New York City’s 4th BigApps Competition is officially underway, it was announced at the March New York Tech Meetup, a group whose membership is now at over 31,000.
Eight cash prizes totaling $150,000 will be awarded this year and seven winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, which will be held in June.
For the first time, participants will be able to incorporate approved Federal, State and private sector datasets and APIs, as well as create their own data sets for the City through the use of their apps. In addition to the cash prizes, winners will receive several non-monetary prizes and in some cases, the opportunity to earn follow-on funding for future app improvements. They will also be eligible to join the Founders’ Network, which provides networking and startup business support for those wishing to launch companies around their apps. Two winners will get demo slots to present at the NY Tech Meetup.
Over the course of the previous three competitions, NYC BigApps has helped to create nearly 240 new and innovative applications.
“We already know the city is home to the most creative and talented people, and programs like BigApps allow us to further cultivate that talent and creative energy, which will help further grow our thriving innovation economy,” said Mayor Bloomberg.
For those interested in participating, there will also be a NYC BigApps 2013 Expo and Hackathon Weekend at eBay’s New York offices the weekend of April 6th. The two-day event will feature speakers and experts from a variety of civic and technology communities, to educate participants about BigIssues, inform them about NYC BigApps 2013’s new features and resources, and help them to find teammates. Advisors will also be available to participants who wish to work on apps and prototypes.
Final entries for the competition are due by 5 PM on Friday, June 7. Official competition rules, as well as additional information and updates can be found on the NYCBigApps website.