Barcelona, 17 November 2016 – Storage Together, a collaborative economy app was yesterday awarded the ‘Best Solution’ prize in the grand final of Smart City Hack 2016, held within the Smart City Expo World Congress, Barcelona. Eager to bring in the next generation of sharing economy, the smart solution connects citizens who need storage space with those who have spare space within their homes. The app’s pitch confidently displayed the clear benefits and market, especially amongst students, that could be tapped.
Psonríe, a Barcelona built application that facilitates contact with professional psychologists online anonymously at affordable prices, also won the ‘Citizen Empowerment Award’. A jury of industry insiders was impressed at the apps ability to allow users to approach professional psychological service with ease. All information provided is 100% anonymous with a very affordable service rate thanks to short sessions of 20 minutes per chat.
Besides the two winners app and tech solutions from New York, Nigeria, Uruguay, Madrid and Barcelona also presented, beating over fifty other apps for the chance to pitch.
This year the Smart City Hack umbrella has also developed the SmartCat challenge, promoted by the Ministry of Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Digital Society of the Generalitat de Catalunya and Apps Para Todos, a challenge powered by Cocemfe Barcelona and the Observatory of Discapacitat. The cities of Phoenix, Austin, and Guatemala have also participated.
Late this summer and online smart challenge was launched were local developers from countries including Nigeria, Italy, Germany, Colombia, Brazil and the United States took part. In total, 56 developers around the world submitted solutions around the following topics: Tourism & Culture, Urban Mobility, Energy & Emissions, Health & Wellness and Collaborative City, among which a jury chose 10 finalists who competed yesterday afternoon. In the words of Carles Ferreiro, CEO of dotopen, promoter of the challenge: “This year Smart City Hack has supported hundreds of entrepreneurs in cities around the world in addressing some of our current challenges. The finalists presented innovative solutions that support new citizen empowerment, leveraging the power of technology, connectivity and collaboration.”
This second edition of SCH was supported by the Organization of Consumers and Users, OCU.