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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 2017 Challenges Announced!

NYC BigApps is the City's premier innovation competition that challenges designers, developers, academics, and entrepreneurs to apply their expertise to improve life in New York City.

The 2017 NYC BigApps competition has three main challenge areas focused on improving the quality of life for New York City youth (ages 13-18), senior (age 65+), and immigrant populations. Challenge areas include: 

  • Transportation. Leveraging technology and public data to increase ease of use and expand travel options for youth, seniors, and immigrants;
  • Knowledge. Providing youth, seniors, and immigrants with better access to accurate, timely, and user-friendly information to make more informed decisions about their daily lives (i.e., at home, at work, at school); and
  • Community Resiliency. Building strong communities by fostering more inclusion and connection for youth, seniors, and immigrants where they live, learn, work, and play.

NYCEDC partnered with Civic Hall Labsa research and development nonprofit that collaboratively designs and builds technology for public good—to produce the NYC BigApps 2017 competition. Civic Hall Labs, in partnership with a wide range of agencies and community organizations, has anchored each challenge in the expressed needs of community end-users and the social practitioners who serve them. Civic Hall Labs will provide participants with professional mentors, as well as with access to design and product development workshops between January and the end of April (when submissions are due).

In May, competition judges will select NYC BigApps finalists who will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions at a live event. Winners will receive cash awards, promotion, and acceptance into Civic Hall Labs’ civic accelerator program. Winners will also be eligible to be piloted on hundreds of LinkNYC kiosks across the all five boroughs. 

Learn more and submit your own innovative solution at

View the winners from past NYC BigApps Competitions.

  • NYC BigApps 2015
  • NYC BigApps 2015
  • NYC BigApps 2015

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