Join us 1. - 3. July 2022 in Kosice, Slovakia

CITYTHON 2022

3,000€ (+ TBA) in CASH prizes will be given for the best solutions
+ various GARMIN Gifts

The city of Košice, the second largest city in the Slovak Republic, is located in the eastern part of Slovakia, near the borders with Hungary (20 km), Ukraine (80 km) and Poland (90 km). In the past, the advantageous location made Košice an important point on trade routes, today it is a key economic agglomeration, an innovation ecosystem but also a crossroads of transport routes, to which the railway junction and the international airport contribute.

The city has about 240,000 inhabitants. In its administration, it has 34 primary and 63 kindergartens. The network of secondary schools consists of grammar schools, secondary vocational schools and vocational schools, business academies, medical and art schools. The highest level of education is provided by 9 faculties of the Technical University of Košice, 5 faculties of the P. J. Šafárik University, the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy and other workplaces of Slovak universities.

Košice was the holder of the title of European Capital of Culture for 2013 together with the French city of Marseille. After the prestigious title of European Capital of Culture 2013, Košice, as the first city in Slovakia, won another important title – European City of Sport 2016.

 

Technical University of Košice

Technical University of Kosice (TUKE) was established in 1952. The content of education and research at University includes the entire complex of sciences, economics and Art. The Technical University of Kosice was established with the aims to satisfy the needs of Eastern Slovakia in engineering education and research. The development and transmission of knowledge –in its broadest sense – is continuously the University’s major concern.

The TUKE seeks to maintain a cohesive and interdependent relationship between their teaching, research and service activities with accordance to European state of Art. TUKE has  9 faculties with 10 000  students  and  1600 staff. The TUKE has been the first university in Slovakia to meet the criteria of the international standard EN ISO 9001:2000 and it received the quality certificate in the area of providing educational and research processes and enterprise activities within a public university. The progress of the research and development at TUKE was substantially supported with the structural funds resources allocated from the EC.

The infrastructure is relevant to the EU state of the art, and among other things the organisation infrastructure includes the University Science Park TECHNICOM (USP TECHNICOM, www.uvptechnicom.sk).  It’s main mission is to combine science with industry practice, to protect and raise the profile of innovative ideas and to seek partners and enhance creativity. USP TECHNICOM supports scientific and innovative projects by providing consultancy and advisory services in project proposal process and organizes information seminars, workshops, conferences, business meetings. The mission of the USP is to create a relevant virtual environment at the university that will permanently support R&D in terms of cooperation between scientists and practice, and to ensure efficient technology transfer, including support entrepreneurship/startup and spin-off creation; strength sustainability of university-business cooperation, make innovation to university style of teaching and to build entrepreneurial capacities of university managers and teachers. One of the USP TECHNICOM’s key components for accelerating entrepreneurship are organisational units – the Startup Center TUKE and Incubator TUKE.

Challenges

All three challenges should contribute to SUSTAINABILITY

Urban Data

Data based decision-making is the key for improved and smarter urban living. Although the data available for urban planners, city officials and the private sector to use and analyse is gradually increasing, in many cases the challenge is that the data collected requires expert knowledge for analyses and interpretation.

For purposes of improving overall quality of life in the city, we welcome new ideas on applications that transfer mobility data into useful and valuable information in a user-friendly way and have a real commercial potential

These could include mobile services based on combined data sets from different sources that enable new ways to perceive the mobility in the smart city, supports better mobility planning and management, advocacy, user participation, co-creation, and performance evaluation.

Smart Mobility & Urban Planning

Key to this challenge is the development of smart mobility solutions that are environmentally sustainable, convenient, and attractive to citizens.

We welcome ideas on how to design and offer a citywide travel system, that provides smart guidance to travellers, based on real-time information about transport options and conditions with focus on green and sustainable travel choices. 

Promote citizen mindset changing towards greener and cleaner travel choices.

Crises Management through urban mobility

Building smart mobility in the context of extreme weather, humanitarian emergencies, pandemic, traffic incidents

Make smart mobility resilient for civil protection and the management of extreme events.

Combine smart mobility with measuring atmospheric variables or enhance the overall resilience of the city with co-designing nature-based solutions (e.g., trees and other green infrastructure) to reduce air quality issues and impacts of extreme weather events. Solutions should also seek to consider the possible impact of climate change on the urban mobility in the city and the disturbances it may cause based on Copernicus Climate Change Service data.

