ECF Hackathon - Building the cycling city of the future - DigiEduHack 2020

ECF Hackathon - Building the cycling city of the future




Co-create the future of urban mobility with us!

Join our DigiEduHack to connect with other mobility professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to co-create the future of our cities. Help us solve the challenge of Building the cycling city of the future, turn your vision into reality and showcase your solutions on a European and global scale. Experts and mentors will support your team during the 24 hours in finding the best solutions to the challenges. The best teams can win €5000 in a global award contest and a one-day ticket to pitch the proposal at Velo-city 2021 Lisboa, the premier cycling conference in the world.

Join us online on 10 Nov 2021
And team up to solve our challenge:

#43 / Building the cycling city of the future

Cycling is a powerful tool to change the way our cities function, making them more sustainable and resilient. The European Cyclists' Federation is looking for great ideas to spread the use of bicycles and educate people into it. Join our experts and help us make Europe a cycling superpower.

Who can join?


Teachers or educators



Education professionals


Any questions?

You can get in touch with us: scroll up, click on the contact tab, drop us a line!


All times indicated are in the event local timezone

Friday, 13 November 2020, from 9:30 to 16:00.

13 November 09:30

Welcome address by Jill Warren, European Cyclists' Federation co-CEO

13 November 09:40

Hackathon’s introduction and launch

13 November 10:00

Topic brainstorming

13 November 10:20

Teams formation

13 November 10:30


13 November 10:45

Hackathon's workshop

idea generation and development into the challenge's solution

13 November 13:30

Solution's presentation

Each team pitches its presentation to the jury members - 5 minutes max. + Q&A

13 November 14:30

Jury's deliberation

13 November 14:45

Announcement of winning solution & few words from winning team

13 November 15:15


13 November 15:30

Off-event networking (optional)


Solutions will be pitched to our jury of experts. They will select the 3 most promising ones, which will get the opportunity to be developed further. In particular: The third best proposition will be published on the European Cyclists' Federation's website and promoted through its channels; The second best proposition will receive the same level of visibility. On top of that, the most appropriate expert within ECF's team will follow up with the team to refine it; The winning proposition will be awarded a one-day ticket to the Velo-city 2021, the premier cycling conference in the world, with the opportunity to pitch again the solution once the winning team will have worked on it with ECF. Furthermore, it will be able to compete in the final global DigiEduHack award contest.


The Jury will gather professionals from the cycling sector, journalists and cycling influencers. The final list of jury members will be made public soon.


Henk Swarttouw


European Cyclists' Federation, Vice-President


Jill Warren


European Cyclists' Federation, co-CEO

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Caroline Cerfontaine


European Cyclists' Federation, Velo-city Director


Piotr Rapacz


European Commission, DG MOVE, Urban Mobility Team Leader


Delia Mitcan

Innovation Officer, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub


Alex d'Agosta

Journalist and bike economy expert, Il Sole 24 Ore

1. Preliminary statement


Welcome to DigiEduHack. This set of rules is a body of principles governing DigiEduHack as a whole.
Each DigiEduHack challenge might have additional and/or specific rules.


DigiEduHack is a hackathon that encourages collaboration, co-creation and real-life change. Even if in the end three teams will be crowned as global winners and will get 5000€ each, any solution uploaded on can potentially have an impact on digital education. This reflects the spirit of DigiEduHack: you take part in this hackathon because you and your team members want to take action and contribute to solving an actual challenge.


DigiEduHack is free, accessible, inclusive and sustainable. Please keep in mind these values when entering and taking part in a DigiEduHack challenge. Participants are expected to behave according to these values.

Do not shame, mock, attack, despise or hurt other participants.
Do support other teams, respect the differences, encourage, help and include others.

Be positive and remember to have fun: DigiEduHack is fist and foremost a great experience where you are going to meet fantastic people, get new cool skills, grow your network.


