Congrats to the Open Data Tourism winners!

Congrats to Moovitapp, a crowdsourced app for public transport, the winner of Open Data Tourism Hack at Home and to YourInstantApp, an android application that makes use of the open data provided by our cities and gives this information to the citizens, as the best Open Data re-use app. The public vote winner is Onfan food, an app that allows to find quickly and evaluate in real time the dishes of the restaurants of de city where you are, with the recommendations of the users of this graphic gastronomic guide.

Amy Wyron
Miguel Muñoz Sanchez Matas


Ignacio Calvís castelló

The Open Data Tourism Hack at home, part of the Open Cities project, brought together two important themes of the smart city – open data and sensor networks – and uses them to help European cities find new ways to manage the big challenges and benefits of tourism today. During the 4-month process, more than 300 developers have been involved in the creation of civic apps for the tourism in the cities. The event presented the 10 finalists of the Open Data Tourism Hack-at-home, together with the finalists and winners of the other Opencities challenges.

[email protected] will take place November 21st in Barcelona!

[email protected] final will take place November 21st in Barcelona! In this event we present the 10 finalists of the Open Data Tourism Hack-at-home, together with the finalists and winners of the other Opencities challenges. During the 4-month process, more than 300 developers have been involved in the creation of civic apps for the tourism in the cities.

The new Open Data Tourism Hack at home, part of the Open Cities project, brings together two important themes of the smart city – open data and sensor networks – and uses them to help European cities find new ways to manage the big challenges and benefits of tourism today.

The winner app of the Open Data Tourism Hack-at-home will win €3000 and a nomination for the Mobile Premier Awards 2014, the international reference prizes in the apps world, which will take place in Barcelona, during the Mobile World Congress.

CHECK OUT THE FINALISTS

Spot in Helsinki/Spot in Lisbon

Moovit

Sooligan

Tales & Tours

GuideMeUp OpenCities

yourInstantApp

Ztl Alert Free

Take a Hike!

QuesCou

Onfan food

THE ONSTAGE JURY

Area Manager Strategic Partnerships EMEA at Booking.com

Associate Researcher and Senior Advisor on Digital social innovation and collective platforms

The three finalists of the Urban Lab Challenge which will also present their proposals on the event are the following:

SOLUTION: facileStrategy® – The Tourism Monitoring Center (from Rudder Technologies)

Rudder’s solution is a demonstration of how the tourist promotion of a destination can be made better and more effective, when it is completely aligned with the policies, planning activities, and tourism management of the destination.

SOLUTION: CiteumArs (from Compartia)

CiteumArs helps cultural heritage managers or curators in museums, tourism offices or any kind of heritage institutions to show their heritage assets through a customizable app.

SOLUTION: Engaging Cultures Travel (from Trip4real)

Trip4real is an online marketplace introducing travelers to unique experiences. Nowhere else can travelers immerse themselves into the culture and enjoy social gatherings with locals.

Open Cities is a partially funded EU-project focused on promoting Open Innovation management in the public sector by conducting experimental driven research in Crowdsourcing, Open Data, Fiber to the Home and Open Sensor Networks in major European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Paris, Rome and UK-NESTA (UK cities involved in the project through NESTA).

Follow the Open Data Tourism on Twitter: #odtourism

Meet the Open Data Tourism finalists!

This are the apps selected by the jury of the Open Data Tourism Hack-at-Home and that together with the public vote winner, Onfan Food, will attend the Smart City Expo, on November 21st, in Barcelona and compete for one of our final prizes! Congratulations to all!!

Spot in Helsinki/Spot in Lisbon

Moovit


Sooligan

Tales & Tours

GuideMeUp OpenCities

yourInstantApp

Ztl Alert Free

Take a Hike!

