The InnoApps Challenge is a joint initiative of the European Young Innovators Forum and Huawei that aims to contribute to the development of a more socially inclusive society in Europe by fostering e-skills, increasing e-participation and promoting entrepreneurship for young generations in Europe today.
The 3rd round of InnoApps focuses on Internet of Things, as a cross-cutting technology domain and Smart Cities as a vertical application area, to address specifically challenges regarding safe cities.
The launch event, The New EU Smart Cities Agenda: Boosting Growth through European Cooperation, took place at the European Parliament on 22 June.
The final contest on 9 February, preceded by a one-day hackathon in Brussels, culminated in a live pitching session that saw the 12 finalists, paired up into six teams, present diverse and exciting ideas to the jury.
The first prize went to Parkio, an app project connecting drivers with parking spaces in real time. When launched, the app could become the first EU-wide parking platform ever created. Developers Rob Kramer from Austria and Mihai Negrean from Romania believe the contest is a stepping stone for making a real difference for mobility in Europe: “Thanks to InnoApps, EYIF and Huawei, we were able to team up with the right stakeholders who will enable us to improve the parking landscape in Europe faster”, said Rob Kramer.
Andrei Toma from Romania and Jean-Benoit Henry from Belgium scooped the second prize with their app project Verdi, which consists of an endothermic, energy-efficient envelope that can adapt its thermal resistance based on weather patterns in real time.
The third prize was awarded to Sam Harris from the UK for CrowdCare. This smart health app concept aims to provide instant access to local life-saving assistance before emergency services can arrive, thereby reducing the number of fatalities.