FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
When is the latest I can apply?
Applications for AppMyCity! 2014 close on April 18, 2014, at midnight UCT-12.
When and where is the AppMyCity! final held?
AppMyCity! is held each year at the New Cities Summit, with the 2012 and 2013 editions being held in Paris and São Paulo respectively. This year, we head to Dallas from June 17 to 19, 2014, to discover which urban-related apps have what it takes to bring home the winner’s prize
What kinds of applicants are we looking for?
If you’ve recently completed an app relating to transportation, energy consumption, mapping, civic engagement, or any other field related to cities, then AppMyCity! is just for you! Please note that for your application to be valid, your app has to have hit the market by May 5, 2014 at the latest.
What operating system does the app have to be compatible with?
We accept apps developed for all major platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, web-based etc.), and apps don’t necessarily have to work across platforms.
Who participated last year? Who won?
A total of 98 apps were submitted for AppMyCity!’s 2013 edition. The three finalists were BuzzJourney, a transportation app from Israel; PublicStuff, a civic engagement app from New York; and Colab, a Brazilian app designed to encourage better citizenship. The winner of the prize was Colab, which convinced the audience with its innovative way of connecting users to their local authorities.
Who decides which three apps are selected for the final at the New Cities Summit in Dallas?
Our panel of internationally renowned judges, which is set to be announced on March 25, 2014, will be responsible for the arduous task of selecting the three finalists for this year’s edition of AppMyCity!
Who have the judges been for previous editions of AppMyCity?
AppMyCity! has welcomed a number of high-profile judges for the two previous editions of the competition. These include: Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv; Ester Dyson, an angel investor and former Wall Street technology analyst; and Carolina Tohá, the Mayor of Santiago, Chile.
Can we apply in groups? What’s the maximum number of people a group can hold?
Although there is no limit to the size of a team working on an app, trips to the New Cities Summit are only covered for one person from each of the three finalist apps selected.
What is the prize awarded to the winning app?
In addition to travel and accommodation for the New Cities Summit being covered for the three finalists, a cash prize of US $5,000 will be awarded to the winning app. As a result of the high Summit attendance and presence of global media, finalists also benefit from great exposure in the build-up to, during, and after the event. Our exclusive media partner, the Guardian Cities, will also feature the three finalists and the ten semi finalists.
Are there any technical constraints with regards to the types of apps that can be submitted?
No. As a long as apps target a specific urban related field and are relatively new, then they fulfill the requirements for AppMyCity!.
What happens if I submit my application after April 18?
Applications that are submitted after the deadline will not be accepted (try next year!). However, we understand that there can be delays in getting an app on the marketplace due to external reasons, such as approval. If this is your case, then submit an application by April 18, 2014 nonetheless, and we’ll accept your app if it’s on the marketplace by May 5, 2014.