Shift2Rail, in partnership with Siemens Mobility, is organising Hack 2 Rail, an online hackathon on 23-24 October 2021. We invite you to participate in developing Europe’s future rail solutions. Interested in knowing more about rail research and innovation?

Join the hackathon in a team to collaborate with us and transport experts to create innovative solutions for our 2 key topics: Passenger Rail and Rail Freight!

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1st Prize


AI powered predictive scheduling

3rd Prize



2nd Prize


Zero Carbon

The winning teams will also:

Be invited to showcase their solution at high-profile European Year of Rail events attended by experts, policy makers and the rail industry

Have the possibility of potentially working with Siemens Mobility or other Shift2Rail Members to further develop their winning idea for market deployment.

Challenge 1: Seamless travel experience for everyone

Provide real time data and accurate information for passengers and staff.

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Challenge 2: Bringing new life to stations and stops

Improve the passenger experience in train stations.

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Challenge 3: From Road 2 Rail

Provide new sustainable solutions to send freight by using rail.

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Challenge 4: Transparent and efficient planner for freight

Optimise rail freight capacities and provide efficient and transparent information to customers.

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1 July:

Registrations open - Register on the hackathon platform

20-30 September:

Webinar Series - Learn about rail research and innovation, attend inspirational webinars, and meet Shift2Rail and Siemens Mobility’s mentors

10 October:

Ideas submission deadline - As a team, choose a challenge and submit your idea on the hackathon platform

13 October:

Shortlisted ideas announcement - The shortlisted teams will access all the hackathon resources and data set

23-24 October 2021:

Online hackathon - Develop and prototype your solution with the mentors

29 October 2021:

Demo Day - The finalist teams will pitch their solution in front of the jury

The hackathon is open to residents of the European Union and the Horizon 2020 associated countries that are willing to innovate within a team!

Teams must be made up of 2 to 5 people (registrations are individual).

Please note that additional team members will be able to join your team until the registrations close (3 October 2021).

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