Hackathon event aims to solve EV charging location puzzles

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A hackathon event aims to harness programmers’ talents to create ideas that tackle the challenges around the successful roll out of electric vehicles (EVs) in Britain in the coming years.

Obstacles that have to be addressed by 2030 include: EV infrastructure in rural locations being left behind compared to urban areas, difficulties in deciding where to locate off-street car charging points in residential streets, and how to convince car owners to switch over to EVs.

The event takes place on Wednesday 6 October and Thursday 7 October, and is organised by Ordnance Survey (OS).

OS API Product Manager Charley Glynn said: “If Britain is to meet its carbon net zero targets in the next nine years, then difficult puzzles have to be solved in the EV and transportation market.

“For instance, how are we going to be able to manage the needs of potential EV owners who need to charge their car at home but live on the top floor of a block of flats, or planning car charging points in a terraced street where parking spaces are already in short supply?

“That is why we have decided to run the OS Map and Hack virtual hackathon.

“We are providing the platform and premium data. In return we want to bring as many bright minds together as possible and pool their problem-solving skills together for these challenges to see if innovative solutions can start to be shaped.”

The hackathon will focus on four key challenges:
· How to level up EV infrastructure planning for local government in remote communities?
· What is the demand for charge points for electric vehicle fleets and where do they need to be developed?
· How can geospatial data contribute to changing behaviours among non-EV owners?
· Open innovation – what other sustainable concepts can be created using geospatial data?

Participants can enter as individuals or teams, with the aim of collaborating towards building a geospatial data solution to the problems.

OS will provide the platform and on-demand access to all its premium OS data, along with support from its team of GIS specialists.

Prizes are on offer and winners will receive collaboration time with OS technical consultants and geospatial experts, as well  as  Geovation memberships and  a bundle of OS prizes.

Contributions will be evaluated by a panel of innovation and geospatial experts, who will look for the strongest and most innovative examples that make best use of OS data and APIs.

Anyone interested in innovation within the EV, sustainability or transportation space can register here.