BigApps Voting Opens

Voting opened at 10 a.m. today for the second annual NYC BigApps competition, in which developers were invited to build applications using more than 350 datasets from more than 40 city agencies and commissions.

The data sets include things like a list of sidewalk cafes with current licenses; demographic, social, economic, and housing profiles by borough; property assessments; and restaurant inspection results.

There are fewer submissions this year–58 versus 84 for the first BigApps–but the apps are higher-concept, and a higher percentage were submitted by locals.

Among the highlights:, which sends a text message when you check into a restaurant that has a poor health rating; Talk With Sam, a location-based app that informs users who their elected representatives are; and 311 Share, a website for aggregating unresolved complaints.

The apps will be reviewed by 14 judges who will select winners for a combined $20,000 in cash prizes. Two additional prizes will be awarded for winners of the popular vote, open until March 9.

The contest is put on by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and powered by local startup ChallengePost, a web platform for competitions.

“NYC developers are a big part of the story this year–they gave back the most to this challenge, building apps for their communities using the city’s data, and contributed the bulk of the applications submitted to the NYC BigApps challenge this year,” according to a press release. But the city wasn’t always in love with developers–it wasn’t so long ago that the MTA tied to extract money from developers who used its copyrighted timetables. The MTA has since come around and now openly touts its developer network.

This year’s judges are:

  • Dawn Barber, Co-founder, New York Tech Meetup
  • John Borthwick, CEO, Betaworks
  • Chris Dixon, CEO & Co-founder, Hunch
  • Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square and Co-founder, Twitter
  • Esther Dyson, Chairman, Edventure
  • Stuart Ellman, Co-founder & General Partner, RRE Ventures
  • Lawrence Lenihan, Founder, CEO and Managing Director, FirstMark Capital
  • Carole Post, Commissioner, NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications
  • 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, Co-founder, Foursquare
  • Steven Strauss, Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC
  • Kara Swisher, Co-Executive Editor, All Things Digital
  • Fred Wilson, Managing Partner, Union Square Ventures

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BigApps Voting Opens