NYC BigApps Past Competitions
2015 NYC BigApps
NYC BigApps 2015 asked participants 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. Participants worked with mentors from over two dozen City agencies and tech firms to refine their products throughout the course of the competition. Forty-two semi-finalist teams were selected to present their projects at the public Demo Day hosted at the NY Media Center on November 1st, after which a panel of BigApps evaluators selected 21 finalists to participate in the live judging event and Award Ceremony on December 2nd.
The winners of the 2015 competition were:
- Affordable Housing Challenge: JustFix.nyc
- Zero Waste Challenge: Treasures
- Connected Cities Challenge: CityCharge
- Civic Engagement Challenge: Benefit Kitchen
- Judges' Choice Awards: Addicaid & IssueVoter
2014 NYC BigApps
New eligibility rules for NYC BigApps 2014 allowed teams to submit connected devices, data tools, games, and other technology products, in addition to mobile and web apps, to solve the City’s toughest challenges, encouraging multidisciplinary teams of programmers, engineers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and civic professionals to participate.
Participants had access to more than eighty mentors from tech and civic organizations in New York City, as well as six BigBuild events between May and July that were designed to encourage team formation and product development. A panel of BigApps evaluators chose 20 finalists, who had an opportunity to refine their products in advance of the live judging event and final Award Ceremony on September 16th. Over $100,000 in cash prizes were distributed, thanks to sponsorship from tech companies such as Facebook, eBay, Microsoft, and Google.
The winners of the 2014 competition were:
- Live and Best Connected Device Categories: Heat Seek NYC
- Work Category: NYCHired.com
- Learn Category: CourseKicker
- Play and Best Data Tool Categories: Explore NYC Parks
- Best Mobile App: Mind My Business
- Best Web App: Dream See Doo
- Best Game: PIPs
2013 NYC BigApps
New York City went big with the launch of NYC BigApps 2013, the fourth annual BigApps competition, a New York Tech Meetup event which promotes government transparency and innovative new technologies. This year, in conjunction with DoITT, and in partnership with BMW iVentures, we challenged mobile and web developers to create cool, free apps for New Yorkers. Cash awards totaled $150,000. The Grand Prize winner for NYC BigApps 2013 was eligible to win up to $60,000!
The winning applications included:
- NYC BigApps 2013 Grand Prize Winner: HealthyOut
- Best Jobs and Economic Mobility App, First Place: Child Care Desk
- Best Jobs and Economic Mobility App, Second Place: Helping Hands
- Best Jobs and Economic Mobility App, Third Place: Hired In NY
- Best Cleanweb: Energy, Environment and Resilience App: SolarList
- Best Lifelong Learning App: Hopscotch
- Best Healthy Living App: HealthyOut
- Best Wildcard App: Poncho
2012 NYC BigApps
Winning applications for BigApps 3.0 received cash prizes totaling $50,000, in addition to several non-monetary prizes. A total of 13 cash prizes were awarded this year, in addition to non-monetary prizes, and winners were announced at an awards ceremony on April 17, 2012. This year's NYC BigApps competition was once again launched in partnership with BMW iVentures, along with Challenge Post, an NYC start-up that enables competitive public problem-solving, who administered the competition for the third consecutive year.
The winning applications, with team members in parentheses, included:
- Best Overall Application Grand Prize: NYCFacets (Joel Natividad and Sami Baig)
- Best Overall Application Second Prize: Work+ (Steven Baughman, Xichuan Wang, Kota Kobayashi, Paul Bland, Robbie Williams)
- Popular Choice Award Grand Prize: New York Trip Builder (Mukul Pal, Shefali Sarangal, Charu Malhotra and Vivek Puri)
- Popular Choice Award Second Prize: Scene Near Me (Avinash Dabir, Luis Miranda, Dan Blumberg and Dave Isenberg)
- Investor's Choice Award: The Funday Genie (Joe Foxton, Eran Lobl, Yonit Kariri, and Shirley Cohen-Mintz)
- Best Mobility App: Embark NYC (David Hodge, Taylor Malloy and Ian Leighton)
- Best Green App: 596 Acres (Eric Brelsford and Paula Segal)
- Best Education App: Sage: Pre-K and Elementary School Search (Edward Yau)
- Best Health and Safety App: TestFlip.com Personal Safety App (Lite) for NYC (John Yung)
- Best NYC Mashup: Work+ (Steven Baughman, Xichuan Wang, Kota Kobayashi, Paul Bland, Robbie Williams)
- Best Student Award: Park Ally (Zachariah Reitano and Mason Silber)
- City Talent Award: Uhpartments (Sam Bauch)
2011 NYC BigApps
New York City challenged the public to share ideas for apps for residents, businesses, and visitors.
