Smart City Hack was created to empower citizen around the world to create their smart cities. Our aim is to help local entrepreneurs build and showcase tech solutions which answer the most pressing urban challenges facing us all.


Smart Citizens


Cities & Communities


Apps & Tech Solutions

Congratulations to the Smart City Hack winner 2017!

CerQana won both awards: "Best Solution" and "Most Empowering Solution"! Congrats!

Meet the 2017 finalists!

These 10 Smart City Solutions will compete at the Smart City Hack Final in Barcelona on the 14th of November 2017 at Smart City Expo World Congress.

Communities and Cities involved

Challenges defined by cities and communities

The 2016 winners

Best Smart City Hack Solution

Citizen Empowerment Award

Final at Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona 2016

The 10 best tech solutions came to present live on stage at Smart City Expo

The process - from idea to MVP



Who we are

Smart City Hack (SCH) is an initiative by dotopen with the participation of the world’s leading smart cities.

The first edition of the Smart City Hack has been launched in March 2015 during the Mobile World Congress with the aim of bringing together the leading smart cities sharing similar challenges and vision: how to turn citizens into solutions builders, empowering them to develop functioning technology products that solve pressing civic challenges. In 2015 we got 11 cities worldwide involved and have supported over 6500 engaged smart citizens that found inspiration in five main themes and came out with 164 finished apps. The second edition in 2016 saw an important increase in participants and projects by opening up to more bottom up innovation from local communities. Solutions not only included apps but also IoT and pure software solutions.

What we do

The SCH competition provides the platform for local residents to create smarter, better and more sustainable cities and improve the quality of life for residents in cities around the world.

The project was developed as an open innovation process (city as a platform) that enables going from systemic urban problems to specific, usable and sustainable tech-based solutions. It does so by proposing opportunity spaces; offering resources, mentorship and support; along with the needed visibility events and communications.

Ultimately SCH is also a common ground where cities and partners can share and explore experiences and perspectives around the rising role of smart citizen engagement.

Smart City Hack 2017

After a very successful second edition, we’re happy to be back for Smart City Hack 2017.

Once more working with the knowledge that more than half of the world's population will live in cities by 2050, we understand the only way to meet these challenges is for cities themselves to adapt and evolve. This year’s themes on which to work are Health, Social Inclusion, Collaborative Cities, Culture and Tourism; Urban Mobility and Energy and Emissions. With our online incubation platform developers can access resources, mentorship and specialized face-to-face online workshops to improve and implement their innovative projects - from mobile applications to IoT. Join us!

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