Last but not least: in case of doubt, please contact either the owner of the challenge or the DigiEduHack central team

2. Rules


Prior to joining Digieduhack, you as a participant should pick a challenge. Most of the challenges have an open recruitment; some challenges have a conditional recruitment (be a student part of the challenge owner's institution for example). You can see the status of a challenge by checking its label on the "2020 events" page and on the "2020 challenges" page.


As a participant, you can only join/take part in one DigiEduHack challenge in 2020. You can join alone, or take part as a team. If you tale pat as a team, each team members should sign up for the challenge individually. The size of the teams is decided by each challenge owner. This size may vary from one challenge to another. The composition of a team is decided by the local challenge owners. Please refer to the documentation specific to the challenge you wish to join. In case of doubt, please contact the challenge owner.


As a participant you are expected to take part in all/most of the activities organised by the challenge owner on the 12-13 November 2020. Challenge owners can decide to make some or all activities mandatory, either before, during or after their DigiEduHack event. Please refer to the planning of the challenge you joined for further info.


Your solution should be co-created and finalised during the DigiEduHack event you're taking part in. It's allowed to join with draft ideas, frameworks, ideas and concepts. It's not allowed to join with a ready-made, ready-to-be-rolled-out solution. You can get inspiration from existing solution but plagiarism, copy and/or any other form of treachery or deception are totally forbidden. You can use open source resources if you clearly attribute the sampled part(s) to their original creator(s) and if the sampled part(s) is a minor component of your solution.


DigiEduHack is a multilevel hackathon where each challenge owner chooses one winning solution and might choose one or several runner-ups. Each challenge owner has their own judging grid to assess submitted solutions: please contact your challenge owner for more details. All the winning solutions (NOT the runner-ups) enter the global competition where the DigiEduHack steering group chooses 10 to 12 finalists based on the criteria available here. These 10 to 12 finalist solutions are uploaded on the United Nations' Unite Ideas platform to be submitted to a public vote. The three solutions that gather the most votes are declared global winners and their teams are awarded 5000€ each.


At the end of the event you are taking part in, follow and respect your challenge owner's instructions on when to stop working on your solution and on where, how and when your solution will be assessed: pay especially attention to mandatory pitching/demo sessions and upload requirements. You had no time to finish? No worries: notify it during your pitch/demo/upload in the description of your project.  All the solutions created during DigiEduHack 2020 should be uploaded on Solutions uploaded to are made public under the DigiEduHack intellectual property guidelines.


Only ONE team member should upload the team's solution on, and only ONE solution per team should be uploaded. A team can only upload a solution for a challenge they are registered for and actually took part in. Before starting the upload process, please check the solution upload guidelines. To upload your solution login, go to "upload your solution" and follow the steps.


Participants or teams can be disqualified and excluded from DigiEdUhack for breaking one of the aforementioned rules/preliminary statements. If a single participant in a team breaks a rule, the participant will be excluded from their team and from DigiEduHack. The rest of the team can keep taking part in DigiEduHack. If a team as a whole breaks a rule, they will be excluded from DigiEduHack. Each challenge owner decides in full discretion on exclusions for their own event. The DigiEduHack central team decides in full discretion on exclusions for the global competition. Exclusions are definitive. Solutions that break the rules described in 2.4 will be disqualified. If a winning solution is disqualified, the challenge owner will organise a second deliberation and annouce a new winner. If a finalist solution or a global winning solution is disqualified, the Steering group as a whole or in a smaller quorum will assess a new finalist solution and a new public vote will take place.



Frequently asked questions

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The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), with 76 members in 46 countries, is the leading federation of civil society organisations that promote and advocate for cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transport and leisure.

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Current Situation

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DigiEduHack 2021 partners & supporters

DigiEduHack is an EIT initiative under the European Commission's Digital Education Action Plan, led by EIT Climate-KIC and coordinated by Aalto University. In 2021, the main stage event is hosted by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in cooperation with the International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) under the auspices of UNESCO.

EIT Climate-Kic

Aalto University

European commission

Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport

International Research Center on Artificial Intelligence

EIT Community: Human Capital