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Smart City Challenge Hackathon: And the winners were...


A match.com pairing shelter animals with their humans and a reward system to promote a "Walking City" were the big winners at a hackathon this weekend. 

Hosted by Florida International University's  School of Computing and Information Sciences, the Smart City Challenge Hackathon Miami asked challengers  to develop applications that solved  a social, economic, environmental or health problem. This event took  place around the world, and in South Florida was open to all South Florida students, professional developers, urban hackers and domain experts. The theme was  improving the lives of people living in South Florida.

 Two teams from each of 20 cities worldwide will compete for a total of $9,000   in cash awards. Worldwide there were 184 projects developed. Read more here:  http://www.global.datafest.net/projects

  The two winning teams of the #smartcityhack, representing Miami in the Global Awards held by @datafestnet are:
  Pttr — Match.com for animals, shelters and animal lovers
  Team Lead: Alastair Paragas — [email protected]
  Joel Greenup
  Xavier Thomas
  Kennet Postigo
  Pttr is a software-as-a-service web and mobile app platform that bridges the   gap between stray animals, animal shelters and prospective individuals who   either would like to adopt an animal or donate to a shelter. It is meant to   combat the aging digital infrastructure (use of old desktop-based   applications) and poorly integrated systems (lack of cross-platform and cloud   infrastructure abilities) of various rescue organizations and animal   shelters.
  WalkingCity —
  Team Lead: Claudio Romano — [email protected]
  Augusto Pena
  Brian Garbarz
  David Levy
  WalkingCity is the first reward-based walking community in Miam. You can   now improve the city’s sustainability with each walk you make, and get   rewarded with redeemable discounts, coupons and gifts that you can exchange   in local business. By joining the walking community, you will save a   significantly amount of money in gas, support the local environment and   economy while getting rewarded for it.  It’s very simple.

This is a group photo of all the event winners, including the TerraFly.com   API Challenge and runners up.

-Information submitted by Steve Luis of FIU SCIS.