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.

For the last seven years, the BigApps competition has challenged entrepreneurial teams to create innovative products and services that address critical civic and urban issues in New York City and improve quality of life for New Yorkers. This year, competition participants will have access to seven ideation and prototyping workshops that will help participants develop products and services that address pressing challenges faced by New York City youth, immigrants, and seniors.

Workshops will offer training around the five major steps in product development: define, discover, design, test, and refine, including tools for user research and low-cost prototyping. By signing up as a NYC BigApps 2017 participant, you will gain access to exclusive benefits throughout the competition, including priority registration to product development workshops, the opportunity to set up office hours with BigApps mentors, and an invitation to the BigApps Slack channel.

NYC BigApps 2017 winners will receive cash awards, marketing and promotion, acceptance into Civic Hall Labs’ civic accelerator program, and will be eligible to be piloted on hundreds of LinkNYC kiosks across the all five boroughs.

How can data and technology improve the quality of life for New York City Youth (13-18), Seniors (65+), and Immigrants in the following three areas?

challenge areas

During the Fall of 2016, Civic Hall Labs facilitated a series of listening sessions with New York City Youth, Seniors, and Immigrants, and city agencies and community-based organizations who serve them, in order to understand real challenges and opportunities for NYC residents. Learn more about the community engagement process on our blog.


How might we use data and technology to make transit easier to use for youth, seniors, and immigrants and develop innovative alternatives to supplement existing transit infrastructure?

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How might we use data and technology to improve access to information to ensure youth, seniors, and immigrants can make informed decisions and take action in their daily lives?

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Community Resiliency

How might we use data and technology to create opportunities for youth, seniors, and immigrants to feel included and socially and physically connected in their daily lives?

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