Apps Competition FAQ

CNT is committed to making the Urban Sustainability Apps Competition a pleasant experience for everyone involved to grow a healthy developer community. Here are the answers to several common frequently asked questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly with any additional questions or concerns.

Is it free to join?


Are there rules?

Yes. Take a look at the Official Rules. All participants will be required to acknowledge the Official Rules when registering for the Apps Competition in order to participate.

How can I join?

You should register for the event on online. Then be sure to keep an eye out for updates from now until the event. On June 3, 2016, come to TechNexus (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL) to begin the competition. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m.

I’m from outside Chicago, can I still participate?

Yes, as long as you physically check in at the event on the first day and are present for the demonstration.

Do I have to join a team?

No, but it may be easier to work with others when building a prototype. Remember, you want to account for design, UX and coding. You can join a team online before the event or meet some folks and join a team on the day of the event.

How many people can be on my team?

We do not have a limit on the number of people on a team. 

How many teams will be selected to compete?

Several teams will be selected.

Are mobile solutions within scope of the Apps Competition?

Yes, we are open to mobile, tablet, and PC solutions that meet the goal of creating the best possible user experience online.

Will there be access to data?

Yes. Participants will have access to CNT’s data – including the Housing + Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index and the Transit-Oriented Development Database – as well as over 60 sustainability data sets from the City of Chicago. CNT staff and other experts will be on hand for consultations as your team puts ideas into coding action. 

What is the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)?

CNT delivers game-changing research, tools, and solutions to create sustainable + equitable communities. We help neighborhoods, cities, and regions work better, for everyone.

What is the scope of the Apps Competition?

We are open to all ideas to build more livable and sustainable communities. We want to leave it open to you to come up with your best ideas. Over the course of the event, community activists and app developers will work together to build tools to make our neighborhoods more sustainable, both environmentally and economically. We welcome participants from all corners of the city, whether you’re a local activist working to improve your neighborhood or a coding whiz looking to make a difference in the community.

Can I build on open-source tools?

Yes, but each element of open source code must be identified, and you must comply with applicable open source use terms and conditions.

What should I bring?

We will provide you with WiFi, but bring your mifi if you have one as a back-up. You should be prepared to bring items like laptops, software, external storage, thumbdrives, tablets, chargers, additional monitors, headphones, pillows, maybe even your eye mask. We'll plan to run demos from a single PC that is connected to the web, but if you have video adapters, please bring them in case we have to connect your device to our projector. Feel free to bring: phones, chargers, surge protectors, extension cords, sleeping bag, mouse pads, pens, paper, business cards, but please no wing suits.

What's the hashtag?

#CNTUrbanApps. Use it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc. You can also tag CNT at @CNT_Tweets.

Will there be food at the event?

Yes. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner will be provided on the first day, Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday with snacks available throughout the day on Sunday. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know.

Who owns the prototype we make?

This is ultimately a question for your team. You should be able to continue working on the code after the event or share it with the apps community. CNT is not taking ownership of your work, but will require teams to permit the use, copying, creation of derivative works, distribution, display and presentation of your work. Projects that demo must be screenshot for CNT to showcase on the App Competition site.

Will I have to work non-stop?

No. The work space will be available 24 hours. Don’t over exhaust yourself or your team. Know when to take breaks and when to get some rest.

What's the format of the demo portion of the event?

Each team will have 10-minutes to present their working prototype to the judges and to answer questions from judges.

Will I be able to test my presentation before the final screening?

Yes. There will be work-in-progress screenings as a first chance to test.  As soon as you have something projectable, test it! There will also be reserved tech-check slots in the last hour of hacking for final tests. Test it early, test it often. Bring any adapters you think you'll need for projection.

Can my friends, family, and colleagues come to the final screening?

Yes. You are welcome to invite your friends, family, and colleagues to come support you June 5th for the Demo portion of the event only.  However, you will be limited to no more than two invitees.



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