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In line with our current initiative from BIT Habitat we are committed to promote innovative solutions to the challenges facing our city in the immediate future. The current crisis forced all of us to re-imagine our present, the way we interact with each other and with our city. This new Citython 2020 edition aims at finding solutions to the mobility challenges that the people in Barcelona is facing in the aftermath of the confinement stage.

How can we help to have a fair, sustainable and safe mobility in our new present urban life?

In this line the following 3 challenges are set as starting points to find solutions or proposals for:

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Citython 2020 – Barcelona Winners

Challenge 1 - Management of high people fluxes areas


Challenge 2 - Urban mobility models adjusted to the new safety requirements

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Challenge 3 - Monitoring and improvement of air quality



In CET – Central European Time


11:00 - 11:15 Welcome speech and challenges announcement.

Daniel Serra - Director of the Innovation Hub South, EIT Urban Mobility.
Michael Donaldson - Chief Technology Officer and CIO of Barcelona City Council

11:15 - 11:45 Inspirational Techpill I.

Vicente Guallart - Director of Institute Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

11:45 - 12:15 Inspirational Techpill II.

Javier Ortigosa Marín - Barcelona’s Metropolitan Master Plan team AMB

12:15 - 12:30 Coffee break

12:30 - 13:00 Inspirational Techpill III.

Karina Gibert - Full professor and researcher at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya.

13:00 - 13:15 Deploying Artificial Intelligence-based technologies in Barcelona's public spaces. A people-centered approach.

Marc Pérez-Batlle - Innovation Manager at Barcelona City Council

13:15 - 13:30 Key note Talk - Barcelona Urban Mobility response to Covid-19 scenario.

Eugenio Rico - Mobility engineer at the Mobility Department of Barcelona City Council.

13:30 - 13:45 Questions

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18:00 Online registration deadline.

18:00 - 18:30 Announcement of Team formalization.

18:30 - 00:00 Online working time.


10:00 - 12:30 Individual online mentoring session I.

12:30 - 00:00 Online working time.


10:00 - 12:30 Individual online mentoring session II.

12:30 - 00:00 Online working time.


12:00 Deadline submission of final solutions (mid-term review form & video). If these two files are not sent, your group will be automatically disqualified. You will not be able to pitch in front of the jury members on Thursday 16, July and therefore you will not be eligible for any of the announced prizes.

16:00 Publication of the final candidates.


9:30 - 10:30 Final candidates Presentations at the table (individual).

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 - 11:45 Final candidates Presentations at the table (individual).

15:00 - 15:30 Announcement of winners and Closure.

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What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is a sprint-like event in which small groups of young professionals search for innovative and creative solutions for everyday problems. The result can be a program, a prototype, a test model, a tool a design solution or a concept.

What is Citython Barcelona?

An online 10-day hackathon that brings together creative and inquisitive minds to solve the current mobility challenges that people in Barcelona are facing in the aftermath of the confinement stage. Young professionals from the fields of urbanism and computer and data sciences will be brought together for fun and an intense session of co-creation, hacking and collaboration. The difference to a typical hackathon is that Citython requires data analysis to understand a problem and reach a conclusion. Furthermore, this new edition will be held online in order to ensure all possible security measures following recent events.

What is a TechPill?

A TechPill is a short but definitive training/knowledge session on a certain topic (each will last around 30 minutes). The TechPills will offer you cutting-edge knowledge about Open Data, data analysis and visualization and gentrification so you can come up with the best ideas.

How does the online Citython work?

Due to the current crisis and the recent confinement stage, this new edition of Citython will be held online. After the registration process, the corresponding links to connect to the virtual platform will be sent to each participant. The welcome session, tech pills and the awards ceremony will be open to all the students, mentors and citizens. The same procedure applies to mentoring days, where each group will be able to attend individual mentoring sessions to receive feedback on their progress.

What are the requirements to participate?

You have to meet the following requirements: You must be at least 18 years old on the dates of the event. You have to apply as an individual on our website. Registration starts 25th June, 2020 and ends 9th July, 2020. You must have a background in either data/computing or urbanism. If you have both, you are also welcome to join. Find out more about the specific skills required for each background on our website. For further information, read our rules and terms.

Will any help be provided to develop my project?

Sure! You will be able to attend our TechPills and receive feedback from the appointed mentors during the hack days.


There will be one winning team of the city challenge in each edition (three winning teams in total). Each of the winning teams will be given a financial award of 1.500 euros. The winning teams will be chosen by a designated jury that will evaluate the solu􀆟ons based on special assessment criteria. One of the most important criteria will be that the winning teams propose solutions that are feasible and relevant for the city challenges, because these teams will be working with city representatives later on to implement the solutions. Another prize for the three winning teams will be to present their solutions at the Smart City Expo 2020 in Barcelona.

Who will judge the projects?

Dr. Martin Vendel, representative of EIT Urban Mobility
Dr. Elisa Sayrol, representative of UPC
Isabella Longo, representative of BIT Habitat
Dr. Mónika Bachofner, representative of CARNET Barcelona

→ Access the webinar on Monday 6th July ←

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