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Smart City Hack 2017 Kicks Off!
The Smart City Hack (SCH) is back and we are kicking off the largest civic innovation initiative in the Southwest. In partnership with the City of Phoenix, Cox Communications, and US Ignite, the Institute for Digital Progress is calling all entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers to join this premier civic app hack competition by registering below.
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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 2017 Phoenix competition focuses around four main challenge tracks: Transportation, Health, Sustainability, and Education. The 2017 will also see a new WILDCARD category for any technolgy solutions that can help imporve our cities that might not fit into one of the other four categories. Entrepreneurs and startups with tools and technology in these five 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
June 3rd, 2017 – Gigabit in Education Workshop: Mozilla Foundation & Call for Entries Period Opens
July 8th, 2017 - Ideathon
TBD – Working Session
TBD – Working Session
September 30th, 2017 – Call for entries Period Ends
October 8th, 2017 – Finalists selected
TBD – Pitch Practice and presentation workshop
TBD – Finale Event
November 14th – 16th – Smart City World Congress in Barcelona Spain
City Finale Grand Champion - $3,000 +
Airfare, admission and accommodation to the 2016 Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain (November 15-17, 2017), 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
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.
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
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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Endorsed by the generous entrepreneurs of #yesphx