Director General of DG CONNECT, Robert Madelin, personally handed the award to Dawid Cieslak (Poland) and Yanzhong Li (China) for their smart business networking app.
What a night for InnoApps! Following 2 days of intense coding and training, young coders got their chance to pitch their smart cities apps at InnoApps Final in an attempt to win 35k EUR! In the fantastic scenery of Bibliotheque Solvay in Brussels visionary speakers also gathered to discuss the role of mobile in the future smart cities.
Kumardev Chatterjee, Founder & President of EYIF, and Antonio Graziano, Vice-President at Huawei’s Public Affairs and Communication Office in Brussels, opened the event talking about the importance of the partnership between EU and China, especially stressing that it is crucial to start a process characterized by collaboration, leadership and innovation. InnoApps, according to them, is an amazing example to encourage this cooperation with the aim to raise the bar and share common vision and projects.
Pitch your smart cities app!
Moderator Robin Wauters, Tech.eu Co-founder, after having introduced the jury composed by Frank Kresin, Research Director at Waag Society, Arne Herkelmann, Huawei Head of Handset Portfolio & Planning Europe, Vincent Castus, Pinch Co-founders, Miranda Qu, Little Red Book App Co-founder, and Jana Vecerkova, EYIF Director, left the stage to the 6 combined teams of European & Chinese coders to present their apps they developed during the past month online and two days Hackathon in Brussels. Audio City, app to provide museum audio guides, Cobble, app to meet new people and make true friends, Cocoffee, aimed to find business partners, GreenPass, a sustainable app to get vouchers, Birdly, to recognize birds sounds, and Treelets, eco-friendly app matched with coupons, represent all different contributions to the path to build sustainable, innovative, liveable and smart cities.
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Frank Kresin, Miranda Qu, Colette Maloney, European Commission Head of Unit DG CONNECT, MEP Eva Paunova and Gerard Corcoran, Huawei Senior Solutions Manager, discussed the smart cities future, highlighting that the institutions have to play a determining role as well as the private companies such as Huawei.
Robert Madelin, European Commission Director General DG CONNECT gave a keynote characterizing InnoApps as a prime example of European youth innovation. Mr Madelin soon after handed the awards to the winners.
The first prize was awarded to Dawid Cieślak from Warsaw in Poland and Li Yanzhong from Guangzhou in China, who jointly developed COCOFFEE, an app enabling smart business networking. COCOFFEE will facilitate communication between participants at an event who have the same interests by connecting with their LinkedIn accounts. Dawid and Yanzhong showed genuine excitement about their victory and now they are ready to launch the app in 4 months! 20 000 EUR they received as an award will definitely help them continue this cooperation! Dawid participated in InnoApps 2014 and took the last place, now he came back better prepared with a better idea and he won the competition!
The second prize went to Irman Abdic for his app Birdly, which will allow users to identify a bird by its song. In his speech, Irman mentioned how the coding training provided by Pinch was truly valuable and what an honor he had working with such professionals.
Li Jiancheng from Beijing in China and Andrei-Tudor Diaconu from Romania came third. They presented AudioCity, an app project aimed at allowing museums to make their audio guides available in one single app.
The winners of the first prize received €20 000. The teams ranked second and third are awarded €10 000 and €5 000 respectively.