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Councilman Gates and Mayor Stanton Announce Launch Of Phoenix Smart City Hack ContestCouncilman Gates and Mayor Stanton Announce Launch Of Phoenix Smart City Hack Contest<div class="ExternalClass5E76AA5079FE4781A5BA0F3A0D6C51F5"><div>Councilman Bill Gates and Mayor Greg Stanton announced today the launch of the 2016 Phoenix Smart City ​Hack (SCH) contest. SCH is a global competition that encourages civic entrepreneurship and innovation by empowering residents to develop technology products and startup companies that solve our community’s greatest challenges. Locally, the SCH is sponsored by the City of Phoenix and the <a href="http://www.azidp.com/">Institute for Digital Progress</a>, a nonprofit devoted to making Greater Phoenix a major hub of <a href="http://smartcitiescouncil.com/article/our-vision">smart city technology</a> driven by collaborative civic innovation.</div><div><br></div><div>Participants in the Phoenix SCH can create and submit tech solutions in one of five global civic Challenge Areas. A semifinal contest in September will narrow down the finalists who will be invited to pitch to a panel of judges at the City Finale in October. The winner of the Phoenix SCH will travel to Barcelona to represent the city at the Smart City Expo international competition in November. In addition to an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona, the Phoenix winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize to help develop their business. Park​X was the winner of the <a href="/news/district3/1023">2015 Smart City Hack. </a></div><div><br></div><div>“Phoenix is proud to partner in the Phoenix Smart City Hack for the second year in a row,” Councilman Gates said. “This program cultivates collaboration between citizens, government, and private businesses to solve problems that are difficult for any one entity to tackle alone, all while supporting job creation, innovation, and efficiency.”</div><div><br></div><div>“The Smart City Hack is a call for our community’s brightest civic entrepreneurs to develop solutions that make our city a better, smarter place,” Mayor Stanton said. “We look forward to sending another team to Barcelona in the fall to show a global audience the caliber of talent we have in Phoenix, Arizona.”</div><div><br></div><div>Interested businesses, teams and individuals are invited to take part in the first phase of the Phoenix SCH during an IDEATHON on June 11 at Co+Hoots Midtown. During the IDEATHON, this year’s five Challenge Areas will be announced, and City of Phoenix staff and subject matter experts will present local needs assessments of these Challenge Areas. App developers, computer programmers, graphic designers, entrepreneurs, urban planners, data scientists and others will come together to brainstorm around these five challenge areas and begin to formulate project ideas and teams.</div><div><br></div><div>“The Smart City Hack is a great opportunity to showcase Phoenix’s emergence as a national hub for talented tech entrepreneurs and innovators,” Councilman Daniel Valenzuela said. “Our tech and innovation talent is driving our local economy, and I can’t wait to see our entrepreneurs shine in this year’s competition.”</div><div><br></div><div>The event is free and open to the public. <a href="http://www.azidp.com/">Registration is available online at  at azidp.com​</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>This year, iDP and the City have teamed up with community leaders, organizations and institutions throughout Arizona to form our SCH Expert Team. Throughout the competition this team of experts will be available to mentor and provide support to teams as they develop and accelerate their products. The 2016 SCH Expert Team includes Arizona State University; the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix; Grand Canyon University; IntraEdge & Edge Studios; Co+Hoots; City of Phoenix departments, and more.</div><div><br></div><div>During the contest’s Incubation Period, which runs from June through October, teams will have access to a range of programs and services that support innovation-based, high growth entrepreneurship and startup acceleration. These services include technology support, market evaluation, and business planning, as well as mentorship from the SCH Expert Team as well as other partners to be announced at the IDEATHON. Select winning teams will also have access to post-competition mentorship and resources to complete and refine their innovations and fine-tune their market opportunities while supporting the steps toward becoming viable or expanded businesses.</div><div> </div><div>What:             IDEATHON: Launch event for 2016 Phoenix Smart City Hack</div><div>When:            Sat., June 11, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.</div><div>Where:           Co+Hoots Midtown, 221 E. Indianola Ave.</div><div>Who:              Smart City Hack teams</div><div>                       Industry experts</div><div>                       City of Phoenix staff</div><div><br></div><div><a href="http://www.azidp.com/">Register online here​</a> for this free event. </div><div><br></div></div>5/11/2016 7:00:00 AMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405