In an effort to address Atlanta’s biggest issues, AT&T is partnering up with the City of Atlanta and Code for Atlanta, a local hack meetup group, to launch the Atlanta Civic Coding Competition (dubbed C3). The competition will invite the public, individuals and teams alike, to submit their app ideas to help make the city smarter and more efficient.
“Code for Atlanta is focused on building the civic technology community here in Atlanta,” says Luigi Ray-Montanez, co-captain of Code for Atlanta. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with AT&T and the City of Atlanta on C3 because it’s an important opportunity to energize our city’s tech community around Smart Cities and open data.”
The Atlanta Civic Coding Competition will encourage the local tech community to tackle ongoing problems like energy efficiency, public safety, land use, and of course, its infamous traffic problem by using the CityIQ API provided by AT&T and GE as a resource. The top individual or team that succeeds on developing an innovative app that makes #AtlantaSmarter will win $40,000. A second place takes $15,000 and third place $5,000.
“While Code for Atlanta will be heavily promoting C3 to its community of civic hackers, we hope to also attract teams from small startups in the IoT space, students from local colleges and universities, and independent software professionals looking to enhance their project portfolio,” says Ray-Montanez.
Mayor Kasim Reed agrees on this competition’s ability to attract talent through this competition, as well as putting Atlanta at the forefront of the Internet of Things.
“We are always working to attract and support companies committed to investing in Atlanta and improving the quality of life for our residents,” said Mayor Kasim Reed said in a statement. “This competition brings out the best in Atlanta’s technology community and demonstrates how innovation and collaboration will continue to make Atlanta a smart city leader.”
Registration for the C3 program is open until June 30. App submissions will be accepted from July 1 through July 31 with judging occurring in August followed by winners announced the following month. Register here.