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Tracking the Future Adaptathon

8 Challenges

8 Funded POCs

1 Full Scale Pilot

SBB & EcoMotion are proud to partner to profoundly impact the Swiss Mobility Ecosystem by identifying Israeli technologies.

What is an Adaptathon?


An "advanced hackathon" which instead of a marathon of hacking up new ideas, only startups with a product of at least prototype maturity level (TRL 4 and up) are selected for adapting their existing product to the needs of a big mobility organization, in this case – SBB.


8 Semi-finalists will be chosen to run parallel funded PoCs for 3 months.


The winning team will be given a full-scale pilot!

Winning Prize

Who Can Apply?


Startups, technology companies, developers, innovators, engineers, etc. If you are a team based in Israel, with an idea for a solution that can solve one of the challenges below and you are committed to working from January to May 2020 on a joint PoC with a team from

the Swiss Federal Railways.

 Applications are now closed 

The Adaptathon Challenges

Park & Ride Smart Parking​

Integration with current SBB mobility platforms to connect mobility service providers, customers, car park owners and others in the ‘park and ride’ subsector for a seamless multimodal journey.

Localization of Trains & Rolling Stock

A real-time overview of the precise whereabouts of all SBB's parked rolling stock. Knowing the availability of parking down to the meter will help SBB to optimize parking space and to practically position stock for future use. A bonus feature of the solution will safely guide personnel along-track paths.

Passengers Localization

Localization technology to find out the exact position of SBB's customers smartphone devices and, most importantly, the viewing direction they are facing, inside & outside the stations.

Self-Drive-Upgrades for Conventional Vehicles

Classical fixed-line public transport offers a perfect opportunity for automation: fixed routes and schedules predictable obstacles. SBB is looking for solutions to enable autonomous driving or at least assisted driving on already existing vehicles.

Reuse of Collateral Data from Self-Driving Vehicles

The different sensor-sets of autonomous vehicles are collecting a lot of data, which is not necessarily used for autonomous driving and is therefore dumped. SBB is looking for solutions to repurpose collateral data and developing an economic innovation for it.

Energy Storage & Distribution

Today Swiss trains & light rails are close to fully electrified. Thus, SBB will become the single largest owner of energy storage units (e.g. batteries) in Switzerland. A connection of all Energy storage Units in the SBB Network will enable us to quantify its energy, share energy and prioritize operations.

Construction-Site (train) vehicle of the future​

Today, SBB's construction site fleet (120 locomotives) runs on Diesel. This challenge seeks a new generation of construction site trains that operate without fossil fuels. The solution will operate under all weather conditions and with limited connections to electrical lines.


PoCs Pitching Final at the 8th EcoMotion Main Event in front of SBB's Senior Management

Main Event Schedule

The Adaptathon Timeline


Learn more about

Tracking the Future Adaptathon

About SBB

We are the Swiss Federal Railways. We own the entire infrastructure (tracks, grid), are the largest train operator in Switzerland and integrate (digitally and to some extent physically) the Swiss mobility ecosystem (busses, light rail, ships, micro mobility etc.). We move over 1,25 million passengers and 205,000 tons of freight to their destination every day. But we are so much more than just the railway: 32,300 dedicated employees make us the backbone of public transport. Together we work to realize our vision for the mobility of the future, for Switzerland: simple, personal and connected. Realizing that if we want to partner-up with the worlds best, we needed to be present in the most relevant markets that shape mobility, we decided to setup Technology and Innovation Outposts in the three hotspots that fit our demands and challenges best: Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Tel Aviv. Since August 2019 we are officially in Israel and we have come to be a strong, reliable and far-sighted partner for Israeli startups, corporates and universities. Our focus lies on the topics Mobility (on and off track), Cybersecurity, IoT, Energy storage and distribution and Physical Security & Safety, however we are open to any partnership that enables us to develop our core business. Today and for the future. More about SBB on: Facebook LinkedIn

Timeline Overview

November 27 - December 21 Call for applicants Teams apply by completing an application form to be reviewed by SBB & EcoMotion teams. December 10 Exposure Meetup in Cassis, Tel- Aviv Morning event in Tel Aviv for the community startups with SBB & EcoMotion representatives that will explain the Adaptathon challenges & timeline December 23 -26 Applications Review December 30 Semi-Finalists Announcement (10-15 teams) January 14-16 Mentors & Startups Sessions Skype preparation meeting sessions between the mentors and the startups, each team and its challenge January 20 – 23 SBB Delegation in Israel Day 1- Semi-Finalists pitches Day 2- Internal work and selection of the finalists Day 3- Cognitive warm out- Lecturers about innovation, Inspirational use cases of multinationals and startup work Routine breaking activity with the finalists Day 4- POC Design Workshop - Business units breaks into deep sessions with the finalists to design the POC structure, outline and wanted outcomes, which will be presented to the rest of the units in order to share thoughts and get inspired by each other. February – May POCs Period May 19 Adaptathon Pitching Grand Final at the 8th EcoMotion Main Event The teams will pitch about their PoC in front of SBB's Senior Management Winner announcement on the Main Stage at the 8th EcoMotion Main Event.

Terms & Conditions

SBB reserves the rights to modify the terms of the challenge at any time. Judging and winning criteria shall be subject to the exclusive discretion of SBB. The terms of the paid Pilot (winning team) shall be defined with the winning team and will include the entering into a specific Pilot agreement with SBB which will govern the framework of the POC, its timetable, costs, and additional conditions (e.g. IP). All teams participating confirm they have all right, title and interest associated with the solutions presented to SBB and that the usage, development and transferability of the underlining intellectual property vested in such solution and their participation in the challenge competition is not restricted in any way or subjected to any third-party rights.