2nd Marathon for the Development of Innovative applications and services for Local Authorities
Local Authorities utilize new technologies!
The Central Union of Municipalities of Greece implements actions to enable the efficient functioning of the Municipalities by using new technologies and infrastructures, upgrading their services for citizens and businesses, as well as designing development actions for smart cities.
The strategy is based on the development and provision of services for Municipalities, the synergies with Central Government Bodies and Ministries, such as the use of existing infrastructures (Data Centers) in cooperation with GSIS, and the design of an interoperability platform that will minimize bureaucracy and upgrade the services provided to citizens.
An important axis is the development of structures and tools to support officials and elected Local Authorities through a distance training and helpdesk platform, and the development of skills.
Following the successful Innovation Marathon for smart cities held in May 2017 (ΚΕΔΕ City Challenge Smartcity), the President of the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece (KEDE), Mr. George Patoulis, committed to hold an innovation marathon annually in order to support local communities and smart infrastructures. To this end, KEDE is organizing the 2nd Marathon for the Development of Innovative Services for Smart Cities and the Digital Transformation of Local Authorities.
City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity 2 will take place at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center from June 28th to July 1st.
In order for people from all cities to be able to participate in the marathon, KEDE will hold 16 local citylabs in 16 cities where teams from each region will be able to present their ideas. Each citylab will result in 3 winning teams that will be able to travel and take part in the Innovation Marathon to be held in June. The costs will be covered by the Municipalities.
What is City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity2;
City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity2 is a Marathon for the Development of Innovative Applications and Services, during which participants are to develop pilot services and applications solving problems that Local Authorities face and supporting local and national development through new technologies.
We invite officials of Municipalities, young entrepreneurs, developers, analysts, students and anyone interested in turning their idea on solutions for smart cities into a comprehensive pilot web or/and mobile application, to participate in the crowdhackathon.
Through the action City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity2, the creative human capital is mobilized, creativity and youth entrepreneurship are boosted and innovation is promoted. At the same time, the social dimension of the ideas and the general philosophy of open public data actively contribute to social solidarity which is vital nowadays. This action is part of the effort of KEDE to promote innovation and entrepreneurship as well as the creation of new businesses by young people and scientists of our country.
The objectives of City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity2:
- Creating innovation, supporting youth and innovative entrepreneurship, providing opportunities for young people, combating unemployment.
- Supporting the local economy, as contestants from all Municipalities of Greece can participate, who can then create their own business.
- Highlighting and creating smart and innovative solutions to problems that citizens and municipalities face.
- Developing and presenting pilot applications, which can be useful to Municipalities, during the four-day marathon and awarding the groups that will develop the best applications.
- Making the results of the competition available to everyone.
Thematic areas of interest for the creation of applications and services:
- Electronic services of Municipalities – e-government – open data.
- Promotion of transparency and accountability.
- Protection of the environment, management of resources and sustainable development.
- Development of tourism.
- Services for businesses.
- Development of applications for the local economy and sustainable development.
- Internet of Things, Mobile & Smart Grids, ICT Technologies, Telematics, Energy Management – Lighting, Smart Buildings – Energy Efficient Buildings, Transport Networks – Road Networks – Traffic Management, Transport (electromobility, gas-powered vehicles, hybrid vehicles) and Public Transport, Water and Waste Management, Health and Telemedicine.
- Electronic Payments, Crowdfunding.
- Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
- Social and Local Development – Innovation in social development.
- Social policy, integration and digital upgrade.
The process will be participatory with the active involvement of Municipalities and their officials, the business and academic community and all interested parties. Citizens have an active role in highlighting problems and they can participate as contestants in order to propose solutions.The thematic areas will be enriched by everyone’s participation through a dedicated consultation platform (Crowdinnovation).
For the first time, online consultations will take place for the submission of needs, ideas and proposals concerning the electronic infrastructures of the Municipalities and the improvement of their functioning as well as the local development through innovative technologies and practices.
Participation in City Challenge crowdhackathon #smartcity2
Participation is FREE, there is a limited number of slots per role; participation is on a first come-first served basis. You have to register through the event platform in order to be able to enter the crowdhackathon venue.
You can participate in the crowdhackathon having one of the following roles:
- Teams: made up of young people to implement applications. The contestants can be developers, analysts, designers, consultants etc., and they compete in groups of 2-5 persons (desirable).
- Mentors: they guide and support the contestants.
- Volunteers: they support the event.
- Visitors: They can be company executives, public sector bodies or NGO members, but they do not take part in the competition; they watch the progress of the development of applications, the presentations and the side events.
- Data owners: they are organizations that provide data which can be utilized and may come from either the public or the private sector.
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