A Smart Cities Hackathon
20-22 February 2015 - Barcelona, Spain


Join us for Smart Cities Urban Datafest to brainstorm ideas, design prototypes, and present your solution around the Smart City Concept and show your skills, learn emerging technologies and share ideas.


Two winning teams will go on during maximum two weeks to compete globally against contestants from 27 cities around the world participating in the Global Urban Datafest.

The Hackathon is opened to developers, students, researchers, business thinkers, policy analysts, journalists, designers, community organizers, urban planners, or anyone else who is interested in solving the biggest urban challenges today. The RULES for the Global Urban Datafest can be found here, and those for Barcelona City here.

Access to the whole Documentation and register forms for the Platforms and APIs.

Registration form

Main objectives are:
  • Create multidisciplinary work groups
  • Develop Applications that provide public interest services
  • Interact with Opened City’s Information Systems
Main Topics are: 
  • Data acquisition and actuation
  • Monitoring and management
  • Security
  • Transport and Mobility
  • e-Government
  • Environment
  • Tourism and culture
  • Sustainability

For the event the organizers will offer one Raspberry Pi platform or one Galileo platform per team and a variety of transducers to capture physical parameters. Participants will bring its portable devices used for coding and building the service.

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

The event will start Friday evening with the presentation of the Hackathon and with a tutorial about iCity and Urbiotica APIs as well as development tools available such as IBM Bluemix and Wolfram Universal Deployment System. Participants will have access to APIs and platforms offered by companies during extra time to finish polishing and validate its developments.
Documentation and registering links to the Platforms and APIs can be found here.
The working place and additional room for sleeping and eating (meals and drinks offered) will also be available from the start of the Hackathon to the end, the Sunday evening. The participants will have the opportunity to develop their ideas from the start to 16:00 Sunday. The jury, based on the documentation uploaded on the web, a short clip and the presentation done will decide the winner of the event.

Friday, February 20th: 

16: 00-16:45 Registered Participants Validation and organization of work teams

17: 00 Challenges Presentation and Platforms and APIs presentations

Saturday 21st: Seminars

08:30-10:30 - "For an Internet of Things and Big Data solution, Bluemix hands-on labs just the thing to get you started". Mr. Brian Innes. Mr. Nitesh Thakrar. Registration required
10:30-11:30 - "Urbiotica Sensor Data Platform". Mr. Marc Balcells
12:00-13:00 -  "Raspberry Pi— The Wolfram Language in the Physical World”. Mr. Bernat Espigule.

Friday-Saturday-Sunday 20-22nd: Development of Projects

Sunday 22nd:

16:00 Presentation of the project developed and winners selection

19:00 End of the Hackathon


Barcelona Winners

Selected Projects for the Final

  1. BikeSense
  2. CityFlow
Urbiotica Award

Wolfram Award

IBM Bluemix Award


Project Presentation and Awards





Sala Àgora, Hall B3

Campus Nord UPC
Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona
41° 23' 18.1" N, 2° 06' 42.8" E

Start: Start time, 20February 2015, EST
End: End time, 22 February 2015, EST

contact subject [Hackathon- Barcelona]
Josep Paradells

Anna Calveras


Ajuntament de Barcelona

Departament d’Enginyeria Telemàtica (ENTEL)

Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria de Telecomunicació de Barcelona (ETSETB)


iCity Project

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)


Wolfram Research


MOB // Makers of Barcelona


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