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Palo Altan wins multi-city apps challenge

Application will be used in four cities across the country

A winner in Palo Alto's Apps Challenge has now also won a national competition for his software application, which will be developed and used by four cities across the nation, officials from the 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign have announced.

Michael Simkovic of Palo Alto won the Multi-City Innovation Competition on June 12 for his application, Enabled City. The application helps disabled individuals find accessible services and locations in Palo Alto, such as parking spaces, toilets, sports activities, restaurants and other disabled-accessible venues.

Enabled City will be implemented beyond Palo Alto in Boston, Massachusetts; Nashville, Tennessee; and Raleigh, North Carolina. The four cities collaborated to develop civic applications as part of a tech experiment that crossed state boundaries.

"The decision to select one winner was a difficult one," officials said in their announcement. "The four cities are excited to work together with Michael to complete the app and roll it out in all of our communities over the next couple months."

Enabled City won third place in Palo Alto's Apps Challenge with a prize of $500 on May 31.

Both apps competitions were part of the White House-sponsored 2nd National Day of Civic Hacking.

Simkovic and other contestants submitted a demonstration video as part of the application. Successful prototypes that met the cities' challenge were able to potentially receive $5,000 in seed investment from each interested partner city, for a total of $20,000.

Jumpstart Foundry, a leading Nashville-based startup accelerator, hosted the application process for the partner cities. Enabled City will take part in its accelerator program, which runs from May through July in Nashville and includes $15,000 in additional seed funding and program housing, according to competition statements.

Palo Altan 
Sharon Chen was also a Multi-City competition finalist for her application Tall Tree Teens.

We are looking forward to applying the lessons we learned from our collaboration across city and state boundaries," competition officials said. "We also hope to work together again to bring future opportunities for talented developers to focus on civic challenges that solve challenges across our communities."

Comments

Posted by Res, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Congratulations! Given how much worse Palo Alto is becoming for the disabled with each passing year, the app couldn't come soon enough!


Posted by Bikes2work, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Here's an article on one member of the second place App's Challenge team:

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