Brussels App Challenge Finalists

June 28th, 2016

The participants’ challenge was to create user-friendly multimodal apps that integrate different mobility services and provide a simplified payment process.

The judges besides the below listed criteria set, paid particular attention to the level of innovative use of open data and ECIM services while solving Mobility challenges in Brussels.

  • Originality, creativity and innovativeness of the proposed solution
  • Use of the ECIM platform
  • Business idea, economic and financial sustainability
  • Technical and operational feasibility, based on the proposed development plan
  • Social impact of the solution proposed
  • User Interface. Quality of the proposed user interface of the prototype or the mock-up

Following the evaluation and announcement of the Brussels App Challenge competition, please find below short introduction and highlights of the three Brussels App Challenge finalists idea:

1st prize: GreenCompanion

Mobile application GreenCompanion aims to integrate different mobility services from ECIM Marketplace platform and present them in a multimodal form. Its goal is to provide a user-friendly tool for commuting around Brussels on multiple levels:

– advanced search options for directions and a possibility to choose a specific type of directions (for example: show me the safest cycling path or the least air polluted cycling path);

– advanced search options for different spots categorized by types of transportation (i.e. parking and gas stations for cars, pumping stations for bicycle etc.);

– mobility recommendation search giving different ideas and possibilities for getting from point A to point B;

– access to real-time public transport information;

– in-app payment options with ECIM single log-in;

– ticket packages of different sizes for buying different types of transportation tickets (bike + public + parking) with one click;

– CO2 saving estimation and users’ reward system for safeguarding the city.

In a nutshell, GreenCompanion desires to enable people to quickly and efficiently pick the most suitable mode of transport, depending on multiple factors (current location, preferred mode of transport, weather, cost). The app estimates CO2 savings based on the chosen mode of transport. Optionally these numbers could be used for a reward system or competition. The app provides relevant information of the chosen transport and payment, ticket package, and in-app feedback for cyclists.

The winning team:

Get a better idea by checking the team’s video pitch:

2nd Prize: PARK’N GPS+

Second prize winner PARK’N GPS+ offers a GPS combined with a parking solution and an integrated parking payment system.

The proposed App integrates a GPS (Waze) with a collaborative system to find a free parking spot.

Step by step functioning:

  • After logging in the user registers in the app which parking spot is going to be available,
  • Enters the next destination,
  • When arriving to the destination, the app indicates automatically free parking spaces for a limited time (if any).

Ticket payment is available in the App by the existing Pay by Phone API.

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3rd Prize: Door2Door

Third place goes to Door2Door, which is a middleware layer that exposes the combined ECIM marketplace services through a location based API, making ECIM more usable and easier to integrate.

The idea was to use Google Maps interface (via a Google Chrome extension to monitor itinerary demands) as the basis for an application to leverage an environment that people already use to maximize usage and economic success of ECIM.

D2D was original by proposing a more complete navigation search than what exist already today in Brussels.

It enables users to:

  • locate and find a free parking spot;
  • pay for it;
  • see a proposition to go from this parking spot to the final destination.

From ECIM services it uses parking and payment functions.

Strengths of the proposal were:

-By using Google Maps there is further potential for analytics and use of those data that could create knowledge and revenues.

-Focus on inner city infrastructure is a critical (and complex) point, and great social impact, since most itinerary application have problems integrating parking issues.

-User interface simple, based on Google Maps (familiar).


Congratulations to the winners!

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