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Apps for all, the first major challenge for developers committed to accessible and universal technology begins

Disability organisation COCEMFE and app incubation platform Smart City Hack has joined forces to find and nurture the best apps able to give true accessibility to all. Running under the title ‘Apps For All’ the project, which coincides with the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, will bring together developers eager to create applications with accessibility and inclusion truly at their heart.

The challenge set is that through great design the developer’s apps must improve ICT accessibility; move towards the concept of universal accessibility; help people with disabilities (as well as the elderly) to have free and unconditioned life decision-making possibilities while also helping eliminate stigma.

The project will start with an ‘Ideathon’ on June 18th in Barcelona, ​​a meeting for developers, coders, designers, creatives and citizens who want to help improve accessibility via mobile/ web apps. The work themes that are proposed are urban transport, culture and tourism, health and wellness and collaborative city.

Registration to attend the event is open, free and can be done here.

From the 18th starts an incubation phase where an online meeting point and platform for developers will be provided by Smart City Hack. Here they’ll have access to mentors, workshops, webinars with any material that comes out of these sessions used to keep improving the project as a whole.

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Austin TX, becomes latest American city to join Smart City Hack 2016

We’re happy to announce that Austin Texas, one the U.S.’ most creative hubs, has joined Smart City Hack 2016, following on from cities such as Phoenix.

On June 3 – 5 the ATX Hack for Change will take place at St. Edward’s University and focus on finding civic solutions to issues such as environmental concerns, food sustainability and even domestic abuse. Teams made up of community organizers, nonprofit groups, educators, government employees, writers, graphic artists, project managers and techies will tackle the city’s biggest issues. ATX Hack for Change will also be joining the Smart City Hack, a global initiative supporting the public to go from generic urban problems to sustainable app-based solutions, to help continue incubation of the talent projects and prototypes the city is sure to deliver.

“Social innovation is rarely the work of a solitary individual. Instead, it happens when people exchange ideas and build off one another,” said Silicon Labs Chief Marketing Officer Michele Grieshaber. ‘We’re proud to join other members of the Austin tech community at this event.”

Following this, on June 10, an additional hack purely slotting into the SCH framework will also take place where one of our founders will connect with participants directly. Full information and links to come very soon…

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The Hack Goes On….

Last Friday (May 20) saw Smart City Hack team up with Granada’s best and brightest for a hackathon held at the Universidad of Granada itself. Aided by beer and pizza the groups of hackers presented the PETRA Project, a unique traffic mentoring system.

Three other projects were also presented during a weekend filled with networking, discussion and nerf missiles. More info can be found here.

The latest cities to join the Smart City Hack intuitive will be announced very, very soon…

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Phoenix, AZ announced as first city to join Smart City Hack 2016

The council of Phoenix, Arizona has become the first city to join 2016’s Smart City Hack season.

Following on from a great collaboration last year which saw five impressive projects incubated with SCH and a finale picked up by television crews, Smart City Hack is happy to reveal that Phoenix’s smart citizens will soon be submitting more innovative ideas. Smart City Hack Co-Founder Steffan Becker had this to say –

‘We’re so happy to see Phoenix get on board once more. They’ve got a keen eye on what the future can bring to their citizens’.


Amongst the strong apps created last year were HER Shopping App, a user friendly interface that could complete purchases and make reservations through voice search alone and the winning ParkX App, which offers tailored mobile payment for parking. 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, Health and Welfare, Culture and Tourism and the Collaborative city. This year sees the theme of ‘Shopping & Retail’ dropped to focus on the fastly growing mHealth sector as well as opening submissions to all tech and not purely mobile apps.

The top apps from this program will be invited to present and compete in the final award gala, taking place in Barcelona during the Smart City Expo 2016 in November.


Full info on SCH and its 2016 themes can be found below.

Smart City Hack (formerly Smart City App Hack) launched its second edition this April, again focused on tackling the challenges facing 21st century cities and intent on connecting councils, developers and organisations so their ideas can be transformed into real solutions.

Additionally SCH16 is again providing participating areas the opportunity to share information with a network of cities from around the world suffering the same issues and looking for the same solutions.   

