InfraHack 2019 Launched by Hack Partners Focuses on Infrastructure
InfraHack 2019 borrows from the hugely successful results of the HackTrain. In this case the focus is on the broader issue of not just rail transportation, but infrastructure in general.
Hack Partners, the company behind the “HackTrain” rail innovation movement to launch new initiative called InfraHack for the infrastructure sector.
- Industry heavyweights, Network Rail, Mott MacDonald, Bentley Systems, KPMG LLP and the UK National Infrastructure Commission get behind the initiative.
- Initiative to focus on innovation around: smart infrastructure – utilising Internet of Things (‘IoT’) technologies, performance optimisation through data analytics, machine learning and new commercial business models.
- First InfraHack set to run in Q1 2019 with a pre-event occurring at the Bentley Systems “Year in Infrastructure Conference” in October 2018.
In March 2015, Hack Partners CEO, River Tamoor Baig, set out to drive forward innovation in rail by creating a movement now known as the “HackTrain”. Baig, wanting to improve the way trains were operated in the North of England having travelled on them for several years decided to do something other than just complain. In setting up HackTrain, he hoped to help operators improve customer experience and operational efficiency through the use of new technology and data.
Baig’s vision was kick-started by running a “Hackathon”, a 48-hour event bringing together software developers, graphic designers, and entrepreneurs challenging them to create tech prototypes that solved some of the rail industry’s biggest challenges. To make things even more difficult, these would-be rail innovators were put in live train services travelling across the country. The benefit of doing this was to allow the innovators to experience the problems they were solving firsthand and also gain feedback about their ideas from fellow passengers.
Infrastructure is Next with InfraHack 2019
Baig, states his reasoning behind entering the infrastructure sector was because “aside from health and finance, no other industry impacts as many people as infrastructure does, from the highways that we drive on to the water that we drink, being able to use public and private infrastructure is a daily part of our lives. However, to cope with increases in demand, aging assets, and changes in user behaviour we as an industry must innovate the way we build and operate new and existing infrastructure.
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