Last October we covered the launch of NYC BigApps, a government data contest aimed at rewarding developers for development of applications that utilized information from the City of New York’s NYC.gov data mine. The contest drew quite a bit of attention and enthusiasm, given the size of the city and the number of data sets that were made available. Now the contest has concluded and the winners were announced last night.
As might be expected, developers found some extremely creative ways of putting the NYC.gov data to good use in a variety of applications and mashups. The Grand Prize winner is WayFinder NYC, a mobile app (Android) that provides an augmented reality approach to providing users with directions to the nearest subway station (see embedded video below).
The Third Prize winner is Big Apple Ed, a school search and analysis tool for New York City schools that provides parents with a new tool for doing due diligence for schools based on a variety of parameters.
You can check out the honorable mentions and other applications that were developed for the contest at the Application Gallery. It’s certainly exciting to see how the developer community was able to take data shared by a city government to develop a diverse set of viable apps and mashups that will benefit both citizens and visitors to the Big Apple. We hope that the contest serves as a model for other major cities around the country that may be considering opening up their data and sharing it with the public at large.