This year’s edition of the InnoApps competition will see young people from Europe and China team up to jointly create innovative mobile apps for smart cities of the future.

The 2014 EU-China Hackathon follows the highly successful first edition of the InnoApps competition of 2013, initiated by leading global ICT company Huawei and the non-profit organization European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF). Adding a creative new twist to this year’s contest, Huawei and EYIF have partnered with AIESEC in mainland China to launch the first ever EU-China app developers’ ‘hackathon’. Aiming to create a cross-cultural and open platform for talented youth from across Europe and China to not only meet but to also work together, the competition will challenge participants to jointly design mobile applications that will contribute to making our cities smarter.

Thanks to an online platform established/created specifically for this competition, young participants from Europe and China will pair up with one another and virtually meet on a regular basis to combine their novel ideas and apply their complementary skill-sets. Experts and business mentors will be available to assist and support applicants in creating EU-China teams of two, as well as to provide technical support and advice throughout the competition.

Six teams of finalists will be selected to attend a two-day ‘hackathon’ in Brussels in February 2015. On the third day, they will pitch their apps/project to the jury at the InnoApps Final Event.

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.

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.

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Background:

A competition that challenges young developers to design innovative mobile applications to foster social inclusion. The “InnoApps Challenge” is a joint initiative of European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) and Huawei, that aims to contribute to the development of a more socially inclusive society in Europe. InnoApps is a four-month pan-European challenge, open to young European students and professionals to fostering “e-skills,” increasing “e-participation” and promoting entrepreneurship among young people.