In December, 6 at the Solemn ceremony of award within the Third Moscow Urbanistic Forum in the Central Exhibition Hall “Manezh” have been defined winners and laureates of the open city contest of mobile and web-applications API Challenge.
The greatest attention of contestants attracted nomination “Moscow for the life”, within the limits of which participants of the API Challenge tried to decide infrastructural problems of the city. Best of all, according to jury opinion, this task have solved developers of the application “No barriers for Windows”. The service helps independently moving to people in invalid chairs or parents with baby carriages. Organizers of the contest have given pharm-application “Home pharmaceutical”, which helps in search of cheap analogues of medicines (generics), and the project for search of participants and attestors of crashes “Gre DTP?”.
The best recreation service for citizens within the nomination “Moscow for rest” has been recognized the project of the magazine the “Big city” “Atlas of the Big city” – guidance for Moscow with description and photographs of 2500 culture sightseeings of the capital: important culture statues, places, where the most famous films have been made, trips of subject walks and many others. Laureates of the API Challenge have also become the mobile application “Park Gorky” and the service “Moscow for pedestrians”.
In the nomination “Educational Moscow” has won scientific library “CyberLeninka”. The second and the third places in nomination took the unified platform for museums “Smart Museum” and searching service “Kindergartens”.
The most effective solution for business has been recognized the project for the Governmental order analysis – “Z-monitor”. With the help of the application entrepreneurs can quickly get information about all conducted in the city tenders, shorten time for application filing and increase own chances for success.
All winners and laureates of the API Challenge received money prizes. Owners of the first places received certificates for 100K RUB, for the second and the third places developers received by 50K and 20K RUB correspondingly.
Any project could take part in the API Challenge, focused for improvement of the city area and solving actual problems of the city citizens. Winners have been defined by competent jury committee among serial entrepreneurs and venture investors, representatives of development institutions and authorities, and also scientists-urbanists and mobile developers. On the whole there have been filed 47 applications for four nominations: “Educational Moscow”, “Moscow for rest”, “Moscow for life”, “Moscow for business”.
“We are pleasantly surprised first of all by the high level of professional competence of mobile services developers, and secondly by the fact that they have an interest t social projects, and this factor, or course, noted members of the contest jury. Startups and especially socially-oriented projects need in additional energy, recognition, motivation. The API challenge is directed to support of such projects, giving them additional impulse”, - noted Konstantin Fokin, director general of the Moscow Innovation Development Center.
Additionally to the main nomination of the contest the partner of the API Challenge, the company “Yandex” has chosen its own winner. Its representatives noted the project “Gde DTP?”, which received from the company 50K RUB.
The main task of the city contest of mobile and web-applications API Challenge is to solve actual problems of the city with the help of the newest technologies. Partners of the contest became the Department of Information Technologies and the Department of science, industrial policy and entrepreneurship of Moscow, Russian Electronic Communication Association (RECA), the Google Company, “Yandex”, WikiVote, BFM.ru and Polit.ru.
The event has been conducted within the Moscow Urbanistic Forum and unified about 100 guests: participants and partners of the contest, and also representatives of specialized mass media. The ceremony has been led by the journalist, blogger, constant worker of the “Moscow Echo” Aleksander Plyuschev.