NEWS - 2022/04/10

Citython 2022 Kicks off in the City of žIlina and Aims to Transform Urban Mobility

From 29 May to 1 April, Žilina will host the first edition of Citython 2022, a three-day hybrid hackathon is focused on smart mobility, in the context of climate-resilient cities, public engagement and extreme weather and humanitarian emergencies. During the hackathon days, multidisciplinary teams of students and professionals of different backgrounds and expertise from all over Europe will compete with the goal of coming up with the best solutions to urban mobility challenges faced by the city.

Over three days, Žilina (Slovakia) will participate for the first time in the organization of the first edition of Citython 2022, in which small groups of students and professionals matched up in multidisciplinary teams will gather together online to jointly solve the challenges proposed by the city in order to become a model city for innovative mobility solutions.

This hackathon will provide an opportunity for brilliant young talents to create their works with the help of mentors and experts, who will be at hand during the event, while also experiencing the unforgettable thrill of coming together with peers who share the same passion for digital technology and innovation.

Programme and key mobility challenges

The kick-off event of Citython Zilina 2022 will be on 29 April in a hybrid event. After the presentation of the hackathon, the welcoming remarks will be followed by the presentation of three urban mobility challenges faced by the city, with the help of Prof. Francesco Pilla (Associate Professor in Smart Cities and Urban Environment, University College Dublin), Florian Pappenberger (Deputy Director – General & Director of Forecasts at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts), Daniel Sagath (International Cooperation Manager, Slovak Space Office), and Martin Tuchyna, PhD. (GeoICT & Environmental infrastructure coordinator, Ministry of Environment (SK)).

Participants in this edition will tackle these challenges:

  • Challenge 1 – Sustainable and healthy city through smart mobility: Help your city management to promote smart mobility and foster change towards more sustainable and climate-resilient cities
  • Challenge 2 – Green city planning and development: Engagement of the public in city planning and development towards smart mobility, and safer, greener and more liveable city
  • Challenge 3 – Better crisis management thanks to smart mobility: Building smart mobility in the context of extreme weather and humanitarian emergencies

The registration deadline is on 24 April and participants will develop their solutions until 1 May, when their final ideas must be presented to the jury. On 30 April and 1 May, all teams will be able to attend mentoring sessions to get feedback on their work and improve their designed solutions. The winning team of each challenge (three winning teams in total) will receive a financial award of 1.000 EUR.