The 2nd Hackathon of Central Union of Greek Municipalities (KEDE) for Smart Cities is completed — it was attended by more than 1,500 participants and 112 teams presented their ideas.

Exceeding all expectations, the 2nd Innovation Marathon of KEDE ended with the award ceremony that took place on July 1st at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center.

Out of the 128 teams that started, 77 passed to the final stage and presented their applications on Sunday from 13:00 to 20:00 in four-minute pitches. In addition, 35 teams out of 80 were selected to present their applications at the student competition.

The applications included various thematic areas on smart cities, such as tourist guides, chatbot, energy management, waste management, renewable energy sources, participatory democracy and so on.

More than 1,500 contestants, mentors, registered visitors, students, members of Municipalities and others participated in the marathon as follows:

  • 452 contestants overall in the Marathon and the Student Competition, in 163 teams
  • 53 volunteers
  • 169 officials of Municipalities
  • 169 mentors
  • 6 data owners
  • 630 registered visitors
  • 20 journalists
  • 12 judges

The teams started coding on Thursday, June 28th, in a specially designed venue at SNFCC and with the help of more than 90 mentors, business executives, Municipalities, academics etc., they were able to turn their ideas into applications, while preparing their pitch. The teams implemented their applications in 68 hours (Thursday from 15:00, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until 11:00).

Launch of the 2nd Innovation Marathon of KEDE

The pitches were particularly demanding; because of the large number of teams, each one had only 4 minutes for their pitch which included a two-minute presentation, an one-minute demo and one minute for questions.

It is noted that it was the choice of the organizers to give all the teams the opportunity to present their applications, as they consider that the preparation and presentation phases are essential to the contestants’ experience in a crowdhackathon.

The President of KEDE, Mr. George Patoulis, and participants in the commemorative photo
The President of KEDE, Mr. George Patoulis

The President of KEDE, Mr. George Patoulis, addressing the young people who participated in the Marathon, stated:

“The number of the people who participated in the Marathon is unprecedented. The fact that 77 teams made up of young people from all over the country participated in the 2nd Innovation Marathon held by KEDE is touching and at the same time optimistic. I would like to congratulate all the teams that claimed a place in the competition and the young people who participated. We are counting on you to help us lead Greece towards development. This effort is national and not associated with political identities. Our goal is to highlight innovation and youth entrepreneurship that will contribute greatly to the regeneration of our country.”

The Chairman of the e-Government Committee of KEDE, Mr. Ioannis Tsiamis

Mr. Ioannis Tsiamis noted that this journey does not end here and will continue with dedicated support structures for new startup teams and companies throughout Greece through the KEDE Innovation Lab in order to create new innovative applications for cities and Municipalities. The completed applications will be available through KEDE Marketplace.

In fact, the participation of some of the teams in the business accelerator of KEDE is already being considered.

Michael Psallidas, Managing Director Crowdpolicy
Michael Psallidas, Managing Director Crowdpolicy, George Karamanolis, CTO/CIO Crowdpolicy

Mr. Michael Psallidas, Managing Director of Crowdpolicy that supported the organization of the 2nd Marathon of KEDE in technological and operational terms, noted:

“It was our pleasure to support the 2nd Innovation Marathon of KEDE. This year our journey started with the 16 cities we visited. We met young people with vision and ideas that can be transformed into new profitable extroverted companies if they receive appropriate support. Our journey was completed with the four-day marathon held at SNFCC where our team supported the 120 competing teams made up of developers, business analysts and designers and helped them implement an MVP (minimum viable product) using fast track acceleration and lean / agile methodologies. The govtech, fintech, civictech and open innovation fields are our core business and our expertise in integrated open solutions and crowdsourcing, e-government, city innovation, API economy, AI and blockchain platforms in Greece and abroad was used for the implementation of useful and innovative applications for Municipalities. We would like to congratulate everyone for participating which is their greatest reward.”

