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Make An App That Improves City Living and Win Five Thousand Bucks

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Dallas cameos: Maxwell Anderson at the 3 minute mark and a Rawlings at 4:56. Let's give it up, São Paulo! [Arsenio arm thing]

In June of 2014, the Dallas Arts District will serve as think tank housing for the New Cities Summit, an annual event organized by the New Cities Foundation. The invite-only par-tay is predicting about a thousand specialists in urban dwelling-specific industries like healthcare, transportation, technology, architecture and culture to arrive in Dallas. They'll avoid the perilous mid-summer sun inside the Gilded Sarlacc Pit Winspear, where they'll kick ideas around to improve urban areas, worldwide.

The biggest press announcement so far was just sent out, stating next year's theme will be "Re-imagining Cities: Transforming the 21st Century Metropolis." Previous years were hosted in São Paulo and Paris.

There's also a repeat contest called AppMyCity!, which awards 5K to the world's best mobile application, targeted specifically to the betterment of high-density living. Last year's winner was Colab, a group that built a program to link individual citizens with city planning and government dialog.

The Atlantic Cities said the download used "photos and geolocation to connect citizens to cities based on three pillars of interaction: reporting daily urban issues; elaborating on and proposing new projects and solutions; and evaluating public services."

So if you're sitting on a big idea, knock the kinks out now so you can submit the thing when the contest opens again for applicants (reps say that'll be in Feb/March, 2014). Considering this year's theme, roll with any idea geared toward growth and development that makes citizen connectivity easier within a city setting. Or just where to find great barbeque internationally. That one won't win, but I'll buy it.

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