QuesCou

And our public vote winner:  Onfan food

Follow the Open Data Tourism on Twitter: #odtourism

Smart City Expo 2012 muestra en Barcelona apps creadas para mejorar la vida en las grandes ciudades europeas

Se pueden obtener entradas gratis de un día para la Smart City Expo 2012 y el evento registrándose aquí

Smart City Expo 2012 acogerá el 15 de noviembre la Open Cities App Challenge, que es parte de Open Cities project, un proyecto coordinado por ESADE que está explorando cómo el crowdsourcing, open data, la instalación de fibra en los hogares y los open sensor networks pueden utilizarse para mejorar la vida en siete grandes ciudades europeas: Ámsterdam, Barcelona, Berlín, Bolonia, Helsinki, París y Roma.

Las principales ciudades del mundo se enfrentan a un crecimiento de población, las personas que las habitan necesitan aumentar la eficiencia y reducir sus gastos y, a su vez, es necesario asegurar una buena calidad de vida para el conjunto de los ciudadanos.

Una nueva generación de aplicaciones móviles está usando open data para transformar cómo interactuamos con las ciudades en las que vivimos

Para hacer frente a estos retos, Open Cities Project ha invitado a los desarrolladores a enviar sus aplicaciones para las ciudades, con la opción de participar en la Open Cities App Challenge en Smart City Expo 2012. El ganador recibirá un premio de 3.000 euros.

Las apps finalistas proceden de Europa e incluyen soluciones para mejorar la movilidad urbana, compartir información entre ciudadanos y el gobierno local, ayudar a personas ciegas a encontrar su camino en la ciudad o localizar los aseos públicos.

Nice City Passport (España)

ComunicaPA (Italia)

Huellasolar (España)

Toilet Map Vienna (Austria)

BikeCityGuide (Austria)

BlindSquare (Finlandia)

Eureka (Italia)

PayPark (España)

Hogenood (Países Bajos)

Wheelmap.org (Alemania)

La Open Cities App Challenge tendrá la forma de un evento AppCircus, donde cada participante tendrá tres minutos para presentar su aplicación ante un jurado de expertos. Además del premio en efectivo, la aplicación ganadora tendrá la oportunidad de participar en los Mobile Premier Awards, considerados los premios de referencia del sector de las aplicaciones móviles, que se celebrarán en Barcelona durante el Mobile World Congress.

También tendrán protagonismo en el evento los tres finalistas de Urban Lab Challenge, que pretende convertir las ciudades en laboratorios urbanos para facilitar el uso de espacios públicos para probar programas piloto de productos y servicios con un impacto urbano. Para este evento, se ha pedido a los desarrolladores que encuentren tecnologías de generación, almacenamiento y distribución de energía para los edificios con el fin de reducir su huella en la emisión de carbono.

Los visitantes de la Smart City Expo 2012 pueden asistir a AppCircus Open Cities App Challenge el 15 de noviembre, de las 15.00 a las 18.30 horas en la Sala 5, Módulo 2, en la Fira de Barcelona, Recinto Gran Vía.

Open Cities App Challenge finalists announced!

The Open Cities App Challenge was designed to put the power of open source information and app innovation to solving the real problems that we face as citizens in everyday urban life. Now, after months of competition, the ten best ideas from around Europe have been selected:

Nice City Passport (Spain). This app, which won the popular online vote, improves urban mobility by providing realtime info on every parking and transport system available, from free parking spots to public transportation and bike rentals.

ComunicaPA (Italy) Is a smart app that uses open information to let citizens and businesses speak directly to Italian public administrations, improving information and quality of life.

Huellasolar (Spain) is an innovative app that gives us a ‘solar cartography’ of Spanish cities. Using this app, users can identify areas with insufficient sunlight or check annual radiation levels.

Toilet Map Vienna (Austria). Need to find a toilet? Use this app, which has open data from the city of Vienna for public toilets (including information about accessibility) and displays this info to the users via augmented-reality.

BikeCityGuide (Austria) If you’re getting on your bike, take this app with you. It offers a complete navigation system, specified for cyclists in cities.

