Hack the Future of Intelligent Cities

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"I had a great time at last years IoT World Hackathon! I met some talented developers and worked on 2 projects that served a unique need in the market.  I learned a ton about the products available to hackers and walked away with an award for one of our ideas.  

Great event all around!"

Software Engineer, The Toro Company 

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Hack solutions for the real problems facing cities today. Utilize the latest HDK, SDK, APIs, and the announced Predix platform , to help solve the challenges in traffic, parking, buildings, public safety, economic development, and public health.

Win prizes, publicity, and connections. Pitch a panel of judges to get a coveted spot in the Wearable IoT World Labs 15 week accelerator program and gain exposure through the platforms of Apps World, Internet of Things World, ReadWrite, & IoT World News.

Gain exposure to industry experts and civic leaders. Utilize the latest HDK, SDK, and APIs leading IoT innovation. Hack solutions for real problems facing cities today and for the future.

at the largest IoT Event in North America

Why Hack for a more Intelligent City?

Create solutions for real urban impact

Win amazing prizes and opportunities to build out your solution beyond the hackathon

Hear what others think!

Date:   May 11th - 12th 2016 


Location:  Santa Clara Convention Center 


Spot in Wearable IoT World Labs 

Build out your solution to make it a reality through our 15 week accelerator program.  Wearable IoT World Labs is the world’s first accelerator focused on the Internet of Things, wearables, and emerging‐technology markets. Since our inception, we've worked with 80 companies in the IoT and wearables markets possessing a 90% funding rate, with more than $85 million in outside investment.

About Wearable IoT World:

Wearable IoT World pioneered the world’s first accelerator focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), Wearables, and emerging technologies. Wearable IoT World functioned as an innovation hub that later expanded its services to include customized accelerator and advisory programs that develop startup innovation and culture within a corporate environment.

Our goal is to become the instrumental leader and driving force in IoT innovation for brands, businesses, governments and bright minds. Our business model uniquely blends the best of venture acceleration, entrepreneurial mentorship, corporate strategic partnerships, and media into one thriving community.

Informa has partnered with Wearable IoT World for this hackathon because of our large developer network, ability to reach and recruit through our media platform ReadWrite, and our success in organizing some incredible hackathons (See article in the Wall Street Journal on our Hackathon in the Sky with American Airlines)

IoT for Cities Challenges

Solve for problems facing cities today and in the future

Work with corporations leading the Intelligent Cities movement

Contact us about Sponsorships
Showcase your skills, write beautiful software and master emerging technologies.
Data Scientist
Apply your skills to a new and interesting domain and help uncover new knowledge.
Urban Experts
Share your expertise and help ensure that the teams are solving the right problems. 
Explore ideas for sensor journalism or create data-driven reporting projects. You can also learn about issues your city is facing and how they are being tackled.
Build innovative open-source hardware Your project could really make a difference

“I’ve learned from experience: Wearable IoT World knows how to bring together companies, technologies, and developers in a fun and meaningful way.  I participated in one of their previous hackathons, which took place on a cross-country flight, and it opened my eyes to potential of technology to solve world problems. Don’t miss this.

Ethan Schur, Co-founder, Grush 


The IoT for Cities Hackathon


Traffic / Parking Challenge:

Public Safety





Economic Development



Intelligent Building


In Partnership With: 

Interested in becoming a Hackathon Mentor? 


Onsite tech and subject mentors act as floating resources for the duration of the hackathon, and help teams define workflow, generate ideas, problem-solve, and develop final presentations. (cribbed from Geeks Without Bounds)



Our Mentors

Kyle Ellicott


Bringing people together in a fun and dynamic environment

The Hackathon at Internet of Things World in Santa Clara is one of the first in a series of Wearable IoT World's Smart Cities initiatives in our international IoT Superhighway program. Our goal is to go beyond initial prototypes generated from the hackathon and drive them towards demonstrable solutions.

Contact us with questions.

Lauren Marinaro

Director of IoT for Cities

Wearable IoT World


Logan Johnston

Community Growth Manager

Wearable IoT World


Meet Our Sponsors

Challenge Sponsors:

Technology Sponsors:

More information soon...

Tony Gaitatzis

Mentors will receive a Free Pass to the IoT for Cities Hackathon and Exhibition Hall at IoT World!

