2017 Hubway Data Challenge | The Hubway

2017 Hubway Data Challenge presented by Microsoft

On April 28, 2017, the Hubway Data Challenge Awards Ceremony & Celebration, was held at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. From the 25 entries, six prizes were handed out including best overall student project, People's Choice, Best Data Exploration Tool, Most Artistic, Best Data Narrative, and Most Insightful. A huge thank you to all entrants for your hard work!

The entry and voting periods for the 2017 Hubway Data Challenge has ended, but you can still view the entries here!

Calling all designers, programmers, civic minds, artists, students, and data geeks to bring over 5 million Hubway trips to life!

The Challenge

Join this year's challenge to bring Hubway's trip data to life and for a chance to win great prizes! As owners of the Hubway system, the cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, along with the Town of Brookline invite YOU to work your creative and analytical magic to produce visualizations or other creations that reveal interesting user patterns about how metro-Boston gets around on Hubway. Over $7,500 worth of prizes will be awarded!

In 2012, after Hubway’s first year of operations, we held our first Data Visualization Challenge. The last 5 years have seen Hubway triple in size and much has changed in terms of access, availability, routes, and system usage. Hubway trip data is now released publicly each month.

Where do Hubway users ride? When do they ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? On what days of the week are most rides taken? How do user patterns differ between members and casual riders? How does weather affect usage? These and many other questions can be answered by the ride data.

The Data

Access our Hubway System Data to find metrics on all trips taken – including trip duration, start and stop time, station name, and user type (casual or member) – to inform your visualizations and other creative projects.

You’re also invited to a free Data Visualization Crash Course offered by our friends at General Assembly Boston, where you can learn the basics of data viz and get the skills you need to participate in the Challenge. Space is limited to the first 100 people who sign up. Register here.

Categories and Prizes

Entries will be considered for six different categories. Each category will have one winner selected.

Over $7,500 worth of prizes will be awarded. The winning entry in each category will receive this package worth over $1,200, including prizes from Microsoft, General Assembly, b.good restaurant, Cleverhood, Passim, and $250 cash!


The 2017 Hubway Data Challenge is presented by Microsoft, and additionally sponsored by General Assembly and B.GOOD restaurants.