NYC BigApps 2015 is the premier civic tech initiative of the City of New York. Over five months, BigApps challenges developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to create functioning, marketable tech tools that help solve pressing civic challenges. Whether you’re a novice or pro, a coder or a content specialist, building an app, a device, or another product altogether, we provide resources that make it easy to make a difference.
This year, we’re asking teams to build products around four Challenge tracks: Affordable Housing, Zero Waste, Connected Cities, and Civic Engagement. We’ve partnered with over a dozen City agencies, policy advocates, and tech experts to offer mentorship and help create impactful products around these Challenges. Don’t worry: if you have another great idea for how to make New York City better, we’d love to see it in our Wildcard category.
BigApps is led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). This year’s competition is administered by HR&A Advisors, Inc., in partnership with SUPER VISiON, Supercharger Studio, Savvy Strategy, and Civic Hall, and supported by a broad array of program partners and sponsors.
What are you waiting for? Get started now and make your impact on the Big Apple!
BigApps launches on Thursday, July 16 and submissions are due on Wednesday, October 14. Grand Prizes will be awarded in December. Sign up for updates on events and deadline reminders.
Director of Technology and Civic Innovation, Microsoft
Chief Information Officer, Google
Dean and Vice Provost, Cornell Tech
Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
Executive Director, NY Tech Meetup
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer, AOL
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Chief Operating Officer, 100 Resilient Cities
Chief Technology Officer, The City of New York
BigApps offers $125,000 in cash prizes and product development resources to winning teams and finalists to advance implementation of their products.
This year’s winners will receive:
This year’s winners and finalists will receive:
BigApps welcomes apps, websites, devices, or any other tech tool from individuals, teams, and companies seeking to improve life in NYC. Companies with more than 25 employees or that have raised more than $1 million may compete but are not eligible for cash prizes. For a full list of BigApps Terms & Conditions, including eligibility, click here.
To submit, create a project page and indicate the Challenge track you’d like to compete for. Our CollabFinder-powered platform will let you know what page elements must be complete for your submission to be eligible. If you have any questions, visit our FAQ page or e-mail us at email@example.com.
BigApps submissions in all Challenge tracks will be evaluated based on three attributes:
BigApps Brain Trust
This year, we’ve teamed up with some of the sharpest minds in NYC tech and design to create the BigApps Brain Trust, a cohort of experts available to teams as they ideate, innovate, and develop their products. The BigApps Brain Trust includes:
The BigApps Brain Trust will offer workshops, office hours, and other special offers throughout the competition. We’ll be updating our news & events section and our biweekly newsletter; check for the latest!
Data & Devices
BigApps was born as an open data competition, and data continues to drive many teams’ solutions. Visit NYC Open Data’s BigApps portal to find a list of public data sets and APIs curated for this competition. Also see individual Challenge pages for additional resources.
Team BigApps has a library of beacons and other devices for use by teams. We will make this library available at key events, but please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss use of devices on an individual basis.
For a full list of FAQs related to the competition, click here.
For a full list of rules and terms and conditions, click here.