NYC BigApps 2013 Kicks Off at the New York Tech Meetup
The forth annual NYC BigApps competition launched tonight at the New York Tech Meetup. The annual contest encourages software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using official City data.
More than 1,000 data sets are available on the City’s Open Data portal from 60+ City agencies, commissions, and Business Improvements Districts.
Winning applications will receive cash prizes totaling $150,000 and the opportunity to earn follow-on funding for future app improvements. Over the course of the previous 3 competitions, nearly 240 new apps were created.
This year’s contest focuses on working together to solve specific New York City challenges, known as BigIssues (Jobs and Workforce Mobility, Healthy Living, Lifelong Learning, and Cleanweb: Energy, Environment, and Resilience). The best app in each of the 4 focus areas will win a substantial prize, and be eligible for the NYC BigApps 2013 Grand Prize.
The 2013 judging panel includes:
- Dawn Barber Co-founder, New York Tech Meetup;
- John Borthwick CEO, Betaworks;
- Arianna Huffington, Chair, President, and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post Media Group;
- Lawrence Lenihan Founder, CEO and Managing Director, FirstMark Capital;
- Ann Li, Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation, New York City Economic Development Corporation;
- Rahul Merchant, New York City Chief Information & Innovation Officer and Commissioner, NYC DoITT;
- Ulrich Quay, Managing Director of BMW iVentures;
- Danny Schultz Co-founder & Managing Director, DFJ Gotham Ventures;
- David Tisch Managing Partner, BoxGroup; and
- Fred Wilson, Managing Director, Union Square Ventures.
Entries are due by 5pm on June 7th, 2013.
Learn more: www.NYCBigApps.com
As New York City’s dog lovers anxiously await the crowning of this year’s “Best In Show” at The Westminster Kennel Club’s 136th Annual Dog Show at Madison Square Garden, we estimated the number of pets (dogs and cats only) that call New York City their home.
Based on our analysis, we estimate that there are approximately 1.1 million pets in the City (600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats), or an ownership rate of about one pet for every three households. This figure is lower than the national average (about 60%), as you might expect given the City’s tighter living quarters and that some apartment buildings still do not allow pets. As shown in the above map, dogs and cats seem to really enjoy living near Central Park and the back yards of Staten Island.
Read the rest of our analysis via our StatsBee column on the NYCEDC blog.