AppMyCity! Prize for the world’s best urban app


Press release

Embargo: April 30, 2013 – 11am EST / 5pm CET

Contact: Marina Bradbury, (0)6 17 79 17 72

Show your creativity by creating an app for my city and win a Prize for the world’s best urban app.

10 semi-finalists announced for AppMyCity! Prize for the world’s best urban app

  • 10 semi-finalists from 5 continents announced for 5,000 USD accolade
  • 3 finalists to be selected by May 7 and invited to the New Cities Summit in São Paulo, 4-6 June
  • Prize run by the New Cities Foundation with the support of Google and The Atlantic Cities

Paris – April 30, 2013. The New Cities Foundation today announced the list of ten contenders in the running for the AppMyCity! Prize for the world’s best urban app,

The 10 semi-finalists for this 5,000 USD accolade come from 6 countries and 5 continents. Their competing mobile apps were selected for their potential to enhance the urban experience and their potential impact.

  • AirCasting, from New York City, USA, is a platform for recording, mapping, and sharing health and environmental data using your smartphone.
  • BuzzJourney, from Kfar-Saba, Israel, is a Social transportation app that provides all means of urban transportation via bus, train, taxi, bike rental and even ride sharing.
  • Colab, from Recife, Brazil, creates a social network for citizenship that connects citizens to cities.
  • Dérive app, from Johannesburg, South Africa, is a randomly generated way to explore in and engage with a city.
  • iWhisper, from Utrecht, Netherlands, transforms cities into inspiring and surprising playgrounds for both citizens and tourist, using the stories you’d never knew of.
  • paprika, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, helps users create personalized “instant social networks” at any place in the city to discuss daily events as well as global issues, exchanging localized information.
  • PublicStuff, from Philadelphia, USA, helps local governments turn civic inquiries into tangible community improvements by enabling residents to connect to their representatives through their mobile phones, laptops and tablets.
  • Urbanias, from São Paulo, Brazil, improves neighborhood connections to municipal government, transparently and efficiently.
  • VaiRio, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, guides locals and visitors through traffic, reducing the time and greenhouse gas emissions by delivering geo-content on transit options and the best way, according to the most frequent routes by registered users.
  • Walkability app, from Delhi, India, crowdsources data on walkability to inform government on how to recreate walkable urban spaces.

Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation and AppMyCity! Prize Judge, said: “We were so impressed by the fantastic applications we received from cities all across the world for this year’s AppMyCity! Prize. The ten apps we’ve pre-selected all reaffirm the potential for mobile apps to make good cities great, in very different ways. Whether leading a citizen through a new experience of the city or helping people map walkable routes in cities, these innovative apps re-imagine the role of the individual in the metropolis and the impact of the metropolis on the individual. I now look forward to working together with my fellow judges and picking the three finalists who’ll join us at the New Cities Summit in São Paulo. We have a challenging but fun job ahead of us!”

Deadline and judging process

The international judging panel will now assess the ten semi-finalists and select three finalists, who will be announced on May 7, 2013.

The submission period for this prestigious Prize closed on April 26, 2013. The semi-finalists were selected by the New Cities Foundation, out of a total of 92 apps that met Prize requirements.

Thanks to the support of Google, the New Cities Foundation will invite the three selected finalists to the invitation-only New Cities Summit, in São Paulo, Brazil from June 4-6.  In their final bid to win, the three finalists will present their project live at the Summit, to the senior-level audience of urban entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. The winner will be selected by the audience and announced during the Summit. The winner will receive 5,000 USD towards the further development of their app.

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International press contact:

Marina Bradbury
Communications & Media Relations Manager
New Cities Foundation
+33 (0)6 17 79 17 72

Picture by Songquan Deng




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