Event Agenda

Day 1 / Friday, 1st July

Inauguration ceremony

15:30-16:05 Registration/ Acreditation

16:05-16:15 Intro

16:15-16:20 Welcome Speech from EIT

16:20-16:25 Welcome Speech from City representative

16:25-16:30 Welcome Speech from University representative

16:31-16:45 Presentation city challenge 1

16:45-17:00 Inspirational Tech Pill Talk 1 + Q&A

17:00-17:15 Presentation city challenge 2

17:15-17:30 Inspirational Tech Pill Talk 2 + Q&A

17:30-17:45 Presentation city challenge 3

17:45-18:00 Inspirational Tech Pill Talk 3 + Q&A

18:00-18:10 Tech. Intructions for day 2 – mentoring/agenda

18:10-18:30 Team networking

18:30-20:00 Hacking Begins (Idieation)

Day 2 / Saturday, 2nd July

Hackathon

08:30-09:00 Welcome coffee Θ

09:00-09:05 Intro – day agenda

09:05-12:00 Hacking Begins (Idieation)

12:00-13:30 Lunch Θ

13:30-20:00 Hackaking Continues (Prototyping)

14:30-15:00 Coffee break / snack Θ

15:00-18:00 Mentoring sessions (30 mins per group)

18:30-20:00 Dinner Θ

20:00-20:30 Inspiration speech – video – TBA

20:30-23:30 Hackathon Continues

Day 3 / Sunday, 3rd July

Hackathon & Announcements

08:30-08:55 Welcome coffee Θ

08:55-09:00 Intro

09:00-12:00 Hackathon Continues (Proposal preparation)

09:00-10:30 Mentoring sessions (15 mins per group)

11:30-12:00 Final Countdown

12:00 Deadline for Presentation Submission

12:00-12:45 Lunch Θ

12:45-14:00 Pitches (max. 5 minutes)

14:00-14:30 Jury deliberation

14:30 Winners announcement

Drinks + snacks to celebrate Θ

End of CityRISthon

Speakers

Miroslav Biňas

Dept. of Computers and Informatics
Technical University of Košice

About Enthusiac teacher and mentor. Wants to be Batman someday 🙂

Peter Serfözö

Head of Division of planning and environment department of Regional development of Košice self-governing region

About Peter Serfözö has a university degree in architecture and urbanism at Technical university in Košice and Politecnico di Milano. He has 10+ years of experience in designing investment projects, elaboration of zoning plans and their amendments. At the moment he works as head of Division of planning and environment department of Regional development of Košice self-governing region, working mostly on digitizing regional spatial planning and turning the form from forecasting to GIS analysis.

Mgr. Martin Mudrák

Plenipotentiary of the City of Košice for Innovation & Economic Development

About Martin drives the Košice City Hall’s Economic and Innovation agenda as a Plenipotentiary for Innovation & Economic Development. He graduated from the P. J. Šafárik University in Košice as a master in Translation and Interpretation for European Institutions and Economy. For several years he worked in the field of IT and Project Management. Between 2015 and 2022, he was responsible for leading the AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce) Slovakia’s regional presence as the director of its Košice Office. His main focus was aimed at supporting regional economic development and cross-sector collaboration, bolstering local innovation ecosystem and promoting innovative entrepreneurship in the region.

Tomas Pavlik

National Contact Point for Horizon Europe (CVTI SR)
Founder grantUP

About Working at Technical University Košice for more than 9 years, where he is involved in the development of international innovation and research and development projects and leads the RIS Hub under EIT RawMaterials. He founded the online magazine and podcast grantUP, which communicates grant topics in an understandable way. Since 2022, he has been working as the National Contact Point for the Horizon Europe in Slovakia program in the area of Digitization.

Milan Varga

Lead of Innovlab Startup Center
DT IT Solutions

About I’m happy that I can share my 12+ years of managerial experience in IT industry mainly with R&D projects and software engineering services for UK and US clients with startups and young entrepreneurs. In Innovlab we focus on the latest technologies and trends in the areas of Telco and Health. This enable us together with partners to create perspective and meaningful innovations. We are connecting startups with our B2B partners for the co-creation of the innovative solutions and business opportunities for all involved parties.

