Challenge:
Knowledge

Overview

This challenge is focused on providing New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants with better access to information in order to make more informed decisions for their daily lives (i.e. at home, at work, at school, in public). Having access to accurate, timely, and user-friendly information is critical to being able to make independent choices, and proactively address one’s own needs. How might we use data and technology to improve access to information to ensure New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants can make informed decisions and take action in their daily lives?

Grand Prize Winner

PASSNYC Opportunity Explorer

The PASSNYC Opportunity Explorer is an interactive, smart catalog and universal application for over 200 extracurricular opportunities for NYC students. With one streamlined process, families can access test prep and tutoring, after-school programs, athletics, scholarships, community groups and more.

http://www.passnyc.org

Finalists

Kurtin

The Kurtin mobile application assists in increasing minority college graduation rates by providing fun, relatable, and interactive tools that help high school students gather the critical insights necessary to make informed college selection decisions.

http://www.kurtinapp.co

Torus Teens

Torus Teens harnesses out-of-school experiences to drive academic, social, and emotional success for teens. We are an online platform that connects urban teens with out-of-school programs and resources to explore interests, build skills, and expand networks outside of the classroom.

https://torusteens.com

Mentors

Greg Drapeau
Greg Drapeau
Strategic Account Executive, Appnovation
Simon Mok
Simon Mok
Lead Consultant, Appnovation
Scott Weiss
Scott Weiss
Product Director, AREA 17
Florence Capinding
Florence Capinding
Senior Program Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC
Jessica Foss
Jessica Foss
Enrollment Specialist, Former Big Sister, Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC
Mayela Calderon
Mayela Calderon
Community Outreach Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters NYC
Christian Noske
Christian Noske
Partner, BMW i Ventures
Taina Evans
Taina Evans
Coordinator for Older Adult Services, Brooklyn Public Library
Alana Farkas
Alana Farkas
Web Developer, Bureau Blank
Alex Kaufman
Alex Kaufman
Senior Designer, Bureau Blank
Ellery Mann
Ellery Mann
Designer, Bureau Blank
Genevieve Gaudet
Genevieve Gaudet
Product & Partnerships Lead, Bureau Blank
Jeffrey Miranda
Jeffrey Miranda
Project Manager, Bureau Blank
John Kester
John Kester
President, Bureau Blank
Kristen Demaline
Kristen Demaline
Senior Content Strategist, Bureau Blank
Allie Mahler
Allie Mahler
Founder & Program Designer, Community x Design
Adam Garner
Adam Garner
Campaigns Manager, DoSomething.org
Aki Zapata
Aki Zapata
Campaigns Associate, DoSomething.org
Joe Kent
Joe Kent
Software Engineer, DoSomething.org
Luke Patton
Luke Patton
Product Designer, DoSomething.org
Kevin Gessner
Kevin Gessner
Staff Software Engineer, Etsy Inc.
Josh Knowles
Josh Knowles
Founder, Frescher-Southern, Ltd.
Dara Adams
Dara Adams
Northeast Regional Director, FWD.us
Deirdre Shannon
Deirdre Shannon
Deputy National Organizing Director, FWD.us
Noelle Francois
Noelle Francois
Executive Director, Heat Seek NYC
Blake Arnold
Android Developer, Intersection
Kevin Green
Kevin Green
Product Owner, Intersection
Nick Colvin
Product Manager, Intersection
Chris Henry
Chris Henry
NYC Technologist, IssueVoter
Georges Clement
Georges Clement
Cofounder, JustFix NYC
Micah Boster
Micah Boster
COO, Kaptyn
Alexandra Meis
Alexandra Meis
Co-founder & Chief Product Officer, KinVolved
Deena Patel
Deena Patel
Analyst, Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics
Julie Ae Kim
Julie Ae Kim
Community Organizer, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Sara Martin
Sara Martin
Immigrant Education and Workforce Program Manager, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs
Edgar Patrick Landas
Edgar Patrick Landas
Tech Solutions Manager, Mayor’s Office of Tech & Innovation
Zenovia Earle
Zenovia Earle
Director of Public Affairs, NYC Department for the Aging
Preeti Birla
Preeti Birla
Director of Community Outreach & Partnerships, NYC Department of Education iZone
Sharmila Shah
Sharmila Shah
Data Manager, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Felipe Flores
Felipe Flores
User Experience Assistant Director at NYC’s Gov Lab & Studio at DoITT
Devon Braunstein
Devon Braunstein
Program Manager, Regulatory Reform, NYC Department of Small Business Services
Leah Yudin
Leah Yudin
Program Manager, Regulatory Reform, NYC Department of Small Business Services
Carlene Pinto
Carlene Pinto
Immigration Campaign Manager, New York Immigration Coalition
Murad Awawdeh
Murad Awawdeh
Director of Political Engagement, New York Immigration Coalition
Ayesha Kiani
Ayesha Kiani
Head of Business Development, Overlap
Emma McDonald
Emma McDonald
Art Director, Purpose
Jess McGhee
Jess McGhee
Senior Visual Designer, Purpose
Joonas Vitranen
Joonas Vitranen
Senior Designer, Purpose
Matt Allison
Matt Allison
Campaigner, Purpose
Oliver Ree
Oliver Ree
Lead User Experience Designer, Purpose
Rodrigo Camarena
Rodrigo Camarena
Strategy Director, Purpose
Ankaj Patidar
Ankaj Patidar
Software Development Manager, Queens Library
Christopher Carvey
Christopher Carvey
Director of Interactive Customer Experience, Queens Library
Dawn Mastoridis
Dawn Mastoridis
National Marketing Director, ReServe
Laura Traynor
Laura Traynor
Director, ReServe
Diosdado Gica
Diosdado Gica
Chief Program Officer, SAGE
Laura Dobrzynski-Gessner
Laura Dobrzynski-Gessner
Product Manager, Squarespace

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