The technological marathon that promotes the development of applications to improve the life in the city, is back and with news! The second edition of Hackacity took place simultaneously in several cities across the world and is part of the Start & Scale Week, promoted by the City of Porto through the ScaleUp Porto strategy.

This week, was intended to boost the city of Porto as a center of innovation, entrepreneurship and employment at a national and international level. GrowSmarter joined this year´s initiative making the event even more special! When challenged by Porto, cities like Amersfoort, Utrecht, Santander, Olinda and Recife, decided to join the movement and provided data in the fields of mobility, tourism, environment and security, so the participants can develop applications that will improve the lives of the residents and the experience of the tourists. 

According to Filipe Araújo, councillor of the city of Porto,“Hackacity reinforces the role of the cities as living labs and the importance of collaboration between the several stakeholders to co-create opportunities for those who live or work in the city or the experience of the ones who visit it.”

The organization, led by Porto, has the support of Grow Smarter, the European Commission, the FIWARE platform, Open Agile Smart Cities, 7Graus and Ubiwhere, providing data and technical support to the participants.