A total of 22 teams from 25 colleges and universities from Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Taiwan participated in the 2-day IISI 2016 Hackathon at IISI in a contest of technological expertise and creativity. The theme of the 2016 competition focused on public transportation and transfer services. Participants were allowed to use local public transportation databases and information to develop creative technological services. The champion's trophy and a cash reward of NT$ 100,000 went to the Platform for Estimating the Time between Highway Travel and the Airport created by the Lard Sales Per Pound Team of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering of Tamkang University. The 2nd and 3rd runner ups went respectively to the Platform for Estimating YouBike Station Expansions developed by the Ben1234 team of the Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering (CSIE) of National Taiwan University (NTU) and the All Bus Transfers project developed by the Fresh Meat team of the Department of Information Management of National Dong Hwa University.
CEO Fan Chang-Kang of IISI highlighted the importance of innovation and technological capacities in routine activities as well as future development for both individuals and companies alike in this increasingly competitive world. IISI began organizing programming competitions since last year. In addition to creativity, IISI also placed great importance on the demonstration of technical competences. In other words, the IISI Hackathon is a competition demanding total integration of theoretical ideas and actual practice. IISI hopes that these APP development competitions would encourage technological development and encourage people to commit themselves towards programming design and leverage technological advancements to improve user convenience. CEO Fan also expressed that these goals were a reflection of IISI core values of using IT to guide human convenience, lifestyles, and creating value in our society.
IISI began organizing APP design competitions in 2015. The 2016 Hackathon would be the second time such a competition was held. Competitors must use the MOTC Public Transport Data eXchange (PTX) platform and data services provided by the Geographic Information Systems for Transportation (GIS-T) to come up with a small and working application and provide a demonstration of the final product within 2 days. The first place went to the Platform for Estimating the Time between Highway Travel and the Airport as it employed high levels of technical competences, creativity, and included considerations for user interface (UI) and convenience. The judges unanimously recognized the outstanding designs and practical skills demonstrated by the winning team as well as the potential for commercializing the final product.
The Photo of CEO Fan Chang-Kang of IISI with 2016 Hackathon Participants