What is AppMyCity!?
Convinced that mobile apps can make good cities great, the New Cities Foundation team launched AppMyCity!, a contest for the world’s best urban app, at the inaugural New Cities Summit in Paris in 2012.
We’re very excited about awarding its third edition at this year’s Summit in Dallas, Texas. AppMyCity! celebrates new mobile applications that improve the urban experience, connect people, and make cities more fun, fair, vibrant, and sustainable places. Applicants have until April 18, 2014 to submit their apps. We’ll announce the 10 semi-finalists on May 6, 2014.
A group of expert judges will assess the semi-finalists and select three talented finalists, which will be announced on May 21, 2014. The finalists will join us at the New Cities Summit in Dallas to present their apps. Round trip airfare to Dallas and 2 nights’ accommodation during the Summit will be provided.
The winner will be selected during the Summit. Therefore, selected finalists must present their submission in person to be eligible to win. The reward will be 5,000 USD to support further development of the app.
Cities matter now more than ever
We have entered the century of cities: the scale and pace of 21st century urbanization is both staggering and unprecedented. The global urban population is growing at a rate of one million people each week and will reach about seven billion by the middle of the century. By 2030, new urban development will cover an area of land equivalent to South Africa or twice the size of France. In China alone, dozens of new cities are being built while all over the world, historic old cities need to be retrofitted to remain livable and competitive and reduce their impact on the environment. This new urban era comes with a host of complex challenges: poverty, social exclusion and environmental degradation, among others. Yet opportunities for positive change abound: urbanization has the potential to correlate not only with sustainability but with wealth-creation, social tolerance, political inclusion and better living standards for all.