Dubai joins global Smart City App Hack innovation challenge

Dubai Internet City is spearheading Dubai's efforts in the global Smart City App Hack challenge.
Dubai Internet City is spearheading Dubai's efforts in the global Smart City App Hack challenge. | Courtesy of

Four more cities recently joined the worldwide Smart City App Hack competition, including Dubai; Helsinki, Finland; Barcelona; and Ghent, Belgium.

The challenge unites cities in creating a network in which citizens can partner to create mobile apps to help develop the Smart Cities of the 21 century. "Smart cities" use digital technology to improve citizens’ overall quality of life.

Dubai Internet City (DIC), an information-technology business park, is Dubai’s official partner for this project. The collaboration joins local app and tech ecosystems with various developers located throughout the globe. 

DIC has been involved in other initiatives and events, such as Drones for Good and Decode Dubai. DIC is a leader in the UAE’s National Strategy and plans to continue to find ways to encourage innovations and inventions throughout the region’s industry sectors. 

“We are delighted to represent Dubai as an official partner for the Smart City App Hack,” Majed Al Suwaidi, managing director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, said. “The competition is an excellent initiative and will give Dubai the opportunity to showcase its creativity and innovation to a global audience. As part of the Smart Dubai vision launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, this initiative will play a major role in furthering the development of Dubai into a Smart City, connecting app developers from around the world, as well as offering a platform to exchange knowledge and access to global mentors.”

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