Competition Winners Use Technology Innovation to Offer Solutions for Atlanta’s Toughest Challenges #AtlantaSmarter
ATLANTA, September 15, 2017 – AT&T*, in collaboration with the City of Atlanta and Code for Atlanta, today announced the winners of the Atlanta Civic Coding Competition (C3), which offered the public an opportunity to help solve some of Atlanta’s toughest challenges through an app challenge.
AT&T, the City of Atlanta and Code for Atlanta believe technology innovation can help transform communities across Georgia.
“The C3 competition was unique because interested citizens addressed some of our city’s toughest challenges using technology innovation. We received excellent community response as well as many truly remarkable app submissions,” said Bill Leahy, state president of AT&T Georgia. “As a leader in the Internet of Things and smart cities solutions, AT&T is proud to utilize our technology expertise and our relationships in the community to help Atlanta and cities across Georgia address the issues most important to their citizens.”
92 individuals and teams from the non-profit, start-up and educational communities offered their ideas on how to solve city challenges and help make #AtlantaSmarter through app development using open-sourced data.
The top 8 finalists presented their apps to a panel of judges, who chose the winners based on the following criteria: originality of the idea, potential to solve a real-world problem, difficulty of implementation, completeness of the project and the presenting team's ability to clearly articulate the details of their solution.
AT&T, the City of Atlanta and Code for Atlanta and are proud to announce Paratransit Pal as first place winner, Emergency Vehicle Assistance (EVA) as second place winner and Centree as third place winner.
- First place winner Paratransit Pal was awarded $40,000 for creating an app that seeks to improve access to accurate paratransit arrival times for Atlantans with disabilities, allowing passengers more control over their transportation needs and freedom to experience Atlanta with reduced anxiety about missing rides and dealing with unexpected delays.
- Second Place winner Emergency Vehicle Assistance (EVA) was awarded $15,000 for creating an app that aims to help first responders get to where they are needed as quickly and safely as possible.
- And, third place winner Centree was awarded $5,000 for creating an app that seeks to turn audio into actionable information, so public officials can quickly determine the audio type and location in the city.
By connecting things like lighting, water, parking, energy grids and public transportation to the Internet, AT&T is helping cities save money, preserve natural resources and build better relationships with their citizens. These innovative, intelligent solutions create more livable cities today and are a powerful bridge to the future.
In Atlanta, city leaders, led by Mayor Kasim Reed, have been working together with its world-class business community on technology-based solutions to address daily infrastructure challenges — traffic issues, power outages, water leaks and more. The solutions are the result of a collaborative effort to bring together experts to build world–class solutions, enabling smart cities that are connected as a part of the Internet of Things.
“We are always working to attract and support companies committed to investing in Atlanta and improving the quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “This competition engaged the best in Atlanta’s technology community and demonstrated how innovation and collaboration will continue to make Atlanta a smart city leader.”
Judging the competition were Austin Ashe, General Manager of GE Intelligent Cities; Dr. Kamau Bobb, Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology; Ben Easterling, Director of AT&T Internet of Things Smart Cities Strategic Alliance; Vijay Gogineni, Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Atlanta; and, Monique Patrick, Chief Operating Officer of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation.
For additional information, please visit http://engage.att.com/c3Atlanta.
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