AppMyCity: A Contest for Mobile Apps That Make Cities Great

Have an app that improves the urban experience? There’s a contest out there for you. The New Cities Foundation has launched the 2014 edition of AppMyCity.

Have an app that improves the urban experience? There’s a contest out there just for you. Out of Paris, the New Cities Foundation has launched the 2014 edition of AppMyCity, a competition for “mobile apps that make cities great.”

Submissions are open now through April 18th, and the finalists will be announced on May 6th. They will be invited to the New Cities Summit in Dallas, slated to take place from the 17th to the 19th of June.

Apps can be from any city in the world and in any language. They must meet three main criteria:

  • Urban: Apps must have a clear focus on cities, with an emphasis on fields like mobility, sustainability, arts, entertainment and health.
  • New: The app must have launched after January 1st, 2013.
  • Mobile: Apps must be downloadable to iOS, Android or Windows Phone. Web-based mobile apps are also eligible.

Three finalists will be selected to compete at the New Cities Summit, where they will present in front of a live audience. The top team will be awarded a US$5,000 prize to continue to develop the product.

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Last year, AppMyCity received nearly 100 submissions, and this year, it expects even more. Contest organizers have a keen eye on Latin America as well, given that four of the 10 semi-finalists in its 2013 competition were from Brazil. Moreover, Brazilian app Colab was crowned the edition’s winner.

Where are they now? Naureen Kabir, the organizer of the 2014 edition of AppMyCity, filled us in:

Colab exponentially increased his number of users after winning AppMyCity in June 2013. They had several meetings with the most important city managers in Brazil and used the US$5000 cash prize to further develop the app. For instance, they developed a virtual map of urban mobility for the host cities of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Applications for AppMyCity 2014 are now open. Learn more and apply here.