Innovating the next generation of civic apps.
Four cities.  Taking the next step together.

November 12 Update: Indoor Wayfinding App Goes Live

Today, the Indoor Wayfinding App launched in the 1.2 million square foot Music City Center, Nashville's new downtown convention center. The cities of Boston and Palo Alto are currently exploring the deployment of this app in their respective municipal buildings.

Jules White, a Vanderbilt computer science assistant professor and app developer team lead, licensed the technology from Vanderbilt to incorporate his new business Ziiio, a new company specializing in large-scale indoor navigation.

BKON, a Nashville-based company donated the beacon technology that communicates with the mobile app.

A great video highlighting the features of the MCC Wayfinding App premiered at the launch.

See the great media coverage of the app launch:

September 23 Update: Co-Winner Announced

The Palo Alto-based Enabled City team continues to push forward on their app but shared that they will wait for the next generation of operating system versions and wearable technology to launch their app.

The Indoor Wayfinding App team received the same score as the Enabled City team and was not selected initially by way of a tie-break vote. The team will now step in to deliver its app for deployment before the end of this calendar year.

More updates to come soon!

August 21 Update: Jumpstart Foundry Demo Day

After 14 weeks, Spotwise participated in the Jumpstart Foundry Demo Day, culminating with the team's dedicated pursuit of incorporating a sustainable and compelling business focused on parking analytics.

In addition to receiving $15,000 funding from Jumpstart Foundry, the company has received $50,000 in private investor seed funding to date.

The four cities are excited to see the success for this new company:

July 31 Update: Spotwise in the Jumpstart Foundry accelerator program

Spotwise (formerly Spot!), was selected is currently progressing through Jumpstart Foundry's flagship accelerator program. Media featured each of the companies. Scroll down to Spotwise to read the latest and exciting update:

June 12 Update: Winner Announced!

The demo videos and the Google Hangout presentations held live across the partner cities on the National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday, May 31, were impressive across all of the finalists. The decision to select one winner was a difficult one.

Congratulations to Enabled City! 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.

The partner cities appreciated the interest by the public and working closely with talented developers. We are looking forward to applying the lessons we learned from our collaboration across city and state boundaries. 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.

Stay tuned for future opportunities!

June 1 Update: Finalist Demo Videos

As part of the 2nd Annual White House-sponsored National Day of Civic Hacking, the four cities hosted local hack-a-thon events.  Included was a live Google Hangout with demos of the finalist prototypes.  Lead cities worked with each team to prepare for the demo as part of the day's events in each city.  Winner(s) of the 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign will be announced in the during the week of June 9!

Videos created by each finalist team can be seen here:

Finalist Team / Contact

Lead City

Video Link

Daily Permit Report
Jason Pullias


Indoor Wayfinding App
Jules White


Taxi Dash
Brian Broll


Spot! (real-time parking)
Zach McCormick


Enabled City
Michael Simkovic

Palo Alto

Tall Tree Teens
Sharon Chen

Palo Alto

April 14 Update: Finalists Announced

(Finalist ideas are listed in no particular order)

After review of the submitted ideas from across the cities, the four cities selected six finalists for the 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign. The ideas selected to work closely with the cities going forward are listed below:

  • (Raspberry Pi + solar + camera + LED displays) + (Microcontroller + piezoelectric speed bumps + radio) + (Apps + web + backend + Google Maps) = Intelligent Parking System
  • Daily Permit Report for iOS displays the most recently issued building permits on an interactive map with filters, sorting, and more!
  • Build a reusable mobile indoor navigation system for municipal buildings, such as convention centers.
  • Wheelchair Friendly City App, a crowd-sourced database of places accessible for disabled citizens (& much more)
  • Database of statistics of teens’ opinions of trending discussion topics. Teens will be able to go onto the app, sign in using their student ID, choose which topics they are interested in, and add their opinion to the graphics under each topic. People who are trying to get bills passed can put in requests for teens to show up and say why they support the decision; these events will be displayed on the calendar page, and synced to any other mobile calendar system. Before choosing to support a topic, the teenager has to scroll through an information page, displaying main points, a paragraph of the arguments, and the statistics behind the bill, to get a clear idea of what they are being asked to support. Data can corroborate proposals of bills in the city council or school board.
  • App for iOS/Android to get taxi driver rating and permit info based on proximity. Create server-side infrastructure for managing taxi permits and supporting app functionality.

The next step is for each finalist team to work on a prototype with the partner cities to prepare a demo during the 2nd National Day of Civic Hacking on May 31 - June 1. A live demo across the four cities will be scheduled for a winning idea to be selected by the four partner cities. Stay tuned for more event details!