Ing. Matúš Digo

Business Developer
ANTIK Telecom s.r.o. & Antik Technology, s.r.o.

About Ing.Matúš Digo currently works at ANTIK as a manager of the shared fleet structure in Slovakia and a project manager for the development of private shared fleets. He is in charge of preparing, developing and establishing sharing in various regions in cooperation with cities and private companies. He also manages the sales network of Super Soco e-motorcycles in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Michaela Starekova

Social Media Expert
PROMISEO

About Michaela has social media experience from her work with local and global brands as well as non-profit organizations. She personally enjoys social media as it is a dynamic environment, where creativity and diversity can be applied. She is an Instagram specialist because of the visual aspect and the inspiration this social network can provide. She will present the current situation and where social media are heading in the foreseeable future.

Mentors

Miroslav Michalko, PhD.

IT expert & Researcher
Head of Computer Networks Laboratory
Technical University of Košice

About Expert in field of ICT, creative thinker and experienced project manager. He is expert in multimedia technologies, computer networks and cybersecurity solutions. Now he is Head of Computer Networks Laboratory at Technical University of Košice. And he is passionate about technology and innovation.

Ondrej Kainz

Computer Scientists
Technical University of Kosice

About Has got his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Technical University of Kosice. He’s currently an assistant professor at the same university, teaching Computer Networks courses. Being a member of the Computer Network Laboratory, Ondrej is also a qualified instructor trainer (ITQ) of the Cisco Networking Academy program. Over the years has mentored, both as supervisor and consultant, almost 100 final theses. Ondrej has been involved in several international and national research projects (H2020 MIDIH, EEN, IT AKADEMIA, TECHNICOM, …). His scientific research interests include computer vision, e-learning, computer networks, and the design of educational materials.

Alica Nárožná Gold

Business Development
Manager DTIT s.r.o.

About An executive member of innovation center of Deutsche Telekom IT Telecommunication Slovakia s.r.o. Experienced professional focused on innovation strategies and business development. Alica worked with several StartUps, universities, local municipalities on different challenges to help them achieve most potential values of their products. Alica’s areas of expertise include: validation of potencial product, legal backround of developing and protecting rights of product,market research, customer feedback and expectation.

Peter Šoltés

CEO of Promiseo

About Peter Soltes is a CEO of Promiseo. Promiseo is a digital agency, Premier Google Partner since 2015 and the only member of Assosiation of Digital and Marketing Agencies of Slovakia that is based in Kosice. Peter is active also in several different companies and is also investor in several start-ups. He was listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 and is Board Member of Kosice IT Valley. He combines skills in marketing with business knowledge.

Miroslav Biňas

Dept. of Computers and Informatics
Technical University of Košice

About Enthusiac teacher and mentor. Wants to be Batman someday 🙂

Milan Varga

Lead of Innovlab Startup Center
DT IT Solutions

About I’m happy that I can share my 12+ years of managerial experience in IT industry mainly with R&D projects and software engineering services for UK and US clients with startups and young entrepreneurs. In Innovlab we focus on the latest technologies and trends in the areas of Telco and Health. This enable us together with partners to create perspective and meaningful innovations. We are connecting startups with our B2B partners for the co-creation of the innovative solutions and business opportunities for all involved parties.

Martin Pukančík

Head of GIS department, Košice Self-governing Region

About Graduated as a landscape engineer at the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra with a focus on landscape planning and GIS. After completing his university degree, he worked for 9 years in a private geodetic company with responsibility for landscape planning, land consolidation, GIS Analysis and also as an authorized expert for Territorial systems of ecological stability. Then he used his experience as a GIS Analyst and landscape planner for the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic. Currently working as Head of GIS department at Košice Self-governing Region where he is in charge of creation and operation of the regional Geoportal (Regional Spatial Data Infrastructure).

Miloslav Michalko, PhD.

Geospatial Data Consultant & Researcher

About Research and geospatial data consultant focusing on open mapping tools and the use of GIS and OpenStreetMap in regional development. He holds PhD in Regional Geography and Regional Development at the University of Prešov, where he is trying to develop community-based GIS activities with an emphasis on regional strategic planning. While using tools such as Mapathons or other open tools to bring good quality spatial open data. Same, within the Catching-Up Regions project, he is engaged in deploying Spatial Data Infrastructure for two Slovak regional administrative.

