Valley app developer to compete internationally

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Valley app developer will take his app to an international competition. Earlier this year, Spain challenged citizens to create apps that solve city issues. Phoenix is one of 11 cities worldwide to answer the call and one of only four cities in the United States.

On Thursday, Phoenix hosted the Smart City App Hack finale. The five finalists presented their apps to a panel of local business and tech industry leaders.

The apps presented were:

  • ParkX - Directs drivers to parking locations near their destination. Allows drivers to pay for parking, citations and permits using their smart phones. Download here.
  • Synergy AZ - Matches people and projects. Connects volunteers with community service.
  • HER - Lets users shop completely hands-free. Allows shoppers to pay for purchases using verbal commands linking Amazon and Paypal accounts. Download here.
  • Bloodhound - Helps people find lost pets, kids or loved ones suffering from memory loss. Available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
  • Bus Plus - Lets users track city bus locations, how far the bus is away from the bus stop, and let's riders give feedback on bus conditions. Download here.

ParkX took top prize. The app's co-creator, Ross Shanken, will compete in Barcelona in November.

The HER app won second place and BusPlus won third. 

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