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Hackakl winners try to prise Aucklanders out of their cars

The Supreme prize winner of last weekend’s Hackakl civic hacking event has taken on the ultra-tricky mission of tempting Auckland car drivers to use public transport.

My AT 2.0 builds on the My AT journey planning functionality on the Auckland Transport website. It’s designed to make public commuting easier with the ability to save frequently visited locations, access and manage HOP card details, provide an intuitive user interface and simplify journey planning. It also offers real time bus tracking, travel history stats and a gamified experience, with levels and rewards based on the distance users travel.


The team members were Eddie Chae, Kyungmo Kang, Donghan Kim and Jingun Lee.

The event’s Big Idea prize went to Blunder, Mike Matthew’s concept design for a dating app to connect Aucklanders with similar interests on public transport. The team produced a video hack of Auckland Transport’s electric train promo video.

About 300 people participated in the weekend, with 30 teams narrowed to 10 finalist groups, says John Bone, from co-organiser Propellerhead, a tech consultancy. The organisers hope participating groups will take ownership of the event to develop their concepts, he says.

“The goal is to nurture these people to start owning this for themselves so we’re more in a support role. “There are a number of mobile applications among the finalists that [Auckland Transport general manager of business technology] Roger Jones has been talking to [the creators] about what we do next to bring these forward.

“People with projects are saying, ours fits into yours. Our goal is to provide an ongoing container for these guys to keep collaborating.”

The judges were Stephen England-Hall, CEO of Loyalty New Zealand, John Hanna, CEO of Network for Learning (N4L), Rod Snodgrass, CEO of Telecom Digital Ventures, Candace Kinser, NZTech CEO, Colab associate professor Charles Walker, Innovation Council CEO Louise Webster and Jones.

Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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