Blockchain transport data initiative, DOVU, is set to showcase its software at the forthcoming Jaguar Land Rover Developer Challenge taking place in Slovakia during the end of September. With ‘smart mobility’ as the main theme, the hackathon will feature two challenges for developers.

The first is a mobile app that will incentivise car sharing, with the aim of decreasing overall vehicle emissions, and the second, a seamless solution for multi-modal transport planning, uniting train and bus timetables, city bike schemes, and other useful information all within a single interface.

Backed by automotive giant’s innovation arm, InMotion Ventures, DOVU is a natural partner. The project aims to equip the mobility industry with high-quality data sets crowdsourced from across the transport ecosystem, from individual travellers to corporations and third-party services.

The extensive and granular data will then be made available to developers and transport companies via a blockchain-based marketplace, rewarding those who provide it with the Ethereum-based DOV token. Meanwhile, prizes totalling €6,000 are up for grabs by lucky winners of the hackathon.

Per the deal, the brand will make its current platform available on an as-is basis so at to afford developers the opportunity to test its functionality before the formal release. This includes access to API’s for Lyft (ridesharing), Citymapper (public transport networks) as well as Dark Sky (weather data).

The aforementioned setup will enable developers to plug straight into a broad range of transport-related data feeds. Also, What3words, a geo-coding system used to communicate location anywhere in the world down to the resolution of a 3x3m square, can easily be integrated with these APIs.

The platform will provide participants with remote technical support over the course of the two-day hackathon. In due course, its own open APIs will be made available to developers—a strategic move designed to vastly simplify data acquisition and enable data-led insights and innovation.

DOVU is currently holding a crowdsale for its DOV tokens, which act as the ‘fuel’ for its transport data network and marketplace. The public token sale scheduled for 3 October 2017.

By Deborah Joy Peter