Alstom is partner of HackToscana, a hackathon organized by the Tuscany region to promote sustainable mobility in Italy. For the first time, a hackathon will be partly held on a train. More than 200 developers will embark in Florence on the Coradia Meridian regional train Jazz to reach Arezzo where they will continue to work, without interruption, until Sunday morning, 31 January. The format remains faithful to the traditional model of a hackathon, a 24-hour marathon in which participants from all over Italy will work to develop innovative business ideas in the field of sustainable mobility.
The aim of the event is to focus on the need for technological innovation in the transport sector, which has become essential due to the digital transformation now underway in all areas. The event will start on Saturday 30 January from Santa Maria Novella train station (Royal Hall, track 16) when all the participants will take the train to Campus LAB of Arezzo, Siena University space that will host the developers in the Library until Sunday 31 January.
Back in Florence, participants will meet in the Royal Hall of the Tuscany Region, where the projects will be presented, followed by the award ceremony. The prizes for the winning teams will be worth €5,000 for a total of €15,000. Alstom is constantly working on enhancing rail’s reputation as the greenest public transportation mode, striving to reduce the energy-related costs of its products, and is committed to reducing transport’s carbon footprint. In recent years, Alstom’s technical innovations have allowed significant reduction in the energy consumption of its trains.
“Jazz” is the latest generation of Alstom’s Coradia Meridian range designed for regional operators in Southern Europe, mainly in Italy. Designed to be eco-friendly, Coradia Meridian is 95% recyclable. It is an Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train that can run at a maximum speed of 160 km/h, offering accessibility for all thanks to its low floor. Coradia Meridian regional trains are designed and manufactured by Alstom in Italy. Project development, most of the manufacturing as well as the certification are done in Savigliano site, in Cuneo. The Sesto San Giovanni plant (Milan) is responsible for the design and manufacturing of traction systems and auxiliary switchers. Train borne signaling systems are delivered by the Bologna site.