Join the UL Smart and Safe Cities Challenge to help solve real smart cities problems and win prizes

The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Starts: Jan 7, 2017 at 12:00am
Ends: Jan 8, 2017 at 4:00pm



As part of the CES ReadWrite Hackathon, UL challenges developers to leverage the capabilities of Smart Cities to address one or more safety hazards that are found in urban environments. Submissions may take many forms. Below are several ideas to fuel the creative process:

  • Utilize IOT, sensors, data, etc. to determine if deployment of smart city technology is realizing safety benefits
  • Develop apps, algorithms or visualizations to motivate citizens to become engaged in improving safety in their neighborhoods and cities.
  • Develop apps, algorithms or visualizations to better assess how to build in safety mechanisms into a smart city
  • Aggregate and analyze open data to develop insights into emerging safety challenges or unintended consequences, unsafe products or systems and behaviors or new hazards.


  • Address one or more safety hazards that are present in an urban environment
  • Identify the process in which a smart city may mitigate or solve the safety challenge
  • Clearly define the expected outcome of the solution: enhanced awareness, more engaged citizens, reduced hazards, improved response to safety hazards, etc.
  • Use publically available data sources, including data from IoT devices, sensors, cameras, incidents, etc.
  • Teams or individuals may submit more than one project, providing they are substantially different from one another
  • Must be reasonably practical with today's technology, whether currently deployed on a widespread basis or not
  • Must be differentiated from existing solutions in the market; must be the original work/IP of the submitters
  • Developers must be authorized to use any data, APIs, SDKs, etc. used in their submission
  • Apps, visualizations or other materials must be in English or translated for evaluation
  • Apps, visualizations or other materials must be provided free of charge for evaluation

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  1. Addresses a significant hazard to people in an urban environment. A significant hazard is one that may result in an injury requiring medical attention, significant loss of property, or disruption to city services.
  2. Feasibility of the solution to achieve the stated outcome.
  3. Innovativeness of the solution; addresses a hazard in a new or unique way.
  4. Clarity of the presentation.

Institutional Drivers

(economics, education, etc.)

Safety Frameworks

(current regulations and safety infrastructures)

Safety Outcomes

(unintentional injuries)

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