1. July 31, 2012

    Media Mash winners announced

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    Open APIs are increasingly important to digital media innovation, allowing the developer community to unlock new features and functionality. The winning apps demonstrate fresh approaches to content aggregation, social commerce, and mobility.

    -Roger Neal, Executive Director of NYC Media Lab

    NYC Media Lab just announced the winners of Media Mash 2012, a competition for software developers to create mashups from more than 50 popular media and tech APIs. Over a four-month period, developers competed for a prize pool of $10,000 and came up with 18 creative apps.

    Winners of the Best Overall Mashup and Student prizes were determined by a nine-person judging panel of noteworthy leaders in the media and technology industries. The Popular Choice Award winner was crowned by the public, who voted over a month-long period. 

    Best Overall Mashups

    • First Prize ($5,000) — InOur.name. This straightforward yet creative app asks two questions: “What issue is important to you?” and “What is your zip code?” The search results, pulled from the NewsCred API, show the legislative actions taken by a user’s elected representatives.
    • Second Prize ($2,000) — CityMaps. This application, which utilizes the FourSquare, OpenTable, and Fandango APIs, transforms a simple city map into a hub for social commerce. The app aggregates consumer tweets and merchant deals, and connects them to local commerce services, like OpenTable and Fandango. 

    Popular Choice Award ($2,000)

    • New York MapperVoted best app by the public, New York Mapper allows Google Map explorers to discover and share places with their friends using a handy Facebook overlay. 

    Student Award ($1,000)

    • InOur.name — Hats off to the creator, Jason Wright, a HackNY Fellow and graduate engineering student at Cornell. 

    Thanks to everyone who participated and made the challenge a great success! View the winners and all 18 awesome mashups in the Application Gallery

    We invite you to join us on Facebook, follow @ChallengePost on Twitter, and use the hashtag #MediaMash when you tweet. 

    By Megan 

  2. July 3, 2012

    Voting open for Media Mash 2012

    Back in March, NYC Media Lab challenged software developers to create apps that drive media innovation. Over the course of three months, developers came up with 18 creative apps that mash up data from popular media and tech APIs/feeds.

    We invite you to check out the apps, and vote for your favorites by July 24. Your vote will help determine the winner of the Popular Choice Award, who will take home $1,000 in cash. 

    In total, the competition will award $10,000 in cash prizes. Winners in the four other categories will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges from the media and technology industries:

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    Only two weeks left in the public voting period — keep the votes coming!

    Follow @ChallengePost on Twitter, use the hashtag #MediaMash when you tweet, and join us on Facebook

    By Megan 

  3. June 13, 2012

    1 week left to enter your mashup for $10,000 in prizes

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    Software developers: there is just one week left to submit an app for NYC Media Lab’s Media Mash competition!

    NYC Media Lab is inviting you to share new and existing mashups that use data, APIs, and RSS feeds from media and technology companies like Facebook, Foursquare, Google, Instapaper, Newscred, NPR, Tumblr, and dozens more.

    In addition to promotion and exposure, those who enter will qualify to win some fantastic cash prizes: 

    • Best Overall Mashup, Grand Prize - $5,000
    • Best Overall Mashup, Second Prize - $2,000 
    • Student Award - $2,000
    • Popular Choice Award - $1,000
    • Large Organization Recognition Award - Recognition prize for organizations with 50+ employees

    Visit MediaMash.ChallengePost.com to get started today!

    Follow @NYCMediaLab and @ChallengePost on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

    By Megan

  4. May 24, 2012

    Submit your mashup for $10,000 in cash & prizes!

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    Software developers: have an app idea that involves a media-related API?

    NYC Media Lab invites you to participate in Media Mash 2012, an application challenge aiming to connect media organizations with the developer community. All you have to do is create a mashup that uses at least one of the supporting media and tech company’s APIs, feeds, or datasets. Apps can run on the web, desktop computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

    The most innovative apps will be awarded $10,000 in cash prizes in the following categories:

    • Best Overall Mashup, Grand Prize - $5,000
    • Best Overall Mashup, Second Prize - $2,000 
    • Student Award - $2,000
    • Popular Choice Award - $1,000
    • Large Organization Recognition Award

    With a distinguished judging panel featuring influential leaders in tech and media, this is a fantastic opportunity to make something great, and showcase your talents. 

    Explore the list of APIs, and register to enter at MediaMash.ChallengePost.com. The deadline has recently been extended to June 20. There’s still plenty of time to mash up something awesome!

    Follow @NYCMediaLab and @ChallengePost on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

    By Samantha

  5. March 8, 2012

    Mash up data in new and interesting ways

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    Want to work more closely with media & tech companies? This is your chance. 

    NYC Media Lab today launched Media Mash, an app development competition that challenges software developers and students to mash up data from the city’s top media and tech companies to create new insights, experiences, and business models.

    $10,000 in prizes will be awarded for the most innovative apps that run on the web, desktop computers, tablets, or mobile phones. With a distinguished judging panel featuring influential leaders in tech and media, this is a fantastic opportunity to make something great, and get your work noticed.

    The competition features more than 40 APIs, feeds, and data from a variety of companies, including bitly, CBS Sports Fantasy, Etsy, Facebook, foursquare, The New York Times, PBS, Rolling Stone, Tumblr, and many more.

    Register to enter at MediaMash.ChallengePost.com, and start fueling your app with great data!

    About NYC Media Lab
    NYC Media Lab (www.nycmedialab.org) connects companies seeking to advance new media technologies with academic institutions, and was launched by NYCEDC, NYU-Poly, and Columbia University to tackle the big questions facing the media industry today, with the goal of generating research, knowledge transfer, talent development, R&D, and new business models.

    Follow @NYCMediaLab and @ChallengePost on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

    By Samantha

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