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.

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
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 Rome – winning mobile application – iMathematics

The organizers from MobileMonday Italy created another great event this time in the capital city of Rome and got the mobile community together to promote innovation in Italy,  The organizers selected Lettere Caffé which was a great place to get a glimpse of the developers, companies and Startups that are making Bucharest and Romania their headquarters.

We would like to make a special mention to MobileMonday Italy for setting up the events [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected].

The audience saw the different mobile applications do their demos, with 3 minutes of pitching per app and when the show was coming to an end, the mobile community chose:

The winning app was iMathematics.

The apps that did not win on this edition of [email protected] should get a mention for being on stage and making the effort. There would not be a showcase without them. In no particular order these are the rest of the mobile applications:

We hope that everyone (developers and the audience) came out of the mobile showcase with some valuable feedback they can put back into the application in order to make it better.

If you missed the chance to be part of AppCircus Rome, you can have a look and see a list of confirmed events from around the globe.

The next events on the agenda are:

If you are a mobile developer, Startup or company and would like to be part of AppCircus, please sign up to our global platform and hope to see you at a nearby event. For event organizers, if you are interested in hosting an AppCircus in your city, please contact us.

See you all at an AppCircus near you! Remember to follow us on twitter @AppCircus.

Italy and Romania will be closing the AppCircus roadshow in 2010.

So far so good, there has been a lot of excitement going on for mobile apps in 2010 and AppCircus has been part of bringing together developers, Startups and established companies from the industry under one tent.

Now it is time to end the year with 2 more great mobile showcase’s in Rome and Bucharest. This is going to be “the” show to attend in December. All of the AppCircus will take place on December 13th.

We are looking to get some great apps infront of an audience and get feel for both cities, to see what the Italian and Romanian mobile scene matches against other AppCircus events last week in 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.

AppCircus Bucharest-Romania venue.

The event will take place at the Residence Hotel – Victoria Hall, 19 Clucerului Street, 1st District, Bucuresti. The show will start at 19:00 up until 21:30.

AppCircus Rome-Italy venue.

We are pending on the information for the venue from the organizers. So make sure you follow them on twitter @MoMo_Italy.

The event will start at 17:30, so come in early and make sure to register to get a FREE drink. RSVP here.

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 & 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.