Hack the Ride: hacking on wheels

Recently we delivered the final prize Hack The Ride to Miquel Llobet and David Farrús, members of the WMB team who were the first prize winners of Hack The Ride with a proposal based on Google Glass that integrated data from the bike while you drive and you can request more or less information from the controls of the bike.

David Farrús (left) and Miquel Llobet (center) the winners of Hack The Ride First Prize

It was the first of three prizes to be awarded at the end of 24 hours of Hack The Ride, a hackathon we organised for/with BMW Motorrad and the global BMW Innovation Group (Innovation Works). The idea was to create new applications for mobile phones and similar devices to improve motorcycle driving in town. It can be understood as the application concept “Connected Vehicle” to mnotorcycles. The “Connected Vehicle” was also one of the important themes of the Mobile World Congress this year.

We took the Mobile World Center at Plaza Catalunya during the 22nd and 23rd of February.


BMW showed and shared the workings of their new c-evolution electric motorbikes which come with an interesting set of sensors and systems for collecting and sharing data. It took a bit of work to get the bikes to the second floor, though.


The other two winners were:

The UNU team, GillesBackhus  and Robert Weindl, who presented the application Bike Share. It is a system that facilitates motorcycle sharing among a community of bikers. This is accompanied with the ability to measure the confidence of the people lending or borrowing a bike (using a graph-based algorithm) and also proposed interesting ways to visualise the  approaches on the use of motorcycles in the city. It also overcame the “cold start” typical of collaborative environments with various incentive schemas.


Paul Günther of the Gumball team won the third prize. His proposal  used iBeacon by integrating the technology in the bike and letting other people access the history of a bike that they could come across on the street. Foe example, you could know the type of routes it did and, from here, you could connect with the owner and eventually agree to be borrow  the bike. The most striking part of the proposal was whoever shared the bike through Gumball could customise it (lights, colors, etc.) and return it back later with the original appearance. Paul showed what use could be given, for example, to an e-ink technology .

The jury’s decision was not easy because the other proposals were also very original, creative and of high quality. Here they are summarized:

The BMW Flow team (Josep Jordana, Javier Arturo Rodriguez and Jordi Soucheiron) Proposed and application consisting of two parts: a mobile application that collects data from the bike and send them to the cloud and a web interface that allows you to see in realtime changes in the variables of your motorcycle. This web interface interface includes an API that allows the user or third-party applications obtain historical data of the motorcycle.

Internet of Bikes (Oriol Fernandez) It is and application connected to the concept of Smart City. It uses the bike sensors and a smartphone. It sends the information to the cloud to provide real-time information on several conditions: weather, temperature, light, etc. . Combined with information about the city it suggest to the smartphone/motorcycle how to drive in a efficient way.

The Butun team (Marc Felip) proposed a solution based on sensors that allows you to measure and improve your competence as a driver.

The Social Pictime team (Juan Cruz, Guillermo Perez and Josep Romero) proposed an approach to social media to support a “fan club ” who shared information with members of the BMW community by creating a system of incentives and credits that has as prizes a way to access renowned pilots and to interact with them. This could also share pictures and other media.

Team Mobile Airborne Division (Noel De Martin , Sergio Sánchez, Nelson Melina and Carlota Royuela) proposed the application ZenCat an anti-theft system based on converting the bike into a node of a network of “internet of things” .

Jokin Cuadrado and Javier Serna proposed RideWithMe a system to support communication between riders to share routes on the fly.

Markus Fisch proposed an apparently very simple application: a way to count the mistakes that are made while driving and to know what needs to be improved in the drivers way of piloting.

The Eco Team (David Torguet García, Diego Morales Gómez, Rubén Sánchez, and Raimon Ràfols) proposed a constellation of applications (EcoWallet + Eco2mmunity +  EcoGlass ) also made ​​use of Google Glass. The goal was to create an environment and incentives that favoured driving in a more environmentally conscious way.

The team Synthesizers * (Horacio Herrera, Ricardo Caballero and  Oriol Capdevila) proposed “BMW Experience” an application that facilitated understanding what the BMW driving experience by sharing places and routes .

The Alergics team (Bernat Borras, and Adria Berge), proposed Ascure, an Android application, to provide security: it allowed you to query and modify the state of the bike remotely and to detect when someone is moving it without your premission. It provided the ability to alert the police or other security services.

The proposal imesh by the MadGeekLabs team (Alejandro Vidal, Gustavo Giudici, Sanja Zakovska and Carlos Jimenez) uses Bluetooth to create a mesh network. This aimed , in part, to create a network for emergency but also to facilitate connectivity between conductors while driving. Other equally interesting use cases were proposed.

Check & Ride, a proposal of the Motoapp team (Pol Montserrat. Erik Podetti and Carles Farrerons) monitors data from the bike and other sources (like the city) to detect anomalies that may affect driving and proposes solutions to the driver.  At the same time,  it seeks to reward good drivers.

The WOOW team (David Alvarez, Cristian Lopez and Marc Gibert Grau) come up with The Guard, a system for detecting lost or stolen motorbikes by exploiting a network of distributed mobile applications.

The Solarriz team (Jordi Aranda, David Solans and Borja Gorriz) created Follow Me. This is an Android application that allows each rider to share his or her route and position via a web link or a direct connection.

Safe Rider was the proposal of Toni Cañas Guillen whose goal was to manage various BMW scooter by focusing on the interaction between the motorcycle data and weather conditions to create safe driving.

The Tecnoria team (Luis Miguel Gil) created ecall moto,  an application that evaluates whether a motorist has had an accident by integrating data coming from existing sensors, GPS and other technologies. If so, the application launches communication actions to appropriate services.

 In brief,  a lot of creativity to meet the challenge of improving the urban experience of driving motorcycles.

In the exchange we had with participants we discovered things we did well and others that need improvement for future editions.

We know that the food had many compliments but we also know that we have to improve the management presentations. In particular the time allocated to each one of them and how to make the best demos. Thanks to all for the suggestions, appreciation and criticisms!.



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