To help New York City become more transparent, accessible, and accountable.

For the second year, the City of New York is improving the way it provides information and transparency to citizens. But delivering great information requires great tools. The NYC BigApps Competition will reward the developers of the most creative, best implemented, and impactful applications for delivering information from the City of New York's NYC.gov Data Mine to interested users. Software developers will compete for $20,000 in cash, wide exposure for their work, and a meeting with the Mayor. Submissions may be any kind of software application, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, SMS, or any software platform broadly available to the public.

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How to enter

1) Register for the contest on this website by creating an account between October 12, 2010, and January 26, 2011. Registrants will receive an email to verify their account and may then enter their submissions via the Submit Application tab.

2) In order to be considered, each submission must include:

  • A link to the working software application
  • A video of the application
  • A text-based description of the application
  • At least one still photograph of the working application.

3) Submissions must also:

  • Be original software applications solely owned by the entrant(s)
  • Use at least one of the datasets found on the NYC.gov Data Mine found here:¬†http://nyc.gov/data.
  • Be free to the public throughout the competition and for at least one year after.

NYC BigApps is open for cash prizes to U.S. residents ages 16 and over and legally-registered organizations (with fewer than 50 employees) domiciled in the U.S. Employees of the City of New York and NYCEDC and their immediate family can compete for a separate City Talent Award.

Organizations employing fifty or more employees are eligible for the Large Organization Recognition award, which has no cash prize. 

High school, college, or graduate school students may compete for the Student Award.

All entrants will retain all intellectual property ownership in their submissions. All interested applicants must read the complete version of the Official Rules. The rules listed here provide only a brief introduction, and do not constitute a complete list of all requirements that apply to this competition.

Judges

Dawn Barber

Dawn Barber
Co-founder, New York Tech Meetup

John Borthwick

John Borthwick
CEO, Betaworks

Chris Dixon

Chris Dixon
CEO & Co-founder, Hunch

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey
CEO, Square and Co-founder, Twitter

Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson
Chairman, EDventure

Stuart Ellman

Stuart Ellman
Co-founder & General Partner, RRE Ventures

Lawrence Lenihan

Lawrence Lenihan
Founder, CEO and Managing Director, FirstMark Capital

Carole Post

Carole Post
Commissioner, NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications*

Ian Robertson

Ian Robertson
Board Member of BMW AG, Sales and Marketing, and Chairman Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd.

Danny Schultz
Co-founder & Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures

Naveen Selvadurai

Naveen Selvadurai
Co-founder, Foursquare

Steven Strauss

Steven Strauss
Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC*

Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher
Co-Executive Editor, All Things Digital

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson
Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    Including creativity and originality
  • Implementation of the Idea
    Including user experience and design
  • Potential Impact
    On New York City residents and visitors
  • Potential for Commercialization
    This is only for the Investor's Choice Award