The voting for the winners of Apps4Cities Challenge has ended. On the 2nd of December in Kyiv, the Apps4Cities Challenge winners were announced during an Award Gala. Four winning teams received certificates and cash prizes of $3,000 each. They were also invited to take part in an incubation process. Three winners were determined by the jury, while one team was selected by the people through online voting.
“Directly”, “Open School”, “AllMuseums” and “Electronic system for monitoring utilities usage” – these four are the winning applications of Apps4Cities Challenge, which was organized by the Civil Network OPORA and TechSoup Europe supported by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The format of the competition gave everyone an opportunity to develop services which would be useful to city inhabitants and encouraged cross-sectoral cooperation between team members and a variety of different community stakeholders. All teams developed their products based on publicly available data.
- “Directly” – a mobile application that will map the nearest toilets and pave the shortest way to them;
- “Open School” – service for monitoring public schools in Ukraine in regards to number of students per class, educational level, achievements of students and teachers, etc.;
- “AllMuseums” – an app that aims at collecting relevant information about all museums in the country, in particular – the days of free visits for different categories of citizens;
- “Electronic system for monitoring utilities usage” – an online tool that will help you inform and analyze usage of utilities by public institutions in selected cities.
In addition, a Partner of the Challenge – Itea Academy – awarded a separate special prize to the “Good school” project. Itea offers comprehensive educational programs covering diverse areas of IT. Itea’s spokeswoman Marina Lyudvychenko said that the company chose an educational project because of their shared focus on education:
School Good is an application that will help choose the best school, creating rankings based on publicly available data on the educational level, the crime situation in the area of the school, the number of teachers and students, results of tests and external competitions.
Olga Aivazovska, OPORA’s chairman and one of the jury members, said that she was surprised by the popularity of “Directly”, the public restrooms app. However, she added, this choice was made entirely in the spirit of the competition – the app makes the life easier for the city dwellers.
Incubation of the winning apps and services will take place from the 5th of December 2016 to the 31st of March 2017.