Happy Hackers
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at the Internet of Things World Event 2016 

About Internet of Things World 2016:

Internet of Things World 2016 is the world’s largest and most comprehensive IoT event with over 10,000 attendees, 350+ industry thought leaders and 200+ exhibitors. With a focus this year on monetizing the IoT revolution through bringing together ecosystem-wide attendees, stakeholders and investors, Internet of Things World provides a unique opportunity to meet key players within the marketplace. 

With a comprehensive conference agenda covering everything from manufacturing to smart cities, connected cars, the smart home, healthcare, energy & agriculture, supply chain & logistics plus much more, Internet of Things World 2016 boasts the most comprehensive IoT agenda in the marketplace. In addition to conference passes this year, the event will also offer free exhibition only passes for those wishing to browse the expo hall, allowing visitor’s access to selected summits and the exhibition floor for networking and meeting news suppliers. 

For more information about the show or to register for a pass that suits your needs, visit 


Grand Prize Sponsor:

Johnny Diggz

This 2-day FREE hackathon gives a you and a diverse group of 200 pre-qualified developers, data scientists, makers, & urban experts the opportunity to solve the problems facing cities today and in the future. 
Breakfast, lunch, and dedicated WiFi will be provided on both days of the event.  To enter the hackathon, you'll need to apply for a spot (only 200 available). 
Apply Here

Grand Prize

Now is your opportunity to build solutions that have an impact. The person with the winning app will be awarded a... 

Learn about the Predix Platform

Madelynn Martiniere

Grand Prize Challenge:


Using Current, powered by GE Intelligent Environment services located on www.predix.io, solve an existing or future challenge that any city mayor would want solved. This may include problems that cities solve independently or by working with the business community.   Participants are required to use at least one (1) Intelligent Cities Tile (Traffic Planning, Parking Planning, Pedestrian Planning, Public Safety) located on predix.io (in the Intelligent Environments section).

Grand Prize Submission & Judging Criteria

Develop applications to help cities create vibrant communities through public and private initiatives focused on stimulating growth of commerce and related revenue streams.  Participants are expected to use two or more Pitney Bowes Location Intelligence APIs to provide geo-based meaning and context to their applications.

Commerce Challenge Submission & Judging Criteria

Commerce & Economic Development Prize:

First prize winner receives:

  • $5,000 monetary award
  • A meeting with the Pitney Bowes Chief Innovation Officer and staff for assistance in business planning/technology evaluation
  • 1 year free 100,000 credit subscription to developer.pitneybowes.com site
  • 1 year free multi-user subscription for Pitney Bowes SendPro cloud-based shipping platform
  • A multi-media package of promotions for their business/application, including a press release, social promotions, and a profile of their business and application on the developer.ptineybowes.com website
  • Pitney Bowes t-shirts for each team member

Runner up will receive:  All of the above except the cash prize

All submitters receive:  A profile of their business and application on the developer.ptineybowes.com website


Develop an application that leverages the provided Avnet MicroZed System on Module in conjunction with sensors and Amazon's Alexa SDK or GE's Predix, to demonstrate an intelligent building system.

Develop an application that leverages the Cisco Spark and/or Tropo API’s in conjunction with any IoT sensor(s) or device(s) and/or publically available dataset that enhances public safety.

Public Safety Challenge Submission & Judging Criteria

Challenge details coming soon...

In the future, where we have intelligent cities, how will people interact with their surroundings and each other? Using Amazon Alexa, build a voice experience for the urban environment. Help the world imagine what the future of connected homes, connected buildings, IoT, and people centric experiences might be like. 

Public Safety Prize:

Each member of the first place team will receive:

  • DJI Phantom 3 Standard Quadcopter Drone with 2.7K HD Video Camera
  • AppleWatch Sport, Space Grey Aluminum Case/Black Band, 42mm
  • An opportunity to pitch the idea to receive investment from the Cisco Spark $150 million Innovation fund
  • Highlights on the Spark for Developers and Tropo social media channels

Each member of the second place team will receive:

  • Sphero BB-8 App enabled droid
  • An opportunity to pitch the idea to receive investment from the Cisco Spark $150 million Innovation fund
  • Highlights on the Spark for Developers and Tropo social media channels 

All submitters receive:

