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TM Forum Hackathon Produces Smart City Solutions

Participants Build Solutions on Integrated TM Forum, FIWARE, Ericsson and IBM Platforms

NICE, FRANCE--(Marketwired - June 04, 2015) - TM FORUM LIVE! -- TM Forum, the global industry association for digital business, today announced the winners of its second Hackathon. Internet of Parks (IoP) was awarded the grand prize for its integrated, automatized cleaning solution for public spaces and green areas in Nice, France. The city of Nice served a dual purpose, as not only the host of TM Forum's annual flagship conference, TM Forum Live!, but it is also ranked as the fourth smart city in the world.

IoP's automated robots can pick up trash from any of the area's trash cans, automatically order new trash bags and notify operators when they have broken down, all from a central command interface. The solution was built on an integrated platform using TM Forum's Trouble Tickets, Product Catalog and Product Ordering APIs, as well as Ericsson's Connected Car API and IBM Bluemix. View the app here.

The IoP project team includes Rich Zajac, Magnus Peterson-Paaske, Alex Kern and Bjorn Glavind, who were all inspired by Nice's characterization as "The Green City of the Mediterranean," where prioritizing green and clean public spaces has emerged as an effective municipal strategy for increasing health, property value, air quality and community spirit. The team received the top prize worth over EUR15,000, including EUR5,000 in cash.

The theme of the 2015 TM Forum Hackathon was "Smart Citizens in a Smart City," showcasing the partnering opportunities between innovative new startups and established players in the industry to create smart global energy solutions. This Hackathon brought together enterprise developers, designers and technologists to create and deliver meaningful solutions and innovative applications. The Hackathon also drew distinguished public figures including Christian Tordo, deputy major of Nice, and Rudy Salles, deputy of the 3rd district of Alpes-Maritimes, who applauded the participants' efforts toward advancing Nice as a smart city.

"This is the very first hackathon presenting an integrated ecosystem-to-ecosystem platform for rapid development of smart city solutions," said Joann O'Brien, vice president of agile collaboration, TM Forum. "Our sponsors and partners -- Orange, IBM, Ericsson, FIWARE and Team Côte d'Azur -- worked collaboratively to generate novel ideas that solve some of the biggest challenges for enabling smart cities, and we're proud to see that the outcomes have the potential to promote cleaner, healthier cities the world over."

Additional Hackathon winners included:

Connected Car: ECO2: Better Life and Gaming
Joshua Dowdy, Quentin Dequippe, David Bonachera, Jean Louis Peyre
Developed a traffic diversion application that visually displays localized pollution data to drivers based on a clustered CO2sensor algorithm.

Urban Parks: Oaktion
Michel Callois, Gugenael Yap, Billy Bichon, Mika Huttunen, Sebastien Thubet
Developed an incentive-based service to foster green behaviors and reward committed users with vouchers for local businesses.

eHealth: Food Language
Romain Coillot, Anne-Flora Isambert, Rudy Fernandez
Developed a mobile app that translates foreign language restaurant menus, flagging any dishes to avoid based on the user's allergies or intolerances.

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About TM Forum
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Through three key programs - Agile Business and IT, Open Digital Ecosystem, and Customer Centricity -- we provide a unique platform for our members to connect and collaborate with individuals and groups from around the world to solve key challenges and rapidly innovate to deliver new services, improve business agility, partner for success, reduce cost and risk, and enhance customer value and loyalty. To learn more about the Forum and join our digital journey as a valued member and collaborator, please visit www.tmforum.org.

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