open-cities-logo has just launched a new call-out to take part in the Open Data Tourism Hack at Home, a project focused on encouraging the creation of mobile apps to help cities to better manage the challenges and benefits of tourism.

The challenge, focused on the user of Open Data and Open Sensor Networks, will allow Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Paris, Rome and Bologna, as also any other European city, to benefit from the talents of app creators to find solutions for managing tourism in the urban space. One of the main goals of the challenge is to develop apps that can minimize the impact of mass tourism on the city and its inhabitants. For example, the Open Data Tourism Hack at Home is looking for mobile technology solutions that will allow residents to connect with visitors, improve and personalize tourist itineraries, optimize the time for visits and improve the opportunities for tourists to move around the city during their stay.

The winning app will receive a 3.000€ prize and a nomination for the Mobile Premier Awards 2014, the most prestigious awards in the app industry. The app that best uses the platforms of Open Data and Sensor Networks will also be recognized, alongside the most voted by the public app.

By participating in the Open Data Tourism Hack at Home challenge, developers will have the opportunity to turn their ideas into working apps through the Hack at Home platform, which allows participants to present their ideas, form teams with like-minded designers, developers and coders and get the help of expert mentors to build apps for the participating cities.

From today, anyone interested in taking part in the challenge can pre-register at the Open Data Tourism Hack at Home challenge website. From May 13, participants can send their ideas for apps, start building teams and receive feedback from the mentors.

At the same time, Open Cities has also launched in parallel a call for larger solutions, services or technologies related to the same Tourism issues, to participate to its Urban Lab Challenge. This is a challenge focused on using the city resources for experimentation with innovative software or other project in a real urban environment. The winner of this challenge will get €3000 prize and the support and guidance of the city of Barcelona to implement his proposal.

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