App challenges go mainstream: Should your city host one?

Tue, 2013-07-16 06:14 -- Jesse Berst

For better or worse, competitions are becoming a "standard" way to surface exciting new application ideas in a short time. They've been a big hit in cities such as New York, Boston, London and San Francisco.

The concept has become so mainstream that even the largest organizations are taking advantage. Case in point: Council Advisor ITU, the international telecommunications standards body. Its current contest deadline was July 15, with the winner to be announced in late September in Madrid.

You may want to jump to the article to scan for details you can use for your own contest(s). -- Jesse Berst

Dr Hamadoun Touré, secretary general of ITU, explains the Third Green ICT Application Challenge his organization is organizing with Telefonica this way: “This event has been a great way to unlock hidden talent and innovation. The past two winners were perfect examples of what we have achieved. We encourage participants to think creatively about how we can harness the power of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to make our cities more sustainable and a better place to live in.”


Jesse Berst is the founding Chairman of the Smart Cities Council. Click to subscribe to SmartCitiesNow, the weekly newsletter highlighting smart city trends, technologies and techniques.