CityApp

CityApp Kathmandu 2014

Are you a part of the problem or part of the solution?

Here is your chance to solve the city’s biggest issues.

The CityApp Appathon Program in joint partnership of CityNet and Microsoft aims to harness the power of innovation of hundreds of software developers, designers, business students, government officials, corporations and NGOs to develop technically sustainable solutions for urban development challenges in Kathmandu.

Appathons have been incredibly successful in bringing together the technology and local knowledge to solve problems. Most recently, Microsoft has partnered with the Asian Development Bank to develop “Apps for Asia” to respond to water conservation, energy usage and crime prevention challenges. Microsoft is now joining the CITYNET network to conduct CityApp, Innovative Solutions for cities to help cities and local government of Nepal solve the common issues and make cities better with the help of technology.

CityApp, Innovative Solutions for cities will be a 3-day Appathon in March 2014 to initiate solution development and a contest to generate full applications and solutions.

So are you ready to solve the city’s biggest challenges through technology? If you could make your city better, healthier, safer, more prosperous and more resilient by using the technology you know, what solution would you built?

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CityApp Solution Blueprint Challenge:

You've got a great idea for a software project.

But don't start coding yet – first, take the time for a deep dive and build a project blueprint.

Who will your users be? What are your top features? And finally, how will you get your projeckathmandu1t to market and make enough money for you to support it?

All these questions can be answered in your project blueprint. This is a five-to-ten page document where you start your journey into the Software Development Life Cycle. Once you put this together, you'll have a road map for your project that you can share with team members, faculty advisors, and other people who can help you get where you're going.

You can use text, images, flowcharts, diagrams, and whatever else you need to tell your story. The winning team will receive a Windows Phone 8. It's all too easy for a team to jump in and start coding before they're ready. Your project blueprint is how you can get your whole team set up for success. Get started!

What is a Project Blueprint?      

A lot of work and thought goes into a CITYAPP solution even if you don't include the actual coding. You need to consider your potential users, your concept, core technologies, business models, and much more.

We've created the Solution Blueprint Challenge so you can assemble a first draft of all that thinking in one place. By the time you're done with this document, you'll have done the right thinking and research to make your project the best it can be.

Concept:

This event will bring together stakeholders from across the Kathmandu valley region to examine common urban challenges and build technology-based solutions over a 3 day period.

In coordination with Kathmandu and Lalitpur city officials, and partner organizations in Nepal, CityApp will identify the most pressing urban challenges confronting the Kathmandu valley region. From March 14-16, 2014, local Kathmandu computer programmers, developers and technology experts will build web or mobile applications in response to these challenges. After a period of incubation, the applications will be available for use in Kathmandu and Lalitpur and for consumption by other cities in the CITYNET network.

Load-shedding issue, Drinking Water Supply Issues, Traffic Congestion, Security Issues, Public Transportation hazards?
There are times in life when we all have complaints about different issues of our city. Do you care to solve the issues instead of complaining? Here's how you can:

Developer teams are invited to apply to attend the appathon event from March 14-16, 2014 at the Mirabel Resort outside of Kathmandu, Nepal. For more details and application instructions, please visit http://www.micnepal.org/EventsActivities/CityApp.aspx.

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Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific said:

The first CityApp Appathon organized jointly by Microsoft and CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local

# March 17, 2014 9:15 AM