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15 mobile applications will compete to win the Grand Finale of the Smart City App Hack

November 3rd 2015. Barcelona.- 11 cities, 8 countries, 6500 engaged citizens and 164 mobile applications – these are the impressive numbers of the first edition of the Smart City App Hack (SCAH). The 15 best apps from cities such as New York, Barcelona and Dubai will present live on stage on the 17th and 18th of November at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

The Smart City App Hack, initiated by the City of Barcelona and run by dotopen, a Barcelona based company, united 11 smart cities across the globe including Barcelona, Dubai, Phoenix, Helsinki, Lyon, San Francisco and New York. These cities came together in order to engage citizens to create app based solutions for some of the challenges 21st Century cities face today in urban mobility, energy and emissions, retail and shopping, culture and tourism and the collaborative city.

SCAH has been launched during Mobile World Congress 2015 and citizens all over the world met in Hackathons to create teams and first app concepts. These ideas then have been incubated in 5 month with support from online mentors helping participants to turn their ideas into apps that can be downloaded and used. The subsequent city competitions and award ceremonies selected the 15 best apps to come and compete for the SCAH global prizes during Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.

This Grand Finale will take place on the 17th and 18th with presentations live on stage from applications from Barcelona, New York, San Francisco, Lyon, Helsinki, Phoenix and Dubai. Each app will have 3 minutes to present before of a jury of experts who will then choose the 5 winners – one for each challenge area.

On the 17th (17:00-18:00), apps in Energy, Retail and Shopping, and Culture and Tourism categories will compete. The second round will take place on the 18th (17:00-18:00), with apps for Urban Mobility and Collaborative City. Each of the 5 challenge categories will be awarded with  5,000 euros.

Furthermore the official sponsors of SCAH MasterCard and FIWARE will award additional prizes:

– The MasterCard special award, consisting of a place in the Grand Finale of the “MasterCard Masters of code” which will take place in Silicon Valley and including flights, accommodation and the possibility of winning more prizes.

– Prizes for the apps that best integrate FIWARE, consisting of: joining the FIWARE Accelerator Programme (valued at 150,000 euros), 10,000 euros in cash prizes distributed in 5,000, 3,000, 1,500 and 500 euros, greater global visibility during the Smart City Expo and finally, presenting the application in the Mobile World Congress 2016.

Smart City Apps Showcase and the SCAH Council

Additional to the finals, Smart City App Hack has prepared a series of activities that round off the project’s participation in the Smart City Expo World Congress.

On the mornings of the 18th and 19th the “Smart City Apps Showcase” will give entrepreneurs that have participated in SCAH a chance to present their app outside of the competition. The presentations will take place in the Smart City Plaza (Speakers’ Corner) and are open to the public.

Furthermore, on the 19th the SCAH Council of Cities will get together in a meeting that will unite the representatives of all participating SCAH cities, in order to exchange experiences and practices with regard to civic engagement initiatives.

The timetables of all our activities during Smart City Expo World Congress can be found here.

For more information or to request an interview regarding the Smart City App Hack, you can get in contact via email on [email protected] or via phone on +34 933 568 677. You can also follow our updates on the Twitter account @smartcityhack with the hashtag #SCAH.

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Virtual Energy Advisor wins Barcelona Smart City App Hack

The Virtual Energy Advisor application has won the final competition of the Barcelona Smart City App Hack. It has been chosen as the best app among the 10 finalists who competed for the award. The application works as a virtual consultant to improve energy efficiency and share with the community experiences and tips for saving energy and money.

The monetary prize won by Virtual Energy Advisor is of 8,000 euros and a direct slot to represent Barcelona in the International Grand Final of the Smart City App Hack project. He has also won a nomination for the 2016 Mobile Premier Awards which are held each year during the Mobile World Congress. The jury awarded the second prize for the Most Innovative Concept to Glovo app and the third prize to Sharing Academy.

The gala evening was held October 28 and around 200 people attended the event. They attendees enjoyed a vibrant evening in which there was much excitement. Congratulations to all the winners!

Want to know the details of the Barcelona Gala? Check the whole story here.

Winner ParkX

ParkX is our new champion at the Phoenix Smart City App Hack!

We’re happy to announce that ParkX will represent Phoenix in the Smart City App Hack global final. ParkX is a simplest way for parking providers to process cashless payments. The app provides customized mobile payment solutions suited to your parking operation’s specific needs.

SCAH_PHOENIX Gala was the fourth among all the Smart City App Hack cities to take place. The final happened on October 22 at the Orpheum Theatre, where over 200 people attended the final, so it was a really good turnout!

The Gala had all the necessary ingredients of a grand show: exciting and speedy app pitches, elements of competing, networking and of course big prizes! ParkX app will pitch on November at the Global Final of SCAH in Smart City Expo in Barcelona.

Want to know the details of the Phoenix Gala? Check the whole story here.

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Eventmore will represent Helsinki in the Global SCAH Final!

Happy to announce the Helsinki champion Eventmore, who will represent Helsinki in the Smart City App Hack global final. Eventmore is an app focused on public event organizers, helping them get the most out of the event, improve the promotion and share information around the event, like offers, recommendations etc. This service is for now available in Finland only but will soon be working in more countries.

