New York announced its second annual Big Apps competition today. The contest rewards participants for designing mobile and web applications using city data.
Last year’s grand prize winner created an app that helped New Yorkers find the fastest route to the closest subway. The second-place app let users posts live comments about their taxi service.
This year the city nearly doubled the number of available datasets from 190 to more than 350, including building complaints and real-time traffic stats.
Winners will receive cash prizes totalling $20,000. The NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition is open to individuals as well as companies and non-profit organizations with fewer than 50 employees.
The panel of judges is an all star roster Silicon Alley roster: Dawn Barber, John Borthwick, Chris Dixon, Esther Dyson, Stuart Ellman, Lawrence Lenihan, Danny Schultz, Naveen Selvadurai, Kara Swisher and Fred Wilson.
“NYC BigApps combines two of our Administration’s important priorities: making civic information more readily available to New Yorkers and promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in New York City,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The inaugural NYC BigApps competition yielded an array of creative uses for City data, and — with nearly twice as much data formatted for application use this year — there are even more possibilities with version 2.0.”
According to the press release,
Fourteen winners will be chosen in total, including two new prizes – best application created by a high school, college or full-time graduate school student; and a Large Organization Recognition Award for organizations with 50 or more employees, which will not eligible for a cash prize. A panel of judges from the technology and venture capital community will select winners for Best Overall Application (Grand Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize and five honorable mentions), Investor’s Choice Application, City Talent Award, Student Award, and the Large Organization Recognition Award. Two Popular Choice Application awards will be determined by public voting. Judging criteria will include the benefit to residents, visitors and City government; the quality and implementation of the idea; and potential commercial value.