Hack My Ride 2.0 challenges you to create technology that will transform how we get around in Silicon Valley. Help us create working apps and tools that will make it easier for people to plan trips, connect with their surroundings, and enrich their transportation experience.

We want you to go beyond transit trip planners--there are already many apps out there that help people plan their trips--and create innovative user experiences that haven't been tried before. Think about beacons, wearables, mashing up VTA data with other non-transit data, and brilliant data visualizations.

You are not required to make your app available to the public via a website or app store, so you don't need to worry about allowing time for the app to go through the stores' approval process. Please see section 4 of the Rules for details about how you can submit your app for judging.

You'll need to incorporate VTA data into your app so this will help VTA customers in Silicon Valley, but we want you to think even bigger and build something that could help people get around anywhere in the world.

We particularly encourage use of beacon technology we'll be piloting during Hack My Ride. Beacons have applications for wayfinding, location-based communications, accessibility for visually impaired people, loyalty programs and games that enhance the transit and mobility experience.


  • You must be 18 or older to participate in the challenge.
  • Teams of eligible individuals can enter.
  • Teams of eligible individuals may enter on behalf of a company, non-profit, and other legal entities may enter as long as they have fewer than 50 employers.
  • Large organizations with more than 50 employees can enter, but will only qualify for the Large Organization Recognition Award.


A complete submission includes the following:

  1. A working software application that uses at least one of the VTA Datasets available at https://data.vta.org or http://www.vta.org/getting-around/gtfs-info/gtfs-information, and can update and refresh the data.
  2. The application must run on at least one of the following: a smartphone or tablet, a web browser (mobile or desktop), a desktop computer, other hardware (including, but not limited to, wearable technology, open source hardware, or proprietary hardware). Your application does not have to be available publicly or in an app store.
  3. A video that clearly explains your application’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demonstration.

Hackathon Sponsors


$30,000 in prizes

Grand Prize


Second Prize


Third Prize


Best Crowdsourcing Application

$1,500 Awarded at the discretion of the Judges to the Application that best demonstrates the ability to use crowdsourced data to track and broadcast up-to-date real time information on VTA service OR that provides crowdsourced ridership data back to the VTA.

Best Data Visualization Application

$1,500 Awarded at the discretion of the Judges to the Application that uses VTA data to create visualizations and predictive modeling based on real-time and/or historical data.

Best Use of Beacons

$1,500 Awarded at the discretion of the Judges to the Application that best makes use of Bluetooth beacons in a transit system.

Ridership Growth or Retention Award

$1,500 Awarded at the discretion of the Judges to the Application with the greatest potential to increase VTA transit ridership or retention.

Popular Choice Award

$1,500 Determined by public voting.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Here's how you enter:

  1. Register for the Challenge by clicking the “Register for this Challenge” button at hackmyride2.challengepost.com. Sign up to create a ChallengePost account, or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. Create a software application that integrates and utilizes at least one of the VTA Open Data datasets available at https://data.vta.org or GTFS feeds available at http://www.vta.org/getting-around/gtfs-info/gtfs-information
  3. Create a video that clearly explains your application’s features and functionality through a comprehensive demonstration.
  4. Complete the “Enter a Submission” page of the Challenge Website before the end of the submission period. See the Official Rules for additional requirements.


Gary Miskell

Gary Miskell
Chief Information Officer, Valley Transportation Authority

Bill Gurley

Bill Gurley
General Partner, Benchmark

Clara Brenner

Clara Brenner
CEO and Co-Founder, Tumml

Daniel Harris

Daniel Harris
Program Director, San Jose, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Jen Padgett

Jen Padgett
CEO of the Silicon Valley nonprofit Community Technology Alliance (CTA)

Nathan Lam

Nathan Lam
Product Marketing Lead, API & Strategic Partnerships at Uber

Michael Hursh

Michael Hursh
General Manager, AC Transit

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of Idea
    Includes creativity and originality.
  • Implementation of Idea
    Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and how well the Application integrates the required VTA public data and APIs and any other utilized data.
  • Potential Impact
    Includes the extent to which the Application will impact transit ridership retention and growth, as well as the potential impact on the riders’ transit experience.

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