NYC BIGAPPS COMPETITION draws 100+ submissions! Brilliant! Go vote!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW YORK CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION RECEIVES OVER 100
submissions FOR INAUGURAL nyc bigapps competition

Public Voting for “Popular Choice Application” Award Winners Opens
Today. Fostering Technological Innovation and Creating More
Transparency in City Government are Part of the Bloomberg
Administration’s Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan

New York City, December 15, 2009 – New York City Economic Development
Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced that 112 applications were
submitted for the inaugural NYC BigApps Competition, the largest
number of applications submitted to an open government initiative
nationwide. The NYC BigApps Competition, launched by Mayor Bloomberg
and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber in October,
made more than 170 City datasets available to software developers to
create new digital applications for New York City residents and
visitors. The Competition was open to individuals, start-up companies,
and non-profit organizations with fewer than 50 employees, further
developing efforts by the City to facilitate development within the
entrepreneurial and start-up community. Thirteen winners will be
selected in total, including two Popular Choice Application winners
chosen by public vote through the Competition’s web site. Voting for
the Popular Choice Application begins today.

“The inaugural NYC BigApps Competition has provided an outlet for
innovative software entrepreneurs from New York and around the country
to create new applications that will make New York City easier to
navigate, work in, and live in,” said NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky.
“Providing residents and visitors with more access to City data, and
supporting the City’s technology entrepreneurs are two ways that we
are working to transform the City’s economy into the innovation
capital of the 21st Century.”

Applications were submitted by software developers from across New
York City and states nationwide. NYCEDC and the City’s Department of
Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) coordinated with
nearly 30 City agencies and commissions to provide datasets for the
Competition that included City-wide tree census data, dog runs,
property records and sales, graffiti locations, WiFi hotspots, current
taxi medallion drivers and current medallions, and restaurant
inspection data.

“In the 21st century government needs to do more than simply serve its
constituents – it needs to leverage their best ideas and expertise to
realize a better New York City together,” said DoITT Commissioner Paul
J. Cosgrave.  “NYC BigApps allows us to tap the vast potential of
applicants from across the nation, utilizing technology to solve
problems for the City’s residents, businesses employees and visitors.”

“The NYC Big Apps Competition engaged the media and technology
community in a new and innovative way,” said NYCEDC Vice President for
Media, Green, and Emerging Technology Kristy Sundjaja. “The
exceptional response that we received from developers not only
showcased the talent and diversity of our media and technology
entrepreneurs, but underscored the strength of the industry in New
York City.”

Applications will be judged on criteria including benefit to
residents, visitors, and City government; originality; visual appeal;
effectiveness in increasing data accessibility and government
transparency; and potential commercial value. The judging panel is
comprised of a select group of technology entrepreneurs and
information technology-focused venture capital firms including: NY
Tech Meetup Co-founder Dawn Barber; Betaworks CEO John Borthwick;
Mahalo.com Co-founder Jason Calacanis; EDVenture Chairman Esther
Dyson; CEO of FirstMark Capital, Lawrence Lenihan; Gilt Groupe
Chairman and Founder Kevin Ryan; DFJ Gotham Ventures Co-founder and
Managing Director Danny Schultz; and Union Square Ventures Partner
Fred Wilson.

Public voting and viewing of applications will take place on the NYC
BigApps site at http://www.nycbigapps.com/application-gallery
beginning today at 12:00 p.m. EST and will continue through 5:00 p.m.
EST on January 7, 2010. Judging for Best Overall Application (Grand
Prize, Second Prize, Third Prize, and five honorable mentions),
Investor’s Choice Application, Data Visualization Application, and
City Talent Award also begins today. Winners will be selected and
announced at an awards ceremony in February 2010 and will receive a
total of $20,000 in cash prizes.

The NYC BigApps Competition was administered by ChallengePost, a New
York City-based start-up company that provides an online network for
organizations and individuals to create and offer competitions. Over
3,200 people from more across the nation and worldwide from countries
including India, Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and the United Kingdom
registered their support for the BigApps initiative on the web site.
Data compiled for the Competition will remain available to the general
public on the Data Mine site at www.nyc.gov/data; more datasets will
be added in the coming months.

About NYCEDC

New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary
vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs.
NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and
redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity
and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an
advocate to the business community by building relationships with
companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many
opportunities. Find us on Facebook to learn more about NYCEDC projects
and initiatives.

About the Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan

The Five Borough Economic Opportunity Plan is a comprehensive strategy
to bring New York City through the current economic downturn as fast
as possible. It focuses on three major areas: creating jobs for New
Yorkers today, implementing a long-term vision for growing the city’s
economy, and building affordable, attractive neighborhoods in every
borough. Taken together, the initiatives that the City has launched to
achieve these goals will generate thousands of jobs and put New York
City on a path to economic recovery and growth.

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