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

The Adaptathon Timeline


Learn more about

Tracking the Future Adaptathon

EcoMotion Week

May 18-21, 2020

Virtual Event

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