The majority of the evaluation committee members attended all the presentations and rated them using an online application while at the same time the audience also rated them and the score was taken into consideration by the committee members during the final evaluation.

The evaluation committee. From left to right: Konstantinos Varlamitis, Chairman of the Board of Consignment Deposits and Loans Fund, Haris Kontoes, Research Director of the National Observatory of Athens, Nelly Tzakou-Lambropoulou, General Manager of Retail Banking at National Bank of Greece, Konstantinos Vorgiazidis, Mayor of Veria, Haris Theoharis, Member of the Greek Parliament, George Papanastasiou, Mayor of Agrinio and President of the Regional Union of Municipalities of Western Greece, Grigoris Konstantellos, Mayor of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, Dimitris Karnavos, Mayor of Kallithea, Stefanos Gritzalis, Professor and Rector of the University of the Aegean, Lykourgos Antonopoulos, ICT Director at OTE Group, Stelios Rallis, Secretary General of Digital Policy

Members of the Evaluation Committee

  • GEORGE PATOULIS, PRESIDENT OF KEDE, PRESIDENT OF THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE
  • NELLY TZAKOU — LAMBROPOULOU, GENERAL MANAGER OF RETAIL BANKING, MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE
  • KONSTANTINOS VARLAMITIS, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF CONSIGNMENT DEPOSITS AND LOANS FUND
  • STELIOS RALLIS, SECRETARY GENERAL OF DIGITAL POLICY
  • STEFANOS GRITZALIS, RECTOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN — PROFESSOR AT THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
  • HARIS THEOHARIS, MEMBER OF THE GREEK PARLIAMENT
  • LYKOURGOS ANTONOPOULOS, ICT DIRECTOR OTE GROUP — COSMOTE
  • HARIS KONTOES, RESEARCH DIRECTOR IN THE INSTITUTE FOR ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS SPACE APPLICATIONS AND REMOTE SENSING OF THE NATIONAL OBSERVATORY OF ATHENS (NOA/IAASARS)
  • GEORGE PAPANASTASIOU, MAYOR OF AGRINIO AND PRESIDENT OF THE REGIONAL UNION OF MUNICIPALITIES OF WESTERN GREECE
  • GRIGORIS KONSTANTELLOS, MAYOR OF VARI-VOULA-VOULIAGMENI
  • KONSTANTINOS VORGIAZIDIS, MAYOR OF VERIA
  • DIMITRIS KARNAVOS, MAYOR OF KALLITHEA
Presentations

It is noted that the Innovation Marathon included the organization of 16 regional CityLabs in 16 cities attended by more than 100 teams.

Mr. Christophe Chantepy, French Ambassador to Greece, who attended the opening ceremony, stated:

“The Innovation Marathon for Smart Cities which started with 16 Citylabs almost everywhere in Greece was a great initiative of KEDE supported by Crowdpolicy! Innovation is the key to progress. And the secret of innovation is that it enables people with ideas to express themselves and work together.”

Mr. Christophe Chantepy, French Ambassador to Greece

The Greek innovation network Mazinnov contributed to the organization of the event, having an advisory role with the help of Mr. Olivier Dovergne.

The winners are:

1st prize: € 10,000 for the team No Code Scheduled and their application for digital identities of the citizens based on blockchain technology (self-sovereign identity). The platform will facilitate the digital authentication of the citizens by public services and private bodies, and will store all relevant information in a secure and distributed way. The team is made up of Fotini Nikidi and Giorgos Zaimis who are 17-year-old high school students.

1st Prize for the team No Code Scheduled with (from left to right) Mr. Stefanos Gritzalis, Rector of the University of the Aegean, Stelios Rallis, Secretary General of Digital Policy, Mr. George Patoulis, President of KEDE, and Mr. Ioannis Tsiamis, Chairman of the e-Government Committee of KEDE

2nd prize: € 6,000 for the team Evolve and their application for saving energy in artificial intelligence buildings. The platform will enable the optimization of energy consumption in buildings without reducing the user experience. The team is made up of of Stelios Boulitsakis (student / web developer), Petros Markopoulos (student / back-end developer), Nikos Stathas (student / Machine Learning specialist), Alexandros Vavvas (student / back-end developer).

