Phoenix Partners with Cisco, Institute for Digital Progress to Offer $20K to Local IoT Developers

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Jan. 9, 2017 ​ The city of Phoenix, Cisco Systems, the Institute for Digital Progress (iDP), US Ignite and Cox Communications are seeking the top technologists in Phoenix for the Cisco IoT Challenge, as part of the first Smart City competition for 2017. This hackathon is a great opportunity for local developers and innovators to showcase their tech talents and skills, while helping to kick start small businesses and solve challenges faced in Phoenix and the metropolitan area. The winner of the Cisco IoT Challenge will receive up to $20,000 to further develop their technology solutions. Registration for this month-long hackathon opens on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 “Some of the most effective solutions to our biggest civic challenges can come directly from innovators in our local community,” said Mayor Greg Stanton “Our partners at iDP and Cisco are making tools available to technologists and innovators that could boost small businesses while helping Phoenix become a more sustainable city.” The first challenge for participants is to find a technological solution to increase Phoenix’s waste diversion rate. Phoenix has a goal to divert 40 percent of trash from the landfill by 2020; and to achieve zero waste by the year 2050. Participating teams will be working closely with the city’s Public Works Department, who will open specific data sets for the teams to leverage and use to build their solutions. Additionally, Cisco and iDP will provide free access and training on cutting edge technologies to the participating developers. Some of the potential solutions that the city will be looking for the developers to create through this technology include: Identify contamination through a video or camera recognition. Provide live streaming of collection driver’s path for resident engagement. Identify highest neighborhoods with contamination and apply increased education. “Harnessing the power of open data and leveraging the collective intelligence of community members are two pillars of a modern Smart City,” said Dominic Papa, Executive Director of iDP. “The Cisco IoT Challenge shows the city of Phoenix’s commitment to these pillars and a dedication to building a Smart City from the bottom- up.” The challenge will be open to 40 individuals or team developers. Selections will be based on the strength of developer experience and specialty. Recruitment will run until Feb. 9, 2017. The Cisco training, technology distribution and the city’s reverse pitch will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Galvanize, located at 111 W. Monroe in Downtown Phoenix. More Information about the Cisco IoT Challenge The Cisco IoT Challenge is part of Phoenix’s commitment to become national leaders in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities program made available through a grant by Cox Communications, advancing applications that use gigabit networks with real time capabilities. As a major partner, Cisco will provide each participating team free access to their Edge Analytics Fabric (EAF) platform, which allows for rapid development of applications and integrations. The platform provides a scalable and open-architecture approach to analyze and take action on real-time streaming and historical data. In addition, Cisco will be providing free hardware for testing that includes their ruggedized routing and switching portfolio. These devices bring Cisco’s enterprise level security, connectivity, manageability, and reliability to the edge with ruggedized housings and specialized mounting to satisfy any Smart City or IoT challenge. This hardware employs a layer of distributed computing Cisco terms IOX, which allow the applications to run directly on the hardware connecting it. In addition to the prize money and other opportunities for the winning team, iDP will work with the winners to expand the winning solution into partner cities across the world. The winning team or individual champion also will win a spot in the Phoenix Smart City Hack Finale in October and will compete for their chance to represent Phoenix in Barcelona, Spain, at the Smart City Expo. For more information on the competition and to register, visit the Cisco Iot Challenge webpage. -30- Media Contact: Yvette Roeder, 602-501-0620 (media only) General Contact: Dominic Papa, 480-267-7408 Phone Number: 480-267-7408]]]]> ]]>