Technological solutions that meet social demands while also taking into consideration the opinion and experience of citizens was the common denominator of the winning mobile apps in the Grand Final of the Smart City App Hack (SCAH), the great global challenge for smart cities held the past two days in Barcelona, during the Smart City Expo.
From New York to Barcelona, the winning teams have stepped forward to create apps that not only provide technological but also social innovation, promoting collaborative communities to improve the quality of life. No one knows their own city better than citizens, these are the people that can best respond to the challenges they face in the XXI century.
This is the essence that has driven the first edition of the Smart City App Hack, culminating in two days of exciting competition in which 15 finalists have participated from Helsinki, San Francisco, Dubai, Phoenix, New York, Lyon and Barcelona. Competing in five categories, each category endowed with a 5,000 euros prize, the results are as follows:
In the Collaborative City category the winner is Barcelona’s Sharing Academy app, an application that functions as a ‘peer-to-peer’ in which college students share knowledge and learn from their colleagues with private lessons.
The other winner from Spain is the Tripuniq app, in the category of Culture and Tourism, with a solution to customize travel according to user preferences, taking into account recommendations of “local heroes”.
In the Urban Mobility category, the winning app is TripGo, a great solution from Helsinki that targets travel plans, helping the user to choose the most efficient, cheap and fast route in real time.
Knodes from New York has scooped the award in the category of Energy and Emissions with a consistent technological solution involving a low-cost sensor network powered by solar energy and e-paper displays that are managed by a webapp. Knodes helps cities to “hear” their environment and “talk” to their citizens.
Finally, in the category of Retail and Shopping, indoors from San Francisco is the winner. This app helps users to locate and find special offers, improving shopping experiences in large shopping malls, airports, etc.
FIWARE and MasterCard Awards
Unplis (Barcelona) is the app that best integrated the MasterCard APIs and therefore has scooped the MasterCard Special Prize consisting in participation in the Grand Finale of the “MasterCard Masters of Code” in Silicon Valley, including airfare, accommodation and the chance to win more prizes there.
Meanwhile, FIWARE has granted cash prizes and acceleration aid to reward the apps that have best integrated their technology. The first prize of 5,000 euros is for GeoPlay (Zaragoza), an app directed at the retail sector, designed as an innovative model of advertising.
The second prize of 3,000 euros went to CirculaB (Barcelona), an app to reduce traffic congestion by offering users alternative routes based on predictive algorithms, open data and information shared by citizens.
The third prize, worth 1,500 euros, was presented to Bike Cidadão (Recife), an app to improve Urban Mobility, focusing on the safety of pedestrians, mopeds, and drivers, promoting respect and education among them.
The Public Vote through Twitter awarded CITIVIVA (Montevideo) with 500 euros, a platform where citizens, public and private companies, and governments work together to improve the quality of life.
As for the acceleration award, amounting to 10,000 euros and three months of acceleration (mentoring and networking), awarded by SOUL-FI, a FIWARE accelerator, the winner is Karos (Lyon), an intelligent network of shared mobility assistance to ensure the most affordable and ecological commutes.