Encouraging innovation: BikeHack19

We are always seeking new ideas and approaches for getting more Queenslanders to ride their bikes more often. 

In 2019, Transport and Main Roads delivered the BikeHack19 Innovation Challenge in Brisbane, bringing together more than 120 of Queensland’s brightest minds to create new ideas to help grow bike riding in Queensland.

From 79 participants, 13 teams formed and delivered pitches to a panel of judges, with ideas ranging from bike tech, gamification, design, data, support services, new business and more. 

The four winning teams won more than $25,000 in prize money for their fun and innovative ideas to get future bike riders connected and confident to jump on a bike. The winning teams were:

Leisure Hunt—a virtual scavenger hunt using an augmented reality phone app to lead people on a themed bike adventure along safe off-road bike paths

Avanzar—a business that would lease electric bikes to employers so that their staff can ride to work on an e-bike for free

RideWithMe—a search platform for women bike riders of similar abilities and interests to meet up for rides 

HeadLok—a device that uses radio-frequency identification technology to ensure helmets remain with ride-share bicycles.

Aurecon, Deloitte, 99 Bikes, Pedal, Merida, and Queensland University of Technology co-sponsored this successful event which received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with industry experts and potential investors attending the pitching and judging evening.