How can we make cities more livable and tailored to women? This is Lenovo’s question, and the answer was “Smart Girls, Smart City” hackaton, a women’s all-inclusive event for the implementation of projects related to sustainability, security and energy efficiency of new smart cities . The event was part of the #STEMintheCity program promoted by the City of Milan and was held on Friday, April 28, at the Talent Garden Calabania coworking space. Here, 7 teams composed of students and experts in marketing, communication, software development and interfacing designers have been challenged in a 12-hour competition with the aim of presenting a useful app to improve life in the city.
Various teams have been joined by a mentor to provide advice, suggestions and foster the development of the idea. For the realization of the latter, Lenovo has provided an ultrabook ThinkPad P51s workstation and has left wide freedom in the choice of programming language. The first prize consisted of a Yoga Book convertible tablet for each of the team members. For the projects ranked second and third place respectively, a Yoga 300 Convertible PC and a Yoga Mouse respectively.
At the end of the exhausting marathon, the projects were evaluated by a panel of experts on innovation and industrial development based on specific criteria that included team composition, product characteristics and design.
The final winner was “Goingirls”, an app that allows women to share the safest paths in the city and find a person accompanying them while traveling home or office. “4Prof”, the software designed to foster the diffusion of digital skills among women, was placed in second place. The podium was then completed by “Pink in Milan”, a new social network to unite the entire population of the Lombardy capital. The winner project was presented on Saturday, April 29 in Sala Alessi of Palazzo Marino within the event “NETwork. We make network with STEM “.