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About our hackathons

Hosted by the NZ Transport Agency, hackathons are 48-hour events where people with diverse skills, interests and perspectives come together to solve problems in the transport industry.

Participants usually form groups of around six to eight individuals, identify problems and generate solutions to a fleshed out concept, mock-up or prototyping stage.

Hackathons are all about creative problem solving with a customer-centric approach, using NZ Transport Agency data. You don’t have to be a ‘hacker’, a programmer or a tech-lover to take part – all skill-sets are valuable!

Our next hackathon is set for Friday 21 to Sunday 23 September, 2018.


Oh, didn’t we mention? It’s free. All food, supplies, and expertise are included. Just register online and come along.

Registration process

Just register online, and we'll confirm your participation via email in the day or two following. Once we reach our maximum number of participants, we will open a short waitlist. If your availability changes, please let us know so we can offer your spot to someone else!

Access to data, APIs, resources and technology

Specifics can be found on the Resources section of our website. As each challenge launches, new resources will be added. Using road safety as an example, there is information covering: crash data, road assets, vehicle data, video feeds and webcam API, traffic road events API, live traffic data and travel times API, vehicle counts, speed and classification, weather data, social media feeds, traffic signal data and more...

Intellectual property

We won’t claim ownership of your IP, but we ask that you respect 3rd party IP rights and let us show off your concepts for promotional purposes.

Bringing pre-prepared code or technology

You are allowed to use existing technology, including third-party libraries, frameworks or your own pre-built code.

You will need to declare any code or technology you bring with you that is incorporated into your submission, including a description of its scope and functionality. Please note that the “Execution” criteria is assessed based on the work you produce during the weekend and not what you brought in. For example, bringing a complete codebase/project without further modification will not contribute towards the Execution criteria of your submission.

Individual and team registrations

Participants register as individuals, and teams will be formed in the early stages of the weekend. Encourage friends and colleagues to register, too! If you already have an idea and a team of known associates forming, that’s fine as well – however, be prepared to work with others as you may just find someone with the perfect skillset to execute your brilliant idea. And if you turn up and you know no one… well, we promise that won’t last long.

Team sizes

We would recommend a team size of no more than 10, as it may become difficult to stay connected and work cohesively with more than this. An ideal team size would be about eight people, with a mix of skills (developers, designers, marketers, researchers and at least one person who loves pitching to a crowd). In our experience, the more diverse your team (in every aspect), the stronger your end solution.

We have capacity for a maximum of 15 teams, and – to keep things fair – no one can begin work until we are organised into 15 or fewer teams.

Work stations

Each team will have a booth onsite, either in the warehouse or office space. The booths are all very similar, and we’ll make sure you have everything you need to get settled in.

What to bring

Yourself! A laptop and any other working equipment / electronics you’d like to have on hand. We’ll provide meals, workspace, and plenty of snacks, drinks, post-it notes, pens and the like.


There’s a whole swag of prizes, and it’s different for each Hackathon.