Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DOTr together with Grab launch Road Safety Idea Hack event.

   The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and  partner agencies gather Filipino developers, IT and digital media talents, and road safety enthusiasts in a national Road Safety Idea Hack, which also featured workshops using traffic and road safety data sets at the Crowne Plaza 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 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 DOTr
  • and other datasets, such as jeepney routes and school locations.

Who can join?

  Participants can do hacks in their own, instead of a 2-3 day hacking on one area, the participating teams are allowed to do their task on their own places, as long as they can submit the needed requirements on or before 6PM of March 17.

Entries will be judged according to expected impact, creativity, feasibility, and presentation.

  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.

During the event, secretary they also signed the Memorandum of Agreement

  Alongside with the hacking event announcement, the DOTr also introduced a new platform called Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER), a web-based and open-source national system for geo-spatially that record and analyze road crashes. DRIVER can be access at and is currently populated with data from Metro Manila, Cebu, and Dipolog.

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