Marissa Mann

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Workshop Recap: Introduction to HCD

Last week at Civic Hall, we launched our first Ideation & Prototyping workshop for NYC BigApps 2017 with a packed room of inspiring designers, developers, educators, students, entrepreneurs, and government enthusiasts. This first workshop focused on introducing the concept of human centered design – a process that puts the user at the center of the research, design, and creation of a product, service, or experience.

Launching NYC BigApps 2017

See us in AMNY on your way to work? Coming to the sold out BigApps 2017 launch event at Grand Central Tech? Been refreshing bigapps.nyc since you heard about the 2017 competition in December? Either way, we got here together. New York City’s premier civic innovation competition, NYC BigApps 2017 has officially launched!

A Human-Centered Approach to Designing BigApps 2017

During the Fall of 2016, Civic Hall Labs facilitated seven listening sessions with New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants, and the practitioners from community-based organizations who serve them in order to understand real challenges and opportunities for NYC residents.

Initial roundtable discussions took place with various nonprofits, government agencies, and academics to better understand their perspectives and needs regarding the constituencies they serve: youth, seniors, and immigrants. In order to do this, Civic Hall Labs asked them about their motivations, building context around the services they provide. They were asked to identify specific problems that needed to be addressed in the work they do daily, and to define what success looks like.

New York City Economic Development Corporation and Civic Hall Labs Announce NYC BigApps 2017 Competition

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President, Maria Torres-Springer and Andrew Rasiej, Co-Founder and President of Civic Hall Labs (CHL) and Chair of The New York Tech Alliance, announced the upcoming NYC BigApps 2017 competition and the new partnership between NYCEDC and Civic Hall Labs at the New York Tech Meetup. BigApps is the premier civic innovation initiative for New York City that aids the development of products and services capable of addressing critical civic and urban issues in the City and improving the quality of life of New Yorkers.