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NYC BigApps BigBuild #2: Building Hardware and Software

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by Matthew Weinberg, Senior Project Manager, Media and Emerging Technology at Center for Economic Transformation

Last Saturday, nearly 200 people showed up to participate in one of NYC’s premier tech showcase events. NYCBigApps hosted its second BigBuild event at WeWork’s Charging Bull office space in downtown Manhattan, where competition participants, technologists, and mentors converged to build innovations that aim to solve city problems.

At the BigBuild, competition participants collaborated and further developed their products, tinkered with new hardware technologies, listened to expert presentations, and received advice from an entourage of technology and business mentors.

Even Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer made a brief appearance during lunch to deliver words of encouragement to the participants.  

After a day of networking and building (enhanced with free food!), contestants pitched their prototypes to a panel of mentors and received immediate feedback. The pitches ranged from organized teams showcasing fully developed products to individuals sharing ideas that were just developed that day.

Some of the ideas included an app to optimize Citi Bike for Google Glass, a website that helps people plan and plant gardens, and a product that helps identify healthy restaurants for commuters (pitched by a troop of pre-teen developers dubbed the 'Nano Hackers Squad').

The fun continues! Don't miss the next BigBuild in Queens coming up on June 19th. 


Interested in building an idea to make the city a better place to live, work, learn and play? Find all project ideas on the NYC BigApps BigIdea hub, or submit your own! You can also check out feature articles on some of the big ideas in NYCEDC's BigIdea Series.

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