NYC BigApps Competition was aimed to find – and fund – civic-focused web and mobile applications in New York City. The winners include the most useful, inventive, appealing, effective, and commercially viable applications for delivering information from the City of New York’s NYC.gov Data Mine to interested users.
The Grand Prize for Best Overall Application went to WayFinder NYC, an Andoird app that allows users to find the nearest and best directions to New York City subway and New Jersey PATH stations. The app was also selected as the Grand Prize winner for the Data Visualization Award.
Other winning applications include:
- Actuatr, a platform that simplifies opening up data to developers;
- NYC Way, an iPhone application that bundles a variety of NYC resources for tourists and locals (also the Investor’s Choice for monetization potential and Popular Choice winner, a $5,000 prize altogether);
- PushpinWeb, a platform for public data;
- Trees Near You, an iPhone app that shows data about trees around New York City;
- UpNext 3D NYC, an interactive 3D map for exploring and discovering the city;
- Overview New York City Parks and Recreation Online, a web app for finding New York City parks; and
- Bookzee, a location-based library book search.
“We opened up the 170 datasets of City information to unleash the creativity and ingenuity of New Yorkers, and we were not disappointed,” said Mayor Bloomberg, who announced the awards at a dinner tonight.” The apps submitted offer a range of unique capabilities, many of which use the data in ways we hadn’t considered. We want New York City to stay ahead of the innovation and technology curve, and we’ll continue to capitalize on our greatest asset – New Yorkers – to make sure we do. Thank you to all of those who submitted apps, and congratulations to the winners.”