More than 800 student participants from universities all over the nation will rally in UA’s Science and Engineering Library this weekend (January 22nd to 24th) to “hack” various projects crafted to benefit health, sustainability, and the Tucson community. The annual event, known as Hack Arizona, is a recognized talent pipeline where university students of all technology applications and experience levels can find one another and work with mentors to complete projects they develop themselves.
The hackathon was first held last year in the Science and Engineering Library after the University and Innovate UA teamed up and arranged for it in an effort to challenge and support tech-minded students.
Local traffic solution creator, Metropia Inc., will be in attendance as a sponsor, alongside Raytheon, Cisco, Amazon and Intuit, to cheer on students who’ve decided to make the 36-hour commitment from project conception to presentation.
Sponsors for Hack Arizona provide participating teams with unique challenges, often relevant to that business or organization’s native industry, and give prizes to the winning team. For the second year, Metropia Inc. will offer their Metropia Mobility Innovation prize to the team that best completes the Metropia challenge they’ve selected. Metropia’s will be looking for the best transportation solution which benefits urban mobility. The student team whose Sunday demonstration proves the most promising will win a $500 cash prize from Metropia for their hard work.
Metropia’s mission is to make cities better places to live. Mobility products currently include the Metropia App, the mobile app system that incentivizes commuters to choose routes that help reduce and eliminate traffic congestion; and Metropia Synergy, the behaviorally effective, active demand management platform that achieves congestion mitigation via social reward ecosystem.
The Metropia App is currently available in Austin, TX, Tucson, AZ and New York City and will be launched in El Paso early 2016.
For more information on Metropia’s platform and how we support our clients with creative and innovative cutting-edge solutions that address their transportation planning and transportation system operation needs, please browse our website.