March 23 - 24
Known for its beautiful canals and cafes, Amsterdam has recently become a model for the potential of smart cities in Europe. In April 2016, the city was awarded Europe’s Capital of Innovation by the European Commision for leadership in smart city initiatives.
To read more or apply, visit the Amsterdam page.
April 6 - 7
Singapore City, Singapore
Singapore has been ranked as the world’s No.2 Smart City in the 2017 Smart Cities Index for its commitment to clean energy and urban planning balanced with a vibrant business ecosystem.
To read more or apply, visit the Singapore page.
The impact of global megatrends in Shanghai is the backdrop for the city to become a centre of technological innovation, which will undoubtedly affect business and lifestyles alike.
To read more or apply, visit the Shanghai page.
The combination of different cultural backgrounds yet similar initiatives taken by these three cities creates the perfect opportunity for ideas to flow and inspire.
In 2018, the first round of hackathons will be held in Amsterdam, Singapore City, and Shanghai,
and will focus on creating scalable business models on emerging and existing technologies.
Participants will be given 8 hours to develop a business model for a product that solves a topic in one of four tracks: energy efficiency, waste management, air quality, and transportation. Two specific challenges for each track will be released closer to the hackathon dates.
Cities represent three quarters of energy consumption and 80% of CO2 emissions world wide.
Smart city targets thus include being able to meet the increasing demand of energy as urban populations increase while still balancing environmental sustainability. Key initiatives include the integration of smart grids, energy-efficient and energy-saving buildings, the increased integration of renewable energy sources, and the establishment of low-carbon microgrids.
The total volume of waste generated globally is expected to increase by over 50% in the next decade.
Cities therefore must find more efficient ways to deal with waste management solutions compared to traditional methods like labor, diesel trucks, and conventional landfills. Popular innovative solutions must involve ways to track waste levels, provide route optimization, and operational analytics. Productive waste solutions can also help achieve other smart city goals such as improving energy efficiency and promoting sustainability.
According to research by the World Health Organization (WHO), almost 90% of the world's urban population breathes in air with pollutant levels higher than the recommended threshold.
Approximately seven million people die each year due to health problems caused by air pollution. This means that monitoring and maintaining air quality is crucial to the wellness of a city's residents, and innovative solutions must be deployed to monitor, forecast, and reduce air pollution in cities through implementable actions.
Increased urbanization with rising fuel costs and road congestion should push consumers towards alternative and more sustainable forms of transportation.
Smart cities must provide access to safe, affordable, and sustainable transport systems, which puts the spotlight on e-mobility and electric vehicles (EVs). Smart transportation solutions must take into consideration public transportation, the transport of goods, passenger transport, and company fleets, and how sustainable transportation can help reach energy and air quality targets as well.
Please note the important dates for the 2018 Hackathon series.
Amsterdam Hackathon Kick-Off Party
Singapore Hackathon Kick-Off Party
Shanghai Hackathon Kick-Off Party
Application & Tickets
To ensure a high quality event, all entrepreneur & student applications will be screened after submission; only 15 university students will be chosen to participate in each hackathon. All applicants will be informed of the status of their application by 5th March, and selected students and entrepreneurs will be given a registration code they must use to enter the hackathon.
If you apply as a team, please send the application separately.
Students and entrepreneurs will be notified about the status of their application by Email.
Attend the Hackathon
Students and entrepreneurs will use their registration code to enter the hackathon.
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