NYC BigApps 2018 RFP

Submission Deadline
June 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The NYC BigApps Competition is an annual competition that leverages New York City’s technological, creative, and civic communities to foster the development of innovative products and services capable of addressing civic and urban challenges in New York City (the “City”).  NYC BigApps produces more than just apps; it serves as an engine for creative collaboration between varied and engaged communities from all across the City, from developers and designers to non-profits and tech companies. 

This year, NYCEDC seeks to leverage the NYC BigApps Competition to foster the development of innovative blockchain applications, or use cases, that address challenges facing the public sector in New York City. Blockchain is a transformative technology with the potential to have a large impact on the public sector. The technology may improve the security, efficiency, transparency, and speed of many public sector services and processes. 

NYCEDC is issuing this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to seek innovative proposals from qualified individuals, organizations, institutions, or companies to develop and implement the NYC BigApps 2018 Competition (“The Program”).  RFP respondents should think boldly and not be limited by past competition formats or rules. In particular, NYCEDC is interested in proposals that address how to educate the public sector about blockchain, identify and design blockchain-focused challenge statements that address public sector challenges, and expand the reach and impact of the program by drawing in new participants and partners.

NYCEDC plans to select a consultant on the basis of factors stated in the RFP which include, but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, experience of key staff identified in the proposal, experience and quality of any subcontractors proposed, demonstrated successful experience in performing services similar to those encompassed in the RFP, and the financial feasibility of the proposal.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives. Please refer to the Equal Employment and Affirmative Compliance for Non-Construction Contracts Addendum in the RFP.

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFP should be directed to [email protected]. For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFP, please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Wednesday, June 13, 2018, on this page.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in this RFP, available as of Monday, May 14, 2018. In addition to being able to download the document above, the RFP is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY (between Fulton & John streets). Responses are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Please submit five (5) hardcopy sets of your proposal and one (1) copy of the proposal in electronic format (either CD-ROM or USB device) to:

NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY  10038
Attention: Maryann Catalano, Chief Contracting Officer, Contracts.

Optional Info Session

Please find date, time and location listed below. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by email to [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
9:30 a.m.
NYCEDC, 110 William Street, New York, NY 10038 - please report to 6th floor reception desk

Companies who have been certified with the New York City Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply. To find out more about M/WBE certification, please call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/getcertified.