NYC BigApps is the premier civic innovation competition in New York City that challenges designers, developers, academics, entrepreneurs, and New Yorkers at large to apply their know-how to improve New York City. 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.
After four months and seven design-thinking and ideation workshops at Civic Hall, hundreds of participants formed teams, met with mentors, interviewed end-users, and prototyped solutions. By the close of the competition on April 30th, we received a record-breaking 150 eligible submissions. From there, the finalists showcased their solutions at our culminating event on May 23rd and we are thrilled to announce the NYC BigApps 2017 Winners!