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. Participants can submit solutions that leverage data and technology to solve for three major issues for New Yorkers: transportation, access to knowledge, and community resiliency.
Leading up to the April 30 submission deadline, competition participants were offered seven ideation and prototyping workshops that helped them develop products and services that address pressing challenges faced by New York City youth, immigrants, and seniors.
Workshops provided training around the five major steps in product development: define, discover, design, test, and refine, including tools for user research and low-cost prototyping. Participants also had access to mentors and office hours with leading experts.
In May, competition judges will select BigApps finalists, who will have the opportunity to pitch their solutions to the judges at the Finalist Expo & Awards Ceremony, scheduled for May 23, 2017. 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 City’s five boroughs.