Entries now open for AppMyCity! Prize for world’s best urban app

  • $5,000 USD cash prize - open to global app developers. Submission deadline April 26.
  • 3 finalists to be invited to New Cities Summit, São Paulo, June 4-6, 2013
  • Made possible with the support of Google
  • Media partner: The Atlantic Cities: The Atlantic’s sister site devoted to the most groundbreaking ideas and pressing issues facing today’s global cities and neighborhoods.

Press release
Embargo: March 26, 2013 – 10am EST / 3pm CET
Contact: Marina Bradbury, mbradbury@newcitiesfoundation.org, +33 (0)6 17 79 17 72

Paris – March 26, 2013. The New Cities Foundation announces that entries are now open for the international AppMyCity! Prize, celebrating mobile applications that improve the urban experience, connect people, and make cities more fun, fair, vibrant, and sustainable places.

Entries are open at www.appmycity.org and the submission deadline is April 26, 2013. The New Cities Foundation will announce ten semi-finalists on April 30, 2013. This list will then be assessed by a panel of expert judges, who will select the three finalists. The finalists will be announced on May 7, 2013.

The three AppMyCity! Prize finalists will be invited to attend the New Cities Foundation’s flagship event, the New Cities Summit, in São Paulo from June 4-6, 2013. Each finalist will each present their project to the international audience of 1,000 urban leaders, thinkers and innovators at this invitation-only event. The winner will be selected at the Summit, based upon the final presentations. The reward will be 5,000 USD to support further development of the app.

This year’s Prize is made possible with the generous support of Google.

Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, said: “Mobile apps make good cities great. They are a fantastic way of enhancing the human experience of cities, allowing us to connect with each other and our surroundings in new ways. The AppMyCity! Prize is an exciting part of the New Cities Summit. We look forward to seeing what young developers are working on and to welcoming the three finalists to São Paulo.”

AppMyCity! Rules

AppMyCity! Prize applicants should ensure that their apps meet the following criteria:

1. Be Urban!

The app must have a clear city focus in categories such as mobility, sustainability, equity, citizenship, retail, art and entertainment, street food, health, water, or any other city-related topic.

2. Be New!

The app must have been launched after January 1, 2012.

Updated versions of apps launched prior to this date can apply, but will have to be pre-approved by the New Cities Foundation. Apps in final stages of development may apply as long as final release on a major platform occurs prior to May 1, 2013.

3. Be Mobile!

The app must be downloadable on iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. Web-based mobile apps are also eligible.

The app itself can be in any language.  Applications must be submitted online, and can be written in any language.

The AppMyCity! Prize is organized by the New Cities Foundation, an international non-profit dedicated to building more dynamic, sustainable, just and creative cities around the world.

Applications and more information at www.appmycity.org

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Press contact:

Marina Bradbury
Communications & Media Relations Manager
New Cities Foundation
mbradbury@newcitiesfoundation.org  
33 (0)6 17 79 17 72

About the AppMyCity! Prize

AppMyCity! Prize Timeline - 2013

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2013Semi-finalist Announcement: April 30, 2013Finalist Announcement: May 7, 2013

The AppMyCity! Prize is organized by the New Cities Foundation.

Sponsor: GOOGLE

Media partner: The Atlantic Cities www.theatlanticcities.com

About the New Cities Foundation

The New Cities Foundation is a leading global platform for innovation and high-level exchange on the future of the urban world. Working to create more dynamic, sustainable, just and creative cities with a special focus on rapidly urbanizing regions, the Foundation fosters urban innovations and new partnerships among government, business, the research community and civil society.

The New Cities Foundation hosts a number of leadership events on cities including its flagship event, the New Cities Summit, an annual invitation-only gathering bringing together around 1,000 of the world’s most senior decision makers, mayors, leading CEOs, innovators, entrepreneurs, architects and thinkers. The 2013 New Cities Summit will take place in São Paulo, Brazil from June 4 -6, 2013.

In parallel, the Foundation’s research wing, the Urban (co)LAB, manages a number of applied urban research projects including NCF Task Forces and thought-leadership activities. Two Task Forces are currently under way, including one in the area of e-health in Rio de Janeiro.

A non-profit, private organization, the New Cities Foundation was created in 2010 and is financed entirely by its members, which include some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies, universities, cities and city organizations. The New Cities Foundation’s founding members are Cisco, Ericsson and GE. The Foundation is based in Geneva with offices in Paris, New York and Rio de Janeiro.

For more information about the New Cities Foundation, please visit: www.newcitiesfoundation.org

For more information about the New Cities Summit, please visit: www.newcitiessummit2013.org

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The New Cities Foundation is a leading global non-profit organization, with a vision to build more inclusive, dynamic and creative cities benefiting people and society. Its mission is to incubate, promote and scale urban innovations through collaborative partnerships between government, business, academia and civil society. The New Cities Foundation hosts a number of leadership events on the most pressing urban issues, including its flagship event, the New Cities Summit, which takes place this year in Dallas, Texas, on June 17 – 19, 2014 (www.newcitiessummit2014.org ). The Foundation also hosts other leadership events worldwide, such as Cityquest - KAEC Forum, a high-level event focusing on the conception and building of new cities around the world ( www.cityquest.net ). The Foundation’s applied research wing, the Urban (co)LAB, manages a number of projects including Task Forces, thought leadership activities and competitions. The Urban (co)LAB recently completed two Task Forces on Urban E-health in Rio de Janeiro and on Connected Commuting in San Jose, California. The Urban (co)LAB also manages the annual AppMyCity! Prize for the world’s best urban mobile app, and seeks out the most talented urban innovators for the WhatWorks series of talks hosted at the New Cities Summit. An independent, non-profit organization, the New Cities Foundation was created in 2010 and is financed by its members and partners. Overall, its members include some of the most forward-thinking companies, universities, cities and city organizations from around the world. The New Cities Foundation’s Founding Members are Cisco and Ericsson. The Foundation is based in Geneva and its head office is in Paris. For more information about the New Cities Foundation, please visit: www.newcitiesfoundation.org Facebook: /NewCitiesFoundation Twitter: @newcitiesfound

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Mobile apps make good cities great. They are a fantastic way of enhancing the human experience of cities, allowing us to connect with each other and our surroundings in new ways. The AppMyCity! Prize is an exciting part of the New Cities Summit. We look forward to seeing what young developers are working on and to welcoming the three finalists to São Paulo.
Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation