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Phoenix Smart City App Hack Winner NamedPhoenix Smart City App Hack Winner Named<div class="ExternalClassAAFC5E2C81624C1D998CDCE8160A5870"><p>​The inaugural Phoenix Smart City App Hack has crowned its first winner. ParkX was crowned the winner Oct. 22 at the City Finale, held in the Orpheum Theater in downtown Phoenix. A panel of industry experts and local city officials picked the winners, along with input from attendees at the finale who participated through live text-to-vote.<br><br>ParkX allows motorists to pay for parking directly from their smartphone. The app sends reminders and alerts when the meter is about to expire and allows users to add money to the meter. The service is currently available in Tucson and cities in Texas, and the firm announced at the City Finale that it had just signed its first contract to offer their service in Phoenix. The company also partners up with local businesses to offer parking validation for on-street parking, coupons and more. The fees run between 25 to 35 cents per transaction. <a href="http://getparkx.com/">The app can be downloaded here</a><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1266663/341381/15617/6/">.</a> It’s also available for download on Apple and Google/Android mobile devices.<br><br>The Finale was co-sponsored by the City of Phoenix, the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP) and Downtown Phoenix Inc. The city partnered with the iDP to participate in the Smart City App Hack to encourage local entrepreneurship and help turn citizens into app makers to design and build applications and startup companies that will make for a better, smarter and more sustainable Phoenix. App builders had to provide solutions to one of five global civic challenges: urban mobility, energy and emissions, shopping and retail, culture and tourism, and the collaborative city.<br><br>"I want to congratulate ParkX on a well-earned victory and all of the finalists for their innovative ideas and participation,” Councilman Bill Gates said. “ParkX will represent Phoenix well in Barcelona and help put us on the map as a growing center for innovation.”<br><br> The winner will represent Phoenix at the international competition at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona November 17-19. In addition to an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona, ParkX won a $3,000 cash prize. HER was the 2nd place winner of a $1,000 cash prize and BusPlus was 3rd,winning $500. iDP provided all prize money, including travel expenses to Barcelona. Details on the five finalists’ proposals are available online at phoenix.gov/news/dis​trict3/917.<br><br> “Phoenix has incredibly talented people working in the app development space, and this competition really put that talent on display,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “I know ParkX will make us all proud and represent Phoenix very well in the Barcelona competition.”<br><br>“Our efforts to make Phoenix the most generous city in the world for innovators and entrepreneurs were on display at the Phoenix city finale,” Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela said. “From the expert panelists to the long list of industry mentors, this contest showed off the growth in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. I congratulate all the finalists and ParkX. I know they’ll represent the Phoenix region well in Barcelona.”</p></div>10/23/2015 10:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405