NYC BigApps is the premier civic innovation competition in New York City that challenges designers, developers, academics, entrepreneurs, and New Yorkers at large to apply their know-how to improve New York City. Since the launch of the competition in January 2017, over 500 people have participated in exploring how data and technology can improve the quality of life for New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants across three challenge categories: Transportation, Knowledge, and Community Resiliency.

After four months and seven design-thinking and ideation workshops at Civic Hall, hundreds of participants formed teams, met with mentors, interviewed end-users, and prototyped solutions. By the close of the competition on April 30th, we received 150 eligible submissions. From there, the finalists showcased their solutions at our culminating event on May 23rd and we are thrilled to announce the NYC BigApps 2017 Winners!

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Judges

John Paul Farmer

John Paul Farmer

Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft

John Paul Farmer is the Director of Technology & Civic Innovation at Microsoft, based in New York City. He also leads the Innovation Project, a non-profit organization with the mission of spreading innovation best practices, as Founder & CEO.

Previously, John served as the Senior Advisor for Innovation at the White House under President Barack Obama, where he co-founded and led the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to attract top private sector technologists and entrepreneurs for focused tours of duty in government. The program has since been enshrined in law and grew into a movement of civically engaged technologists, data scientists, and entrepreneurs using their skills in the public interest through 18F and the U.S. Digital Service.

Prior to the U.S. government, John envisioned and built new business units in the private sector. He has experience in the technology, finance and healthcare sectors, in particular, and played baseball professionally in the minor league systems of the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. John holds an M.B.A. with honors from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University and an A.B. with honors from Harvard University.

Jen Hensley

Jen Hensley

General Manager - LinkNYC, Intersection

As General Manager of LinkNYC, Jen Hensley oversees all aspects of the Link product in New York City, including deployment, operation and service delivery for the most comprehensive free public Wi-Fi network in the world. Jen brings more than 15 years of experience working with government, civic, and business communities to Intersection, where she directs franchise management, technology and user experience, deployment, marketing, and sales for LinkNYC.

Miguel A. Gamiño, Jr.

Miguel A. Gamiño, Jr.

Chief Technology Officer, City of New York

Miguel A Gamiño Jr. serves the City of New York as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this role, he is working with City agencies to develop a Smart City and “Internet of Things” (IoT) strategy that ensures coordination, collaboration and innovation across the City. He also leads the City’s Broadband program, partnering with agencies, private industry and academia to further the Mayor’s goal to ensure every resident and business will have access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband service everywhere by 2025.

Mr. Gamiño has unique experience in government, blended with a deep knowledge of technology, the industry that fuels it, and the culture it inspires. As a technology entrepreneur, Gamiño founded two technology companies, managed them through the start-up phase and into successful operations.

Stephen Rooke

Stephen Rooke

Director of Campaign Operations, Robin Hood Foundation

Stephen Rooke is the Director of Campaign Operations at the Robin Hood Foundation where he focuses on using big data and technology to expand access to public benefits across NYC. Stephen is on leave from McKinsey & Co. where he is a member of the Telecom, Media and Technology practice. He has advised several Fortune 500 companies and governments on technology strategy and M&A. Stephen has a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and an LL.M. in Space, Cyber, and Telecommunications Law from the University of Nebraska.

Lori McGlinchey

Lori McGlinchey

Senior Program Officer, Internet Freedom, Ford Foundation

Lori McGlinchey is a member of the Internet Freedom team. Her grant making has supported a dynamic field of organizations that promote universal access, open systems, and clear protections for the public within the Internet environment.

Before joining the foundation in 2014, Lori oversaw the Open Society Foundations’ Internet, media policy, journalism, and government accountability grant making in the US. She also served as assistant director of OSF’s US programs and created a new initiative to strengthen civil society organizations’ technology, governance, communications, and leadership capacity. In addition, Lori developed portfolios and strategies to address the politicization of science-based US policy making and its impact on access to information, whistle-blower protections, science education, and reproductive rights.

Andy Saldaña

Andy Saldaña

Director of Operations, NY Tech Alliance

Andy is the Director of Operations for the NY Tech Alliance, a non-profit organization that runs the largest Meetup group in the world with over 53,000 members with a mission to build a more sustainable and diverse technology industry for all New Yorkers. He is also Director of Operations at Livecube, a software development company that provides an event engagement and networking app with gamification; he organizes the Queer Tech Meetup NYC and advocates for diversity and inclusion in tech. He's a lover of coffee, food, spirits and the connections that happen over them.