Past BigApps Winners


NYC BigApps 2015 asked participants to make the city a better place for all New Yorkers by addressing four issues identified in Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan for a strong, sustainable, resilient, and equitable city: Affordable Housing, Zero Waste, Connected Cities, and Civic Engagement.

The winners of the 2015 competition were:

Affordable Housing Challenge: is an online toolkit for New Yorkers in neglectful housing situations. After BigApps, participated in Fast Forward Accelerator and Robin Hood Foundation’s Catalyst incubator, won Civic Hall Labs’ Health Public Challenge, and received a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation with CASA for a local pilot in the Bronx.

Zero Waste Challenge: Treasures
Treasures is a mobile app that allows users to share objects with others in their community, reusing and recycling items rather than throwing them out.

Connected Cities Challenge: CityCharge
CityCharge is a solar-powered charging station for public spaces that uses Bluetooth and beacon technology to gather environmental data, and acts as a WiFi hotspot.

Civic Engagement Challenge: Benefit Kitchen
Benefit Kitchen is a mobile financial planning app for families and organizations working with low-income families to identify their eligibility for benefits, referrals, and budgeting, and a dashboard for organizations to help with forecasting and tracking outcomes in benefits. After BigApps, Benefit Kitchen was accepted into the Points of Light Accelerator.

Judges’ Choice Awards: Addicaid
Addicaid is a for-profit personalized addiction wellness platform for individuals in recovery. Their app reinforces healthy routines with relevant content, progress insights, and social support for addicts, and received 300,000 downloads within the first year. After BigApps, Addicaid won the Cox Prize from the Harvard Business School-Harvard Medical School Health Acceleration Challenge.

Judges’ Choice Awards: IssueVoter
IssueVoter gives people a congressional bill tool to track what’s happening in Congress and weigh in on issues that matter to them. To prepare for the 2016 election, IssueVoter partnered with ClassPass and the Startup Institute in a #WhyIVote campaign.


New eligibility rules for NYC BigApps 2014 allowed teams to submit connected devices, data tools, games, and other technology products, in addition to mobile and web apps, to solve the City’s toughest challenges, encouraging multidisciplinary teams of programmers, engineers, designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, and civic professionals to participate.

The winners of the 2014 competition were:

Live and Best Connected Device Categories: Heat Seek NYC
Heat Seek is a nonprofit that applies the Internet of Things to empower tenants, landlords, community organizations, and the justice system to tackle NYC’s heating crisis. Their affordable Internet-connected thermometer sensors and companion web app sensors can be installed in any number of apartments per building. Since BigApps, Heat Seek has partnered with more than a dozen community organizations and the Brooklyn Borough President’s office to deploy its technology in New York City buildings. Heat Seek also subsequently participated in the Beespace incubator and Robin Hood Foundation’s Catalyst incubator.

Work Category:
This app combines 100,000 NYC-area job openings with city-level labor statistics on hundreds of different job groups. It uses data visualizations and advanced searching capability to give job seekers and career counselors an authoritative look at the job market, both for entry-level and experienced employment.

Learn Category: CourseKicker is an online collaboration network for K-12 teachers. Teachers can connect and build a professional learning network (PLN) on CourseKicker to share best practices and ideas.

Play and Best Data Tool Categories: Explore NYC Parks
This mobile-friendly web-application enables users to find information on parks closest to them, filter parks by offered amenities, find upcoming events and receive suggestions for park adventures.

Best Mobile App: Mind My Business
Mind My Business is a mobile app for NYC brick and mortar businesses. It tells small business owners what’s happening outside and around their business by sending alerts that helps owners predict changes, operate more efficiently, and avoid fines.

Best Web App: Dream See Do
Dream See Do is an online community that enables students to discover, explore and sample a range of career possibilities based on their interests and skills.

Best Game: PIPs
PIPs – the virtual currency for the social impact economy – leverages the power of points, smart tools and games to record and reward daily life choices that benefit planetary, community and personal health.

To see additional winners from previous competitions, visit NYC BigApps Past Competitions on the NYCEDC website.