The Smart City App Hack (SCAH) has entered its final phase on all the SCAH cities. Finally, the big moment has arrived to meet the finalist apps as selected by jury and public votes on each of the participating cities. Winners will get a direct slot to pitch live in the International Grand Finale of the Smart City App Hack, taking place this November during the Smart City Expo World Congress, in Barcelona. Here is the current status of each city:
Phoenix was the first to select its 5 finalists, coming from the “call for entries” that was launched on June 27 and after an acceleration period that finalized on September. We will know the Phoenix winner on October 22, during the City Final taking place on Orpheum Theatre. The 5 finalists are:
Dubai Smart City App Hack launched on June 13 and during these 5 months, developers, entrepreneurs and citizens who wanted to get involved in the building of a Smart City participated in the process of creating and developing their apps, receiving mentorship from a global team of online experts. A total of 43 great apps participated in the Online Competition and after a tough jury evaluation and public voting round through twitter, these are the selected 10 that will present on the city final on October 20 in GITEX:
Barcelona Smart City App Hack started the search and creation of smart city apps on April 18, and since that same day citizens and professionals have been working on solutions for the five big challenges placed by SCAH (energy, mobility, collaborative city, tourism and shopping) in a proactive and participative way. 58 apps were submitted and participated at the Online Competition, from where the 10 finalists were selected that will present at the Gala of Barcelona Smart City App Hack, on October 28 in the Born Centre Cultural. These are:
In Lyon, everything started on September 10. In a bit more than a month, 37 developers presented their smart app in the SCAH competition; almost 41% of these are addressing the challenge of Collaborative City. On October 14, the 10 finalists are invited to present live in the local final that will take place on the TUBÀ venue. These are the Lyon Smart City App Hack finalists:
Helsinki also joined the Smart City App Hack through its local project of Open Finland Challenge. We will know the best of its apps on October 19, together with the local winner that will come to present in Barcelona for the international final. Stay tuned for this!
Nueva York is also a SCAH city! In collaboration with its NYC BigApps 2015, the apps that best solve civic problems and challenges of everyday urban life will be decided, The best among them will be invited to travel to Barcelona and pitch at the Smart City Expo. We will be announcing the NY champion soon!
Finally, and concluding this brief SCAH update, we must also mention the SCAH FIWARE Online Competition, a challenge focused on apps that have integrated FIWARE GEs on their architecture. If you are interested you can still join with your app until October 15 in these links, for apps already using fiware.