about 11 years ago

And the winners are...

We're thrilled to announce the winners of NYC BigApps 3.0! A record 96 eligible applications were submitted for this year's competition, and 11 winning applications were awarded $50,000 in cash prizes, plus special opportunities to help launch or build their startups.  

View all the winners in the Gallery, check out photos from the award ceremony, and read much more in the official press release.

Thanks again to everyone who participated and made the challenge a great success!

about 11 years ago

Award ceremony registration

The NYC BigApps 3.0 Award Ceremony with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is next Tuesday, April 17! Have you and your teammates registered yet?

Join us for drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and big awards!

RSVP by Friday, April 13 at bigapps3.eventbrite.comThe site is password protected, and you'll need the original email invitation sent from invite@eventbrite.com to register. If you didn't receive an email, ask your teammate (the one who submitted your NYC BigApps submission) to forward it to you.

Note that due to security considerations, only people who register online and provide complete contact information will be permitted to enter

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about 11 years ago

Voting ends Thursday

See who's in the lead for the Popular Choice awards in NYC BigApps 3.0.

Don't see your favorite in the top spot? Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorites daily until 5 p.m. EST March 8.

Thanks for supporting this challenge and spreading the word. Keep it up!

Note: Just because a vote appears on the site does not mean it is an eligible vote. We check votes via a wide variety of criteria and are confident that any bad votes won't be counted. If you want to make sure we notice fraudulent votes, email us at support@ChallengePost.com

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over 11 years ago

Dos and Don'ts of Public Voting

Thanks for rallying your networks to vote in the Popular Choice Awards of NYC BigApps 3.0. Just 10 days remain in the public voting period: keep it up!

To ensure the integrity of the competition, we'd like to caution you against unfair or fraudulent voting practices that could disqualify a submission. Here are some basic Do's and Don'ts. For full details, please refer to the Official Rules.


  • Register for one account per person.
  • Vote once daily for each of your favorite submissions.
  • Tell a friend to vote. (Legally, of course.)


Attempting any of the following could be

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over 11 years ago

Vote for your favorite apps daily

The public voting period for NYC BigApps 3.0 is in full swing! Did you know that you can vote once per day per submission?

Browse the Submission Gallery and vote for your favorites daily until March 8. Your vote will help determine who takes home the 2 Popular Choice Awards.

If you've entered an app, see what place your app is in. Click on your submission, and check out the Current Standings to the right of your video.

Note: Just because a vote appears on the site does not mean it is an eligible vote. We check votes via

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over 11 years ago

Thanks for entering!

Many thanks to everyone who entered NYC BigApps 3.0! We have had an amazing turnout this year and we are currently in the process of reviewing all your wonderful submissions.

Some of you have written to us requesting the status of your submission. Due to the large number of submissions we've received, it is not possible for us to give you an exact timeline of when your submission will be reviewed. Every submission needs to be reviewed by a human moderator before being published in the gallery, and this does take time.

Rest assured that we will review all submissions…

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over 11 years ago

Submissions due tomorrow!

The submission deadline for NYC BigApps 3.0 is Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. EST. That means you have one more day to submit an amazing app that uses New York City data!

Check out the apps that have been submitted so far, and review the submission checklist to make sure you don't miss a step.

Have fun! We can't wait to see what you create.

over 11 years ago

BMW i Ventures Incubator opening celebration

We're nearing the submission deadline for NYC BigApps 3.0: be sure to submit your app by 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

To reward yourself for submitting — or just for thinking about submitting! — plan to attend the opening celebration for the new BMW i Ventures Incubator. (BMW i Ventures is an NYC BigApps strategic partner.) Here are the event details:


BMW i Ventures invites you to the opening celebration for the new BMW i Ventures Incubator on January 31, 2012 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. We are excited to kick off our presence in NYC…

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over 11 years ago

1 week left to submit!

The submission deadline for NYC BigApps 3.0 is Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. EST. The prizes include $50,000 in cash and great opportunities to learn from investors and entrepreneurs.

Here's a handy checklist to help you wrap things up:

Submission Checklist

  1. Finish your submission video — check out these tips on how to make one
  2. Finalize the name of your app
  3. Write a summary of your submission (including a description of functionality and uses)
  4. Decide on which image(s) to include
  5. Review the summary of how to enter and the Enter a Submission page one more time, to make sure…

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over 11 years ago

12 days to go! Are you ready?

The submission deadline for NYC BigApps 3.0 is January 25! To help you stay motivated, here's a series of posts offering tips and advice from past NYC BigApps winners.

Here's the CliffsNotes version: "The benefits of the BigApps challenge? Improved citizen and city life; publicity and a chance to meet Mayor Bloomberg; and access to leading tech entrepreneurs and investors." Oh, and let's not forget the $50,000 in cash and other prizes!

Haven't started on your app yet? There's still time! Look at these apps hacked in just 27 hours at the NYC BigApps 3.0 Hackathon.

And here's…

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over 11 years ago

4 weeks to go!

We're coming to the final weeks of NYC BigApps 3.0. It's not too late to enter — start building an app today! (And don't forget that Developer Day is next Saturday January 7. RSVP here.)

Use at least 1 data set from NYC Open Data in your software application, and you'll be in the running for great recognition, exposure, and prizes:

If you've already started working on a submission, here are some reminders to help you make sure…

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over 11 years ago

Join us for Developer Day!

Join other NYC BigApps 3.0 participants for the NYC BigApps 3.0 Developer Day! This event is for anyone planning to participate in NYC BigApps 3.0.

  • Saturday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Here's what you can look forward to:

  • Dedicated time to work on your app 
  • Building something amazing to help NYC 
  • Collaborating and connecting with fellow developers, designers and more 
  • Morning snack, lunch and dinner

Register at bigappsdevday.eventbrite.com now! Spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis. If you have to cancel, please email us at info@NYCBigApps.com so we can accommodate another participant.


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over 11 years ago

Inspiring hacks

This past weekend, developers, designers, and tech enthusiasts gathered to collaborate at the first-ever BigApps Hackathon. The innovative results included these prize winners:

  • Can I Park Here? (Grand Prize; Hackers’ Choice) — Eric Rafaloff
    Helps you decipher confusing parking regulations and cryptic signs. Just touch one button to find out whether you've snagged the perfect spot or are about to get towed.
  • Scene Near Me (2nd Prize) — Luis Miranda, Avi Dabir, Dan Blumberg
    Every day, New Yorkers walk the same streets as the Ghostbusters, Annie Hall, and King Kong. Scene Near Me tells you exactly where your favorite…

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over 11 years ago

Registration is open: NYC BigApps 3.0 Hackathon

We're excited to announce the details for the first-ever NYC BigApps Hackathon! This weekend-long hackathon is for anyone planning to participate in NYC BigApps 3.0.

When: November 11–13 (Friday networking followed by weekend hacking)
Where: Pivotal Labs, 841 Broadway (near Union Square)
Why: To develop ideas, find teammates, build something amazing, and win prizes!

Get full details and register now at http://bigappshack.eventbrite.com — spaces will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

Hacks must use data from NYC Open Data, but other than that, the sky's the limit. Start exploring and brainstorming now!