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NYC BigApps

A competition that empowers the sharpest minds to solve New York City's toughest challenges through technology, data, and collaboration.


NYC BigApps 2015 asks entrants to make the city a better place for all New Yorkers by addressing four issues identified in Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan for a strong, sustainable, resilient, and equitable city: Affordable Housing, Zero Waste, Connected Cities, and Civic Engagement.

BigApps 2015 Challenges

Affordable Housing Challenge

Expand access to affordable housing for all New Yorkers: There are over 250,000 units of subsidized housing in New York City, and 80,000 more coming online in the next decade. Yet seekers of affordable housing lack many of the search, application, and ratings tools that have proliferated in the private market. Help expand access to safe, quality housing by creating the nation’s most user-friendly digital marketplace for affordable housing.

Zero Waste Challenge

Equip New Yorkers with new tools to achieve zero waste: The average New Yorker throws out nearly 24 pounds of waste at home, at work, and at commercial establishments every week. Help advance the City’s goal to reduce landfill waste citywide by 90% within 15 years by encouraging every New Yorker to do his or her part to reduce, reuse, recycle, and create a more sustainable New York.

Connected Cities Challenge

Use tech to improve the way we measure, map, and manage NYC: New Yorkers use connected devices to count their steps, their sleep, and their calories. How can we leverage sensor technology and the Internet of Things to source, analyze, and visualize data that can inform government activities, improve quality of life, provide greater environmental awareness, and motivate new habits?

Civic Engagement Challenge

Develop a 21st-century model for civic engagement: New York City has 8.4 million voices – and growing. Help create tools that allow all New Yorkers to engage around City priorities, enable real-time feedback between residents and government, connect New Yorkers to civic resources, and help New York City achieve President Barack Obama’s charge to “make ‘we the people’ mean something in a 21st-century context.”

Past NYC BigApps Competitions

View the winners from past NYC BigApps Competitions.

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