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Not a Startup Competition, but a Civic Tech Challenge

Lawrence Abeyta
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 20:11:56 GMT

BigAppsNYC is a great venue for solving many of NYC challenges. I hope it doesn't move into a startup challenge. Several of the questions from judges on Demo Day treats it like a Startup Weekend event, 'What is your business model?'. As a serial entrepreneur, I'm all for startups, but there is more to solving city problems and a broader set of people who want and should participate in the solutions. If judges treat it as an entrepreneurship challenge instead of a civic tech or open data challenge, I fear that it can lose the broader audience of participation.