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Trip to Barcelona, $3,000 for winners of the 2017 Phoenix Smart City HackTrip to Barcelona, $3,000 for winners of the 2017 Phoenix Smart City Hack<div class="ExternalClass0E053B6EB2F244ADAB339C38D5596678"><h3>Synopsis</h3><p>July 8 Ideathon kicks off the 2017 Phoenix Smart City Hack. The Cox Communications-funded program for Smart Gigabit communities returns for its third year. The winner of the Phoenix competition gets $3,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Barcelona, Spain, for the international competition. Phoenix winners were last year’s global champion and runner-up in 2015. Scottsdale and Mesa join the partnership in 2017 to highlight the regional reach of the technology competition. </p><h3>Suggested headline</h3><h4>Barcelona trip, $3,000, await winner of the 2017 Phoenix Smart City Hack</h4><h3>Key facts</h3><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Phoenix is the only Smart Gigabit Community in the Valley.</li><li>The competition kicks off with the Ideathon on July 8, an event allowing entrepreneurs to understand the challenges in one of five categories, and to form teams to compete for the prize</li><li>This year the challenge is focused on applications relating to transportation, health and wellness, energy and sustainability, civic engagement, and culture and tourism.</li><li>Cox Communications committed $300,000 over three years to Phoenix to help fund the Smart City Hack</li><li>The 2015 Phoenix winner, ParkX, a mobile payment solution, was international runner up at the global competition. The company was acquired by Passport, Inc.</li><li>The 2016 Phoenix winner, Storage Together, won the global competition. It was a group of Grand Canyon University students</li><li>The 2017 Phoenix Smart City Hack is a challenge to tech developers to find solutions to challenges facing local governments</li><li>2017 is the third year for the program</li><li>Mesa and Scottsdale are joining as partners in 2017 to extend the regional reach</li></ul><h3>Quotes</h3><p>“For the past two years, we’ve seen some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs present their civic solutions through the Smart City Hack. We’re not just inviting local inventors to compete, but also to show how technology can improve or enhance the lives of our residents.” <em> Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton </em></p><p>“Technology is more prevalent than ever; every company is a tech company in some form. This is an exciting opportunity for groups to compete to come up with bright ideas to make cities more efficient and advanced.” <em>Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, chair of the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation subcommittee</em></p><p>“As our cities strive to become ever smarter, it's vital we recognize that our boundaries are just lines on a map. We should continue to work together to foster a collaborative ecosystem that encourages the development of smart city technologies, businesses and 21st century jobs. The Smart City Hack is a great example of this collaborative effort.” <em>Mesa Mayor John Giles</em></p><p>“I am a big fan of working with our talented and innovative technology community to help develop efficient solutions to some of today’s municipal issues. Disruptor technologies, motivated entrepreneurs and inventive thinking are keys to identifying answers for the public sector. Cities are not inherently built to think this way and these private-public collaborations make so much sense.” <em>W.J. “Jim” Lane, Mayor, City of Scottsdale</em></p><p>“This is where City Hall meets YesPHX meets the development community. At the Ideathon, local officials talk about the challenges and inefficiencies faced by cities, and teams of developers come back with ideas developed over the summer.” <em> Dominic Papa, executive officer, Institute for Digital Progress</em></p><h3>Images</h3><p>Dominic Papa, executive director, Institute for Digital Progress. <em>Credit:</em> IDP. https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Dominic%20Papa.jpg </p><p>2016 International Smart City Hack Competition, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. <em>Caption:</em>Pablo Sarrias, CEO, OpenSeneca, presents international winning app, Storage Together, to the audience and the jury (at right) in the 2016 International Smart City Hack competition. <em>Credit:</em> Juan Carlos Arenas. https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/SMCI-20170613-2016-Smart-City-Hack-Jury-Presentation.jpg <br></p><p>Jury Q&A at the 2016 International Smart City Hack. <em>Caption:</em> Jedidiah Woods, Grand Canyon University team, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. (at podium), listens to a question from jurors at the global 2016 Smart City Hack in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Dominic Papa, executive director, Institute for Digital Progress, Phoenix, stands to the right of the presenter. <em>Credit:</em> Juan Carlos Arenas. https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevsite/MediaAssets/SMCI-20170613-2016-Smart-City-Hack-Jury-QA-Barcelona-.jpg <br></p><p>Grand Canyon University team, 2016 international winners, Smart City Hack global competition, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. <em>Caption:</em> The international winners from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. From left: Braeden Scheer, Luke Armango, Jedidiah Woods, Josh McGuire, Chelsea Edwards and Dominic Papa, executive director of the Institute for Digital Progress. <em>Credit:</em> Juan Carlos Arenas. https://www.phoenix.gov/eco​ndevsite/MediaAssets/SMCI-20170613-2016-Smart-City-Hack-GCU-Winners.jpg <br></p><h3>Availability</h3><p>For Mayor Stanton – Robbie Sherwood, Robbie.Sherwood@Phoenix.gov – (o) 602-252-1338</p><p>For Councilman Daniel Valenzuela – Matt Heil, Matthew.Heil@Phoenix.gov – 602-534-0108</p><p>For Mayor Giles – Melissa Randazzo (off Fridays) , Melissa.Randazzo@MesaAZ.gov – 480-644-3219</p><p>For Mayor Lane – Kelly Corsette KCorsette@ScottsdaleAZ.gov – (o) 480-312-2336, (m) 602-359-5965</p><p>Dominic Papa, Executive Director, Institute for Digital Progress. Dominic@IDP.city – 480-267-7408</p><p>For Phil Bradstock, Phoenix Community and Economic Development – Phillip.Bradstock@Phoenix.gov, please copy Eric.Toll@Phoenix.gov or call 602-617-3797</p><h2>Content:</h2><p>A workgroup with a good solution is going to be on a flight to Barcelona, Spain, in November. </p><p>That’s the end game for the third Phoenix winner of the 2017 Smart City Hack. There’s a good precedent for whomever gets into the local competition. The two previous local winners garnered the international championship last year and were runners up in 2015.