Safe Mobility Hackathon


About the challenge

On International Women’s Day, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and WRI India are launching a hackathon called #SafeMobility Hackathon. The purpose of this Hackathon is to find innovative mobile and information technology solutions for women’s safety in BMTC buses.

Students and professionals are invited to develop mobile app features and modules aimed at improving women’s safety and security, when traveling in BMTC Buses in Bangalore. Through this Hackathon, BMTC is looking for solutions, which upon adoption and integration with the BMTC smart phone app, can aid in further enhancing the safety and security of BMTC buses for women commuters.

Theme: Improving safety and security of women commuters in BMTC buses in Bangalore

Application: To register, please send in your details at


  • Registration category: (1) Students, or (2) Experienced Professionals
  • Participants name and contact details
  • Gender, age
  • Organization, school, college University name
  • Any prior computer programming experience you might have.



Last date for registration: 20th March, 2017 
Deadline for entries: 31st March 2017
Winners announced: 5th April 2017


1st Prize – INR 30,000/- Runner up Prize – INR 20,000/-


  • Participants can register as an individual or a team, with a maximum of four (4) members, under one of the following categories: (1) Students, or (2) Experienced Professionals. Each team shall be composed of at least 1 female member, and all-women groups are encouraged to apply. No registration fee will be charged. The city is seeking submissions nationwide.
  • This is an offline challenge, participants can develop their mobile app-based/information technology solutions and submit the same on or before 31st March to
  • The winning idea will be integrated in the BMTC smartphone app.
  • The winning team will get the opportunity to work in close coordination with BMTC, providing support for integrating their idea/solution with the BMTC app.
  • nformation on BMTC can be found here – BMTC_Information.pdf. For more details, visit
  • In case participants require additional information related to BMTC for developing their technology/idea/solution, requests for such information can be included along with your registration details. BMTC will attempt to make the information available before the end of registration period. The information shared by BMTC will be available to all participants alike. Provision of any information requested by participants is solely at BMTC’s discretion. Keep visiting this page for more information.

Fast Facts

Safety and security violations in public transport is an everyday occurrence for women in India and all over the world. Women traveling regularly by public transport often encounter threats to safety such as harassment and other violence.

Recent literature has also shown that lack of safety is one of the reasons for falling employment rates among women in the country. Lack of safety leads to women restricting their movement in order to avoid uncomfortable situations. When lack of safety is a recurring issue in public transport, there is a wider impact. Since public transport is used as a means to access economic and social opportunities, safety issues associated with public transport can affect other aspects of a woman’s life. In addition, women are more dependent than men on public transport, especially since more women fall in low-income groups than men.

Some issues faced by women commuters in Bangalore:

  • Very low awareness among commuters on the grievance redressal system
  • Women experience harassment in buses and still continue to use public transport due to the lack of alternatives
  • Lack of safety inside buses results in untoward incidents affecting the safety of a woman’s journey on a daily basis
  • Census data shows that the relative participation of female workers declines sharply as the distance to the workplace increases. This could be due to an unsafe and unreliable public transport system.


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