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San Francisco joins the Smart City App Hack challenge!

We’re happy to announce that San Francisco is joining the global Smart City App Hack challenge (SCAH).

Welcome to the ‪#‎SCAH‬! Together with Barcelona, Helsinki, Dubai, Phoenix, Ghent, Portland, Hong Kong and Berlin; San Francisco will join the SCAH cities council as an associated city.

San Francisco’s participation will run in parallel to initiatives from the MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CIVIC INNOVATION (MOCI) such as the Entrepreneurship-in-Residence (EIR) program.

The EIR program brings City staff and startups together to explore, prototype, and test tech solutions for civic challenges. The City’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jay Nath, believes that San Francisco “needs teams in government that create products and services like a startup: scrappy, hungry, lean, and full of world-changing ideas.”

In 2014, EIR teams tackled issues including emergency alert messaging, airport navigation for the visually impaired, police data collection, and air quality monitoring. To read more about the EIR program and last year’s outcomes please visit: http://entrepreneur.sfgov.org.

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One more city joining SCAH: Welcome Berlin!

Together with Barcelona, Helsinki, Dubai, Phoenix, Ghent, Portland and Hong Kong, Berlin will join SCAH cities council as an associated city.

In Berlin, there are already many interdisciplinary projects that generate and utilize synergies from the public sphere, science and research, as well as businesses. Thanks to the existing research landscape and the large number of innovative companies, the city has a huge potential, particularly in the fields of energy technologies, transport and mobility, information and communication technologies, as well as healthcare industries. And there is a clear political commitment for Berlin as a smart city: In April 2015, the Berlin Senate decided on the Smart City Berlin Strategy (German). The objectives of the smart city strategy include expanding the international metropolitan region, increasing the resource efficiency and climate neutrality of Berlin by 2050, and creating a pilot market for innovative applications. We would like the Berlin citizens to become an integral part of this pilot phase. They are the ones who live and work here, so they should be the ones who shape the Smart City of Berlin.

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Do you have an app prototype? This is the moment to submit it to Dubai Smart City App Hack!

Dubai Smart City App Hack, the big international challenge that seeks the best Smart City apps, is now in the Hack-at-home stage, the online mentoring process for apps! This phase, covering mentoring in technical, bizdev and UX aspects, is open for both the participants that started working their apps on DecodeDubai as also for new teams that have an app in progress and want to join in.

What does this mean?

It means that if you have an app idea or prototype that you are working on and you need a final push to help you finish building it and put it on the market, Dubai Smart City App Hack is your project.

What do you get?

1/ Mentoring online from a team of experts in the app ecosystem, totally free!

2/ Many technical resources that can boost your apps! Open Data, FIWARE and MasterCard APIs, etc.

3/ The possibility to win in the Dubai City final prizes such as a paid trip to Barcelona and represent Dubai in the international final.

4/ The possibility to get to the Smart City Expo international final and win one of the 5000€ cash prizes for the best apps, plus special prizes from MasterCard and FIWARE for the apps that use their resources.

Check all the information regarding timeline, prizes and how to participate here.

Come on and join, this is the moment to create your app!

 

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Hong Kong joins the Smart City App Hack challenge

When it comes to collaborate with local communities to think, design and code the apps people need, the city of Hong Kong  has launched several initiatives fully aligned with SCAH’s mantra (e.g. to use the city as a platform where public interest services are developed and offered by citizens to citizens and where the use of open data and open platform enable to mobilize the local community into finding solutions to local problems in a constructive entrepreneurship-driving process).

In their own words:

“The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) launched the public sector information (PSI) portal in 2011 to make available PSI in digital formats facilitating commercial or non-commercial re-use free-of-charge.

This initiative helps open up new business opportunities, bring convenience to the public, enhance the quality of living and even generate social benefits.  Many popular mobile apps in Hong Kong make use of PSI to deliver cherished information and services on a user-friendly platform.  The most common data used include traffic snapshots, weather, air quality, etc.   Through these apps, users can plan their routes based on real-time traffic situation or their activities based on weather and air quality information.  So far, over 70 mobile applications or solutions have been developed by the industry and most of them are free for download.

The HKSAR Government had rolled out two publicity campaigns in 2012 and 2014, comprising a series of PSI promotional activities, talks, training courses, application competitions and exhibitions.  The campaigns aimed to raise the awareness of PSI among application developers, tertiary students and the general public, and to encourage its re-use.  More than 4 000 people participated in the events.

