UrbanThings Announces Partnership with Ticketer

Mobile app specialists UrbanThings have recently entered into a partnership with leading ticketing platform Ticketer. The two companies will jointly develop a range of innovative mobile applications.

The partnership will involve close collaboration between the two companies, with UrbanThings developing pioneering mobile apps for Ticketer with features ranging from live public transit times to intelligent journey planning and future innovative applications.

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UrbanThings: A TfL Hackathon winner

After an exciting and busy week of hacking, Friday the 30th of September saw TfL’s Data in Motion Hackathon draw to a close. Teams were invited to present their ideas to a panel that consisted of representatives from TfL, Geovation and Amazon Web Services.

We are pleased to reveal that UrbanThings was named as one of the winners. After a tense period of deliberation, the judges reviewed the entries and were particularly impressed by our Top Secret Idea™ (shhhh). As a nice bonus, we were also awarded some pretty cool prizes to take away.

It was really useful to spend a solid week generating ideas from the new datasets TfL provided, and we are looking forward to developing our idea directly with TfL as they seek to maximise transport capacity throughout the capital.

Watch this virtual space for the next big thing!

Transport for London Hackathon Week

This week sees the UrbanThings team hacking their way to a potential new transport solution for TfL. The Data in Motion event was launched on Friday the 23rd of September at Amazon’s Holborn headquarters with talks from TfL, Amazon Web Services, Geovation and King’s College London.

Friday’s launch invited developers, digital start-ups and anyone with a passion for data, to build an application to help manage capacity on London’s transport network.

TfL’s challenge for UrbanThings is:

• Understanding the capacity of the transportation networks in real time
• Detecting incidents and their impact on network capacity in real time
• Visualising the state of the networks and predicting how they will look into the near future

Launch event speakers included TfL’s Rikesh Shah on open data, Alan Bristow on roads and Lucy Fish on network capacity. Plus Kris Burtwistle from Amazon Web Services, Alex Wrottesley from Geovation, and a talk on air pollution by Andrew Grieve of King’s College Environmental Research Group.
The UrbanThings team has been reviewing the data, and distilling our ideas into a clear concept that we’re looking forward to presenting to the judges later this week at Amazon’s Holborn office. Fingers crossed we can (hopefully) wow the judges!

Infographic, header image and group Q&A image courtesy of Transport for London

Introducing: Ian (cycling up a hill near you)

I joined Urban Things in June to head up the Android development team, after eight years in mobile development at a cloud music provider. Prior to this, I spent fifteen years working in game development, dating back to the very first Java enabled mobile phones and various game consoles, mostly focussing on Nintendo handhelds. So it’s safe to say that the cornerstone of my career is mobile devices!

Some of the initial tasks I have been working on: a reorganisation of the code base to better support our growing suite of apps, and the production of a more modern and open source SDK to allow third parties to build against our platform.

I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a new flavour of our app which has a host of new features that we’ll be rolling out over the next couple of months. Beyond that, the future holds lots of interesting projects to get my teeth into, including a full visual redesign of our apps and a significant codebase overhaul to modernise the Android architecture. Part of this overhaul will be based around RetroFit, OkHttp, RxJava, as well as other well known libraries, and (hopefully!) a smattering of Kotlin.

Watch this space for some technical blog posts as we work through this.

I’ve joined a small but perfectly formed company at an exciting time, and look forward to seeing how we grow and progress while building new features that make it easier for the end user to get around – whether they are in New York, London or Sydney.


Ian’s 5 Favourite Things:

• My family, wife Gemma, daughter Amelie who is three going on thirteen, and dog Indy – named after the whip and fedora toting hero of course!
• Coffee, coffee, and more coffee
• Food, I love eating (and cooking) different food and cuisines
Cycle racing, this helps offset the eating…
• Technology, making phones, devices, servers and data all work together never gets boring!
• Off by one errors

API Hackathon 3: Travel Bristol (on a Budget)

The next Bristol API Hackathon date will be Saturday 8th October and UrbanThings are excited to be visiting Just Eat’s Bristol HQ with Connecting Bristol.

October’s event is going to be focused on ideas for innovative solutions for getting around Bristol while saving money – hopefully a useful one for cash-conscious students! Our development and platform team will be on hand to provide technical tips and we look forward to hearing all your ideas. The day’s most innovative solution wins £100 – plus the chance to win a £1000 digital workshop with leading creative agency Big Mallet.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite – book now to secure your free place.

TripChecker launches in Sydney

G’day! UrbanThings are proud to announce that our hit transport app TripChecker is now live in Sydney. To celebrate the launch, we are giving Sydneysiders the chance to win an entire year’s worth of free travel around the Harbour City!

One lucky winner will get their entire year’s Opal card bill paid for by the folks behind Sydney’s newest and awesomest travel app – and if you don’t believe us, you can check out the small print here. Bonza!

For a chance to win this fantastic prize, just keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook feeds and retweet or share one of our special competition messages. You can enter once per message so do retweet and share as many times as you like for another chance to win! 🙂

And for bonus points, download TripChecker today so you can see what all the fuss is about!


Download TripChecker now for live travel times for ferries, trains, light rail and buses in Sydney and loads of other places. From Newcastle to Sydney to Wollongong and back again, TripChecker is the world’s free, take-anywhere transit companion!


Photo by David Iliff – License CC-BY-SA 3.0