BlindSquare (Finland) BlindSquare is a new solution that combines the latest technology to help the daily life of blind people in the city. BlindSquare uses unique algorithms to decide what information is the most relevant and then speak it with high-quality speech synthesis.

Eureka! (Italy) This app aims to create a strong bond between citizens and public administrations by taking open data from public administrations and giving it back as a geolocalized index of life quality, putting it on a map.

PayPark (Spain) This handy app allows the user to pay in the restricted parking areas (blue zones, etc). The platform uses a prepay system that allows users to pay the parking at the moment without coins or credit card.

Hogenood (Netherlands) When you’re getting a bit desperate, this app can help you by quickly locating the nearest restroom. It also includes user comments and ratings.

Wheelmap.org (Germany) An online map for wheelchair-accessible places. As with Wikipedia, everyone can participate by tagging public places according to their accessibility.

Congratulations to all these apps for making it to the final at the Smart City Expo, 2012 in Barcelona.

AppCircus Newsletter #43 – London Calling, Lisbon Finalists and Open Cities App Challenge extended!

Welcome to the AppCircus!!!

Join the AppCircus – the travelling showcase of apps! See the winners of latest AppCircus events! Check out up and coming events! Exciting days ahead for app developers engaging with the AppCircus brand. Check out this week’s fresh news!

  • Last days to register your app at AppCircus @ Campus London
  • Few spots left to attend AppCircus Developer Day
  • AppCircus Lisbon finalists
  • 77 BONUS days to submit your app at the OpenCities App Challenge
  • Meffys Awards deadline approaching
  • WebVisions coming to Barcelona

AppCircus @ Google Campus London deadline June 21.

Last days to register your app to pitch at AppCircus @ Google Campus on July 4. Registration deadline is June 21.
The event is set to be of another great reference for the London-based app developers to showcase their talent and for the local app ecosystem players to learn about new the business opportunities in this exciting and fast-moving space. Check out the jury to select the apps and who will be judging the apps on stage at Google Campus on July 4th.
The event is free; you only need to register here to attend.

Continue reading “AppCircus Newsletter #43 – London Calling, Lisbon Finalists and Open Cities App Challenge extended!”

Sept 15th Open Cities App Challenge, still on time to submit your App!

We are pleased to announce the extension of the OpenCities App Challenge deadline to September 15!

This will present a unique opportunity for alignment between this first pan-European app competition and some of the major open data app competitions running locally in Europe:

It also presents a great opportunity for developers to participate with one app to several competitions at the same time, given the similarities in requirements and the themes covered.

The OpenCities App Challenge is a free entry competition, and your chance to create and make your mark within the city you live. Every day, governments and government agencies, publish more data on the Internet than anyone else – use their information for FREE! Your app can be seen and used by millions of European citizens and the best bit is -it remains all yours! Make money from your app idea!

….more…. Continue reading “Sept 15th Open Cities App Challenge, still on time to submit your App!”

Apps4bcn: The Finalists!

The first edition of the Apps4bcn contest has been a huge success, gathering a total of 86 mobile applications. Several topics were covered by the participating apps: from geolocation-based solutions to improve urban mobility, to those that focus on leisure and culture, gastronomy and sports apps, apps that provide information to citizens and tourists, apps that encourage public participation using mobile devices, etc. The engagement of tech entrepreneurs can contribute significantly to the creation and improvement of services for citizens.

From this selection of finalists, the jury will choose the 4 winning apps, which will be announced at the Awards ceremony to be held next June 14 2012 at 12h during the BizBarcelona event (Room 4 – Palau 5).

