BCN App Challenge Results

May 21st, 2016

The Barcelona hackathon first round winners made their final pitches at ESADE Business School on 20 May 2016.

Although 3 teams made it to the final, only two had progressed sufficiently well enough to present their projects to the judges.

The CityLove app is based on the concept of how you interact with your city. You can register your needs, likes, preferences in an application and you will receive information accordingly. Pedro Lorente described his team’s app: “Our service wants to resolve the paradox which occurs in a city which promotes Open Data through a multitude of different data bases with a different application for each one. What we have done is create an application which communicates with you in a very simple way to give you information that’s interesting for you…be it about buses, museums, or things going on in your neighbourhood.”

The BcnPlus app directly tackles mobility with a city – in the test case, Barcelona. Using Visual Light Communication (VLC) technology for smartphones, the team’s project proposed substituting the physical ticketing system with virtual mobility passes covering a full range of different means of transport and adding city mobility information using data from the ECIM platform.

The teams were judged on the quality of the proposed user interface of the prototype, the originality, creativity and innovativeness of the proposed solution, the use of the ECIM platform, as well as the app’s technical and operational feasibility based on the business idea and proposed economic and financial sustainability.
The judges awarded first prize to BcnPlus team – Andrés Hernández, Roberto de Arquer and Carlos Quintanilla.


The team of graduates from La Salle University and Polytechnic University of Catalonia have already started to contact some of the main stakeholders with invested interests in modifying the Barcelona transport ticketing system. “We’re convinced that we can build a business venture. Winning is great because there are some things that escape our knowledge and the assessment offered by ESADE as part of the prize will be really helpful”, said Roberto.

Runners-up Pedro Lorente and Pelayo Méndez got a runners-up prize of 1000€. “We want to continue working on the idea…we are pretty committed to the project and we’d like to take it to market by the end of the year and see how users react to it”, they said.


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