Smart Cities Student Hackathon

Saturday April 1 - Sunday April 2

The CENTRA international collaboration project is excited to announce its first hackathon! We welcome any enrolled student from the US or abroad to join us on Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd to build applications, data visualizations, analyses, or anything you can think of around Smart Cities. Come use open data and the Internet of Things to improve residents’ lives.

This research-oriented hackathon will be the kick-off event for the following week’s (April 10 - 14) international conferences centered around Smart and Connected Communities. All hackathon participants are invited to these conferences to meet researchers and students from Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, San Diego, UF, and other institutions to discuss their hacks, research, and other interests.

Participation gets you

  • 23 hours of hands-on hacking with Smart Cities data
  • Hack with our international students from Thailand
  • Meet developers and graduate students experienced in big data technologies
  • Workshops on data APIs, collaborative software development, and big data analysis
  • Invitations to the CENTRA 2 meeting, SUNTOWNS workshop, and PRAGMA 32 meeting during the week of April 10 - 14
  • Paid opportunity to present your work in Japan

The Hackathon Focus

We will welcome any hack focused on collecting or analyzing data from Smart Cities. Below are some examples from three cities: Chicago, Gainesville, and Taipei, Taiwan. Each city has a public data portal that can enable software applications, visualizations, or analyses that can improve the life of city residents. Any other open data source can be used for information such as weather, economic, geographic, etc.

Some examples of Smart Cities:


We are inviting students from our CENTRA and PRAGMA partner countries including Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand as well as the University of Florida community.


  • First Prize - Paid travel & lodging for up to two members of the winning team to present their research at the next CENTRA / PRAGMA meeting, currently planned to take place in Japan, 2018
  • Best Two Hacks - Present your hack during the SUNTOWNS workshop on April 12th (special opening speaker Kent Fuchs)
  • All participants - Certificate and conference swag!

Judging criteria will be available at the hackathon but will include wowness, uniqueness, and technical skill.


Participants are encouraged to work in teams of up to 4 students. Don’t have a team in mind already? The first hour will be focused on introductions and forming ideas. This is your opportunity to find others interested in the same smart hacks as you.