Peter Breyl

General Director of the Innovation Centre of the Kosice Region

About Peter is the General Director of the Innovation Centre of the Kosice Region where he supports the creation, development and growth of the regional innovation ecosystems. He has extensive knowledge and experience in business design and support for startups and large corporates and worked on various projects that involved turning business ideas into successful products and services all the way through to securing investment from investors. He specialises in human centered design and actively applies this technique in the design of products and solutions. He returned to his home town Kosice after years working abroad on international projects and was one of the founding members of Innovlab at T-Systems and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT Health).

Jury Members

Milan Kalas, PhD.

Freelance consultant EuropeanCommission
CEO KAJO (SK)

About Graduated as civil engineer, with a PhD degree in Hydrology and Water Management. Since 2003, he is a member of the core team developing the European and Global Flood Awareness System at the Joint Research Centre of the EC. He has participated in many national and international projects. His activities mainly focus on Disaster Risk Management in support of international frameworks like Sendai, IPCC, SDG, Floods Directive and etc. Milan has a long record of development user tailored products and effectively communicate and disseminate information in disaster risk management community (e.g. EC Copernicus services, National Water Authorities, EU Civil protection).

Daniel Sagath, PhD.

International Cooperation Manager,
Slovak Space Office

About Expert on science commercialization, diversification of entrepreneurship and innovation. Specialized in the space industry & business incubation. Skilled mentor in start-up and scale-up initiatives, including company portfolio and strategy preparations (e.g., business model canvas, identification and solutions to business obstacles), including the analysis of entrepreneurial competences, cost structure, and revenue streams. Experienced with business incubation in high-technology industries, including business environment and entrepreneurial practices analysis or project management.

Miloslav Michalko, PhD.

Geospatial Data Consultant & Researcher

About Research and geospatial data consultant focusing on open mapping tools and the use of GIS and OpenStreetMap in regional development. He holds PhD in Regional Geography and Regional Development at the University of Prešov, where he is trying to develop community-based GIS activities with an emphasis on regional strategic planning. While using tools such as Mapathons or other open tools to bring good quality spatial open data. Same, within the Catching-Up Regions project, he is engaged in deploying Spatial Data Infrastructure for two Slovak regional administrative.

Frantisek Jakab, PhD.

Head director at TECHNICOM University Science Park
Technical University of Kosice

About Completed university studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. St. Petersburg Institute of Electrical Engineering in 1984 in the field of Systems Engineering. Since 1984 he has been working at the Department of Computers and Informatics of the FEI Technical University in Košice, since 1999 as the head of the Computer Networks Laboratory (www.cnl.sk), which was built under his leadership and belongs to the top workplaces dealing with progressive network technologies. He specializes in computer networks and advanced network technologies. Since 1999 he has been working as the coordinator of the Cisco Network Academic Program for the Slovak Republic, and since 2010 as the program manager of Cisco Slovakia. In 2006, he received the IT Personality of the Year award in the Slovak Republic

Master of Ceremony

Viliam Vajda, PhD.

Product manager
Deutche Telekom Systems Solutions Slovakia

About Viliam used to study Faculty of Economics at Technical University of Kosice, where he also made a PhD study and spent 12 years as an assistant professor and researcher. His research area was dedicated to applied research in IT, mostly focused on valuation of investment in IT and evaluation of implementation the new technologies/systems in companies within various business areas. Viliam currently works as a Product Manager at Automation Shared Service Centre. Previously in the company he worked as a Business System Analyst, Product Owner and also as a Head of Team at ASSC. Viliam also worked as a team member and lead coordinator of national as well as international multidisciplinary research and implementation teams for consortia formed from universities and mostly European companies. He is co-founder of Eastcubator – Co-working space for innovative companies and freelancers in Kosice and organizer of Startup Weekend in Kosice and T-Systems Slovakia Hackathon.

Organizers of Citython 2022 in Kosice, Slovakia

Main Partners of the Event

Platinum Partner
Platinum Partner
Gold Partner
Silver Partner

Regional Partners & Science Authorities

Commercial Supporters

Thanks for usefull Prizes
Thanks for the Wings to fly at
Thanks for tasteful Breakfast
Thanks for Support

Media Partners

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: eiturbanmobility.eu.