Smart City Hack 2016
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.
Phoenix is the first city to join the 2016 Smart City Hack. . The second annual competition will encourage more collaboration and have a greater focus on technology. Unlike the first competition, which only invited app companies to compete, this year’s SCH will be open to all technologies (IoT, hardware, software, mobile apps etc...).
The 2016 Phoenix competition focuses around five main challenge tracks: Transportation, Health and Wellness, Energy and Sustainability, Civic Engagement, and Culture and Tourism. Entrepreneurs and startups with tools and technology in these five categories are invited to compete.
The Grand Prize Winner will represent Phoenix and compete in the final award gala, which takes place in Barcelona at the Smart City Expo 2016 in November.
The Smart City Hack is led by the Institute for Digital Progress in partnership with the City of Phoenix
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.
CEI “Innovation” Prize
For (1) qualifying company, the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CEI) will award a six-month affiliate membership to its business incubation program to continue to nurture its growth after the competition. CEI supports entrepreneurs developing disruptive innovations in the bio- and life-sciences, medical device, software-as-a-service and cleantech industries. CEI offers: in-house strategic planning and business model development assistance; access to industry- and skill-specific mentors and partner programs; discounted 3D printing and design services; sophisticated competitive intelligence and market research services; and access to a community of innovative, technology-driven entrepreneurs. Learn more at ceigateway.com.
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 email@example.com.
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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