First ever Cargobikathon!

12 January 2021 - Published by Deirdre Buist
SURFLOGH partners at the City of Groningen are organizing a hackathon - or more accurately a ‘Cargobikathon’ from 9th – 18th February 2021. To find solutions and help facilitate a sustainable logistics transition by 2025, five teams of students from the region will develop creative solutions for actual cases regarding the role of the cargo-bike in inner city logistics.

Shop deliveries in the city centre of Groningen must be emission free by 2025. Which means, polluting delivery vans and trucks must soon be replaced with sustainable electric vehicles, such as the cargo-bike. Real cases will be submitted by cargo-bike firms, delivery service platforms and the City of Groningen.

Some pending questions:

  • How do we promote the use of cargobikes in the city centre of the future?

  • Can cargobikes be communally used by businesses (like the smart share e-scooters)?

  • What are suitable locations for share points?

  • Where can we create freight hubs to transfer goods from trucks to cargo-bikes?

  • How do we ensure our inner city streets don’t become clogged with parked cargo-bikes?

The Cargobikathon is all about developing good solutions for a logistics issue in the city. Results can be physical, digital, conceptual and/or financial.

Judging & awards

In keeping with the current situation, the Cargobikathon will be completely digital, with livestreams, chatrooms and online workspaces all in place. An expert jury, including one of our Stronghouse partners from the City of Mechelen, will check in on the teams regularly (online). The final adjudication will take place after nine days, during the closing event on 18th February when the jury and attending public decide which team of students is awarded the Cargobikathon check for €1000.

Stay tuned and we’ll keep you informed on what innovative solutions these great young minds come up with!

Read more (in Dutch) about the very first Cargobikathon in Groningen.