This second edition sees some new features added to the project. The participation criteria will now be open to all technologies (IoT, Mobile Applications etc…) that can help larger populaces tackle the following themes: Urban Mobility, Energy and Emissions, Health and Welfare, Culture and Tourism and Collaborative Cities.

Cities around the world who wish to participate can register by emailing [email protected] or by filling out the contact form found here.  

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During the eight months the SCH 2015 edition ran the project achieved the following figures, 11 Participating Cities (Barcelona, Dubai, Nueva York, San Francisco, Lyon, Phoenix, Helsinki, Berlín, Gante, Hong Kong and Portland); 6,423 engaged citizens; more than 100 mentors helping to develop projects; 164 applications developed and 22 events held.

For more information you can contact [email protected] visit smartcityhack.com or call +34 933 568 677 – You can also follow all news and updates about SCH16 via @smartcityhack and #SCH16

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Registration is now open for the second edition of Smart City Hack!

After a very successful first edition, we’re happy to announce we’re back for Smart City Hack 2016. Dropping the ‘app’ from our name, we’re decided to launch a more open, collaborative and tech focused entity. Now all technologies focused on improving your area’s smart city capabilities will be accepted – from mobile applications to IoT.

Once more working with the knowledge that more than half of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050, we understand the only way to meet these challenges is for cities themselves to adapt and evolve. Smart City Hack provides the opportunity and platform for cities and organisations around the world to reach their smart city empowered citizens and tackle universal urban problems by creating specific, usable and sustainable app-based solutions. 

This year’s themes on which to work are Health and Welfare, Collaborative Cities, Culture and Tourism; Urban Mobility and Energy and Emissions

With our online incubation platform developers can access resources, mentorship and specialized face-to-face online workshops to improve and implement their innovative projects.

Registration for interested cities, councils and smart citizens is now open so get involved!

 

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Apps that encourage citizen collaboration triumph in the Grand Final of Smart City App Hack

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.

Collaborative City category, the winner is @SharingAcademy

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”.

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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.

Urban Mobility #SCAH category is @TripGo!

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.

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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.

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FIWARE and MasterCard Awards

In addition to the category prizes, the MasterCard and FIWARE awards were presented yesterday, official sponsors of the Smart City App Hack.

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.

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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 big #SCAH @FIware prize of 5000€ goes to @geoplayme

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.

2nd #SCAH @FIware prize winning 3000€ goes to #circulaB

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.

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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.

FIware public vote winner of 500€ is @SomosCitiviva from #Uruguay!

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.

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Press call for November, 17 and 18: Grand Final of the Smart City App Hack

On the 17th and 18th of November, the Smart City App Hack Grand Final will take place, the challenge of the year in Smart Cities and collaborative economy that started last March and will now arrive at its end with this international final, where 15 mobile applications from Barcelona, Dubai, Phoenix, Helsinki, Lyon, San Francisco and New York will present and compete live. The final will take place during the Smart City Expo World Congress in the following two parts:

Day 17, competition by city and category. 5pm to 6pmCongress Area / Sala 2  

Culture and Tourism: Seety (Lyon); Eventmore (Helsinki) and Tripuniq (Barcelona)

Energy and Emissions: Virtual Energy Advisor (Barcelona) and Knodes (Nueva York)

Shopping and Retail: HER (Phoenix), Chronoscènes (Lyon); Glovo (Barcelona) and indoors (San Francisco)

Day 18, competition by city and category. 5pm to 6pmCongress Area / Sala 2  

Collaborative city: boxit co (Dubai); Einvite (Dubai) and Sharing Academy (Barcelona)

Urban Mobility: ParkX (Phoenix); TripGo (Helsinki) and Karos (Lyon).

On the 18th we will also get to know the winners of the FIWARE and MasterCard special prizes, for the apps that best use their technology. In the case of FIWARE this includes cash prizes, acceleration programs and visibility, while MasterCard prize is a slot and full paid trip for the Masters of Code competition, in Silicon Valley.

Other activities during Smart City Expo

Smart City Apps Showcase: a space where young entrepreneurs that have participated in SCAH can present their apps on stage. Sessions open to the public.

Day 18 / 12:30-13:30 Smart City Plaza (Speakers’ Corner)

Day 19 / 11:30-12:30 Smart City Plaza (Speakers’ Corner)

For more detailed information please check this link.

