Theme: Urban Autonomous Delivery 

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 Disrupting Mobility Hackathon poster [PDF]

Disrupting Mobility Hackathon poster [PDF]

The Disrupting Mobility Hackathon 2015 will be about creating your own concepts for an Urban Autonomous Delivery system that moves goods, services, or people within a city.

The application of urban autonomous delivery is wide ranging. The six focus areas for this Hackathon are:

  1. Moving people (Seniors, people without a driver’s licence, drunk drivers, distracted drivers)

  2. Small packages (max. 17.88" x 12.38" x 3", e.g., Electronics/Books/small Furniture)

  3. Food & Beverages (Fit to temperature requirements)

  4. City Services (Garbage collection, street cleaning, street maintenance, parking tickets)

  5. Medical Services (Focus on safety, cleanliness)

  6. Disaster/Emergency Handling (Fire, Police, natural disasters)

During the event there will be a series of one-hour seminars where you can learn about sensors, controls, prototyping and fabrication, platforms, and programming. Prior to the event, a set of online tutorials will be provided on our website.

Expected Deliverables

Your team’s creative output could be in the form of mock-ups, working prototypes, virtual models (animation, video), graphics (renderings, infographics), simulation models, business and operational models. Hackathon kits will be provided during the event to assist you in your projects. Participants are welcome to bring any additional hardware, software, or other materials and components to the Hackathon.  

Evaluation criteria

Each team will present their concepts to a panel of expert judges at the end of the Hackathon starting at 2pm on Sunday, November 8th.

The judges will evaluate your project based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity, 20%

  • Feasibility, 20%

  • Scalability, 20%

  • User experience, 20%

  • Originality, 20%

Winners of the hackathon will be awarded prizes at the end of the event and will be given the opportunity to make a short presentation during the Disrupting Mobility Summit on November 12th.


This 48-hour Hackathon is open to university students and professionals. Participants are welcome to join from academia, government, and industry. We invite participants from the U.S. and abroad to attend this event. You can sign-up as a team (2 to 4 people) or register alone. Participants registering alone will be organized into small teams at the start of the event. There is a $20 registration fee per person for this event. The Hackathon will provide food during the event -- Evening of Nov 6th (snacks), Breakfast/lunch/dinner on Nov 7th, Breakfast/Lunch on Nov 8th. Registration information is below:






Registration + Snacks


Introduction to Hackathon (rules, schedule, kits, team formation)


Commence Hackathon!






Group work, mentoring, small workshops (optional)




Group work, small workshops (optional)




Continue Hackathon through the evening






Finalize projects




Presentations and Judging


Awards and closing



The Hackathon will take place on the 3rd floor of the new Media Lab building. The address is 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139:



Where to do I stay?

There are a number of hotels within walking distance or accessible by mass transit (see below). Other options include local hostels, AirBnB, or crash at a local friend’s house.


Where do I park?
If you have to drive, you can park here:


Can I bring a friend?
If you would like to bring a friend, please register him or her as a teammate.


How do I access the Media Lab Building?
The doors will be open for the kick-off event from 5-7pm. Access instructions will be provided in the starter kit.


Can I work throughout the night?
You can work quite late (until 1am), however, under MIT rules for hackathons, we are not allowed to operate 24-hours without police supervision. You can, of course, go home and continue working and return when the Media Lab opens its doors at 8am. 


Will there be access to fabrication facilities?
Yes, supervised access to the fab lab is available on a first come, first serve basis.


Will there be wifi available?
Yes, free high-speed wifi is available at the Media Lab (MIT Guest).


What can I bring?
Enthusiasm, energy, and willingness to compete. Please bring your own laptops and chargers. Participants can bring additional materials if they like (foam core, any tools, arduino boards, etc.). We can provide markers, poster boards, paper, and starter kits.


Can we build upon previous projects?
Yes, you can leverage previous research and design projects in this space. Keep in mind that originality counts for 20% of the overall judging evaluation.


What’s in the Kit?
To be announced.


What do I do in case of an emergency?
Call the MIT Emergency phone line at 617-253-1212: