NYC BigApps Ideas is a challenge from New York City to the public to suggest apps they want that could help residents, visitors and businesses. Visitors to can vote on the ideas they like best. The 25 app suggestions with the most votes will win a Top 25 Prize. A panel of judges will select the 10 best app suggestions from the top 25 vote-getters for the Top 10 Prize. 

The goal of the BigApps Ideas is twofold: (1) have the public share ideas for Apps that could benefit residents, visitors or business in NYC and be subsequently developed for the NYC BigApps Competition; and (2) engage the broader public as well as the developer community in identifying technology that could improve quality of life for New Yorkers. 

By entering the Competition you agree that others may use or develop the apps you suggest.

Hackathon Sponsors


$5,000 in prizes

Top 10 Ideas (10)

$350 each - Judges select from Top 25

Top 25 Ideas (15)

$100 each - Public selects by voting

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

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Dawn Barber

Dawn Barber
Co-founder, New York Tech Meetup

Alex Diehl

Alex Diehl
Managing Director, BMW iVentures

Charlie O'Donnell

Charlie O'Donnell
Principal, First Round Capital

Carole Post

Carole Post
Commissioner, NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications

Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky
Associate Arts Professor, ITP and Distinguished Writer in Residence, Journalism Department at NYU

Steven Strauss

Steven Strauss
Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    Includes elements like clarity, creativity and originality.
  • Feasibility of Implementation
    How feasible it is to develop the suggested app and access or collect required data.
  • Potential impact
    Potential positive impact on NYC residents, visitors or businesses

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