Garden Sharing

The winning team, Garden Sharing, came up with a solution around three key themes: Green cities, collaboration and ecology. They wanted to connect people who have a garden to share and those who’d like use of one, and also create new ways to grow food and collectively care for plants. On why the team chose their idea, they said, “We really care about the future.”

The city and citizens could make money through renting out their green spaces and partners could monetize the idea in a number of ways – from promoting gardening tools to offering IoT as a Service (through sensors in gardens which remind people when they need to be watered, for example).


Joann O’Brien said, “There is a huge drive for co-operation around gardens and this team has really spotted the opportunity.”

The team used the IBM Weather API and TM Forum Customer Management, Product Catalog Management and Product Inventory Management APIs.


The Garden Sharing team was also awarded a special prize from IBM for their effective use of its platform and API.


City of Things

The team in second place, City of Things, began their presentation with a theory:

“Imagine if trees gave off Wi-Fi signals. We would plant so many trees so we could save the planet. Too bad they only produce oxygen.”


In their presentation they said, “You’d be surprised what people will do for a free coffee” and presented the idea as “saving the world through free Wi-Fi”.

The Android app they developed is based around the idea of ‘social nudging’ and gamification – do good things for your city and be rewarded.  For example, in Venezuela recently the government decided toreduce the working week to four days to save electricity. 


The app showed the ability to offer citizens tasks they could do (such as pick up trash) in return for rewards, such as a reduced water bill. The dashboard could show how much a person has saved or earned in a month, a real-time view of the ‘health’ of the city and the top priorities for action.


The team used FIWARE, open air pollution data, and the TM Forum Product Catalog Management, Product Ordering and Onboarding APIs. They deployed everything on the Bluemix platform and consumed it through Ericsson.


Eco Run


The third prize went to Eco Run, with their app aimed at helping citizens get healthier through outdoor exercise, while avoiding polluted areas at the same time.


Again, the app has a gamification element – citizens are given suggested routes which avoid pollution and rewarded with, for example, tickets or discounts. The city could reap the rewards through reduced healthcare costs and happier citizens, the team said in their pitch.


They used TM Forum’s Product Catalog Management, Customer Management, Product Inventory Management APIs and real-time sensor data from the City of Santander (provided by FIWARE).

Joann O’Brien said, “The standard has been the highest I have seen at any recent hack – these teams have set the bar very high. The winning teams will demonstrate their solutions at TM Forum Live! this week and all the teams that pitched will have the opportunity to meet the Mayor of the City of Nice, who is interested in hearing more about these innovative ideas.”




  • The Hackathon is open to all registered participants.  The roles specifically being sought are developers, designers, technologists, data scientists, and entrepreneur as well as enterprise developers.
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The submission deadline is 6pm on Saturday May 6th 2016 to be made to this Devpost hackathon site. 

Late submissions will not be accepted

  • Your App, product or service submission:
    • Title
    • Tagline
    • Description (should be approximately 500 words); 
    • Explanation regarding which TM Forum APIs have been used
    • Feedback regarding use of the APIs and platform from the event
    • Screenshots or image, with a maximum size of 5mb; format should be JPG, PNG or GIF
    • Capturing a video of your submission and posting to utube is recommended
    • Git Commit submissions should be submitted as described in the section below. 
    • It is not obligatory to submit the full code at the end of the hackathon.  It is however, highly recommended to submit the new code created at the hackathon to the open source community. 

  • By making the submission, you represent and warrant that:
    • Any code you supply for your entry is yours or your teams to choose to submit and is being submitted in alignment with TM Forum's IPR agreement. 

Hackathon Sponsors


12,500 in prizes

First Prize:

€5000 cash
Plus the opportunity to be presented with first place award at VIP reception at TM Forum Live May 7th
Plus the opportunity to show case your demo at TM Forum Live
Plus 3 Executive Appointment Meetings of your choice at TM Forum Live
Total value of prize: €8500

Second Prize:

€3000 cash
Plus opportunity for ongoing mentorship
Plus opportunity to demo at TM Forum Live

Third Prize:

€1000 cash
Plus opportunity to demo at TM Forum Live
Each prize is shared across each team.

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Elaine Haher

Elaine Haher
Director, Business Development, Ericsson

Pierre Gauthier

Pierre Gauthier
Chief API Architect, TM Forum

Joann O'Brien

Joann O'Brien
VP, Agile Collaboration, TM Forum

Pascal Helot-Dugat

Pascal Helot-Dugat

Alexis Caporale

Alexis Caporale
CEO, Trimaker

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation
    Be disruptive and innovative
  • Impact
    Solve real Smart City and/or Climate challenges
  • No slide ware
    Complete apps only - no slide ware or screen shots!
  • Integrated with ecosystem
    Best use of platform provided: Forum APIs, IBM Bluemix, Ericsson Service Innovation Framework Platform

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