To get more information or ask for an interview on Smart City App Hack please contact mari[email protected] or +34 933 568 677. You can also follow our updates on Twitter @smartcityhack or using the hashtag #SCAH.

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Announcing the 15 app finalists who will compete in the Grand Final of Smart City App Hack

After eight months of hard work and a tough selection process, we are happy to announce the names of the 15 mobile apps that have reached the Grand Final of the Smart City App Hack (SCAH) to be held on the 17th and 18th of November during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. Of the 15 finalists, four are from Barcelona, three from Lyon, two each from Phoenix, Dubai and Helsinki, and one each from New York and San Francisco.

These cities came together in order to engage citizens to create app based solutions for some of the challenges that 21st Century cities face today in Energy, Retail and Shopping, Culture and Tourism Urban Mobility and Collaborative City. The first three categories will compete on the 17th (5pm to 6pm in Congress Area, Room 2), while the remaining two categories will compete at the same time and location on the 18th.

The App Finalists are:

Culture and Tourism

Seety (Lyon) is an app that transforms running into a unique way to discover your city. Eventmore (Helsinki) is aimed at event organizers in order to help them with promotion, achieving better results for events. Tripuniq (Barcelona) allows people to customize their vacation according to the preferences of the traveller, taking into account recommendations by locals.

Energy and Emissions

The two app finalists are: Virtual Energy Advisor (Barcelona), a virtual consultant to improve energy efficiency, sharing experiences and energy- and money-saving tips with the community. The second is Knodes (New York), a network of low-cost sensors, powered by solar energy and e-paper monitors, that are managed via a webapp. Knodes helps cities to “hear” their environment and “talk” to their citizens.

Retail and Shopping

The apps that will compete in this category are: Her (Phoenix), a user-friendly app that allows voice search to carry out purchases and reservations. Chronoscènes (Lyon) presents last minute offers to enjoy shows the same night, acting like a one-stop ticket office. Glovo (Barcelona) connects those who want to buy, send or pick up a product in less than 60 minutes via a system of independent couriers. Lastly, Indoors (San Francisco) helps users locate and find special offers, improving shopping experiences in large shopping malls, airports, etc.

Collaborative City

Boxit (Dubai) connects people who need extra space with companies who can store personal items. Einvite (Dubai) is a smart event organizer that facilitates reserving and paying for business meetings, conferences, seminars, etc. Sharing Academy (Barcelona) is an app that functions as a ‘peer-to-peer’ in which college students share knowledge and learn from their colleagues with private lessons.

Urban Mobility

ParkX App (Phoenix) provides mobile payment solutions custom tailored to the specific needs of the user during parking operations. Tripgo (Helsinki) provides travel planning, presenting the most efficient way, or the cheapest and fastest route in real time. And Karos (Lyon) is an intelligent network of shared transportation that helps ensure more affordable and ecological commutes.

The prize for each of the five winners will be 5,000 euros. In addition, the special FIWARE and MasterCard awards, official sponsors of SCAH, will be presented on the 18th of November.

FIWARE

As a platform for fast development of smart applications in multiple sectors, FIWARE collaborates with Smart City App Hack to discover new talents and entrepreneurs with bright ideas to improve quality of life and efficiency in cities, which can be developed with the support of FIWARE Generic Enablers and the FIWARE Lab experimentation environment. Smart Cities is one of the most prominent domains where FIWARE is being adopted, and this is clearly reflected in the quality of the selected applications and usage of FIWARE technology.

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.

MasterCard

In the words of Ovidio Egido, CEO of MasterCard Spain: “It is an honour for us to support programs such as the Smart City App Hack, whose essence is to build the foundations of future cities. We live in a changing society in which working together with the different units that comprise a city becomes a priority. Only then will it be possible to build a future for cities in which innovation and technological development predominate to enhance other fundamental aspects of daily life such as urban mobility, retail, sustainability, or the idea of ​​a collaborative city. The Smart City App Hack initiative perfectly combines all these concepts.” 

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.

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] You can also follow our updates on the Twitter account @smartcityhack with the hashtag #SCAH.

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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.