Ninety-six apps were submitted to the New York City BigApps competition, a city-run contest that encourages developers to play with government data. The winning apps were eligible to earn up to $50,000 in prize money as well as fame, fortune, and two NY Tech Meetup demo slots, two TechStars finalist spots, and membership in the inaugural mentorship network, BigApps Founders Network. The winner of the Best NYC Mashup, the category for apps that use city data alongside the data of a participating company like Foursquare, the New York Times, or Vimeo, will also get a meeting with the participating company.
The winners built apps to help residents and tourists navigate the city. This year’s competition was powered by New York’s ChallengePost. “NYC BigApps continues to be a success because of the strong ecosystem of software developers, NYC residents, judges, sponsors, and the City,” said ChallengePost CEO Brandon Kessler. “We’re heartened to see this competition and its successful results grow each year.”
More than 200 apps have been submitted over the three years that BigApps has been running. NYC BigApps has also snagged almost 270,000 unique visitors to its website, the city said in a press release.
On to the winners!