The Awards Ceremony for the NYC BigApps 3.0 competition was held Tuesday evening in the iconic IAC building across from Chelsea Piers. Some of the city’s technology elite rubbed shoulders with stars of the venture capital world at an event where Mayor Michael Bloomberg congratulated the winners of the city-sponsored software competition, which includes $50,000 in cash and prizes.
The BigApps contest, now in its third year, offers developers a chance to create mobile or desktop applications based on data collected by the city, such as restaurant grades or the alternate side of the street parking schedule. With more than 100 entries this year, the field was the largest ever and the selection process was infinitely more difficult due not only to the number of entries, but also from the increasing quality and finish of the final products.
All the winners are given top billing at nycbigapps.com, where they and all of the entries are available for public review.
The Grand Prize for Best Overall Application of NYC BigApps 3.0 was awarded to NYCFacets, a web-based application that addresses exactly what the BigApps competition was created for: to make sense of and utilize the immense amount of publicly available data that is constantly being collected by New York City.
The 2nd Prize for Best Overall Application is a mobile application (currently for devices running Apple’s iOS only) that also took the award for Best NYC Mashup. The Work+ app uses the city’s information about publicly available co-working locations and your mobile device’s location services to find the mobile professional a convenient place to work that fits their needs.
Deserving special mention was this year’s Best Education Application: a web-based application designed to be used on mobile devices, Sage is a search tool for Pre-K and Elementary Schools – something on the mind of every parent and parent-to-be in NYC. Being web driven, Sage is available on most mobile devices, including Android and iOS.
Making a return to the BigApps competition was one of the winners from its’ first year, MyCityWay has been a tremendous success since launching in 2009 – spreading to more than 40 cities around the world from a start here in NYC. Announcing the release of a complete rebuild for their hometown edition that will spread across it’s library, the new MyCityWay NOW application is expected to be available within the week on iOS devices and shortly afterwards on other mobile platforms. A review of the upgrade will be published once the application is available.