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Calling all developers!

Over the last several years, the four 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign partner cities saw incredible efforts within each of our city limits around the development of civic apps.  

Civic hackathons and open data initiatives have provided the foundation for cities and our developer communities to build on new  technology platforms that shape how people experience their communities.  

But there's been a problem that's been bothering us: too often promising app prototypes don't have all the pieces in place to make sure they are around not just the day after a civic hackathon, but years later.  We want to change this.

We've partnered to create the 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign.  Our vision is to create a process and environment where developers can build scalable and sustainable civic apps.  Whether using hardware and software solutions, we want to see innovation that will have the potential to impact our communities and beyond for the long-term.

How does it work?

We're inviting software and hardware developers not only from our four cities but all communities to submit ideas across three different innovation tracks.  We're experimenting with collaborating across city boundaries and state lines.  The 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign will culminate on May 31, 2014, during the White House-sponsored 2nd National Day of Civic Hacking.

We'd love to see the development of proof-of-concept apps that we'll review  and support for development into full prototypes that meet the needs of the partner cities.  We've agreed that successful prototypes that meet our challenge can potentially receive $5,000 in seed investment from each interested partner city, for a total of $20,000.

One team will also be invited as a civic startup in the next cohort of Jumpstart Foundry, a leading Nashville-based startup accelerator.  Jumpstart Foundry is hosting the application process for the partner cities in the 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign.

Jumpstart Foundry

The accelerator program runs from May-July 2014 in Nashville, and includes $15,000 in additional seed funding and program housing.

In addition to encouraging participation from the Palo Alto community to apply directly through the Jumpstart Foundry application process, the City of Palo Alto is also hosting its own competition for apps called the Palo Alto Apps Challenge. Entrants to that competition will be encouraged to enter their ideas to the Jumpstart Foundry application process too.

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Partner Cities

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Campaign Partners

2014 Innovation Tracks

Submit your best ideas and use your creativity in these innovation tracks across our cities.



Communities experiences all types of construction, maintenance, and investment.  What are some ways the public and cities can connect with each other around potential development projects or routine maintenance?

Suggestions: Visualize real-time road closures.  Connect local government and the public with each other.  Develop real-time way-finding for parking spots.  Create an appointment system for contractors and inspectors.


There is so much data in government.  Help make sense of data sets, data feeds, and more for government and for the public.

Suggestions: Understand how 311 reporting or customer call patterns differ across cities, seasons, and geographically.  Assist with fleet and vehicle management.  Identify trends in public health needs.  Use available energy data to help households and businesses improve energy efficiency.


Channel your creativity in creating infographics and developing mobile apps that use GIS data.

Suggestions: Explore parks and see the options available.  Create way-finding for large indoor facilities.  Identify a fun way to see and understand the city budget.  Develop video narratives around municipal infrastructure like your utilities, your libraries, or your community centers.

2014 Campaign Timeframe

  • Week of February 17  The 2014 Multi-City Innovation Campaign launches in all four cities and beyond!
  • March 14  Deadline for individuals and teams to submit your prototype ideas for review by partner cities and Nashville-based Jumpstart Foundry.    
  • April 14  Finalists will be announced and notified.  Relevant datasets and information will be made available by partner cities and partner entities in different communities to the finalists.  Partner cities will be joined by Jumpstart Foundry in review of finalists.
  • May 2  One team will be invited as a civic startup to participate in Jumpstart Foundry's May-August 2014 accelerator cohort in Nashville.
  • May 31  Demonstration events by all finalists will be coordinated across partner cities during the 2nd National Day of Civic Hacking
  • June 12  Winner will be announced.

Application Details

You'll be asked to submit the following information in this online application below:

  • contact information
  • your idea and proposed solution for any individual or combination of the 2014 Innovation Tracks
  • an introductory team video that introduces who you and/or your team are < 3 minutes long
  • the product details in your proposed idea and/or prototype
  • questions you have around data available from the partner cities to pursue the development of a prototype
  • representative sample of code that you've developed (e.g., Github)
  • application deadline is March 14

For individuals/teams interested in being considered for the Nashville-based Jumpstart Foundry program, you'll also be asked to provide:

  • business video < 3 minutes long
  • proposed or existing company description
  • representative sample of code that you've developed (e.g., Github)
  • business model

Submit your idea.  Apply today.  Impact our communities.

Jumpstart Foundry will manage the online applications for the Boston, Nashville, and Raleigh.  The City of Palo Alto has a separate online application (link is in "How does it work?" above).  Rest assured that we'll be sharing our finalists with each other.

