About Smart City Hack

Smart City Hack (SCH), formerly know as “Smart City App Hack”, is an initiative by dotopen with the participation of the world’s leading smart cities.

The 1st edition of SCAH has been launched in March 2015 during the Mobile World Congress with the aim of bringing together the leading smart cities sharing similar challenges and vision: how to turn citizens into solutions builders, empowering them to develop functioning technology products that solve pressing civic challenges. The SCH competition provides the platform for local residents to create smarter, better and more sustainable cities and improve the quality of life for residents in cities around the world.

This very successful first edition included 11 cities worldwide and has supported over 6500 engaged smart citizens that found inspiration in five main themes: urban mobilityenergy & emissionsshopping & retailculture & tourism, and the collaborative city and came out with 164 finished apps.

Now, for the second edition of Smart City Hack 2016,  we encourage more collaboration and a greater focus on technology. Unlike the first competition, which only invited app companies to compete, this year’s SCH will be open to all technologies (IoT, hardware, software, mobile apps etc…).

The project was developed as an open innovation process (city as a platform) that enables going from generic urban problems to specific, usable and sustainable tech-based solutions. It does so by proposing opportunity spaces; offering resources, mentorship and support; along with the needed visibility events and communications.

While local and global partners are essential to provide resources, expertise and further opportunities for the whole participating ecosystem, SCH manages the complexity of the diverse interests, timelines and approaches, respecting diversity and maintaining coherence and common purpose. Ultimately SCH is also a common ground where cities and partners can share and explore experiences and perspectives around the rising role of smart citizen engagement.

To select and give visibility to the best projects, SCH in collaboration with Smart City Expo, is organizing a Final Award Ceremony inviting the 15 best projects to pitch on stage in front of an international jury of experts.