Help a couple of cyclists bring together designers, developers, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, planners and makers to improve the cycling experience in Scotland.
Cyclehack is a 48 hour event aimed at making cities more cycle friendly. We believe in actionable ideas that will improve cycling in Scotland, not just marketing to promote it.
Over a weekend in June, the Cyclehack event will bring together designers, developers, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, planners and makers to problem solve barriers to cycling from everyone's perspective. We want to generate solutions, no matter how small.
While government agencies and cycling organisations look at infrastructure and which cycle routes should go where, we believe that there are lots of small ideas that can be considered and implemented to make a big difference on the streets.
Introducing Cyclehack 2014!
So what’s a hack? A hack is an idea based on a barrier to cycling. More innovative bike parking, better signage on trains for bikes, more roles models who aren't clad in lycra (but we love those guys too), rubber grills for the dangerous flat drains on streets....
There are lots of small hacks we could make. Together, they could have a big impact.
Our aim is to raise the profile and reduce the barriers to cycling. We want to create an accessible community of dynamic people (both online and in Scotland) with diverse skills who care about their journeys as much as we do.
With your Kickstarter support, we will deliver this dynamic 48-hour event in a major Scottish city and host people from the ecosystem of the streets. The hacks will be prototyped over the weekend.
All hacks will be made available online in an open source catalogue for others to share and build upon in their cities.
It doesn't end here. With further investment, we can facilitate the pairing up of project partners and invest in developing the ideas post hack. We would organise an exhibition of realised hacks and put the films from our research into a short documentary. We would also be able to formally launch a beta version of the open source Cyclehack catalogue.
NEW CYCLEHACK GEAR!!!
To help fund the open source catalogue, we are bringing more Cyclehack goodies to your doorstep.
What will the event look like?
Friday, kick off at 6.30pm
- Presentations from the Cyclehack founders Sarah Drummond and Johanna Holtan
- Presentations from invited speakers, to be confirmed
- Show and Tell attendees leave and let the hackers get to work (Show and Tell tickets are available through our kickstarter campaign sponsor for £5)
- Barriers presented and groups or individuals begin creating ideas and hack plans
- Check in with the participants to Cyclehack team
- Hacks are created. A hack is an idea that solves a problem and is implemented into the city.
- Work all day, maybe all night.
- Focus on implementing hacks and gathering evidence in action
- Uploading final hack ideas to the Cyclehack open source catalogue
- Prepare hack presentation
- Final presentations kick off at 5pm
We are still confirming the venue and city, but it will be Edinburgh or Glasgow.
What will we achieve?
1. Research and insights to the barriers to cycling
2. Up to 50 ideas solving these barriers
3. An open source catalogue showing these ideas in action
Why are we doing this?
Because we really like cycling.
We are on a mission to crowd source ideas and innovations on improving the experience of cycling in Scotland, and we want to involve the public. We want Cyclehack to be the unheard voice of cyclists and to take actions on what we are hearing.
We're charging to cover basic food and drink and fundraising on kick starter and through tickets so we can bring skills into our team to work up the Cyclehack Open Source Catalogue and if successful, a Cyclehack exhibition at the end of the year.
To keep a hold of who is coming to the Cyclehack and a balance between attendees, if you want to purchase a ticket for the weekend go directly to our sign up page below. It is a £10 fee for tickets so even if our campaign is unsuccessful we can still put on the basic event.
Want to find out more?
* Please note, sponsoring us through Kickstarter does not result in a ticket to the event as we have to keep numbers to a maximum of 100.
Risks and challenges
There are always potential challenges and risks running any kind of event. Sarah and I have a great deal of experience running large scale events (from TEDx to Design Jams for the Commonwealth Games, Quarriers charity and the Scottish Government) and are confident we can address challenges as they arise.
Our usual barriers we face include:
Lack of sign up participants.
Given our research and outreach to date, we are confident that enough people will sign up to the event.
Small input of ideas and hacks
Given our experience of running hack events, we have sometimes experienced a lack of ideas. To alleviate this we are undertaking research and a collection of cycle barriers pre event to ensure there is enough stimulus to easily create new ideas.
We have completed a budget overview with both a minimum and maximum spend to ensure that we cover the very basics of making the Cyclehack a reality. These include venue, food and drink and basic materials.
The Cyclehack is part of Snook, a Service Design and Innovation firm who regularly run events of scale. Snook’s insurance (which has public indemnity up to £2 million) will cover any eventual accidents or claims
Event Risk assessment
Before the Cyclehack commences we will undertake an event risk assessment to ensure there are mitigation strategies and best practice is followed for running a safe and enjoyable event. This includes details like ensuring there is a designated first aider and the venue health and safety rules are enforced.
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