The MIT Big Data Challenge: Transportation in the City of Boston is now open!

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The MIT Big Data Challenge: Transportation in the City of Boston is now open!

What can we learn from 2.3 Million Taxi Rides?

To learn more about the challenge and the data, join us:

MEETUP: TUESDAY DEC 10 5:00-7:00pm
LOCATION:  Stata Center, 32-G882, Hewlett Meeting Room
DETAILS and SIGN UP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mit-big-data-challenge-meetup-tickets-95321...

Lots of free pizza! (of course)

***ABOUT THE CHALLENGE***

CHALLENGE WEBSITE:  http://bigdatachallenge.csail.mit.edu/

OPEN: NOV 12 2013
END: JAN 20, 2014
PRIZES:  $10K total

The first MIT Big Data Challenge launched November 2013 in partnership with the City of Boston and Transportation@MIT focusing on transportation in downtown Boston.  The challenge makes available multiple data sets, including transportation data from more than 2.3 million taxi rides, local events, social media/Twitter data and weather records, with the goal of predicting demand for taxis in downtown Boston and creating visualizations that provide new ways to understand public transportation patterns in the city.

The City of Boston is interested in gaining new insights into how people use all modes of transportation travel in and around the downtown Boston area. A critical imperative of Boston's Complete Streets Policy is to move all modes of transportation more efficiently and to use real-time data to facilitate better trip-planning between modes of transportation. With urban congestion on the rise, city planners are looking for ways to improve transportation such as providing people with more options to get from one place to another (walking, biking, driving, or using public transit) and by reducing and more efficiently routing vehicles in the city.

Co-sponsored by: Bigdata@CSAIL and Transportation@MIT
Challenge Partner:  City of Boston
Data Partners:  Creative CMT, GNIP, MBTA, Telenav, Twitter

Press release announcing MIT Big Data Challenge:  http://www.csail.mit.edu/node/2116