Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT), CIT UPC and ARIADNA project partners, coordinated by Factual, are proud to announce #HackARIADNA 2020, the online Hackathon taking place in Autumn 2020.


The impact of the COVID-19 crisis is being felt across the globe. The pandemic has completely changed our life as we know it. This ongoing situation is affecting not only our health, but also impacts the way organisations work and the cohesion of communities. Furthermore, it destabilises our economy, provoking serious financial disruption. And many more implications continue to affect our lives and societies.

Space data and location/navigation technologies offer a huge potential to support the fight against new viruses such as COVID-19, as you can read below. Hack ARIADNA is calling for solutions to help public authorities to monitor and analyse emergency situations, to increase awareness amongst citizens about viruses like COVID-19, and further advance public transport and support healthy urban mobility.

It is a global fight to limit the negative impact of COVID-19 on our communities, but is also an occasion to reshape our societies, to figure out a different way of living together in harmony with nature. We are committed to fight this worldwide battle together!


#HackARIADNA combines the scope of the EU-project ARIADNA with the new challenges raised by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The Hackathon calls for all urban mobility and public transport stakeholders to design solutions and develop innovative applications that will help the world find better new mobility solutions through the use of EGNSS, with a possible focus on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Transport of goods and people is one of the sectors in which GALILEO offers the greatest number of possibilities. The greater accuracy of GALILEO compared to other geolocation systems makes it more competitive and enables new transport services to be developed that meet current market needs and existing services to be optimised, making them more flexible and efficient. Therefore, GALILEO opens new application opportunities in areas such as fleet management (buses, trains, trams, etc.), traffic management, mobility applications, communication between vehicles and road safety, among others.

In 2019, a billion smart phones were already using GALILEO. However, even though its use is common in our daily life, GALILEO continues to be little known among city councils, public transport authorities and operators, companies and individuals. This is where ARIADNA comes in.

You can read more about GALILEO and EGNOS here.


  • #HackARIADNA is a fully remote and global contest calling on young professionals, robotics experts, tech individuals, companies or anyone interested in the topic to design solutions and developing innovative applications that will help the world find better new mobility solutions through the use of EGNSS (GALILEO);
  • #HackARIADNA aims to utilise, explore and train participants in the best aspects of remote collaboration. Transforming every disadvantage into an opportunity to learn, grow, connect, solve and inspire;
  • Lead by the experienced, global Y4PT Team and ARIADNA Consortium’s partners contributing support and action across different time zones;
  • Participants: any individual can participate, collaborating to develop & deploy fast new responses in real time;
  • Winners will be entitled to different kind of prizes, and one selected person from the winning team will participate to the Y4PT Global Hack COVID19 Reshaping Societies – Melbourne 2021.


We are searching for ways to inform and make users aware about GALILEO, and we want them to use it daily or more often. The call is open for solutions in the following topics:

Public Transport during and post COVID-19:

Ensuring social distancing, and in consequence user safety, by:

  • Queue/Crowd management at bus/metro stations, in the city centre, streets, proposing routes and modes of transport.
  • Fleet management systems/models.
  • Determine average load on vehicles.
  • Flatten the demand curve.
  • Increase resiliency (e.g. pre-book on-demand mobility services as a complement to traditional public transport).

More sustainable and healthy mobility:

Reduce emissions, promote healthy and sustainable mobility, improve the quality of life of people living in urban areas.

  • Exploring ways to count cyclists (allocate them to specific lanes and directions of ride).
  • Bonus on bike usage.
  • Calculation of time (and money) saved if people chose cycling/shared e-scooters over cars, and indicate the closest share cycling/e-scooter service.
  • Public e-bike and e-scooter sharing services: usage monitoring (O/Ds, riding behaviours, etc).
  • Bus O/D matrices.

We are calling for already existing or new solutions, the creation of MVPs (Minimum Viable Product) or Prototypes with innovative ideas taking into account the above main topics.

No limits to your creativity!


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Participants can be individuals of any age, groups or teams of people, youth of any age, young professionals, robotics experts, tech individuals or companies who will demonstrate their commitment, creativity, or enthusiasm for sustainability in their application. Are you one of those innovative and creative individuals or teams with a great ability to get the most out of limited resources? Then the call is for you!

Even a simple app enabling citizens to adapt more easily to the changed conditions can mean the world to somebody, not to mention the role that the healthy mobility tech start-ups play amid these predicaments. There are so many ways to participate and make a difference, so show us how YOU are a champion in reshaping our societies in a sustainable way.

Submissions will be reviewed by Y4PT and ARIADNA Partners and assessed relative to creativity, value and potential for immediate or fast sustainability and replication.


  • A first phase of subscription September 2020/October 2020.
  • Mid October 2020 a selection of the possible participants to the mentoring event will be made by Y4PT.
  • From end of October 2020, tailor made encounters with Y4PT Mentors will take place to bring people together, discuss, implement, and refine the ideas, prototypes and skills of participants.
  • Winners will be announced during the Final 17/19th of November 2020, and entitled to participate to the Y4PT International Hack 2021 that will take place in Melbourne, Australia December 2021.

About Y4PT

For over 15 years, Y4PT has been bringing together young minds and industry experts in hacks and other events worldwide to collaborate in investigating and solving problems that face us all. We have a growing community of over 40 countries, and double that number of Y4PT Young Ambassadors. Each year we have generated 30/40 local Labs and Hacks, with more than 3 projects per event developed by local Authorities and stakeholders. Yearly global hacks since 2017, each with over 60 participants, have exponentially augmented the perspectives of these projects and collaborations.

To date, we have reached more than 10,000 young people – a proactive, creative, talented and committed worldwide community.


For further information, contact:

Mr. Ramon DUESOIndustrial Liaison Officer, CIT UPC, 

Mrs. Alessandra GORINICo-Founder and Executive Director, Y4PT

Mr. Sebastián PERNETCo-Founder, Y4PT