Peerby wins international AppMyCity! contest for best new urban app at New Cities Summit in Dallas
- Peerby app from Amsterdam selected as winner by New Cities Summit audience of urban leaders and thinkers from across the world
- The two runners up are Djump from Brussels/Paris and SocialCyclist from New York
- Peerby is a web platform and app that enables people to borrow the things they need from their neighbors
Dallas – June 18, 2014. Urban leaders and thinkers from across the world selected the Dutch mobile
application Peerby as winner of the 5,000 USD AppMyCity! contest for the world’s best new urban app.
The vote was cast at the NewCities Summit today, following presentations by a total of three
international app developers who were flown to Dallas for the final round of the contest.
Peerby enables people to borrow the things they need from their neighbors in under 30 minutes. Users
post something they want to borrow, and neighbors will get a push notification to which they can respond
in a single touch.
Amsterdam-based Daan Weddepohl, the app’s CEO and Founder, accepted the prize on behalf of the
Peerby team, competing against two other mobile app developers that made it to the final round of the
Daan Weddepohl, CEO & Founder, Peerby, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win this prize. The
AppMyCity! competition is about making cities more fun, fair, vibrant and sustainable. That is exactly
what we are trying to do with Peerby.”
John Rossant, Founder and Chairman of the NewCities Foundation and AppMyCity! judge, said:
“Peerby is a perfect example of how apps can re-imagine urban living. Encouraging neighbors to
share, this great app allows us to rethink current consumption patterns and imagine a city where all
goods are used more efficiently and to everyone’s benefit. The NewCities Foundation is proud to
celebrate Peerby’s current contributions to cities and hopes to encourage its potential for further
innovation. Congratulations Peerby.”
The two runners up were:
Djump (Brussels/Paris), a peer-to-peer ride-sharing service that allows drivers to register, users to
request a ride, and drivers to answer the call. Users can track drivers in real time, and can choose to give
a voluntary donation at the end of the ride.
Social Cyclist (New York), an app that encourages bike riders to map their preferred routes, report
hazardous road conditions, and vote on their preferred site locations for future cycling infrastructure. This
aggregate data can then be used by cities to plan future infrastructure.
Submission and Judging Process
In total, the NewCities Foundation received 93 eligible candidates representing over 150 cities in 26
countries for the 2014 AppMyCity! contest. An international panel of expert judges voted on the ability
of these apps to create widespread impact through their innovative concepts and helpful user interface.
The semi-finalists were announced on May 6 and the three finalists on May 21.
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AppMyCity! is a competition organized by the NewCities Foundation that promotes and rewards mobile apps that improve the urban experience, connect people, and make cities more fun, fair, vibrant and sustainable places. AppMyCity! 2014 Judging panel The judging panel comprises the following 9 leading experts from the private, non-profit, cultural and media fields:
- Naomi Alderman, novelist, broadcaster and games designer
- Arun Bhikshesvaran, Chief Marketing Officer, Ericsson
- Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings
- John Egan, CEO, Sandbox
- Di-Ann Eisnor, VP Platform and Partnership, Waze
- Jemima Kiss, Head of Technology, the Guardian
- Anil Menon, President Globalization and Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco
- Christian Noske, Senior Associate, BMW i Ventures
- John Rossant, Founder and Chairman, NewCities Foundation
AppMyCity! is organized by the New Cities Foundation Media Partner:
About the NewCities Summit
Organized by the NewCities Foundation, the NewCities Summit is the premier global leadership event on the future of cities. Fostering positive urban change, the high level gathering advocates cross-sector collaboration through network building, cutting-edge forums and lively discussion. The Summit showcases and disseminates the best ideas on the future of cities and generates concrete, scalable solutions capable of being adopted and replicated across the world. Following the inaugural Summit in Paris in 2012, last year’s event was hosted in São Paulo. The NewCities Summit 2014 will be hosted in Dallas, Texas, USA, from June 17 – 19.
NewCities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making cities more inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant. Focusing on people, places and policies, we bring together a global network of public and private sector leaders and Urban Tech innovators to foster results-oriented collaboration. We also produce actionable research that can be implemented by decision-makers across sectors.