We’re very proud to share that Bikes vs Cars has been involved with a great new program in Malmö, Sweden, called Talent Without Borders. TWB is an initiative co-founded by a number of organizations with the objective to lower the threshold for new coming talent to gain entry into the Swedish job market. A part of this program is ‘Hackademy’, a boot camp for developers in which the participants get the opportunity to work together on a real project, learn new skills and experience a Swedish workplace from the inside. We have had the privilege of being involved in this program with the Bikes vs Cars app, and for the past two months, the app’s community manager Glynnis Ritter has been working with the eight incredibly talented participants on further developing our Android version.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 8th), at 5pm CET, the Hackademy participants will graduate from the program. The ceremony will be live streamed from our Facebook page and we hope you’ll join us to learn more about Talent Without Borders, the developers and the work we’ve been doing on the app.
THE BIKES VS CARS APP
Alongside the release of Bikes vs Cars last year, we released the Bikes vs Cars App - Create Your Own Climate Effect. The app tracks your bike rides and converts the distance traveled into CO2 emissions and oil saved, compared to having taken that same trip by car. Not only does the app track the user’s individuals rides, but it also collects city, national and global data, all gathered here, through the Bike Data Project.
In the long-run, we hope the data will be used as a basis for a larger, political discussion around traffic, oil and climate change, and can at the same time function as feedback for city-planners and can lead to traffic-calming measures being installed where they are needed the most.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
If you haven’t already, download the app for Android or iOS and tell you friends to do the same! The more data we collect, the more likely the app can be a reliable source for cities.
Developers: We hope to follow up with iOS updates this fall, but we need your help! If you would be interested in volunteering some of your time on developing the iOS version, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.