August 10, 2011
The votes are in and the judges have spoken! Meet the winners of the NYC BigApps Ideas challenge.
I want an NYC app that…
- Lets you rate any street or block in the 5 boroughs (Submitted by Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena)
- Creates networks of citizens who can chime in about their borough, district, and neighborhood issues with local government (Submitted by Carlos J. Gomez de Llarena)
- Provides an open API to all MTA transit information, schedules, delays, and current locations of trains and buses (Submitted by Kyri Sarantakos)
- Aggregates bike accident data to help petition for safer bike routes (Submitted by Trev Eld)
- Allows residents to rate their building’s owner, management company, landlord, and even brokers, and lets interested renters browse those ratings (Submitted by Bud Caddell)
- Aggregates volunteer initiatives and allows residents to register/participate (Submitted by Christopher Bian)
- Tells subway riders when the next train is due to arrive at their station, before they go underground (Submitted by Stephen Mellert)
- Provides a visual, color-coded map of street parking rules and regulations, plus street cleaning schedules (Submitted by Will Turnage)
- For each borough, gives the location of nearest public restrooms, with ratings for their cleanliness and level of safety (Submitted by Sheryl Commodore)
- Collects options for residents during an emergency, based on their location and status (Submitted by Kelly Thompson)
These 10 winners were selected from the 25 ideas that received the most votes during the public voting phase. More than 600 ideas were submitted to the challenge, and more than 1600 votes were cast.
We’re thrilled to see such variety and creativity among the winning ideas. The goal of the challenge was to solicit innovative app ideas from the public in general — not just developers and New Yorkers, but anyone who might be interested. Looks like it worked!
The winners will be formally announced tonight by Deputy Mayor Robert K. Steel at a reception for NYC Venture Fellows. For more details, read the press release. The NYC BigApps Ideas challenge was co-sponsored by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), who were instrumental in making it a great success.“The greatest city in the world is clearly driven by some of the greatest minds in the world — and nowhere is that more apparent than through the NYC BigApps Ideas challenge,” said DoITT Commissioner Carole Post. “I congratulate all the winners and can’t wait for their ideas to help shape the city’s digital tomorrow.”
Visit NYC BigApps Ideas to view the winning ideas and all the other great suggestions that were submitted. We hope these ideas will help fuel the NYC BigApps 3.0 challenge, which is launching later this year. Stay tuned to NYCBigApps.com for updates.
Congratulations, winners, and thanks again to everyone who voted and participated!