Judging Panel Announced for AppMyCity! Prize for world’s best urban app

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Embargo: April 15, 2013 – midday (12pm) EST / 6pm CET
Contact: Marina Bradbury,  mbradbury@newcitiesfoundation.org , +33 (0)6 17 79 17 72

  • 9 leading figures including the Mayor of Santiago de Chile and experts from Google, The Atlantic Cities, Cisco, Ericsson, GE, frog, University of São Pauo and the New Cities Foundation make up the AppMyCity! Prize judging panel
  • 3 finalists for 5000 USD Prize to be announced May 7, and invited to the New Cities Summit in São Paulo from June 4 -6
  • Prize made possible by Google and The Atlantic Cities


Paris – April 15, 2013.  The New Cities Foundation today announces the judging panel for AppMyCity! Prize for the world’s best urban app, www.appmycity.org.

The judging panel comprises 9 leading experts from across the public, private, civic and non-profit sectors:

  • Monika Byléhn MSc,   Strategic Marketing Manager and driver of City Life program, Ericsson AB
  • Andrea Calace,   Senior Manager, Business Development, Cisco – Industry Solutions
  • Maria Teresa Diniz,    Executive Coordinator, USP Cidades, University of São Paulo
  • Greg Farrett,   Executive Director Communications, Global Growth & Operations, GE Europe
  • Mathieu Lefevre,   Executive Director, New Cities Foundation
  • Sommer Mathis,   Editor, The Atlantic Cities
  • Scott Nazarian,   Creative Director, frog
  • Adrienne St. Aubin,  Public Policy and Government Relations Analyst, Google
  • Carolina Tohá , Mayor of Santiago de Chile

The New Cities Foundation’s AppMyCity! Prize celebrates mobile applications that improve the urban experience, connect people, and make cities more fun, fair, vibrant, and sustainable places.

The AppMyCity! Prize was launched in March 2013 by the New Cities Foundation, with the generous support of Google and in partnership with The Atlantic Cities.

Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation and AppMyCity! Prize Judge, said:  “The AppMyCity! Prize champions creativity and innovation in mobile app development. We are looking for original, engaging apps that enhance the urban experience. The selection process is going to be exciting and challenging - and we are delighted to be working with experts from the public, private, civic and non-profit sectors, from diverse geographic locations, to ensure that judging is rigorous and fair. I’m looking forward to joining my fellow judges on what should be a fun and inspiring  experience.”

Adrienne St. Aubin, Public Policy and Government Relations Analyst at Google and AppMyCity! Prize Judge, noted:  "Technology has the potential to transform cities and communities in positive ways. Google is supporting the AppMyCity! Prize to help discover and support the creative, new applications that can bring this potential to life."

Sommer Mathis, Editor of The Atlantic Cities and AppMyCity! Prize Judge, said:  “The AppMyCity! Prize is perfectly aligned with The Atlantic Cities’ mission to highlight the most innovative new ideas for today’s global cities. We’re thrilled to partner with the New Cities Foundation to highlight exciting new work from emerging app developers.”

Deadline and judging process

The application deadline for this prestigious Prize is April 26, 2013. The semi-finalists will be selected by the New Cities Foundation and announced on  April 30, 2013.

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

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.  As the final stage of the Prize they will be required to present their apps to the high-level audience of 1,000 urban entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders. The winner will be selected based upon the presentations, and announced during the Summit. The winner will receive 5,000 USD towards the further development of their app.

To find out more and apply, visit  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

Judging Panel
For further information on the judges, visit  www.appmycity.org .

AppMyCity! Prize Timeline - 2013

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2013

Semi-finalist Announcement: April 30, 2013

Finalist Announcement: May 7, 2013


The AppMyCity! Prize is organized by the  New Cities Foundation

With the support of:  Google

International media partner:  The Atlantic Cities

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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Technology has the potential to transform cities and communities in positive ways. Google is supporting the AppMyCity! Prize to help discover and support the creative, new applications that can bring this potential to life
Adrienne St. Aubin, Public Policy and Government Relations Analyst at Google and AppMyCity! Prize Judge