Stagnant Steel:

Parking in perspective

Challenge Video


Addressing the issue of valuable urban spaces being occupied by rarely used vehicles. The essence of the challenge is to utilise satellite data to perform accurate parking counts and enhance awareness of stationary vehicles in urban settings, aiming to optimise city space utilisation and promote shared vehicle usage.

Blog Post Challenge

Enter any street at random, and you'll find them – parked cars. They may be symbols of freedom and convenience, yet they also indicate an outdated idea of what makes transportation efficient. Stationary vehicles dominate the streets of our neighborhoods for approximately 23 hours a day, each claiming their average space of 12.5 square meters. An abundance of vehicles that are rarely or never used, yet still occupy valuable space. Amidst rapid urban growth and soaring demand for urban space, each square meter has become increasingly valuable, making it harder to find room for housing, meeting spaces, recreational facilities and green areas. Can't we better utilize the precious space taken up by stagnant steel for the well-being of us all?


Picture this: where once stood rows of parked cars, now bloom affordable housing towers, public squares filled with laughter, beautiful art installations, and parks filled with greenery. The challenge, however, lies in finding innovative solutions to maximize the use of limited urban space while ensuring the well-being, mobility and sustainability of our cities.


By placing parking into a new perspective using satellite data, we can transform our streets. Satellite data offers a powerful tool to understand the spatial dynamics of parking demand and utilization pattern. By using advanced technology like image recognition to process this data, urban planners and municipal authorities responsible for city development can explore innovative solutions. For instance, satellite data enables us to measure and count the number of parked vehicles in specific locations. These data can then be analyzed to identify parking trends and hotspots with high parking pressure, enabling urban planners identify opportunities to repurpose parking spaces. This may involve introducing car-sharing schemes in locations with high parking demand, adjusting parking rates to encourage the use of shared mobility, or repurposing parking spaces for shared mobility hubs. Simultaneously, through clear and accessible data, citizen awareness can be strengthened.


But obtaining these insights is not without challenges. Quantifying seasonal and daily parking patterns is essential for optimizing urban spaces, but it is also a complex and time-consuming process. Each neighborhood has its own unique characteristics and levels of urbanization, making finding an appropriate data model a challenge for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. This is where the hackathon comes into play – a significant opportunity to bring together programmers and policymakers to address these challenges for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement. The data is already available; it only needs to be made usable for policymakers at the ministry.


With satellite data leading the way, we have the opportunity to reshape urban spaces and create a sustainable future. But we cannot do this alone. We need your creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm to bring about this change. Your contribution can make a difference and have a positive impact on the cities of tomorrow. Sign up for the hackathon today to harness the power of technology and innovation together to make a difference in our communities. We look forward to your participation.


To be announced...

Challenge Owner: Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (DGMO)

This challenge is offered and supported by the department DGMO from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.