Urban leaders and thinkers from across the world selected the Dutch mobile application Peerby as winner of the $5,000 AppMyCity! contest for the world’s best new urban app. The vote was cast at the New Cities Summit in Dallas, following presentations by a total of three international app developers.
Peerby enables people to borrow the things they need from their neighbors in under 30 minutes. Users post something they want to borrow, and neighbors will get a push notification to which they can respond in a single touch.
Amsterdam-based Daan Weddepohl, the app’s CEO and Founder, accepted the prize on behalf of the Peerby team, competing against two other mobile app developers that made it to the final round of the international contest.
Daan Weddepohl, CEO & Founder, Peerby, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this prize. The AppMyCity! competition is about making cities more fun, fair, vibrant and sustainable. That is exactly what we are trying to do with Peerby.”
The two runners up were:
Djump (Brussels/Paris), a peer-to-peer ride-sharing service that allows drivers to register, users to request a ride, and drivers to answer the call. Users can track drivers in real time, and can choose to give a voluntary donation at the end of the ride.
SocialCyclist (New York), an app that encourages bike riders to map their preferred routes, report hazardous road conditions, and vote on their preferred site locations for future cycling infrastructure. This aggregate data can then be used by cities to plan future infrastructure.