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The Challenge

The next Citython will be held in the city of Lublin, Poland, and is focused on sustainable mobility, giving priority to citizens and trying to reduce the number of cars in the city centre. This shift will need to incorporate urban planning in order to define the new uses of public space. In the near future, public transport and non-motorized vehicles will become the main means of transport to move around the city, for this reason accessibility to public transport must be considered for everyone.

The three challenges for the Lublin Citython are:

  1. Reclaiming city streets for citizens. How traffic should be removed from the city centre taking into account the needs of elderly and disabled people, as well as people with mobility limitations, mothers with children and local entrepreneurs.
  2. Accessibility to urban space, public transport and mobile services, with particular emphasis on disabled and elderly people.
  3. Bus routes optimization through citizens’ engagement.

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Citython 2020 – Lublin Winners

Challenge 1 - Reclaiming city streets for citizens

TEAM LubLine

Challenge 2 - Accessibility to urban space, public transport and mobile services, with particular emphasis on disabled and elderly people.

TEAM Mariachis

Challenge 3 - Bus routes optimization through citizens’ engagement

TEAM Busowl


In CET – Central European Time


Moderator: Michal Furmanek - Member of the Lublin municipality

11:00 - 11:15 Welcome speech and challenges announcement.

Henrik Morgen - Director of the Innovation Hub North, EIT Urban Mobility
Ewelina Frelas - Coordinator of the Strategy and Smart City office department at the Lublin municipality

11:15 - 11:45 Inspirational Techpill I.

Marci Skrzypek - Urban activist and member of the cultural space in the Lublin city council

11:45 - 12:00 Key note.

Didac Ferrer - Head of Innovation and Community Unit at UPC.

12:00 - 12:15 Coffee break.

12:15 - 12:45 Inspirational Techpill II.

Małgorzta Cieszyńska - Spacial planning expert

12:45 - 13:15 Inspirational Techpill III.

Miquel Martí - Urban planner and Prof. Dr. at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

13:15 - 13:30 Questions

Citython 2020 - Lublin Webinar Videos:


18:00 Online registration deadline.

18:00 - 18:30 Announcement of Teams formalization.

18:30 - 00:00 Online working time.


10:00 - 12:30 Individual online mentoring session I.

12:30 - 00:00 Online working time.


10:00 - 12:30 Individual online mentoring session II.

12:30 - 00:00 Online working time.


12:00 Deadline submission of final solutions (mid-term review form & video). If these two files are not sent, your group will be automatically disqualified. You will not be able to pitch in front of the jury members on Thursday 1, October and therefore you will not be eligible for any of the announced prizes.

16:00 Publication of the final candidates.


9:30 - 10:30 Final candidates Presentations at the table (individual).

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break.

10:45 - 11:45 Final candidates Presentations at the table (individual).

15:00 - 15:30 Announcement of winners and Closure.

Partners of Citython 2020 – Lublin


What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a sprint-like event in which small groups of young professionals search for innovative and creative solutions for everyday problems. The result can be a program, a prototype, a test model, a tool a design solution or a concept.

What is Citython Lublin?

An online 10-day hackathon that brings together creative and inquisitive minds to solve the current mobility challenges that people in Lublin are facing in the aftermath of the confinement stage. Young professionals from the fields of urbanism and computer and data sciences will be brought together for fun and an intense session of co-creation, hacking and collaboration. The difference to a typical hackathon is that Citython requires data analysis to understand a problem and reach a conclusion. Furthermore, this new edition will be held online in order to ensure all possible security measures following recent events.

What is a TechPill?

A TechPill is a short but definitive training/knowledge session on a certain topic (each will last around 30 minutes). The TechPills will offer you cutting-edge knowledge about Open Data, data analysis and visualization and gentrification so you can come up with the best ideas.

How does the online Citython work?

Due to the current crisis and the recent confinement stage, this new edition of Citython will be held online. After the registration process, the corresponding links to connect to the virtual platform will be sent to each participant. The welcome session, tech pills and the awards ceremony will be open to all the students, mentors and citizens. The same procedure applies to mentoring days, where each group will be able to attend individual mentoring sessions to receive feedback on their progress.

What are the requirements to participate?

You have to meet the following requirements: You must be at least 18 years old on the dates of the event. You have to apply as an individual on our website, but you can indicate in the registration with whom you would like to form a team. You must have a background in either data/computing or urbanism. If you have both, you are also welcome to join. Find out more about the specific skills required for each background on our website. For further information, read our rules and terms.

Will any help be provided to develop my project?

Sure! You will be able to attend our TechPills and receive feedback from the appointed mentors during the hack days.


There will be one winning team for each city challenge (three winning teams in total), and each of them will receive a financial award of 1.500 €. The winning teams will be chosen by a designated jury that will evaluate the solu􀆟ons based on special assessment criteria. One of the most important criteria will be that the winning teams propose solutions that are feasible and relevant for the city challenges, because these teams will be working with city representatives later on to implement the solutions. Another prize for the three winning teams will be to present their solutions at the Smart City Expo 2020 in Barcelona.

Who will judge the projects?

Gautam Rao, representative of EIT Urban Mobility
Ewelina Frelas, representative of Lublin city
Dr. Miquel Estrada, representative of UPC
Dr. Mónika Bachofner, representative of CARNET Barcelona

→ Access the webinar on Monday 21st September ←

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