The Apps for Smart Cities Manifesto

  • - To harness the true potential of Smart cities, the city must become a platform i.e. an enabler for developers, creativity and applications. In doing so, the city becomes like the Internet i.e. a connector and an enabler for citizens which aims to empower the citizen.
  • - Smart city applications are similar to conventional mobile applications. However, in conjunction with mobile devices which often include sensors, Smart city applications would interface with hardware – typically open source hardware – which enables ‘intelligent data’ spots in the city 
  • - Smart city apps are oriented towards empowerment of citizens and to ‘Long Tail’ applications 
  • - Smart city applications could use many existing and new mobile technologies including augmented reality, Android and other platforms but they also include hardware technologies like Arduino, BUG,Funnel , Gainer , Make controller , Wiring , Sun SPOTs , Pinguino , Firmata and others 
  • - Community , including elements like crowd sourcing, would be an important component of Smart city applications. 
  • - Smart city applications could have the following 7 elements: (Source: Xi She)

Sensible - sensors sensing the environment 
Connectable - A networking devices bring the sensing information to the web; 
Accessible - The broader information of our environment is published on the web, and accessible to the user (web);
Ubiquitous - The user can get access to the information thought web, but more importantly in mobile any time, any place (mobile); 
Sociable - The user can publish the information though his social network 
Sharable - The object itself must be accessible and addressable (not just the data) in a true peer to peer networked manner. 
Visible/augmented - To retrofit the physical environment, make the hidden information seen not only through mobile device by individual but seen in naked eyes in more border range of the physical places like street signs.


  • - Smart Manufacturing, New production tools (home produced food, energy, micro- manufacturing, 3D printing)
  • - Collaboration / sharing of resources via the Internet 
  • - Urban farming 
  • - Apps relating to Open data 
  • - Apps relating to Smart energy 
  • - Apps relating to Smart transportation 
  • - Smart health 
  • - Technology (especially related to open source hardware and s/w) 
  • - Culture(hacker movement)  
  • - Sustainability 
  • - And Art 


Smart city apps enable better and participatory governance. From a governance, investment perspective, the world smart capital initiative offers another definition:

A city can be defined as smart when investments in human and social capital and traditional (ex: transport) and modern (ex ICT) communications infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life with a wise management of natural resources through participatory governance.


So, What are apps for smart cities?
Apps for smart cities could be defined as: Apps for Smart city = Intelligent places + Data + Mobile apps + Community + Services = City as a platform

Why is all this important?
Lower the barriers to entry and the crowd pours in and consequently a new industrial organizational mode could be built around small pieces, loosely joined (adapted from Chris Andersen - Wired magazine)

Thus, we hope to bring together a group of diverse thinkers to enable a grassroots revolution at the city level to empower citizens and developers.