iCity Platform will be used in Global Urban Datafest Hackathon

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From 20th to 22nd of February will be held in Barcelona A Smart City Hackathon from the international multi-city hackathon Global Urban Datafest. This event will take place in Sala Agora, Hall B3 of Campus Nord of Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. The hackathon is a place where participants can brainstorm ideas, design prototypes, present their solutions around the Smart City Concept, show their skills and learn emerging technologies. How can they develop their ideas and apps? They will use the iCity Platform. iCity Project collaborates making it available to all participants.

The hackathon is opened to developers, students, researchers, business thinkers, policy analysts, journalists, designers, community organizers, urban planners, or anyone else who is interested in solving the biggest urban challenges today. All of them can join the hackathon by registering here.

Main objectives of the hackathon are creating multidisciplinary work groups and develop applications that provide public interest services and interact with Opened City’s Information Systems. The topics of the apps can be data acquisition and actuation, monitoring and management, security, transport and mobility, e-Government, environment, tourism and culture, sustainability.

For the event the organizers will offer one Raspberry Pi platform or one Galileo platform per team and a variety of transducers to capture physical parameters. Participants will bring its portable devices used for coding and building the service. The event will start Friday evening with the presentation of the Hackathon and with a tutorial about iCity API and development tools available. The participants will have the opportunity to develop their ideas during these days, until the Sunday noon. From this time to 16h the participants will have the opportunity to present the ideas and developments. The jury, based on the documentation uploaded on the web, a short clip and the presentation done will decide the winner of the event.  A working place and additional rooms for sleeping and eating will also be available from the start of the Hackathon to the end, the Sunday evening.


Friday, February 20th: Challenges presentation and seminars.

Saturday-Sunday 21-22th: Development of applications.

Sunday 22th: Presentation of the application and winners selection.

Two winning teams will go on during maximum two weeks to compete globally against contestants from 20+ cities around the world participating in the Global Urban Datafest. More details in the A Smart City Hackathon website.

This hackathon is possible thanks to the local partners and sponsors like Ajuntament de Barcelona, Departament d’Enginyeria Telemàtica (ENTEL), Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyers de Telecomunicació de Barcelona (ETSETB), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), IBM, giving access to its own platform Bluemix, URBIÓTICA, with Sentilo platform related to iCity APIs, and the collaboration of MOB // Makers of Barcelona, Wolfram Research, Telecos.cat and iCity Project

For further information, contact Josep Paradells (josep.paradells@entel.upc.edu) or Anna Calveras (anna.calveras@entel.upc.edu ). Anyone interested can join by registering here.