This coming weekend is the fifth edition of Hack Partners’ hackathon. The event sees 80 engineers, designers and entrepreneurs take on data challenges and travel by train from London to either Europe or around the UK, over 48 hours.


ORM is a sponsor of the event for the second year running, and on 10 November we’ll be opening up our HQ in the West End as a base for the participants to hack at, in between train journeys. Our offices provide the ideal space for the hack, with collaborative deskspace and break-out areas, so the teams get really get down into the depths of developing their ideas.


Our Managing Director and CTO, Keith Nation, will be a judge during the finals on Sunday 11 November, where the participants pitch their ideas in a “dragon’s den” style set up. As a consultancy working with many transport groups and train operating companies, we’re always keen to see what new ideas come from the challenges.


Following the hackathon, we’ll also be sponsoring Hacktrain 3.0 on 22 November – an immersive conference bringing together thought leaders and visionaries from across the rail, and wider transport, industries. Our Managing Partner and Founder, Peter Gough, will be speaking in the afternoon keynote session of the event, as he challenges the recent rail review to incorporate the customer perspective as well – at the end of the day, train journeys should be all about putting the passenger’s experience first.


Gough said of ORM’s sponsorship: “Having participated in past events and sponsoring HackTrain 4.0, we strongly believe new thinking and ideas, combined with the creative use of digital technology can solve some of the challenges facing our rail industry today. Change needs to happen to make rail fit for the future, and HackTrain is a great place to demonstrate how we can do this together.”


For more information and to sign up for the Hacktrain events, visit the website.