Dubai, Barcelona, Helsinki and Ghent are the cities currently confirmed to participate in the Smart City App Hack sponsored by FIWARE and MasterCard, a new global app challenge that is just starting.
The cities will join forces aiming to create a network of citizens that will collaborate in designing and building the Smart Cities of 21st century, through mobile app development.
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.
Together with Dubai, the following cities are currently confirmed: Barcelona (Spain), founder of the project, and Helsinki (Finland); additionally, Ghent (Belgium) is following the process as an associated city. The project is still open for participation and more cities are to 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.
Participants can find inspiration in the main themes that present common challenges for cities around the world: urban mobility, energy & emissions, shopping & retail, culture & tourism, and the collaborative city.
At the end of the project, 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.