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The advent of cars pushed the city a giant step forward and the city entered into explosive growth ever since. However, opportunities and potentials the automotive industry brought to us have now been exhausted. The growth of city is stagnating into a bottleneck, without any new city paradigm coming to life. Overcrowded places, unaffordable housing, traffic congestion and the relationship between human and space becoming unprecedentedly tense, all these are expecting a new round of revolution upon City, the “habitat" of human beings. Among the emerging urban technologies, autonomous driving is trending to be the most promising technology that will facilitate city revolution. But at current stage, the wide application of autonomous driving seems not so optimistic. Meanwhile, the flowing-in of heavy funding into the industry has instead built the high entry barrier for autonomous driving innovating, and the technical roadmaps of AV companies become undifferentiated, which hinders the creativity, diversity and independence of autonomous driving ecology. 

Back to the late 19th century, when venture capitals were not prevailing, a great variety of talented engineers and pioneers tinkered their early car mixtures, ploughing the significant path to technology maturity, which eventually led to city revolution. In 2018, with Moving Hackathon launched for the very first time, we greeted our respect to the early innovations and creations of cars. Along with that, we also began our journey for the collaborative innovation on autonomous driving. In 5 days, 30 engineers from more than 14 countries worldwide collaborated with each other and finished the hacking, drive-by-wire engineering, basic autonomous driving function of one car plus one chassis. Moving Hackathon ignited the sparks for lowering the threshold of autonomous driving application and involved more individuals, institutes, enthusiasts, startups and general developers in the autonomous driving revolution, further taking decentralization and democratization into technology innovation. In the past two year, we’ve organized multiple hackathon events themed around autonomous driving and product design. Starting from the designer and engineer participants, Moving community has grew from zero to 300 now, with like-minded community members from diverse culture backgrounds. Instead of developing in closed circles like pyramid, autonomous driving technology and its application stack have been springing up and growing like rainforests. It’s inspiring to witness the process. In joint efforts with every single participant, we’re committed to reshaping the paradigm of transportation and the city. 

Now, two years after the launching of Moving Hackathon, we’ve successfully developed high-performance and affordable autonomous driving chassis. From coding to messaging and design, the chassis is fully open source. This 2020, we once again call out for global engineers that don’t want to be limited by closed innovation and those who hate to be defined by existing rules. You’ll be gathering here to hack autonomous mobility, to get hands-on the chassis, brainstorm, develop and solve all kinds of engineering challenges, including autonomous chassis fleet control, V2I collaboration and more.

As the prerequisite for the scale application of autonomous driving, V2V and V2I collaboration can further improve the autonomous driving safety and also create new solution for traffic efficiency. However, currently there are major differences among the industry regarding the understanding of V2I and V2V, whose standards and technical path haven’t reached a common ground. Moving Hackathon 2020 is aimed to explore the possibility of Cooperative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) through open collaborative innovation. Based on multiple open source autonomous chassises, the event is dedicated to sparking engineering challenges on V2V and V2I collaboration. All the outputs will be open source. By this approach, Moving Hackathon empowers democratization in bringing autonomous driving technology to daily life application, and reimagines how space and human interact via autonomous mobility, ultimately contributing to the next paradigm shift of city.

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Moving Hackathon Participants

What They Say

Dr.Filomeno Martina
CEO of WAAMMAT project, metal 3D printing expert at Cranfield University

"It’s been great to see so many designers, coming from all over the world. We wanna come out a goal which is that of reinventing the way cars are designed and manufactured. And it’s also being great to see 3D printing and digital fabrication of hackathon of the initiative. Thanks to its advantages of flexibility and empowering the way it uses. I think the idea that PIX had which is to put additive of the core of the car is the right one and that’s because the business model that PIX is looking at is the manufacturing of relatively small batches of automotive and for additive and 3D printing with its capability of two layers of manufacturing in direct digital fabrication is going to be a key and to make this pieces of model successfully.Also it’s very nice to see such a dynamic and young and affluent environment here at PIX headquarters, It’s very nice facilities with people going all over the place and it’s very fun atmosphere. And it’s nice to see that creativity is reinforced with the latest technology available and the promotion of the creativity in the people that work here. "

Adam Shen
Senior Autonomous Driving Engineer at Mercedes-Benz R & D Center China

"I was glad and honored to participate in Move-it Hackathon. I was a graduate student back then and now I’ve become a professional engineer in the autonomous driving industry. The hackathon allowed me to truly apply my knowledge and skills on a real autonomous vehicle for the very first time. More importantly, I built the connections with the other engineers and experts inside this technology circle during the event and we still stay in touch. I believe the future hackathons will be more successful and the events held by PIX will motivate and inspire more engineers to seek their visionary career from the autonomous driving industry!"

