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EdinburghApps is a civic challenge in which teams and individuals compete against one another to create innovative ideas and solutions to improve the lives of those living, working and visiting the city using Council and partner data. At the heart of EdinburghApps is the desire to work collaboratively with businesses, communities and individuals in the city, to find fresh solutions to the challenges the city of Edinburgh faces.

Launched in 2013, it was the first event of its kind in the UK, and offered winners business support and the opportunity to work with the Council to develop their concepts further. Participants could choose from challenges set by the Council around a number of key themes. This supported the Councils strategic objective to ensure “Edinburgh is a thriving, successfully and sustainable capital city, where opportunity and equality are promoted and supported”

Challenges set for EdinburghApps 2014 were for Health and Culture & Sport. There were over 60 participants who took part in the hackathon in late September and teams pitched their ideas at the final at the UoE Informatics Centre in front of a panel of judges. Competition was tough but 5 worthy winners were selected. We are now starting the process of developing these projects into products and will be updating progress here so watch this space! See below for an overview of the 5 challenge winners.

Culture & Sport

  • Run2See, a personalised running tourist guide. The mobile application will enable visitors to Edinburgh to discover nearby sites and places of interest while walking, running or cycling.
  • Find a Player, an ‘Edinburgh Active’ tailored smartphone app (that builds upon the existing Find a Player platform) to address the challenge of encouraging people to take up more physical activity.
  • SpeechCity, a smartphone app for Smart Tourism. The app offers the opportunity to provide tours to and inside museums, guiding visitors as they arrive, during their visit and after, gathering their feedback.
  • Bubbal won the challenge to promote the city’s viewpoints with their app, which automatically updates users with historical information on nearby monuments, giving the opportunity to donate to their upkeep.

Health

  • ACE, which supports people recovering from addiction. The provision of the EdAReA app will help those trying to help themselves, whilst working in conjunction with Edinburgh services.
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