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Search begins for next timetable apps

Transport apps. Graphic: Trafi

Public Transport Victoria has launched the search for the next generation of apps using timetable data, with a month-long ‘incubator’ program for new ideas.

Known as the VicTripathon, the event was kicked off on Saturday with a two-day ‘tech jam’ – a weekend of intensive workshops to support participants who have limited experience developing digital products.

Participants ended the weekend presenting their product concepts to a panel, with five concepts progressing to the month-long incubator phase.

Running from Monday, June 1 to Thursday, July 2, the incubator phase will give the five successful teams access to a range of experts so they can further develop their product.

“The five incubation phase teams have one month to develop their concept to a market-ready product, and present it to a panel of judges who will determine an incubation phase prize winner, based on the product that best enhances a customer’s experience,” Public Transport Victoria said on May 28.

Two other grand prizes will be awarded and participation is open to all developers to submit market-ready products using PTV’s API data.

PTV’s new Timetable API (Application Programming Interface) dataset includes, for the first time, real-time tram information, some real-time bus information and service disruption information, the authority said.

VicTripathon is being run for PTV by a consortium, which comprises Collabforge (consortium leader), Open Knowledge Australia, Code for Australia, Owl Ventures and NICTA.

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