Eventmore was the winner of the Open Finland Challenge, a digital innovation accelerator designed to advance an open society and to build a community of open developers and innovators. And as a winner of this challenge, partnered with SCAH_Helsinki, will represent the city of Helsinki in the Global SCAH final.

Winner Boxit

Boxit is our new champion at the Dubai Smart City App Hack!

Congratulations to all the Boxit team, we will be seeing you soon in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, in the international Grand Final of SCAH! Congratulations also to our runner-ups, Carpoolarabia app for winning 2nd prize and D2D Auto Services app for winning 3rd prize.

Thanks also to the rest of the apps for their participation and enthusiasm! Still more opportunities for all of the finalists to win a slot at the Smart City Expo.

SCAH Dubai Gala was the second among all the Smart City App Hack (SCAH) cities to take place. The City Final happened on October 20 with Boxit, an app that connect people who need extra space to store their personal items, winning the Grand Champion 1st prize.

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Seety app wins SCAH LYON !

SCAH LYONs Gala was the first among all the Smart City App Hack (SCAH) cities to take place. The City Final happened on October 14 with the app Seety, a new mobile app’ turning running into a discovery experience of your city, winning the Grand Champion 1st prize.

The Gala had all the necessary ingredients of a grand show: exciting and speedy app pitches, elements of competing, networking and of course big prizes! Seety app will pitch on November at the Global Final of SCAH in Smart City Expo in Barcelona.

Want to know the details of the Lyon Gala? Check the whole story here

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Smart City App Hack moving towards its end with the local final events

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:

Bloodhound
Bus Plus
HER
ParkX
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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:

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Irhal – Islamic Halal Travel App
Einvite
Carpool Arabia
World Spotlight
D2D Auto Services
LupUp
GPSShield
MyGreenRank
App3ad (* Public vote winner)

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:

Sharing Academy (* Public Vote Winner)
The Social Coin
Virtual Energy Advisor
SocialCar
Tripuniq
Unplis
Celicity
Glovo
BCN Sunny
Kolobbe

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:

Karos
Popvox
Cityscape
Bluebe
Anona
Chronoscènes
I Wheel Share
Seety
igoOn
myGardenInTheCity

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.

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Barcelona Smart City App Hack, meet the finalist and register!

The SCAH_BCN voting period and jury selection is over. It was a tough decision to select only 10 from the 58 total apps received, but we are finally in the happy position to present you the 10 best apps of the Barcelona Smart City App Hack, as selected from the online jury the public votes and Apps&Cultura Challenge. These are:

Sharing Academy (* Public Vote Winner)
The Social Coin
Virtual Energy Advisor
SocialCar
Tripuniq
Unplis
Celicity
Glovo
BCN Sunny
Kolobbe (* Apps&Cultura 2015)

These top 10 App Makers will pitch for 3 minutes live onstage in front of a public audience and an expert jury who will select a winner in turn of great local prizes plus a direct slot to represent Barcelona at the SCAH Global final organized during the Smart City Expo and World Congress in Barcelona, November 2015.
The Barcelona SCAH Finale will take place at Born Centre Cultural on October 28th, starting at 6pm. At this event you’ll find great content, inspirational speeches and the chance to meet, join and network with emerging civic tech based & smart city start-ups, industry celebrities and decision makers. Registrations are open, so hurry up and reserve a seat!

The Barcelona Smart City App Hack was launched on April and during these 6 months, developers, entrepreneurs and citizens who wanted to get involved in the building of a Smart City participating in the process of creating and developing their apps, receiving mentorship from a global team of online experts. During the final phase of app submission, we have received 58 great apps! What a success!

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New York, new member of the Smart City App Hack project

We are thrilled to present you New York City as the newest member of our big SCAH family! Welcome!

The New York Smart City App Hack has just launched, as part of the 7th edition of the most famous NYC BigApps challenge, who brought together citizens and App Makers to build functioning, marketable technology tools that help solve pressing civic challenges. Developers, designers, entrepreneurs and citizens worked for 5 months to solve challenges around Affordable Housing, Zero Waste, Connected Cities, and Civic Engagement contributing to the mayor’s #ONENYC vision.

It is now time to bring the best of these apps, those most aligned with the five Smart City App Hack challenges, to the SCAH international finals, inviting them to compete with the SCAH local winners and finalists from around the world in the Smart City Expo and World Congress, on November 17-19.

Save the date, it will be an exciting event!

 

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10 great apps to compete at the SCAH_LYON final, see the finalists and register!

The SCAH_Lyon voting period and jury selection is over. It was a tough decision to select only 10 from the 37 total apps received, but we are finally in the happy position to present you the 10 best apps of the Lyon Smart City App Hack, as selected from the online jury and the public votes. These are:

Come and meet them, Wednesday 14th at TUBÀ from 4PM-7PM.

These top 10 App Makers will pitch for 3 minutes live onstage in front of a public audience and an expert jury who will select a winner in turn of great local prizes plus a direct slot to represent Lyon at the SCAH Global final organized during the Smart City Expo and World Congress in Barcelona, November 2015

At this event you’ll find great content, inspirational speeches and the chance to meet, join and network with emerging civic tech based & smart city startups, industry celebrities and decision makers.

Registrations are open, so hurry up and reserve a seat!

The Lyon Smart City App Hack was launched on September 10. In total, we have received 37 great apps all relevant to the Lyon Smart City themes, check their profiles with all details here.