On April 18 started in Barcelona the Smart City App Hack, an ideas hackathon in which took part about 150 people who were able to create groups, work all day long and started creating and shaping their app projects answering the Smart Cities challenges. It was a great opening day full of energy, good atmosphere and above all: great ideas.
If you do not know very well what the Smart City App Hack is, and you want to get involved, here we explain what it is:
What is the Smart City App Hack?
The Smart City App Hack brings together a global network of smart cities facing similar challenges and share a vision: to become citizens in apps developers, empowering them to develop and achieve a better city. This initiative it’s powered by the Barcelona City Council and sponsored by FIWARE and MasterCard, which provide mentoring support, resources and prizes.
In Barcelona, how it will develop?
Barcelona has already started the process with the hack session on April 18. Right now it is in the phase of working on the app concept; it will continue with the technical development, and then it will follow an online competition to select the bests apps and a city final to be held in October.
I wasn’t at the hack session on April 18th, but I want to participate, can I do it?
Yes, the Smart City App Hack is an open project with different phases and in every phase it’s planned to incorporate new participants; from the current phase, Concept Hack at Home, until the online competition. Sign up and receive regular information of each phase, updates, news, etc.
Who can participate?
Apps developers, designers, marketers and communication professionals, entrepreneurs and generally any citizen with good ideas.
What resources do I have
Open data: FIWARE APIs, OpenData Barcelona + iCity and MasterCard APIs.
Online mentors who will accompany you throughout the entire process, from initial idea to final implementation.
What are the challenges of the smart cities?
Providing solutions in these priority areas: urban transport; energy and sustainability; tourism and culture; shopping and commerce and collaborative city.
What prizes can I get?
10,000 euros in monetary prizes for the final in Barcelona and more prizes in the grand final to be held at the Smart City Expo 2015 in November, and in which compete the best apps of all participating cities.
We recommend you to take a look at the web http://barcelona.smartcityapphack.com/ where you’ll find all the project information, how to participate, resources, mentoring …
Join in and contribute to design the Barcelona that you want with your app!