To further step up the release of PSI, the Financial Secretary of HKSAR Government announced in the 2015-16 Budget that from 2015 onwards, all free online government information will be released in digital formats.  In order to provide a larger and more flexible platform for departments to release data, the HKSAR Government launched the revamped PSI portal “data.gov.hk” in early 2015 to encourage more creative re-use of data.  The portal now provides more than 4 000 datasets in 18 broad categories such as weather, health, population and transport.”

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Phoenix in the International Tech-Olympics: Smart City App Hack

The City of Phoenix will participate in Smart City App Hack, the international competition to develop apps that present a solution to a global civic challenge. The Smart City App Hack has been initiated by the City of Barcelona to empower citizens around the world to become app makers and create solutions for 21st century cities.

The Phoenix Smart City App Hack is the local portion of the competition and an app acceleration program that will go from the end of June through October. Local app developers, entrepreneurs and residents are invited to submit web or mobile applications that incorporate solutions targeted to improve the five main themes identified as common global challenges: urban mobility, energy and emissions, shopping and retail, culture and tourism and the collaborative city.

The contest will conclude with a City Finale where the five finalists, and all apps submitted through the Online Competition, will compete by pitching live on stage to a panel of judges. Three City winners will be chosen and awarded cash prizes and entrance into the international Smart City App Hack. The Grand Champion will be sent, all-expenses paid, to represent the City of Phoenix at the international grand finale at the Smart City Expo 2015 in Barcelona.

Phoenix to Compete in the International Tech-Olympics: Smart City App Hack

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The City of Phoenix will participate in Smart City App Hack, the international competition to develop apps that present a solution to a global civic challenge.

The Phoenix Smart City App Hack is the local portion of the competition and an app acceleration program that will go from the end of June through October.  Local app developers, entrepreneurs and residents are invited to submit web or mobile applications that incorporate solutions targeted to improve the five main themes identified as common global challenges: urban mobility, energy and emissions, shopping and retail, culture and tourism, the collaborative city.

The competition begins with a “Call for Entries” period from June 27 to August 1. During this period, teams or individuals can submit their projects – ranging from ideas to developed apps or businesses – for consideration for the Acceleration Phase.

Five finalists will be selected by a panel of industry professionals and Phoenix city officials. Selected finalists will receive additional mentorship from local companies and development professionals to prepare their app for market adoption and implementation.  New participants may still join during this period and are permitted to submit an existing, finished app directly to the online competition.

The contest will conclude with a City Finale where the five finalists, and all apps submitted through the Online Competition, will compete by pitching live on stage to a panel of judges.  Three City winners will be chosen and awarded cash prizes and entrance into the international Smart City App Hack. The Grand Champion will be sent, all-expenses paid, to represent the City of Phoenix at the international grand finale at the Smart City Expo 2015 in Barcelona.

In addition to the recognition of building a solution for the Phoenix community, creators of the top three apps will win cash prizes: $3,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.

For more information on the 2015 Phoenix Smart City AppsHack, visit http://phoenix.smartcityapphack.com/ or http://www.azidp.com/ or follow us on Twitter: @AZ_iDP and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/phoenixapphack

 

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Open Finland Challenge is teaming up with the Smart City App Hack

Forum Virium Helsinki held an event introducing it’s activities in June 10th. One of the presentations was on Helsinki Smart City App Hack and served as a launch of the challenge. Almost 60 people were gathered to hear about the various new and on-going projects of Forum Virium Helsinki.

Joonas Pekkarinen, the coordinator of the Helsinki Smart City App Hack introduced the challenge and walked the audience through the competence, timeline, rules and the prizes.

Open Finland Challenge is now teaming up with the Smart City App Hack. This means that Helsinki-related apps taking part in the Open Finland Challenge also take part in the Helsinki Smart City App Hack. The winner of the Helsinki Smart City App Hack will compete with apps from around the world in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona and win more prizes.

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SCAH_DUBAI Challenge starts

SCAH_DUBAI Challenge starts! Good luck to all developers participating in the initial hackathon Decode Dubai that to be held between 11-13 June.

Dubai Internet City is the official partner of the Smart City App Hack (SCAH) and Decode Dubai is one of the mediums to select teams for the SCAH city {Dubai} finals in October 201

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Portland joins the Smart City App Hack challenge.

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We’re happy to announce that Portland joins the global Smart City App Hack challenge. Welcome to the ‪#‎SCAH‬!

Together with Barcelona, Helsinki, Dubai and Ghent, Portland will join this network of Smart Cities as an associate city.

The participation of Portland to the project will run in parallel to the local initiative of Global Cities Challenge which kicks off with a hackathon tomorrow. Good luck to the developers! Emoticono wink