Call for Proposals

BigApps Big Think

On March 29, 2019, the BigApps team lead a Big Think, an event used to inform program design for the Innovation Challenge. Here, Klee Walsh of Blockchain Educators explains that a successful BigApps means engaging both the public and government stakeholders to galvanize the blockchain community in NYC.

NYC BigApps Blockchain is an open innovation challenge sponsored by NYCEDC that asks teams to design meaningful blockchain solutions that will improve the efficiency, security, and transparency of public sector services in New York City.

Open in June 2019, the Call for Proposals invites startups, developers, and product designers from all industries to submit ideas for blockchain solutions under one of three Challenge areas listed below.

A panel of judges will select 10 finalists, who will have the opportunity to workshop and refine their proposals with mentors and government stakeholders. Finalists will then present their ideas to the general public at BigApps Demo Day in the fall of 2019. Three Grand Prize winners selected at Demo Day will receive cash awards, marketing and promotion, and opportunities to further incubate their solutions in New York City.

Applications for the 2019 cohort are now closed.

Challenge Area 1: Identity

How might we use blockchain technology to give New Yorkers more control over the information they share with government agencies? There are many documents required by government agencies in order to access public benefits or services. How could a blockchain tool help New Yorkers manage and share these documents in a more secure and efficient manner?

Challenge Area 2: Real Estate Asset Management

How might we use blockchain technology to manage city-owned real estate more efficiently? The City of New York owns and manages millions of square feet of real estate across several different agencies. For long-term leases in particular, the process for tracking tenant building changes—building permits, as-built drawings and certificates of occupancy—is time-consuming and open to error, as this data is stored between multiple agencies and private parties. How might blockchain technology improve the management of the City’s real estate information?

Challenge Area 3: Energy

How might blockchain technology be used to help New York City increase the use of renewable energy? New York City has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050 as part of the 80 x 50 Plan, and recently passed a bill to set carbon emissions caps for energy use in NYC’s large buildings starting in 2024. It’s becoming increasingly complex to manage the evolving renewable energy supply. How might blockchain technology be used to improve the management of energy data and accelerate the City’s sustainability and resiliency efforts? Specific examples include blockchain to enable peer-to-peer trading of renewable energy, and using blockchain to record, store, and track energy data, including market prices.