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Another Phoenix App Hack Finalist Chosen for International CompetitionAnother Phoenix App Hack Finalist Chosen for International Competition<div class="ExternalClassF107D0C9FD834D1699B03743F64DE861"><div>​An international panel of experts selected the HER app from the Phoenix Smart City App Hack for one of eight wildcard slots at the international competition in Barcelona this month. Eight of fifteen slots available for the Smart City App Hack competition this month at the Smart City Expo World Congress are the champions from each participating city (Barcelona, Dubai, Helsinki, Phoenix, Lyon, New York, and San Francisco). The remaining eight wildcard slots were open to all of the apps from the city competitions around the world. The HER app beat out over one hundred other apps from the international pool to earn its slot at Barcelona.</div><div><br></div><div>“HER’s selection for a spot in the international finals shows Phoenix’s innovation and technology talent pool is deep and strong,” Councilman Bill Gates said. “I encourage residents to check out the apps from the Phoenix finals to see how far we’ve come on the innovation frontier.”</div><div><br></div><div>“Our innovative community shares the goal of making Phoenix a city that can compete in the 21st century global economy,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “It’s incredible that Phoenix will be represented by not one, but two startup companies at the App Hack finale in Barcelona. Both HER and ParkX are going to show the world the top-talent that’s coming from our community.”</div><div><br></div><div>"We are honored that the Smart City Expo World Congress judges have selected HER HumansFirst app to represent Phoenix in Barcelona this month,” said Gregory Goehner, president and co-founder of Humans-First technology, the company that created the HER app. “Having two of the 15 apps chosen worldwide is another testimony of the thriving talent in the Silicon Desert.” </div><div><br></div><div>With its selection, HER will represent the City of Phoenix alongside local champion, ParkX, in Barcelona on Nov. 17 and 18. Details on the apps, and the other Phoenix finalists, are <a href="/news/district3/917">viewable online​</a>. </div><div><br></div><div>“Congratulations to HER on their selection to join the finals in Barcelona,” Vice Mayor Daniel Valenzuela said. “Whatever happens in the finals, Phoenix has emerged on the world stage as a generous and welcoming environment for innovators and entrepreneurs with a growing pool of tech talent.”</div><div><br></div><div>"It is great to see more representation of Phoenix at the Smart City Expo. It will be a great stage for us to showcase the technologies and innovations that are being produced in our city." Ross Shanken, CEO and Co-Founder of ParkX.</div><div><br></div><div>Since winning the Phoenix Smart City App Hack last month at the Orpheum Theatre, the ParkX team has been working closely with mentors from IntraEdge, a technology services and solutions company, to fine tune their presentation and cater it towards the international transit environment.</div><div><br></div><div>ParkX and HER will be competing in separate verticals with Ross and ParkX in the Urban Mobility focus and HER in Shopping and Retail.</div></div>11/12/2015 8:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405