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
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, 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 ( 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.

3 tents have been setup to display mobile talents from Austria, France and Italy

Now the entrepreneurs, Startups and companies selected for the events at [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] will have a chance to get some live feedback on their proposals and also their pitch. Get ready for a great show, we will be using a mobile application to capture the voting. Make sure you come down to APPCircus and have a look at the apps being presented and the teams behind those innovations.

We are really excited to see what the European mobile scene matches against other AppCircus events in Asia and America. That is why we want to offer a truly open cross-platform mobile showcase and we are delivering it directly to your city, thanks to the great local organizers that have teamed up with APPCircus.

There is excitement in the air and we will see how the audience votes for what they believe is the best app of the night, which lands an opportunity to compete at the Mobile Premier Awards 2011 in Barcelona, during the Mobile World Congress.

Sorry but we are past the deadline for all of these events! But you can still register your app and apply to pitch at another APPCircus event in this list.

After the event make sure to tag your photos and videos with the hashtag #appcircus, so we can get them published in our blog. We will not be announced the winner right away, there must be some suspense at the Circus so this can be a true show and we can make sure the voting was done correctly, so no hard feelings sprout.

We look forward to connecting with you in our Twitter account, @AppCircus. Wishing all the presenters the best of luck and hoping to see the apps in Barcelona next year.