scenit - an app prototype by team dataTuba


Would you stop using your car if we could show you a nicer way to work?

scenit is a navigation app that doesn't just give you the fastest route... it gives you the most scenic.


DataTuba Members: Catherine, Lilanee (team captain), Pete, Peter, Shreya, Wendy and Yuveena.

We are a team of seven data science novices. Big on ideas but still growing in skills, and this is our first hackathon. 


The starting point was to look at ways of encouraging people out of their cars and back on to public transport to help solve Sydney’s congestion problems.

Initially, based on the idea that Sydney traffic feels like it comes to a standstill on hot or wet days, could we encourage people back to public transport on those days if they knew they could easily get a seat? Alas the usual problems data scientists experience when it comes to accessing big data were exacerbated by the short time frame allowed.

Our next idea came from team banter about scenic cycling routes and the difficulty of navigating Sydney when you’re new to our city.

scenit is a navigation app that doesn't just show you the shortest route, it shows you something more scenic. With crowdsourced data and social media scraping, users will be introduced to some popular locations, those with accessibility issues could also upload their trips for others to trace. 

More people on footpaths and cycle paths means less congestion, better health outcomes and, by using crowdsourced data, a stronger sense of community.


The following datasets were used as part of the data research for the background problem statement and as supporting evidence (voice over recording) within the team video submission 

  1. Transport Facilities (NSW Open Data – Award: Innovation using NSW Data): and-operators
  1. Walking (NSW Open Data – Award: Innovation using NSW Data):
  1. Cycling (NSW Open Data – Award: Innovation using NSW Data):
  1. Obesity:
  1. Fitbit community dashboard: changing-my-calories-burned-goal/td-p/727905
  1.  Australian physical activity guidelines: phys-act-guidelines#apaadult
  1. Bureau of Meteorology: Dev Key T69ehc0bKA6j0ea6tU6Vu1QeoJNbuDsP4O3ktYk3
  1.  NSW Population in 2015:


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HERE APIs & SDKs for maps, location, navigation
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NSW Transport Facilities and Operators
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Open Data NSW Walking
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