And the Winners Are…
By Andrew Chen, Kristy Sundjaja, and Steven Strauss
Center for Economic Transformation
We’re happy to announce the winners of our first NYC BigApps Ideas Challenge, part of the NYC BigApps Competition, which gathers ideas from the public for apps that that can help improve the lives of everyday NYC citizens. Here’s how it worked:
- People submitted as many ideas as they liked on the competition site.
- The public voted for their favorites.
- At the end of the voting session, the top 25 winners won $100 each.
- Of those 25 winners, 10 ideas were selected by an esteemed group of judges to receive a total $350.
Those judges, whom we would like to acknowledge and thank, are:
- Dawn Barber, Co-founder, New York Tech Meetup
- Alex Diehl, Managing Director, BMW iVentures
- Charlie O’Donnell, Principal, First Round Capital
- Carole Post, Commissioner, NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications
- Clay Shirky, Associate Arts Professor, ITP and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Journalism Department at NYU
- Steven Strauss, Managing Director, NYCEDC
More than 600 ideas were submitted and 1,600 votes were cast in this pilot competition. We are excited about the results and see potential in many of the ideas. We hope that a good portion of these ideas will be developed by technologists in the upcoming BigApps 3.0 competition.
Without further ado, the top ten ideas:
- Allow you to ‘like’ or rate any street or block in the five boroughs (Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena)
- Create networks of citizens who can chime in about their borough, district and neighborhood issues with local government (Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena)
- Provide an open API to all MTA transit information, schedules, delays, current location of trains and buses information (Kyri Sarantakos)
- Aggregate bike accident data to make or help petition for safer bike routes (Trev Eld)
- Allow residents to rate their building’s owner, management co., landlord, even brokers and lets interested renters browse those ratings (Bud Caddell)
- Aggregate all the volunteer initiatives available, its cause and allows me to register/participate (Christopher Bian)
- Tell someone when the next subway car is to arrive at their station, before they go underground (Stephen Mellert)
- Has a visual, color coded map of all street parking rules, regulations and street cleaning schedules (Will Turnage)
- For each borough, gives the location of nearest public restrooms with A, B, C, D type ratings for their cleanliness and the level of safety (Sheryl Commodore)
- Tells someone their options during an emergency, based on where they are and what their status is (Kelly Thompson)
Check out all of the ideas submitted here.
With the BigApps Ideas Challenge, we came full circle in enabling developers by seeding demand for great apps that people need, and seeking out the best ideas in order to facilitate their creation. In so doing, we’re hoping to not only enhance the lives of everyday New Yorkers, but also to jumpstart new businesses in New York City.