Smart City Hack 2017
Empowered Citizens Co-Creating Their City, Their World
What is the Smart City Hack (SCH)?
The Smart City Hack brings together a global network of smart cities and hundreds of startups and entrepreneurs. Each participating city faces similar urban challenges and shares a common mission: turn citizens into entrepreneurs and empower them to develop functioning technology products that solve pressing civic challenges. The SCH competition provides the platform for local residents to create smarter, better and more sustainable cities and improve the quality of life for residents in cities around the world.
The third annual competition focuses around four main challenge tracks: Transportation, Health, Sustainability, Education. Entrepreneurs and startups with tools and technology in these four categories are invited to compete.
Who Should Join?
Entrepreneurs – Are you trying to start a technology business that could improve the quality of life for the public?
Innovators – Do you have an idea that would improve our city and enrich the lives of citizens?
Makers – Can you create a product that will provide benefit across sectors to make life just a little bit easier for those who use it?
SCH 2017 is open to all persons that have an idea or dream, and believe they can help make our region a better, more sustainable, and more resilient place to call home!
Why Should You Join?
By participating in the SCH 2017 program all registered members will have access to the following resources to further develop your idea:
Expert Mentorship from local technology experts, educators, and business professionals
Development Workshops where participants will have direct access to mentors to work directly on their solutions
Network Access to smart cities across the globe looking for innovative solutions to civic issues
Cash Prizes for winners at the end of the competition
International Travel and Exposure for the SCH 2017 Grand Champion, who will receive automatic entry, airfare, and lodging expenses, to compete at the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona, Spain
The Grand Prize Winner will represent Phoenix and compete in the final award gala, which takes place in Barcelona at the Smart City Expo 2017 in November.
The Smart City Hack is led by the Institute for Digital Progress in partnership with the City of Phoenix and Cox Communications
The Phoenix Smart City Hack launches in May and submissions are due in October. The City Finale will take place in late October and the one Grand Champion will travel to Barcelona to represent PHX at the Smart City Expo in November.
City Finale Grand Champion - $3,000 +
Airfare, admission and accommodation to the 2016 Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain (November 15-17, 2016), the premier international gathering site for smart city technology and innovation from across the globe
City Finale 1st Runner-up - $1,000
City Finale 2nd Runner-up - $500
All finalists will receive a free pitch and feedback session in front of the Canyon Angels.
Other prizes and awards will be announced throughout the competition
Eligibility & Evaluation Criteria
The Smart City Hack is open to all technologies including apps, IoT, software, devices, or any other tech tool from individuals, teams, and companies.
Valid submissions are those covering one or more of the 5 areas covered in the challenge section.
A full list of SCWH Terms & Conditions, including eligibility will be available soon!
In order to submit, you must register online at azidp.com and indicate the Challenge track your team will compete for. Our platform will let you know what page elements must be complete for your submission to be eligible. If you have any questions, visit our FAQ page or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCH submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria
Phoenix Smart City Hack Expert Team
This year, we’ve teamed up with community leaders, organizations and institutions throughout Arizona to form our SCH Expert Team. Throughout the competition this team of experts will be available to mentor and provide support to teams as they develop and accelerate their products. The 2016 SCH Team includes:
Data & Devices
The Smart City Hack encourages the use of open data. Visit the City of Phoenix's Open Data portal to find a list of public data sets and see individual Challenge pages for access to partner technologies and other additional resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Terms and Conditions
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