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By Andrew Chen, Betsy Scherzer, and Kristy Sundjaja
On October 11, 2011, at a star-studded New York Tech Meetup headlined by Mayor Bloomberg himself, New York City launched the NYC BigApps 3.0 Competition. Entering its third year, the BigApps competition promotes government transparency and innovative new technologies by challenging mobile and web developers to create cool, free apps for New Yorkers using publicly released NYC data. With more data, prizes and resources this year than ever before, we're really excited to see some of the best apps and startups ever come out of the NYC BigApps 3.0 Competition.
This year, in conjunction with DoITT, and in partnership with BMW iVentures, we are excited to make the following announcements:
We're offering $50,000 in cash prizes, $10,000 more than last year, with additional non-monetary awards including:
We've added 5 new award categories this year that promote NYC priorities, including:
We're hosting an all weekend Hackathon from November 11th-13th at Pivotal Labs to help jump-start developer efforts. Come join fellow developers, designers, hackers and entrepreneurs in a creative and collaborative space to build awesome apps to enter into the competition.
We've invited two new judges, David Tisch, Managing Director of NYC TechStars and Charlie Kim, CEO of Next Jump, to join our panel. Don't miss the chance for once in a lifetime exposure to this prestigious group of judges:
We're including APIs from the NYC startups listed below. (New APIs can be suggested and added until Oct. 25, 2011.)
NYC BigApps 3.0 is just one more example of the City's ongoing efforts to empower NYC's amazing developers and entrepreneurs by awarding generous cash prizes; offering invaluable startup support, such as the BigApps Founders Network; and granting participants complete IP ownership of their apps.
Submissions for NYC BigApps 3.0 are due by 5pm EST on January 25, 2012 – so start coding!
And help us promote BigApps by tweeting:
Announcing NYC BigApps 3.0! NYC challenges software developers to create cool apps that use city data: http://2011.nycbigapps.com/ @nycbigapps