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NYC BigApps 2017

Announcing the NYC BigApps 2017 Finalists!

We are delighted to announce the Finalists for this year’s NYC BigApps competition! Since the launch of the competition in January 2017, over 500 people have participated in exploring how data and technology can improve the quality of life for New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants across three challenge categories: Transportation, Knowledge, and Community Resiliency.

NYC BigApps 2017

Join us! Finalist Expo & Awards Ceremony

Join us as we celebrate another exciting year of the NYC BigApps competition at the Finalist Expo & Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 23rd! At this culminating event, the finalists will showcase their solutions at the Finalist Expo. The Judges will then announce the Grand Prize Winners during the Awards Ceremony, followed by the opportunity to mingle with BigApps partners, mentors, and the broader #NYCBigApps community.

Workshop Recap: User Feedback Sessions & Judging Criteria

Our seventh and final workshop provided our BigApps participants an opportunity to showcase their designs and prototypes with individuals across each expert community: Seniors, Immigrants, and Youth. During these user feedback sessions, participants applied their user journey maps and storytelling worksheets to get real time feedback on their products and services that are solving a core need for these communities in the challenge areas of transportation, community resiliency, and knowledge.

This year, we are looking at five distinct criteria in addition to the idea and prototype that will be judged: audience, landscape, impact, sustainability, and team. Read the post to learn more about what the judges will be looking for.

Meet the Judges

Meet the Judges!

We are delighted to present our talented panel of judges for this year’s competition! Our esteemed judges will be reviewing the top submissions and selecting the BigApps winners at the Final Pitch Event & Winner Announcement on May 23, 2017. Learn more about our judges and their backgrounds in this post!

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.