Smart Cities Hackathon 2.0

Juan Manuel Ávalos Vega, ISC2-2015 Hackathon Chair


Figure 1Organizing hackathons is a way to strengthen the relationships between actors in a city’s ecosystem by bringing together entrepreneurs, developers, investors, academics, institutions and other involved actors. Hackathons are a way to promote and reinforce innovation; they stimulate the accelerated development of tangible solutions and enable the identification of promising talent that can contribute to form more intelligent cities. Moreover, hackathons allow empowering entrepreneurial talent on smart cities to innovate faster and translate problems to real mobile and web applications as solutions that citizens can judge how effective they are in transforming their environment.

The Smart Cities Hackathon 2.0 objective is to identify talent and provide winners with guidelines and resources so their projects and ideas can actually evolve to produce real impact in the city as tangible applications, with the aim of creating the first model for Smart City mobile apps repository for the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area (ZMG) composed from different municipalities such as: Zapopan, Tlajomulco, Tlaquepaque, Tonala and Guadalajara. Participant institutions must collaborate in order to generate a community that holds and ecosystem of scalable applications that will empower Guadalajara’s transformation into a smart city.

Having these goals in mind, Smart Cities Hackathon 2.0 will be collocated with the First IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (, to be held in Guadalajara on October 25-28. The main goal of the hackathon is to engage and encourage communities of entrepreneurs, developers, designers, etc., to focus on building innovative solutions for smarter cities. Promoting interesting ideas is a great first step, but in Smart Cities Hackathon, having a functional prototype is what is being targeted. Executing the 2nd edition of Smart Cities Hackathon in conjunction with ISC2-2015 will provide a wider exposure for the hackathon, attracting more participants, more complex projects, aiming at international acknowledgment.

Smart Cities Hackathon 2.0 is a space in which developers, entrepreneurs, designers, university professors, researchers and people interested in making their city a better place can gather in multidisciplinary teams in order to collaboratively build innovative solutions for smarter cites.

Smart Cities Hackathon 2.0 will be an innovative and fun event which will be completely free! On Sunday 25th of October from 2pm to 6pm, IBM Bluemix and rocket pitch/business oriented workshops will be taught for interested participants. The core competition will be on the 26th – 27th, where attendees will be focused on developing a functional prototype that addresses one of the following 9 challenges:

  • Smart Integrated Grids
  • Internet of Things
  • Smart Homes and Buildings
  • Smart Transport
  • Smart Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Smart Environment
  • Open Data
  • Smart Health
  • Smart Citizens

All teams will have the chance to deliver their rocket pitches to the judges, who will choose 5 projects as finalists, which will advance to the next stage. The final round will take place at ISC2-2015 Gala Dinner, where the finalist will present their solutions to the ISC2-2015 international community and judges, who will determine who the winners are. The complete program for the hackathon:

Sunday 25th October

Monday 26th October

Tuesday 27th October

2pm – 5pm IBM Bluemix workshop

5pm – 6pm rocket pitching workshop

8am – 8:15 Registration

8:15am – 8:45am Announcements

8:45am – 1:30pm Hacking

1:30pm – 2pm Lunch

2:30pm – 8pm Hacking

8am – 1:30pm Hacking

1:30pm – 2pm Lunch

2pm – 3:30pm Hacking

4pm – 6:30pm Rocket Pitches

7pm – 8pm Final rocket pitches at ISC2 Gala Dinner

8pm Closing ceremony


Throughout the event participants will be comfortable as they will have all the necessary tools and incentives to focus on building innovative and functional prototypes such as internet, food, continuous coffee break, giveaways, prizes and more surprises will be available for attendees. Besides, a $1,000 dlls People’s Choice Award prize will be given to the team with more likes!

Join us and help your city become smarter! Register and find out more information here:


Juan Manuel Ávalos Vega
ISC2-2015 Hackathon Chair



Juan Manuel Avalos VegaJuan Manuel Ávalos Vega graduated in Computer Science Engineering from “Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG)” in 1991. In December 2006 Manuel finished his MSc in Information Technology at ITESM. He also has several Certificates on: Programming Languages by UDG in 1993, on Finance by “Instituto de Especialización para Ejecutivos” and on Marketing by ITESM. Manuel is currently a PhD graduate student in Data Science at Universidad de Guadalajara. Manuel joined IBM in 1991 as a Testing Software Engineer and since then had several Technical, Management and Executive positions in different IBM Divisions. Currently he has a Global responsibility for the Systems-Storage brand, and is the IBM Mexico leader for the Smarter Cities Innovation Center joint project with UDG.


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