Dubai to take part in Smart City App Hack
Smart City App Hack competition aims to encourage app development to tackle urban issues
Dubai has been confirmed as a participating city in the Smart City App Hack sponsored by FIWARE and MasterCard.
The Smart City App Hack is a competition which challenges citizens to develop apps for smart city solutions.
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 to create products and applications that will help improve the lives of citizens.
Other participating cities include founding city Barcelona, Helsinki and Ghent. More cities will be announced in the following weeks.
The Dubai Smart City App Hack will take place from May to September; during these 5 months, developers, entrepreneurs and citizens who want to get involved in the building of a Smart City will participate in the process of creating, developing and polishing their apps, receiving mentoring from a global team of mobile experts online who will guide them throughout the process and help them get from idea to final app.
The contest is held on themes which present common challenges for cities around the world: urban mobility, energy & emissions, shopping & retail, culture & tourism, and the collaborative city.
All the cities will celebrate their city finals, where the best ten apps will present and the local winners will be chosen. After that, the top apps from all participating cities will be invited to present and compete in the final award gala, taking place in Barcelona during the Smart City Expo 2015 in November.
The Smart City App Hack has been initiated by the City of Barcelona as an open platform for cities around the world wishing to foster local entrepreneurship and value creation for its citizens.
The FIWARE platform provides a set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors. FIWARE is a private-public partnership funded by the European Commission which also has investment from Spanish telco Telefonica.