Francesc Sòria Castellet
Spanish industrial designer, MIAU partner, Grasshopper tool developer

"To me looks like it something really important and something that emm, has a lot of power to be something bigger to attract more people and to pretty much follow the aim of the whole city has and know how the technology should be developed."

Founder of MIAU project, mentor of the Polytechnic University of Madrid

"It’s been a great pleasure and a big surprise both, it’s been super interesting. 
I mean you guys are greeting and beyond context where you can share your ideas freely and we’ve been very confident now. "

Forbes 30 Under 30, Urban Planner, Architect, Australian Day Ambassador

"It was a fantastic experience. I have done other hackathons in the past, but they were more focused on other issues not focused on technology. I think this was my first actual hackathon where we are coding and designing together, and just working with the engineers and other designers,the product designers to come out with solution with something that was very helpful and also enjoyable.And I think that we wouldn’t have reached that solution without working together. So yeah, it was a very good week."


Autonomous driving developers, engineers, designers,teams, institutes and startups, also engineering-background fanatics who want to reshape the innovation and application of cutting-edge technologies with their own efforts.


• First-hand Experiences On Real Self-driving Cars

(Get your hands on real self-driving cars and verify your algorithms while the car driving by itself)

• Software Deployment

(Experience the full software stack based on the self-driving framework to finish the challenges)

• Introductory to Open Source Software Autoware

• Mentorship and Guidance

(Experienced hardware and software engineers at PIX to provide onsite mentorship and assistance)

• Igniting Engineering Spirit

(Challenge yourself and finish the meaningful adventure through collaboration)

• Global Engineer Meetup

(Meet with global self-driving engineers to network, connect, beer and make friends)

• Sharing and Spreading Insights

(Fireside chats and presentations to share opinions and spread thoughts)

• Hackathon Bonus: Udacity Courses

(Chance to get Udacity course and Onsite Self-driving Training for free)


Besides the past event rituals, something new is awaiting for Moving Hackathon 2020

  • Autoware Course 

  • Autonomous vehicles powered by PIX drive-by-wire chassis

  • New challenge task: collaborative sensing & V2X

  • Extended challenge site/venue 

  • Free choice on software platform for the challenge


Moving Hackathon Site

Urban roads in Guizhou Science and Technology Industrial Park

Moving hackathon onsite challenge site in Guiyang

Moving Hackathon Date

May 23-27,




Autonomous Driving Dive

In-depth training courses from experienced engineers and mentors



Full-sized Autonomous Driving Vehicle Onsite Challenge 

V2I | V2V | Collaborative Hacking

Closed Urban Roads

Full-sized Self-driving Cars

Three Groups To Be Divided

Moving Hackathon 2020 is aimed to build a Cooperative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) themed around V2V, V2I, collaborative sensing, collaborative control and vehicle behaviour sharing. The goal is to complement the perception and capacity limitation of single intelligent vehicle, further enhancing the safety and traffic efficiency of autonomous driving. 

Participating engineers will be divided into three teams

Team 1: Hack open source autonomous chassis and build the algorithms

Team 2: Hack autonomous driving passenger car and build the algorithms

Team 3: Hack industrial park roads and setup, deploying on-board units (OBU)

Three teams collaborate to achieve V2V and V2I, and complete the corresponding challenges

Eight scenarios will be challenged in Hackathon

1.Intersection Collaboration (V2V | I2V)
2.Giving Way To Priority Vehicles (V2V)
3. Dynamic Speed Limit (I2V)
4. Vehicle Fleet (mainly V2V)
5. Collaborative Lane Change (mainly V2V)
6.Collaborative Free Merging (mainly V2V)
7. Collaborative Lane-Taking (mainly V2V)
8. Collaborative Overtaking (mainly V2V)

Some incredible moments from previous self-driving hackathons

2018 - 2019