</p><p>Kicking off with a July 8 Ideathon at Galvanize in the Phoenix Warehouse District, the Smart City Hack brings together public officials with challenges and teams of technology developers looking to create a solution for local government. </p><p>This year the challenge is focused on applications relating to transportation, health and wellness, energy and sustainability, civic engagement, and culture and tourism.</p><p>“For the past two years, we’ve seen some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs present their civic solutions through the Smart City Hack,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “We’re not just inviting local inventors to compete, but also to show how technology can improve or enhance the lives of our residents.”</p><p>Winners of local competition receive $3,000 in cash and an all-expense paid trip to the global competition in Barcelona later this year.</p><p>The Smart City Hack is open to any Valley entrepreneur who wants to find a challenge and develop a technology solution. Phoenix is the only Cox Communications Gigabit Community in the Valley, but this year Mesa and Scottsdale Mayors John Giles and Jim Lane are joining Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilman Daniel Valenzuela to promote the Smart City Hack.</p><p>This year, Smart City is being run by the nonprofit Institute for Digital Progress. IDP issues the Cox Communications-funded awards for first place, and a $1,000 second place and $500 third place cash award.</p><p>“This is where City Hall meets YesPHX meets the development community,” said Dominic Papa, executive officer for IDP. “At the Ideathon, local officials talk about the challenges and inefficiencies faced by cities, and teams of developers come back with ideas developed over the summer.”</p><p>In the two previous Hacks, not only were the outcomes global award winners, but the 2015 Phoenix winner became the international runner up. ParkX had their urban mobility solution acquired by an established company, Passport, Inc., Charlotte, North Carolina. Storage Together, the last year’s Phoenix winner, brought honors home from Barcelona for a group of Grand Canyon University students as international champions.</p><p>“Technology is more prevalent than ever; every company is a tech company in some form,” said Phoenix Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, chair of the Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Innovation subcommittee. “This is an exciting opportunity for groups to compete to come up with bright ideas to make cities more efficient and advanced.”</p><p>Valenzuela said that the Smart City Hack is a valuable tool for everyone. It provides real solutions to real problems, but it also puts the spotlight on the Valley as a place where technology solutions and entrepreneurs are abundant.</p><p>“The (Ideathon) does great things for the groups,” said Valenzuela. “It gives a taste of competition, and it gives the opportunity to field teams and build teams to become early stage successes.”</p><p>The councilman said that the Hack shows how much talent is available in the Valley.</p><p>“When a team from Phoenix competes on a global stage at the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, it sends the message to the rest of the world that our community is supporting innovators and they’re finding success here,” Stanton said. </p><p>Papa said that there are four primary categories in which groups compete and one wild card category. Transportation, health, education and sustainability are the primary categories. Although development teams specify the selected category, only one winner goes on to Barcelona.</p><p>Mesa Mayor John Giles sees the Smart City Hack as one more way the Valley promotes its technology regionalism.</p><p>“As our cities strive to become ever smarter, it's vital we recognize that our boundaries are just lines on a map,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “We should continue to work together to foster a collaborative ecosystem that encourages the development of smart city technologies, businesses and 21st century jobs. The Smart City Hack is a great example of this collaborative effort.”</p><p>The idea of local talent providing solutions for civic challenges draws the attention of Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane.</p><p>“I am a big fan of working with our talented and innovative technology community to help develop efficient solutions to some of today’s municipal issues,” Lane said. “Disruptor technologies, motivated entrepreneurs and inventive thinking are keys to identifying answers for the public sector. Cities are not inherently built to think this way and these private-public collaborations make so much sense.”</p><p> The Ideathon, set for July 8 at Galvanize, is the kickoff event to help entrepreneurs formulate their concepts and hear directly from city officials. From June through September, groups will have opportunities to engage local professionals as they move from concept to competitive product. The submissions from each group are due September 30, with the finalists selected by October 3. The Phoenix-area Hack competition takes place in October with the Smart City Expo set for Barcelona November 14 to 16.</p><p></p><div style="text-align:center;">-30-</div><p></p><h3>Index and tags</h3><p>2017 Phoenix Smart City Hack</p><p>City of Mesa</p><p>City of Phoenix</p><p>City of Scottsdale</p><p>Cox Communications</p><p>Institute for Digital Progress</p><p>OpenSeneca</p><p></p><p></p><p>Giles, John</p><p>Lane, W.J. “Jim”</p><p>Papa, Dominic</p><p>Sarrias, Pablo</p><p>Stanton, Greg</p><p></p><p>Barcelona</p><p>competition</p><p>gigabit</p><p>hack</p><p>smart city</p><p>technology</p><p>yesPHX</p></div>6/16/2017 7:00:00 AMEric Jay TollEric Jay Toll602-617-3797