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 “” 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.


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.


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


Portland joins the Smart City App Hack challenge.



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



Barcelona Hack Session

Barcelona started the project with a Hack Session on April 18th where developers, designers and citizens presented their ideas and received live feedback. It was a saturday of hard work in Barcelona where the Smart City Hack App was launched to the audience. We had a great day with many great ideas from a very active audience.

Take a look at the photos of the day.  So proud to keep showing you the great work done by the Hack Session participants in Barcelona.


Dubai joins the Smart City App Hack challenge!


Dubai Internet City (DIC), the MENA region’s largest ICT free zone, is the official partner for Dubai’s Smart City App Hack project, which will connect the emirate’s local app and tech ecosystem with developers from around the world.

Together with Dubai, Barcelona, Helsinki and Ghent, are participating in the project. SCAH is still open for participation and more cities are to be announced in the following weeks.



Welcome to the global app hack for smart cities!

The Smart City App Hack (SCAH) connects cities worldwide to help local app makers create apps for a better life in the city. These pioneering cities share similiar challenges and one vision: to empower citizens to become app makers and create app solutions for the city of the 21st century. App Makers get free mentorship for building their smart city app: from idea to downloadable app.