Artificial intelligence in the railway industry

Submit your application by May 21, 2024



Transtelecom JSC is one of the largest telecom operators and cloud service providers in Kazakhstan


Hackathon will be held in Astana Hub, 55/8 Mangilik el Ave., Astana


The program will be announced
on May 31,2024


The winning teams will have a unique opportunity to launch a pilot project with Transtelecom JSC


450 000 KZT

Gift certificate "Technodom"


300 000 KZT

Gift certificate "Technodom"


150 000 KZT

Gift certificate "Technodom"

Hackathon tasks

  • Train autopilot

    Development and testing of train autopilot systems. Creation and testing of prototypes for automatic train control systems that enhance the safety and efficiency of railway transportation.

    — Human-free locomotive operation;

    — Sending monitoring information to the control center;

    — Capability to perform complex train coupling operations;

    Expected outcome: Relieving the locomotive driver's workload.

  • Chatbots

    Creation of intelligent chatbots capable of providing accurate and timely support to customers, adapting to their needs and preferences. These include:

    — Consultations on routes and ticket availability;

    — Classification of remaining tickets by class (sleeper, coupe, seat), position (upper, lower), and other attributes;

    — Information on the current status of the route (on time, delayed);

    — Information on baggage policy (what is allowed for transport and in what quantity);

    — Ticket purchasing;

    Expected outcome: A chatbot providing all necessary information in a single interface.

  • Route planning and tariff setting

    Optimizing routes and tariff formation systems. Applying machine learning algorithms to develop optimal routes and adaptive tariff plans that take into account real-time demand and supply data. Data analysis and providing management solutions for:

    — Launching a new route;

    — Increasing fleet size;

    — Revising tariffs;

    Expected outcome: A ready-to-use tool for additional analysis and decision-making.

  • Digital twins

    Creation of digital twins for operational optimization. Development of digital models of railway infrastructure and rolling stock, enabling the analysis and simulation of various operational scenarios in a virtual environment.

    — Real-time viewing of railways;

    — Real-time viewing of rolling stock;

    — Monitoring through a single-window principle;

    Expected outcome: Predictive analytics and rapid response to incidents.

  • Predictive analytics

    Using predictive analytics to prevent failures. Development of models that predict potential malfunctions and delays in railway operations, allowing for preemptive measures to be taken.

    — Analysis of the condition of railway tracks and display on a common dashboard;

    — Alerting staff about risks on the railway tracks;

    Expected effect: reduction in the number of route delays due to unforeseen track malfunctions.

  • LTE-R technology

    Integration and development of LTE-R technologies to improve railway communication. Development and implementation of LTE-R based solutions aimed at enhancing the stability and safety of mobile communication, which will improve coordination and real-time train management.

    — Ability to connect to the global network from the train;

    — Train communication with the control center;

    Expected effect: Stable communication throughout the train's route.

  • Media monitoring

    Development and implementation of a comprehensive monitoring system to track mentions of the company across various information sources, including social media, news portals, forums, and blogs. The system should promptly inform responsible parties about potentially critical mentions and publications related to the company.

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Participant Requirements


Teams of 2 to 5 members are eligible to participate in the hackathon. Teams might consist of developers, designers, project managers, and other specialists in the IT field.

Product at MVP stage or beyond

Each team must present a product at the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) stage, which can be demonstrated and has the potential for further development. When submitting an application, the presentation must be provided in accordance with the requirements.


To submit an application, you must attach a presentation with the following structure:

—  first slide: team name;

— second slide: brief description of the problem and the solution;

— third slide: description of the team.

Minimum age of participants

All participants must be 18 years or older.

Team location

There are no geographical restrictions.

Format of participation in the hackathon

Teams from Astana must participate in person. Teams from other cities and countries are allowed to participate online.

Language proficiency

The presentation must be conducted in one of the following languages: Kazakh, Russian, or English.

Selection process

  • April 29th to May 21st

    Online registration

  • May 22nd to May 29th

    Application screening

  • May 31st 

    Announcement of selection results

  • June 6th - 7th



  • What are the format requirements for the presentation?

    The presentation must be provided in one of the following languages: Kazakh, Russian, or English. We recommend saving your presentation in a PDF format and sharing it via a Google Drive link. Make sure the access is open.

  • What are the selection criteria for projects in the hackathon?


    1. Projects must be at the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) stage or higher, including the PMF (Product-Market Fit) and Scale stages.
    2. Projects at the MCI (Idea) stage will not be accepted.
    3. The following aspects are considered when evaluating projects:
      — Solving one or more technological challenges specified above;
      — A working product: it is necessary to demonstrate a working product;
      — Possibility of piloting and implementing the project in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Will you provide mentorship?

    During the hackathon, teams will have the opportunity to work with mentors and industry experts.

  • What if one of the participants is under 18?

    All participants must be over 18 years old.

  • Are accommodation and other expenses covered?

    Participants of the Hackathon are responsible for covering all expenses associated with their participation and must ensure they have the necessary programming tools during the event. The organizers are not responsible for the safety of property and equipment at the Hackathon venue.

  • Will meals be provided?

    Yes, organizers will provide lunch for all participants.

  • Where and when will the hackathon take place?

    On June 6-7, 2024, at Astana Hub, 55/8 Mangilik El Ave, Astana, Kazakhstan.

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