2nd prize for the team Evolve with Mr. Grigoris Konstantellos, Mayor of Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni, Mr. George Patoulis, President of KEDE and Mr. Ioannis Tsiamis, Chairman of the e-Government Committee of KEDE

3rd prize: € 4,000 for the team The Place and their application for sorting waste sources and waste management with the use of artificial intelligence.

3rd prize for the team The Place with Mrs. Nelly Tzakou-Lambropoulou, General Manager of Retail Banking at National Bank of Greece and Mr. George Patoulis, President of KEDE

4th prize: an Innovation Trip to the Innovation Center Mi-IDEA of CISCO in Manchester for the team Dogs’ Voice and their application for stray animals in cities.

5th prize: an Innovation Trip to the Innovation Center Watson IOT HQ of IBM in Munich for the team Illumimatrix and their application for street lighting and electricity theft management.

6th prize (proposed as an additional prize by the President of KEDE, Mr. George Patoulis): € 2,000 for the team 3F FUED FOR FUEL and their raki-driven motorcycle.

In addition, Mrs. Nelly Tzakou-Lambropoulou, General Manager of Retail Banking at National Bank of Greece, announced that some of the participating teams will be selected to participate in the NBG Business Accelerator. The selection of the teams will be based on the thematic areas and the rating score, and the results will be announced soon.

After the award ceremony, a party took place for all participants at the outdoor terrace of Pharos at SNFCC.

The Student Competition Awards were announced on Sunday, July 1st, at the award ceremony. 35 teams of students selected from around 80 proposals presented their ideas on Saturday, June 30th, at Pharos at SNFCC.

The prizes worth € 6,500 in total were awarded to the following teams:

  • 1st prize, 1st Experimental Lyceum of Thessaloniki “Manolis Andronikos”, 1st Grade, Team Thess-πέσιες, BRACELET TICKET FOR BOARDING THE BUS
  • 2nd Prize, 2nd Gymnasium of Moschato, Team Ecosquad, SMART CAN / BIN SENSOR
  • 3rd prize, 5th General Lyceum of Heraklion, Crete, 2nd Grade, Team System Overload, ROBOTIC RUBBISH COLLECTION
  • 4th prize, 4th General Lyceum of Mytilene, 1st Grade, TEAM CYPHER GROUP, TOMATO COLLECTION IN A SINGLE MOVE
  • 5th Prize, Gymnasium of Kos, 1st Grade, Team The Three Friends, RECYCLING — EDUCATION
  • 6th prize, Gymnasium of Zipari, 3rd Grade, Team Sensor for the noise pollution level in cities, SENSOR FOR THE NOISE POLLUTION LEVEL OF THE CITY

On Saturday, June 30th, following the students’ presentations, the workshop #openTech4kids took place during which experienced professionals helped students grasp technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain through experiential games. The workshop was supported by the Hellenic Blockchain Hub.

From the workshop #openTech4kids, supported by the Hellenic Blockchain Hub
From the workshop #openTech4kids, supported by the Hellenic Blockchain Hub

On Friday, June 29th, 2 workshops were held for Municipalities and smart cities featuring guest speakers from abroad.

The President of KEDE, Mr. George Patoulis and the Chairman of the e-Government Committee of KEDE, Mr. Ioannis Tsiamis, presented the initiatives of KEDE for the digital transformation of cities and announced the creation of the lab for Smart Cities “KEDE Innovation Lab”.

Mr. Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer (CIO), City of Palo Alto, spoke about the necessity of smart cities and Mr. Costas Kapsouropoulos, Policy Officer at Directorate General Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Unit H4 e-Government and Trust European Commission spoke about the planning of the European Commission for digital economy.

Cosmote executives presented solutions for smart cities at the Smartcity Lab and, then, some Municipalities presented applications for smart cities.

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