Today was the perfect day to spill mouthwash on my Verizon Blackberry. Why? The Verizon iPhone is available in stores tomorrow and NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition has launched their application gallery for public voting.
The BigApps competition excites me because like many of us here, I’m always on the lookout for new businesses and utilities based on open government data. While these entries have a focus on New York City, many could work today in any city or easily adapt to your area. With that in mind, if you see an entry that could solve a pain point in your town or organization, the developers would love nothing more than for you to reach out to them (and of course for your vote).
This year’s entries have a heavy focus on location, with everything from apps that help you navigate dense residential neighborhoods to an app that makes art come alive through podcasts and images as you explore NYC’s rich culture. Also big on scene are apps that integrate with cloud text messaging platforms like Twilio and Tropo, giving residents without smartphones the ability to check on the status of a parking ticket or find out when the next garbage collection is.
About NYC BigApps 2.0
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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