48 intensive hours of product development, a very informative learning opportunity and a great time during the international Urban Mobility Hackathon

Through creating product Livestment, StraTopo’s geo enthusiasts competed against 23 teams from more than 30 countries to find creative, useful and sustainable solutions for climate-neutral mobility.

During the hackathon, we presented new insights into Sarkandaugava and Bolderaja (neighbourhoods of Riga), through spatial analysis using open data. These included an analysis of existing facilities and their reachability. These insights can help in the connection of sustainable policymaking with investment opportunities in both of these neighbourhoods.

Problem

Throughout the hackathon, we talked to Riga city planners and confirmed that like other cities, Riga’s city planners have a hard time demonstrating how real estate developers would profit from the city’s sustainable, spatial development vision.

On the other hand, we spoke with real estate developers, who acknowledged that there is no geographic tool that can assist them in making profitable investments. This becomes increasingly important as cities become more decentralized.

Solution

Our proposal is a one of a kind tool that gives quick and valuable insight into:

  • accessibility of existing neighbourhoods (using routing over existing infrastructure),
  • their demographic and economic characteristics,
  • city development plans and much more.

Livestment

The possibilities of this tool are truly limitless! The idea is based on the 15-Minute Neighbourhood concept which encourages that within an urban context work, shops, health care, education and entertainment should ideally all be reachable within 15 minutes by foot or bicycle. It emphasises the importance of ensuring access to all locations where people’s daily needs and visits occur. This idea has a proven record of increasing property values, enhancing the quality of life and facilitating a diverse city development.

Based on the identified user needs, we validated the idea and created the first prototype.

Urban Mobility Hackathon, is a project funded by EIT Urban Mobility and organised by VEFRESH, City of Riga, EDI-Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, Teikums co-working and EIT Urban Mobility. The event’s lead partner is the Embassy of the Netherlands in Latvia, and it is also supported by Accenture Latvia and LMT.

Our team learned a lot and came up with a fantastic new solution during this process. We had a wonderful time together, and it was a great opportunity for team bonding!

Urban Mobility Hackathon, thanks a lot!