Ten winning ideas were announced last week for the NYC BigApps Ideas Challenge. Starting in June, people were encouraged to submit concepts for applications by answering the following question in 140 characters or less: “I want a NYC App that ______.” No programming was required and participants submitted ideas, not functioning apps. Some of the winning ideas:
- Provide an open API to all MTA transit information, schedules, delays, and current locations of trains and buses
- Aggregate bike accident data to make/help petition for safer bike routes
- Tell someone when the next subway car is to arrive at their station, before they go underground
- Tells someone their options during an emergency based on where they are and what their status is
“This competition has given a voice to New Yorkers with creative ideas on how to improve their city, but who don’t necessarily have the technical capabilities to create an app themselves,” said Seth W. Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, in a statement. “These winning ideas will now help shape the future of web, desktop or mobile apps and, most importantly, will benefit the lives of New Yorkers across the five boroughs.” The city hopes that developers will be inspired to translate some of these ideas into working applications for the NYC BigApps 3.0 competition this fall.