  • Cisco T-shirts
Hackathon Agreement, General Rules, & Code of Conduct

John Jefferson

Shivakumar Mathapathi

Meet Our Media Partners

Bringing together the Developer Community 


Hack using the latest in IoT HDK's, SDK's, API's, and platforms

  • MicroZed Starter Kit  including Wind River Pulsar Linux

  • MicroZed Carrier Card with Arduino Shield Connector 

  • ST Microelectronics Sensor Shield (X-NUCLEO-IKS01A1)

  • Maxim Thermocouple Sensor Peripheral Module (PMOD) 

80 Edison Boards and Grove Starter Kits.

Intelligent Building Challenge Submission & Judging Criteria

Intelligent Building Prize:

First place team will receive

  • Cash price of $5,000

  • MicroZed IIoT Starter Kit ($300 value)

  • Featured article in Avnet's Axiom magazine (http://design.avnet.com/axiom/)

Top 9 runner-ups will receive

  • MicroZed IIoT Starter Kit ($300 value)

  • Mention in Avnet’s Axiom magazine (http://design.avnet.com/axiom/)

Environment Challenge Submission & Judging Criteria

Environment Prize:

Each member of the first place team will receive: 

  • Amazon Echos

  • Will have the opportunity to demo during the awards ceremony 

Each member of the second and third place team will receive:

  • Amazon Echos

Everyone who publishes an Alexa Skill:

  • Receives the May Alexa Shirt (limited edition, only available in May) http://bit.ly/alexatee 

  • Can also submit to our online hackathon https://www.hackster.io/challenges/amazon-alexa-skill-contest-one 

Voice technology innovation companies that are ready for investment:

  • Can apply to the $100M Alexa Fund. https://developer.amazon.com/alexafund

Agenda & Logistics

Wednesday, May 11th:

8:00 – 9:00: Check-in, team set-up

9:00 – 9:05: Welcome from Wearable IoT World 

9:05 – 9:20: Challenge Partners Intro Use Cases 

9:20 – 9:30: Grand Prize Partner Keynote & Intro Use Case(s) 

9:30am - 9pm:  Hackathon Begins!

  • Challenge Partners at booths and around challenge space

  • Trivia on Stage during event

  • Snack station open with coffee and energy drinks

12:00 – Break for Lunch

NOTE: No dinner will be provided

9:00pm – Event closes down for the night


Thursday, May 12th:

8am – Coffee & Breakfast Items available

8am – 2pm: Hacking!

  • Challenge Partners at booths and around challenge space
  • Snack station open with coffee and energy drinks
  • Trivia on Stage during event

12:00 – Break for Lunch & Panel

  • Panel on stage moderated by Trevor Curwin, Editor ReadWrite

2:00 – Final stages of coding/testing, set-up for Judging

  • Teams register their team name, final product, and Challenge(s) they’re competing for

3pm - 3:45pm: Judging & Deliberation

3:45pm - 4:20pm: Challenge Winners Showcase Winning Solutions on Stage

4:20pm - 5:00pm: Top Three Grand Prize winners Pitch and Grand Prize Winner Announced!

5pm - Thank You & Closing Thoughts


  • Venue Directions & Parking Info Here
  • Check-in time: 8am @ Main Registration Desk in SCCC
  • Tables/Space: First come, first served, however there will be room for all 200 developers participating
  • General Hackathon Rules Here 
    • ​NOTE: No outside hardware is allowed for the event as it could present an unfair advantage.  The only outside software and API's allowed are those that are open to the public and easily accessible.  

 Logistics for Challenge Submission and Judging Process:

  • Teams may submit for up to two Challenges and must rank the Challenges in order of preference (Example: My solution can qualify for Grand Prize and Environment Challenge, but think I have a better chance of winning the Environment Challenge, so I would rank Environment Challenge as #1 and Grand Prize as #2)
  • Teams will be provided Flags to signify which Challenge they are competing for
  • Grand Prize and Challenge Judges will go around Science-Fair-Style to flags corresponding to their Challenge and get a pitch from each competing team. 
  • Grand Prize and Challenge Judges will deliberate


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Learn about the Predix Platform

Spark allows conversations to flow seamlessly between messages, video calls and real-time whiteboarding sessions.   Discover Cisco Spark here.

MicroZed Carrier Card for Arduino 

MicroZed System-on-Module with Wind River Pulsar Linux

ST Microelectronics Sensor Shield 

Maxim Integrated Thermocouple Peripheral Module

Intel® IoT Developer Kit offering Intel® Edison  development  board combined with easy-to-use hardware, software, tools, and cloud services, so you can begin prototyping right away

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