 50%. While crashes can be mitigated with targeted policy and infrastructure interventions, these interventions need to be well-informed by evidence. Hence, the DOTr is enlisting the support of the public to use its new open data sets to find solutions that will help meet this target.

“The DOTr, led by Sec. Art Tugade, is strongly committed to address the country’s challenges in road safety and improve the country’s transportation. Accurate and reliable data on road crashes and multi-sectoral collaboration are crucial to achieve these goals. Through this initiative, we plan to tap the country’s ICT talents and road safety community to develop innovative solutions,” DOTr Assistant Secretary for Land Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon said.

The DOTr will also be launching a new platform called Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER), a web-based and open-source national system for geo-spatially recording and analyzing road crashes. DRIVER can be publicly accessed at and is currently populated with data from Metro Manila, Cebu, and Dipolog.

Grab is the leading sponsor of the idea alongside the World Bank, the Korea Green Growth Partnership, Globe, Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, Mapillary, Ateneo School of Government, Imagine Law, Vera Files, Azavea, among others.

“The country is in for an innovative event as people of different professions will be coming together to brainstorm for solutions to road safety problems. Technology and data are at the core of our business and something we’ve been sharing with the Philippine government since April 2016. Grab highly encourages everyone to participate to help make transportation safer for Filipinos,” Grab PH Country Head Brian Cu said.

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