March 5, 2015
The Wayra Academy will serve as a space for a marathon of hackers and urban planners who will create digital products for sustainable environmental solutions.
There are 14 challenges proposed by municipalities and universities in terms of security, mobility, services, e-government, environment and sustainability.
The event will be held in 27 cities, including Caracas, and the local winners will participate in a global contest and will be classified for the next Pre-Wayra of Venezuela.
Always seeking to promote technological ventures in Venezuela, Telefónica’s Wayra Academy will lend its spaces on March 6, 7 and 8 for the realization of the Smart Cities Hackathon 2015, an international meeting organized by Global Urban Datafest, and the local coordination from the SDI innovation experts.
This is a meeting in which programmers, urban planners, designers, journalists and the general public will work intensively on the creation of prototypes of applications, websites, software or any other digital product that allows solving some of the 14 challenges posed by municipalities and national universities consulted for this appointment.
Participants will have the support of mentors in the areas of urban planning, design and communication of the stature of Alejandro Sánchez, Co-founder and Director of Hack4Geeks; Romer Ramos, CTO of Hack; Rafael Santelmo, General Director of Intraffic; Ignacio Córdoba, CCO of 4Geeks; Carlos Brandt, Director of Impact Hub Caracas among other entrepreneurs and specialists.
A qualifying jury composed of Gustavo Reyes, Director of the Academia Wayra Venezuela; Esteban Reyes, Director of Accede; Zulma Bolívar, President of the Metropolitan Institute of Urbanism Workshop Caracas; Juan Andrés Rondón, Smart Cities Consultant; Cheo Carvajal, Journalist with a Master’s Degree in Design and Luis Fornés, Academic of Digital Study and CEO of Si-SMS. All of them will have the difficult task of selecting the four best projects, considering the variables of utility, innovation, usability and technical difficulty.
Those selected will receive awards that will contribute to the continuity of their projects, having the opportunity to qualify for the Pre Wayra and to be part of the next acceleration program of the Academy.
Of these, the two projects with the highest scores will represent Venezuela in the global awards and will have the possibility to measure themselves with their world peers to conquer metallic in the categories of Best Software Project, Best Hardware Project and Best Data Project.
With the support of the Smart Cities Hackathon 2015, the Telefónica Wayra Academy ratifies its commitment to the development of new ventures in the country and is consolidated as the largest platform for detecting technological talent in the ICT world.
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