Here's the application:

Rules and Regulations

Submission of entries requirements are, as follows:

  1. An entry must consist of a proposal for an original software application that runs on the Web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public.
  2. An entry must contain an application that functions as provided in the text description.
  3. An entry must be made available to the public for use without charge for at least one (1) year after June 30, 2014.
  4. An entry must be submitted in English.
  5. An entry must not be indecent, defamatory, in obvious bad taste, demonstrate a lack of respect for public morals or conduct or adversely affects the reputation of the Sponsors.
  6. An entry must not: (a) be illegal under applicable laws; (b) depict hatred, defame, threaten a specific community in the society or incite violence; (c) contain vulgar language or violence; or (d) be considered pornography, obscenity or sexual activity.
  7. An entry must: (a) be an original application; b) be solely owned by the entrant, so that no other party has or can validly claim any right, title or interest, whether known or unknown in the application; and (c) not violate the intellectual property, common law or privacy rights of any other party. An entrant may contract with a third party to assist with the creation of the entry, provided the entrant is the sole owner of all intellectual property in the entry, consisting of the software application.

Submission Rights for Entrants

Each entrant represents and warrants that the entrant owns the intellectual property rights to the software application.

Verification of Potential Winners

ALL POTENTIAL 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN  WINNERS ARE SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION BY THE ADMINISTRATOR, WHOSE DECISIONS ARE FINAL AND BINDING IN ALL MATTERS RELATED TO THE 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN. Potential winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules. The potential winners will be notified on or about May 31, 2014. The winners will be required to sign and return to the Administrator, within ten (10) business days of the date notice is sent, an affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release (except where prohibited) in order to continue participation with the partner cities if applicable.

If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), or if the winner or winner notification is returned as undeliverable, potential winner forfeits. In the event that a potential winner of the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN is disqualified for any reason, an alternate entrant will be declared a winner. If a winner is a minor in accordance with the laws of his or her state of residence, at the Sponsors’ sole option, the prize will be awarded to the minor’s parent or legal guardian on behalf of the winner, or, if permitted by applicable law, awarded to the minor directly, provided the minor’s parent or guardian ratifies and signs the affidavit of eligibility, and liability/publicity release.

Entry Conditions and Release

By entering the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, each entrant agrees to accept and abide by the following terms and conditions and release:

1.  Each entrant agrees to comply with and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the cities are binding and final in all matters relating to the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN.

2.  Each entrant also agrees to release and hold harmless the Sponsors, the Administrator, and their respective representatives, affiliates, and any other organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, and all of their respective past and present officials, officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability. These claims, expenses, and liability include, but are not limited to, negligence and damages of any kind to persons and property, including but not limited to invasion of privacy (under appropriation, intrusion, public disclosure of private facts, false light in the public eye or other legal theory), defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, infringement of trademark, copyright or other intellectual property rights, property damage, or death or personal injury arising out of or relating to an entrant’s submission, creation of an entry, or submission of an entry, participation in the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, acceptance or use or misuse of prize (including any travel or activity related thereto) and/or the broadcast, transmission, performance, exploitation or use of entry.

3.  Each entrant also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Sponsors and the Administrator from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising out of or relating to an entrant’s participation in the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN and/or the entrant’s acceptance, use or misuse of any received prizes.


Except where prohibited, participation in the Apps Challenge constitutes the winners’ consents to the Sponsors’, the Administrator’s and their agents’ use of the winners’ names, likenesses, photographs, voices, opinions, hometowns and states; application screenshots, application videos, application descriptions and commentaries for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

General Conditions

The Sponsors and the Administrator reserve the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond the Sponsors’ and/or the Administrator’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, as determined by the Sponsors and/or the Administrator, acting in the exercise of their sole discretion. The Sponsors and/or the Administrator reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any entrant found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, The Sponsors and/or the Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsors and/or Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Limitations of Liability

The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the Sponsors and/or the Administrator reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. The Sponsors and/or the Administrator’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.


Each entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, or any prizes awarded, other than those concerning the administration of the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, or any prizes awarded, shall be resolved exclusively by the respective United States District Court or the Superior Courts of the respective counties; (3) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (4) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.

SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant, the Sponsors, and the Administrator in connection with the 2014 MULTI-CITY INNOVATION CAMPAIGN, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the relevant laws of each participating state, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.

Sponsors and Administrator


1.  City of Boston, MA

2.  Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, TN

3.  City of Palo Alto, CA

4.  City of Raleigh, NC


Jumpstart Foundry, Nashville, TN

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