The jury evaluated the 86 submitted apps and given the high quality of all apps deliberation was difficult.  Yet 10 finalists were selected, as announced below:

* Aparkarma – by Corkfun

* By-Taxi – by Techideas (A special mention goes also for this app, which has received the most online votes)

* CasualJobs – by OnaDevice

* Enllaç – by Aer Studio

* Fesedit – by Easy INNOVA S.L

* Firenze Virtual History – by Mondadori

* Labtrip Guias de viaje – by Labtrip

* Ofertia – by Ofertia

* OnTheBus – by OnTheBus group

* QRPager – by Car Acerting Tech

* TrashOut – by TrashOut

Selection was made as per the following criteria: app fills a need or solves a real problem; originality, creativity and innovative component; user experience; technical and operational feasibility; use of Open Data sources.

Check the full list of participants in this link.

AppCircus Newsletter #41 – In June, Barcelona, Lisbon, Mexico DF & Miami are the places to be!

Welcome to the AppCircus!!!
Hola!

The AppCircus team is a hustle and bustle of winning apps, selected apps, new partnerships and exciting events. This month of June, Barcelona, Lisbon, Mexico DF and Miami are definitely the places to be! Read more in this newsletter!

In today’s newsletter:
-Sign up for AppCircus Developer Day and win a free ticket for WebCongress Barcelona
-AppCircus supports BCN Apps Jam: Recycle!
-AppCircus to partner with 9th Annual Meffys
-Check out the winning apps for the May chapter of the Nokia apps Champions competition!
-10 brilliant selected apps for AppCircus in Mexico DF!
-Check out the 5 selected apps for AppCircus @ Content & Apps LATAM!
-Meet the Open Cities App Challenge Jury!
-Reminder for AppCircus in Lisbon event and workshops

Sign up for AppCircus Developer Day and win a free ticket for WebCongress Barcelona

AppCircus Developer Day is a free event for developers to discover new opportunities for creating revenue-generating mobile apps and succeed in the app economy.

Developers of all levels as well as students will have a unique opportunity to:
-Show their app in one-on-one Speed mentoring sessions with mobile experts and get invaluable feedback to improve your app and make it a success!
-Participate in Technical workshops conducted by industry experts on how to develop apps
-Showcase their app at the AppCircus contest and win a nomination to the Mobile Premier Awards!
Come and join us at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, for the AppCircus Developer Dayon June 21st.

WebCongress is a tech event organized each year in 7 cities, where more than 10.000 people connect, learn and make business. It’s the place to be if you are a digital marketer or a small business, and you want to get the most of the web! WebCongress Barcelona 2012 takes place next June 13 and 14. This 9th edition offers plenary conferences and practical workshops and will focus on Internet tendencies, Social Networks, Search engines, SEO/SEM, analytic, Mobile marketing, cloud computing, interactive videos, e-commerce and apps. WebCongress will congregate more than 1.700 companies and entrepreneurs.If you sign up for AppCircus Developer Day by June 11 you can win a free ticket for WebCongress Barcelona!
Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Be part of this!

AppCircus supports BCN Apps Jam: Recycle!


Next June 19, the event BCN Apps Jam: Recycle!, promoted by Barcelona City Council and organized by Barcelona Centre Digital, will attempt to provide answers to the city’s needs, and to bring innovation and improvements for the citizens. In this case the focus will be put on recycling.
The event will last 8 working hours, during which developers, programmers and start-ups will start from the concept of gamification to conceive app prototypes, to become new tools for information for smartphone-user citizens in recycling practices in the city of Barcelona.
The evaluation of projects and the awards ceremony will happen during the event. Two prizes will be awarded: 5.000€ for the first prize and 3.000€ or the second prize.

AppCircus to partner with 9th Annual Meffys

The partnership includes a discount for AppCircus members applying to the Meffys – the Global Awards for Mobile Content & Commerce: any AppCircus member is entitled a 30% discount reducing the entry fee from £350 to £250. Use the following discount code: DOTMEF12 to apply for this reduction.
One of the AppCircus team members will sit in the jury to judge the best apps at the Meffys. Read the full article for all details related to the event.

Check out the winning apps for the may chapter of the Nokia apps Champions competition!

