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Aviva co-hosts the Safer Neighbourhoods Hackathon

By Aviva Canada on

We took dozens of bright thinkers, armed them with equal parts coffee and data, then challenged them to address community safety.

In late November 2018, Aviva Canada partnered with OneEleven, Sidewalk Labs, the City of Toronto and Think Data Works to host the Connected Neighbourhoods Hackathon to spark innovations that could make Canadian neighbourhoods more connected and safer.

The 48-hour event brought together a hackathon dream team of 80 technology experts, industry professionals and creative thinkers to develop solutions to challenges facing the neighbourhoods of today – and tomorrow.


Groups of people working together on computers at the Connected Neighbourhoods Hackathon

Tackling the pedestrian safety challenge.

Mentoring, resources and data sets were made available to help hackers solve several challenges, including how to make communities more pedestrian-friendly, prevent distracted driving-related accidents, and increase house-to-house communication.

Despite feeling a bit sleep deprived, our hackers persevered. It was all for a good cause: their all-night hacking produced innovative solutions that will change driving behaviour and improve safety for pedestrians.

“The 48-hour event brought together a hackathon dream team of 80 technology experts, industry professionals and creative thinkers.”

Three winners delivered diverse solutions.

First place: Team Avocado Toast
Team Avocado Toast focused on increasing pedestrian safety at intersections where data showed 75% of collisions occur. The team developed an app that provides real-time data to drivers about danger zones via audio and visual alerts. What set them apart from the other teams was their implementation plan, which focused on B2B subscription sales, and using Canada Post as a user case.

Second place: Team Autonomics
Team Autonomics developed a modelling tool to help city planners, developers and governments make informed, swift and proactive decisions about implementing measures to increase pedestrian safety. Their tool allowed different data points to be layered onto city maps and into decision-making or policy requirements. Their intent was to democratize safety so decisions can be based purely on data instead of socio-economic factors, which vary between neighbourhoods.

Third place: The Humber Hackers
This team of User Experience (UX) students from Humber College developed a visual feedback tool to increase pedestrian safety with the goal of selling their data to rideshare companies.


Watch the hackathon highlights to see the teams in action.