Secret Swansea, a collaborative cultural solution was awarded the ‘Most Innovative Idea’ prize in the first of the HackTheCity events, at TechHub Swansea.
Eager to bring awareness of the city’s extensive but somewhat ‘hidden’ cultural programme, the smart idea connects individuals who are on the hunt to discover exciting things to do in Swansea, with venues that offer just that. Like a digital treasure map, Secret Swansea leads you to tucked away gems throughout the city, looking to bridge the gap between finding you not only the best events but the ones you want to see.
The cultural solutions pitch confidently displayed the clear benefits and market; especially amongst students, start-ups and young families. Besides the winners, app and infrastructure solutions from locally formed teams were also pitched, addressing some of our current city challenges - leveraging the power of tech, connectivity and collaboration.
The evening of hacking was opened by two seasoned smart city visionaries. “The man behind the vision for the Swansea Bay Metro,” prof Mark Barry of Cardiff University - with his proposed rail links to and within Swansea Bay delivering a major boost to the regional economy: 30-minute journeys to Cardiff and 2 hour 15 minutes to London & Heathrow. Alongside TechHub’s Co-Founder and Director, Paul Harwood - revealing what, “The City of the Future” will look like.
Both presentations ignited conversations around commercial urban innovations that make a practical and real difference; setting up budding hackers to uncover the huge potential for the city, that hasn’t yet been fulfilled!
HackTheCity returns on 14th May where we welcome back the team behind Secret Swansea to hear how they have pushed forward from concept to design and process. They will be joined by further key stakeholders addressing greater connectivity and improved technical capabilities already in motion, set to make Swansea a better city for residents and businesses alike.
So, if you’re interested in actively shaping the future of our city, from figuring out how to foster greater population density or driving conversations around culture and well-being - join us on 14th May, with your ideas -and we'll hack on it!