It’s about time as the government taps open data and the private sector to support efforts to highlight road safety in the Philippines!
Idea Hack 2017
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and partner agencies gathered Filipino developers, IT and digital media talents, and road safety enthusiasts earlier today in a national Road Safety Idea Hack, which also featured workshops using traffic and road safety data sets at the Crowne Plaza, Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City. The final and concluding day would be in March 18.
The Road Safety Idea Hack welcomes people from diverse backgrounds, whether in app development, digital media, social science, data sciences, road safety advocacy and all who are excited and interested to learn more about open data and road safety.
Interested participants are encouraged to form teams to produce ideas, analyses, methodologies, digital media, advocacy campaigns and app prototypes to improve road safety in the Philippines, using OpenTraffic data provided by Grab, road crash data aggregated by the DOTr, and other datasets, such as jeepney routes and school locations. Entries will be judged according to expected impact, creativity, feasibility, and presentation. The panel of judges will be announced at a later time.
Registered participants who are not joining the competition were also able to join free workshops in the afternoon, where they learned new skills, such as using Mapillary or the Open Street Map, or about how to become a road safety advocate.
Road Safety in PH
Road safety is a critical issue affecting the lives of millions of Filipinos, and through the Philippine Road Safety Action Plan (2011-2020), the DOTr is committed to reduce road crashes by 50%. While crashes can be mitigated with targeted policy and infrastructure interventions, these interventions need to be well-informed by evidence. Hence, the DOTr is enlisting the support of the public to use its new open data sets to find solutions that will help meet this target.
The DOTr will also be launching a new platform called Data for Road Incident Visualization Evaluation and Reporting (DRIVER), a web-based and open-source national system for geo-spatially recording and analyzing road crashes. DRIVER can be publicly accessed at www.roadsafety.gov.ph and is currently populated with data from Metro Manila, Cebu, and Dipolog.
“The DOTr, led by Sec. Art Tugade, is strongly committed to address the country’s challenges in road safety and improve the country’s transportation. Accurate and reliable data on road crashes and multi-sectoral collaboration are crucial to achieve these goals. Through this initiative, we plan to tap the country’s ICT talents and road safety community to develop innovative solutions,” DOTr Assistant Secretary for Land Transport and Infrastructure Mark de Leon said.
Grab is the leading sponsor of the Idea Hack alongside the World Bank, the Korea Green Growth Partnership, Globe, Petron, Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, Mapillary, Ateneo School of Government, Imagine Law, Vera Files, Azavea, Mapzen, Far Eastern University Institute of Technology, Inclusive Mobility, MapPH, Metro Manila Development Authority, Netsquared Manila, OpenStreetMap Philippines, Open Knowledge Philippines, Urban Land Institute, and Youth Mappers, among others.
“The country is in for an innovative event as people of different professions will be coming together to brainstorm for solutions to road safety problems. Technology and data are at the core of our business and something we’ve been sharing with the Philippine government since April 2016. Grab highly encourages everyone to participate to help make transportation safer for Filipinos,” Grab PH Country Head Brian Cu said.