NYC BigApps 2.0 Announces Winners, Roadify Bags Grand Prize

Romin Irani, April 4th, 2011

The winners of NYC BigApps 2.0 competion have been announced. In one of the largest open government initiatives of its kind, the competition provided developers with access to over 350 sets of official New York City data and asked them to build applications on top of that. The public round of voting commenced in February, to choose from 58 applications that spanned mobile, web and SMS Apps that targeting various NYC public data sets.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the winners at a live event in New York City. The contest was administered by ChallengePost and the diverse range of entries presented a tough challenge to the judges that included Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures). It is worth looking at the statistics here: 58 applications (24 mobile apps, 2 SMS apps and 32 Web Applications) were submitted, categories ranged from Getting Around, Eating Out, Exploring and even Developer tools. The public  voting round saw tremendous participation with over 9500+ votes.

Here is the list of winners:

Grand Prize Winner: Roadify – an iPhone Application that alerts users to the latest subway, bus, or driving conditions by adding real-time updates from commuters on top of official transit data.

Second Prize: Sportaneous – The application harnesses location-based technology to organize sports games at any time, providing lists of nearby public sports facilities and ways to join games that suit the user’s schedule, location, and skill level.

Third Prize: Parking Finder ( takes the hassle out of finding parking in Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn by providing interactive maps of free, metered, and prohibited on-street parking during specified times, as well as entrance locations and calculated price of every off-street parking garage and lot, and the ability to make reservations.

Sportaenous also won the Grand Prize in the Popular Choice Awards, while Roadify won the Second Prize in that. Parking Finder also won the Investors Choice Award with the highest potential for commercialization.

The success of NYC Big Apps 2.0 competition has also received a big boost for developers building NYC Applications via an encouraging announcement from BMW. BMW i Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital fund will establish an incubator space to further support up-and-coming companies and technology solutions. Its first investment is in MyCityWay, which won several awards at the first NYC Apps contest.

NYC BigApps 2.0 is a runaway success story in how government and citizens can come together to create applications that will benefit everyone. This is the second year of the contest and it has seen an increase not just in data sets, developers and applications but also in public voting. A win-win for everyone!

For a full list of submissions and winners, visit the Application Gallery at NYC BigApps 2.0 site.

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