Applicants will have access to newly released Clearways data to develop their product. TfNSW Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) will be made available during development to provide advice and support. Products will then be tested and assessed for endorsement before being released to the market.
Please Note: Should you be selected through to incubation, you must be able to produce a market-ready product that incorporates data and functionality by April 2019.
The applicant/s who are selected through to incubation will have the opportunity to be endorsed by TfNSW. TfNSW endorses products that are of high quality, innovative and solve customer problems.
Endorsed products are required to meet the following Judging Criteria:
- Customer Experience - Usability is a factor - is the solution appealing, effortless, intuitive and easy to use?
- Market Feasibility - Does your solution demonstrate knowledge of Transport’s customer base and will it be available to most people?
- Innovation - Is your product unique and original, and does it demonstrate tangible technical innovations?
- Commercial Sustainability - Can your idea sustain its commercial momentum? Is it profitable in the long term?
- Technical Feasibility - Can your idea receive insights and statistics, demonstrate an understanding of technical inputs to app development and ensure technical stability?
The priority is the Sydney metropolitan area although ideally your solution should cover all of NSW.
If your idea and submission is selected for the innovation challenge and incubated by Transport for NSW, the product will need to be ready for an April 2019 timeframe. The ownership and rights to the product belong to you and your team. Transport for NSW provides endorsement and avenues for promotion and marketing through our footprint across NSW. The Clearways Innovation Challenge is a great opportunity for new and existing developers to create a product that will be recognised as endorsed by Transport for NSW. Seed funding is also available, see details below.
Endorsed products will receive support from TfNSW, as well as inclusion in media activities such as press releases, social media campaigns and Transportnsw.info and Open Data Hub and Developer Portal websites. Any product as part of incubation (with the intent to be endorsed by Transport for NSW) will be tested before being endorsed and launched to the market.
A seed funding pool of up to $50,000 will be made available for participants selected for incubation.
The seed funding will be distributed to eligible participants who have been selected by a judging panel based on their project application and pitch. The seed funding is to be used to assist in the development of the pilot solution. Beyond the pilot period, applicants must have a sustainable business model that will support their product post incubation.
You can read more about the Sydney Clearways Program on the RMS website here. We will also be releasing data and answering your questions at the information session on 3rd October 2018.
The innovation challenge will open on Monday 24th September 2018 for three weeks, closing on Sunday 14th October 2018 at 11:59 pm.
We reserve the right to select one or more team/s for incubation.
You may submit multiple applications. A separate application must be submitted for each Idea.
Transport for NSW (TfNSW) want you to help us manage clearways more effectively and keep clearways clear. We have identified three main problem statements outlined in the overview page that we need help solving.
The ideas will be judged on the criteria outlined above in the Judging Criteria section and must also address one or more of the problem statements defined in the overview page.
Participants will be able to enter their idea when applications open in late September. An information session will be held on 3rd October 2018 where we will release additional data for the challenge and be able to answer any other questions you may have. Once applications close on 14th October 2018, they are all assessed and ranked by a screening panel. The top ranked teams will be selected and invited to pitch their ideas to the judging panel at a pitch day in early November. The best teams from the pitch day will then be selected for incubation and possible endorsement.
Applicants will be judged on their application and pitch. The judging panel will be looking for innovative solutions that will also focus on solving the innovation challenge’s problem statements. Please refer to the About the Challenge section for more information about what we expect from the product or app.
Anyone who is up for the challenge. We are looking for innovative thinkers with a disruptive mindset, who are keen to not only improve, but change the way we manage clearways from both the general public’s and TfNSW’s view. Participants can come from a variety of skill sets and backgrounds. Individuals with coding, design, innovation and/or business skills are highly encouraged to participate. Employees and their immediate families of TfNSW, Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains are not eligible to enter the competition.
You need to be at least 18 or have the written consent of your parent or guardian if you’d like to apply.
It is anticipated the new solutions will go live in April 2019. Any applicant will need to ensure they can deliver a market ready product by April 2019.
No, the solution does not need to be an app, it can be any type of product. However, if it is an app then it is expected that it will be available on both Android and iOS platforms.