There were over six hundred ideas submitted to the NYC BigApps Ideas Challenge and over 1,600 votes were cast for people’s favorite ideas. The top 25 application ideas with the most votes were named as finalists, and each was awarded $100. The 25 finalists were then evaluated by a panel of judges, who selected the ten best overall ideas, each of which will receive an additional $250 for their winning idea.
The ten winning ideas include NYC apps that (name of submitter in parentheses):
- Let you 'like' or rate any street or block in the 5 boroughs (Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena)
- Create networks of citizens who can chime in about their borough, district and neighborhood issues with local government (Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena)
- Provide an open API to all MTA transit information, schedules, delays, and current locations of trains and buses
- Aggregate bike accident data to make/help petition for safer bike routes (Trev Eld)
- Allow residents to rate their building's owner, management co., landlord, even brokers, and lets interested renters browse those ratings (Bud Caddell)
- Aggregate all the volunteer initiatives available, its cause and allows someone to register/participate (Christopher Bian)
- Tell someone when the next subway car is to arrive at their station before they go underground (Stephen Mellert)
- Has a visual, color coded map of all street parking rules, regulations and street cleaning schedules (Will Turnage)
- For each borough gives the location of nearest public restrooms with A, B, C, D type ratings for their cleanliness and the level of safety (Sheryl Commodore)
- Tells someone their options during an emergency based on where they are and what their status is (Kelly Thompson)
2010 NYC BigApps
On March 31, 2011, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the winners of the NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition, the second annual contest that allows software developers and members of the public to create web and mobile applications using City data. Fourteen winning applications were selected from a pool of 58 submissions.
View Mayor Bloomberg's opening remarks here.
The winning applications are:
Best Overall Application:
- Grand Prize: Roadify iPhone App – alerts users to the latest subway, bus, or driving conditions by adding real-time updates from commuters on top of official transit data. Roadify was also selected for “Popular Choice” Second Prize. Team members: Dylan Goelz, Nick Nyhan, Scott Kolber, Dan Robinson, Brian Bush, and Amy Janzen.
- Second Prize: Sportaneous – harnesses location-based technology to organize sports games at any time, providing lists of nearby public sports facilities and ways to join games that suit the user’s schedule, location, and skill level. Sportaneous was also selected for “Popular Choice” Grand Prize. Team members: Aaron Royston and Omar Haroun.
- Third Prize: Parking Finder (BestParking.com) – takes the hassle out of finding parking in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn by providing interactive maps of free, metered, and prohibited on-street parking during specified times, as well as entrance locations and calculated price of every off-street parking garage and lot, and the ability to make reservations. Parking Finder was also selected for the “Investor’s Choice” Award. Team members: Benjamin Sann and Alexander Sann.
- Honorable Mentions: DontEat.at, Appetition, CultureNOW: A Guidebook, NextStop, and Weeels.
Popular Choice Awards:
- Grand Prize: Sportaneous
- Second Prize: Roadify iPhone App
2009 NYC BigApps
The first NYC BigApps Competition launched on October 6, 2009. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony on February 4, 2010. BigApps received 85 eligible submissions in December, and the winners were determined in January by public voting and a panel of distinguished judges. View all of the submissions and the winning apps.
- Best Overall Application - Grand Prize: WayFinder NYC
- Best Overall Application - Second Prize: Taxihack
- Best Overall Application - Third Prize: Big Apple Ed
- Best Overall Application - Honorable Mention: Actuatr, NYC Way, PushpinWeb, Trees Near You, UpNext 3D NYC
- Investor's Choice Award: NYC Way
- Data Visualization Award: WayFinder NYC
- City Talent Award: New York City Parks and Recreation Online
- Popular Choice Award - Grand Prize: NYC Way
- Popular Choice Award - Second Prize: Bookze