The May chapter of the Nokia App Champions online competition is closed and with 63 votes each from the audience the lucky winners are…
For the QT/Java S40/web app category, the champion is… Blaving!
The most voted Windows Phone app is… Settings tile!
The creator of Blaving will receive a fabulous Nokia Lumia 808 Pureview, and the creator of Setting tile wil get a Nokia Lumia 800! And both app magicians are going straight to the Nokia App Champions Final, where they could get a nomination for the Mobile Premier Awards!
Read more our our blog. Stay tuned for new features in the June competition of Nokia App Champions!

10 brilliant selected apps for AppCircus in Mexico DF!

More than 25 apps were submitted AppCircus in México DF (next June 13), and these are the lucky selected! Congratulations!
Thanks to Repara Ciudad, whenever citizens see an incident on the street, they can take photos and use GPS positioning to report it to the relevant authority immediately and easily.
Cuánto cobrar is a tool for freelance professionals to help them figure how much they should charge per hour or per project, according to the project’s features.
E-Justitia is the first app in Mexico and Latin America to improve the application of the law.
Call Suite integrates all your social networks and keeps you aware of your mobile and SMS consumption.
Metro app allows you to get to your destination by telling you the best way to use the public transportation.
With Guerras electorales, have fun learning about the frauds in the Mexican federal election system.
Encuéntrame allows you to control your pone in case of theft or loss, through SMS.
Insignia-W is a virtual catalogue motor adapted for tablets, based on HTML, CSS3, PHP, MySQL.
SSTI is a security system por smartphones. The system notifies its user when they are forgetting the device, or preventing thefts.
Museos DF gathers the most important data of Mexico City’s museums.

Registration for attendance at AppCircus in Mexico DF is still open. Do not miss the free workshop “Introduction on development for Blackberry Playbook in Adobe AIR”, that will focus on the basics of Flex technology to develop native BlackBerry Tablet OS apps with Adobe AIR. Sign up now!

Check out the 5 selected apps for AppCircus @ Content & Apps LATAM!

AppCircus @ Content & Apps LATAM is happening next 13 of June. Here are the selected apps:

Club MTV
is a subscription club for MTV fans in Mexico!
SQMOS makes recommendations to you on your smartphone to best match your current preferences for entertainment.
With Cinépolis® check the film listings and buyo r booki your favorite films from your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad.
Geo Locator Mobile app for BlackBerry and Android smartphones. Personal tracking app for personal and business use.

Meet the Open Cities App Challenge Jury!

We are excited announce the jury members that will select the best apps from the Open Cities App Challenge. The Open Data App Challenge deadline is June 30th, 2012, you can still submit your apps and vote for your apps! The winner will receive the Best Open Cities App and a prize of €3,000 in November in Barcelona. And meanwhile, please meet our online jury: Ushman Haque, Cosm.com, Francesca Bria, Imperial College London, Dr. Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation, Martin Bryant, The Next Web. Read all about them on our blog!

Reminder for AppCircus in Lisbon event and workshops

The AppCircus in Lisbon event is taking place next June 26 at Vodafone Headquarters in Lisbon, and app submission is open until June 11, so don’t miss your chance! Remember to sign up for the workshops:
-Build a Windows Phone app in one hour, by Cristóvão Morgado, offered by Nokia
-Keys to a successful app + Strategies for app monetization, by Ruth Bareño and Oscar Fernández, from Mobile marketing Association and Adfonic

That’s it for this week. More news coming soon!

The AppCircus Team.

AppCircus @ Google Campus London
Upcoming AppCircus events:
AppCircus in México DF
México DF, Mexico – 13.06

AppCircus @ Content & Apps LATAM
Miami, Florida, USA – 13.06

AppCircus Developer Day
Barcelona, ES – 21.06

AppCircus in Lisbon
Lisboa, PT – 26.06

AppCircus @ Google Campus
London, UK – 04.07

Ongoing online competitions:
Opencities App Challenge
23 days to go!

