[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.


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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).

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Build your Smart City yourself: Open Data is in your hands!

The Open Cities App Challenge is a free entry competiton, and your chance to create and make your mark within the city you live. Your app can be seen and used by millions of European citizens and the best bit is – it remains all yours!

Shape the future of your city today!
Everyday, governments and government agencies, publish more data on the Internet than anyone else – use their information for FREE!

Make money from your app idea!
The most successful online brands we know today are built on open source and are using some kind of open data. Recently, Twitter open sourced its MySQL secret sauce; while Foursquare changed Google Maps as its default location search to OpenStreetMap.

Enter the Open Cities App Challenge, it could be just the beginning.

The clock is ticking!  Submit your app now. Its easy!

1. Create your app using Open Data
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.

* The Open Data App Challenge powered by AppCircus is made possible by eight participating European cities including, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Bologna, Berlin, Helsinki, London, Paris and Rome.

AppCircus Newsletter #35 – Join the Open Cities App Challenge

Join the AppCircus – the travelling showcase of apps! See the winners of latest AppCircus events! Check out up and coming events!
Welcome to the AppCircus!!!

With a successful Mobile Premier Awards, AppCicus @ SXSW and Apps ON Health conference behind us, we are pleased to announce the launch of The Open Cities App Challenge, and are preparing another exciting year ahead – with more AppCircus events in countries around the world we have not been in previously.

In this newsletter edition:

– Mobile Premier Awards Thank You!
– Open Cities App Challenge
– Apps4Barcelona

Mobile Premier Awards Thank You!

The Mobile Premier Awards 2012, hosted at the superb Sala Apolo in Barcelona; was bigger, better, and more successful than ever! Check out our Thank You post with links to pictures and press links as well as a 3-minute video wrap-up of the event.

Open Cities App Challenge

“Interoperable web services, open data, and standard protocols are at least as important as open source.” – Tim O’Reilly.

Open Cities App Challenge is now open!
The App Challenge, part of the EU-funded Open Cities project; is a free on-line competition open to everyone and involves the creation and design of an app which uses Open Data.

The Open Data is provided by eight participating European cities;(Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, London and Bologna). These cities have opened their data for private and commercial use, making them available through the projects Open Data and Open Sensor Networks platforms.

The project aims to improve the quality of city-life and use of urban spaces, advance networks ideas and involve residents in the creation of the smart cities of tomorrow.

The App Challenge competition runs until June 30th, 2012. A short-list of ten finalists will be chosen to present their app live in front of a live jury during the Smart Cities Expo 2012 taking place in Barcelona this November.

The winner will receive the Best Open Cities App and a prize of €3,000.

Participants can visit the project’s website Open Cities to check and download the available data, or they can use Open Data from any other source.


Apps4bcn is a functional mobile apps competition which aims to reward the best innovative mobile apps that clearly contribute towards the creation or improvement of services linked to Barcelona and its people, businesses, entrepreneurs and administrations.

The focus of the applications must be on finding solutions that help improve existing city services, or offer new ones. Developers may focus their projects on municipal services and the city of Barcelona, including the following: enterprise city, tourism, environment, public participation or urban planning.

Although it’s not essential, it would be an advantage if the data source for this competition was Open Data, published by the City Council or other bodies.

Apps4bcn is being organised by Barcelona City Council, with the support of Vodafone and Toshiba.

The competition runs until May 17th.

In the initial phase, ten lucky semi-finalists will be chosen and then the final winners will be selected.

There will be 2 x 1st prizes and 2 x second prize winners that will be announced at a ceremony, during the Biz Barcelona event, June 13-14th.

More news coming soon.

The AppCircus Team!

In Shape Moms, winner of AppCircus on Health Barcelona:

In Shape Moms – Prenatal is a complete pregnancy wellness and birth preparation program.

TapCity, winner of AppCircus @ SXSW Circus Mashimus

TapCity is a multiplayer city-building game with a real-world twist

Upcoming AppCircus events:

[email protected] Sevilla
Sevilla, 19.04

[email protected] en Villahermosa
Barcelona, 26.04

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