Here is the moment we have been waiting for. After the Call For Entries period, which we saw people from all over the Valley (even one from overseas) submit apps and ideas that fell into one of our five main themes, we have finally narrowed the field down to our five finalists. Our panel of local leaders and industry experts spent over a week pouring over the various submissions to find the five that rose above the rest. These five finalists will move forward to the Acceleration Phase of the Phoenix Smart City App Hack where they will receive FREE app development services from our local partners. These companies will work with our finalists to help further refine their products in order to prepare them for the City Finale in October.
At the City Finale, these five finalists will compete against each other, and selected apps from our Online Competition (more information to come later), for the chance to win $3,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona where they will represent PHX in the international competition at the Smart City Expo in November. There they will go up against the City Winners from our Smart City App Hack Partner Cities of Barcelona, Dubai, Helsinki, San Francisco, Portland, Berlin, Hong Kong, and Ghent.
So without further ado, the five finalists for the inaugural Phoenix Smart City App Hack are:
Bloodhound: Laziest way to save a life! See more here
Bus Plus: Never Miss The Bus Again. See more here
HER: Amazon meets Siri. See more here
ParkX: ParkX is a cloud-based smartphone payment solution that combines today’s 21st century technology with the parking industry, bringing convenience and efficiency to both the motorist and parking provider. See more here
SYNERGY AZ: Building teams for civic projects – of/for/by the people! See more here
They talk about it in the news: http://aztechbeat.com/2015/08/five-finalists-chosen-for-smart-city-app-hack/
Stay tuned in the coming week for a full description of each app and the entrepreneurs behind them. You can also follow along with the finalists as they make their way through the Acceleration Phase and prepare for the City Finale at azidp.com.