Follow AppCircus!
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Meffys

Open Cities App Challenge Jury

We are happy to announce the jury members that will select the best apps from the Open Cities App Challenge. Participants of the challenge can tab into the great Open Data resources made availabe by the Open Cites project including data from the cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Berlin, Helsinki, London, Paris and Rome.

The Open Cities App Challenge is a free entry competiton, and a chance to create and make a mark within the city you live. Your app can be seen and used by millions of European citizens.

Developers can still submit their app now. Its easy!

1. Create your app using Open Data from one of the participating cities
2. Upload it to http://opencities.appcircus.com/
3. Hit Submit!

The winner will receive the Best Open Cities App and a prize of €3,000 in November in Barcelona. The Open Data App Challenge deadline is June 30th, 2012 September 15th, 2012 (extended!!).

And here’s the jury who will evaluate the apps submitted to the challenge:

Ushman Haque, Pachube

Usman Haque is the founder of Pachube (now known as Cosm.com), a real-time data infrastructure and community for the Internet of Things (acquired by LogMeIn Inc in 2011, where he currently leads the Urban Projects Division); and director of Haque Design + Research (www.haque.co.uk). Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives. His skills include the design and engineering of both physical spaces and the software and systems that bring them to life. He received the 2008 Design of the Year Award (interactive) from the Design Museum, UK, a 2009 World Technology Award (art), a Wellcome Trust Sciart Award, a grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology, the Swiss Creation Prize, Belluard Bollwerk International, the Japan Media Arts Festival Excellence prize and the Asia Digital Art Award Grand Prize.

Francesca Bria, Imperial College London

Francesca Bria is currently a PhD Researcher and Teaching Associate at Imperial College London, in the digital economy laboratory. She is investigating issues ranging from social media platforms, identity systems and digital Cities. Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and a policy advisor and expert for the Province of Rome and the European Commission on ICT, Future Internet and Smart Cities. She is a member of the Expert Group on Open Innovation of the European Commission and of the IOT-A (Internet of Things Architecture) stakeholder community. Francesca is a social scientist with an MSc in digital economy and innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck and she is an advocate for open technology, digital commons and collaborative creativity.

Dr. Rufus Pollock, Open Knowledge Foundation

Dr. Rufus Pollock is co-Founder and Director of the Open Knowledge Foundation, a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of the RSA. He has worked extensively as a scholar and developer on the social, legal and technological issues related to the creation and sharing of knowledge and acted as an official adviser on open data to several governments.

After graduating with a first in Mathematics (and a distinction in part III) from the University of Cambridge in 2004 he co-founded the Open Knowledge Foundation, a not-for-profit which works to promote open knowledge — any kind of information from sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata, that can be freely used, reused, and redistributed. In parallel with his activities at the OKF, he has also worked as an academic in economist: in 2008 he obtained a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and from 2007 to 2010 he was the Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He remains an Associate of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. Other activities include: co-founding the Open Rights Group in 2005 and serving on its board until 2008; serving as director of the UK branch of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure from 2004-2006 during the crucial vote on the software patents directive, and as policy adviser to Creative Commons UK from 2003-2007.

Martin Bryant, The Next Web

Martin Bryant is Managing Editor at The Next Web, a leading online publication covering Internet technology, business and culture. Martin has a particular interest in European startups, and spends much time travelling the continent to meet the people behind the technologies that will shape the future.

Dietmar Offenhuber, MIT

Dietmar Offenhuber is a research fellow in the Senseable City Lab at the Department for Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. He has backgrounds in architecture, urban studies and interactive media; his research interests include the representation and organization of urban infrastructures. Dietmar holds degrees from TU Vienna and the MIT Media Lab. He was key researcher in the Ars Electronica Futurelab and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media.Art.Research and Professor in the Interface Cultures program at the Art University Linz. His work has been shown, among other places, at ZKM Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica, the Sundance Film Festival, Secession Vienna, the Seoul International Media Art Biennale and Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid.