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NYCEDC Opens Public Voting For NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition

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New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the opening of public voting for the NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition. NYC BigApps 2.0 made more than 350 datasets available from more than 40 City agencies and commissions, doubling last year’s availability. Fourteen winners will be selected in total, including two Popular Choice Application winners chosen by public vote through the Competition’s web site at www.NYCBigApps.com. Voting for the Popular Choice Application begins today at 9:00 a.m. EST and will run until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

“The range of applications developed for this year’s BigApps competition is a testament to the creativity and innovation in New York City’s technology community,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky. “As it grows and evolves, we expect that the City will continue to serve as a home-base for more of the companies that will drive the 21st Century economy.”

In addition to the two Popular Choice winners, winners will be selected in categories including Best Overall Application (Grand Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize and five honorable mentions), Investor’s Choice Application, City Talent Award, Student Award, and the Large Organization Recognition Award. Judging criteria includes benefit to residents, visitors and City government; quality and implementation of the idea; and potential commercial value. Winners will be selected and announced at an awards ceremony to be held in March.

More than 160 datasets were added to the 190 compiled for the inaugural competition and over 40 City agencies and commissions provided the datasets, including the Department of Environmental Protection, the School Construction Authority and the Campaign Finance Board, participating for the first time. All data will remain available for public use after the conclusion of the competition. Additional datasets may be made available throughout the year on New York City’s DataMine at www.nyc.gov/data.

“As the NYC DataMine continues to grow, the public continues to demonstrate its technical expertise and ingenuity in designing applications for New Yorkers," said Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post. “I encourage everyone to vote for their favorite applications today.”

Last year’s Popular Choice winners were Bookzee – a library book search application that allows users to enter a book title or author to find the nearest library currently holding it; and NYC Way – a one-stop location-based platform that bundles over 50 categories of information, including restaurants, nightlife, public restrooms, transit, traffic, and tourist attractions into a single app. The developer of NYC Way, MyCityWay, went on to receive the first investment by the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund, a $22 million seed and early-stage investment fund established by the City and managed by FirstMark Capital.

NYC BigApps 2.0 was administered by ChallengePost, a New York City-based start-up company that provides an online network for organizations and individuals to create and offer competitions.

About NYCEDC
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find us on Facebook to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.

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