Please ask any questions in the dedicated thread on the Open Data Forum. Also make sure to attend the information session on Wednesday, 3 October 2018.
A dataset containing Clearways data will be released for the challenge and will be available on our data catalogue.
We want your product to be accessible and good value to the general public. It is up to you to develop a commercial model that will be sustainable. This model will need to be outlined in your application and pitch.
We encourage you to use any open data that you can find out there. Our Open Data Hub has more than 100 datasets available for you to use. Other open data networks you can access are https://www.data.gov.au and https://data.nsw.gov.au.
If you have any further questions, please take a look on our Developer Forum or Tweet us @DataTfNSW. If you’re interested in the outcome of previous or entering in future innovation challenges, please have a look at the Open Data Hub Innovation Challenges page.
Q & A from information session
1. Does TfNSW make any attempt to call or SMS the mobile number (e.g. question 1 on the licence form) of the registered vehicle owner before towing?
No. There is no avenue at the moment to call or send SMS to the vehicle owner before towing.
It is highly unlikely due to privacy issues.
3. If not, would TfNSW be willing to include an opt-in checkbox for tow notifications on future vehicle registration forms?
This solution can be explored. However, there might be implications on the RMS registration and licensing system of facilitating push notifications. We also have to consider including other car owners who did not have a chance to opt in.
We have the record of the location of the towed vehicles. However, we do not have the API at the moment.
This was being explored previously but nothing has materialised.
6. What is the average and maximum distance that a vehicle has been towed to reach the nearest parking spot?
The distance varies and it is depending on the location of the parked vehicle to the legal parking location.
The new yellow clearway signs have the TMC number to call. Only a few of the old clearway signs (white signs) have the TMC number.
8. Would TfNSW be willing to add a QR code to clearway signs (e.g. a sticker on the back of each sign) to make it easier for people who can’t find their car to lookup information?
Yes, this solution can be explored.
9. May we know how the seed funding pools have been split for previous challenges? I don’t need to know the exact $ and to which recipient.
Usually, the seed funding is split equally among the incubatees.
There are several excuses which were given by offenders. It is the lack of awareness of clearways and their operation timings. There are also cases of confusion due to the different signs at the side of the road.
11. Does our submission need to address all the problem statements, or any of the problem statements? I can understand that addressing all of them will be looked upon favorably, but can a submission addressing only one or two be eligible to reach the pitch day stage?
Don’t need to address all three problem statements. We will look at the proposed solution.
12. Can you share with us any existing solutions (including non-digital ones) that already address some of the problem statements?
There has been some consideration for the tow drivers to inform the location of the towed vehicles.
13. How does the current system work? As in, how does the information flow between the tow truck contractor, TMC, and the car owner/driver?
It is done manually over the phone.
We are looking at all different types of solutions.
No, we do not need a working prototype by pitch day.
Clearways are mainly on state managed roads. There may be a few exceptions. Special event can be extended beyond local roads.
Clearways for special event are included in the released dataset. Changes to the clearways operating hours are provided in advance and this data will also be included the dataset.
Not at the moment.
The data are available in shape file. The spatial data is also based on the directions of the clearways as well.
The dataset released for the challenge only contains clearways. You can use any open data that is available on our website and other data catalogues.
This dataset is just for clearways. TfNSW have other dataset related to street parking but it is not available yet. Off-Street parking dataset is available in Open Data Hub website.
22. Does TfNSW have any historical dataset of locations where vehicles are towed and is there any intention of publishing the dataset?
TfNSW do have the dataset but it is not ready for release or publish.
At the moment, there is an average of 250 vehicles being towed every week. This figure rises when there is a special event. TfNSW put in a lot of resources and cost every week to keep the clearways clear every week.
There is a mix of roving and on standby tow trucks. Tow trucks are at specific locations where there are a high number of infringements. There are others which are on standby and will be activated by their tow truck companies.
Yes, it can be towed to any legal parking spot including a restricted parking spot e.g. 1 hour parking spot. It will not be towed to bus zone, no stopping zone, no parking zone and paid parking zone.