Friendly Competition: Civic Tech

New York is relying on friendly competition to spur tech-innovation that benefits the city. Kate Daly, Senior Vice President and head of Industry Transformation Teams at the Center for Economic Transformation in the NYC Economic Development Corporation, reports:

NYC BigApps, an initiative of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, has become the largest municipally-supported civic innovation competition in the country. Started in 2009 as the City’s first open data initiative, it has awarded $300,000 in prizes and received more than 500 submissions, engaging thousands of New Yorkers.

In our quest to confront the challenges facing our city, we’re looking to the strength of our innovation economy—-and our greatest citizen innovators. By using a broad spectrum of open municipal data on areas like transportation, sanitation, and electricity consumption, and finding smart, dynamic New Yorkers to apply that data, our tech community engages in the most modern, 21st century of civic acts: creating digital solutions to better the lives of their neighbors.

 

There’s a specific category for Civic Engagement – if you’re a civic-techie, you can “join the challenge” here!

NYC is not alone – in fact Martin O’Malley is hosting a similar competition this Wednesday, October 21, in D.C. For more on NYC BigApps, click here.

Contributor: Benjamin Peterson, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’16.

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