Last night, NYC EDC announced the 2015 NYC BigApps Winners in an award ceremony that honored innovation, creativity, and dedication to technology in New York City. The competition, now in its seventh year, tackles New York City’s biggest civic problems through the use of data and technology. This year, entrants were asked to address Mayor de Blasio’s OneNYC plan for a strong, sustainable, resilient, and equitable city by tackling Affordable Housing, Zero Waste, Connected Cities, and Civic Engagement.
Affordable Housing Grand Prize ($25,000): JustFix.nyc is a tool for renters to organize and take action in getting repairs made in their apartments.
Zero Waste Grand Prize ($25,000): Treasures is a mobile app that allows users to share objects with others in their community, reusing and recycling items rather than throwing them out.
Connected Cities Grand Prize ($25,000): CityCharge is a solar-powered charging station for public spaces that uses Bluetooth and beacon technology to gather environmental data, and acts as a WiFi hotspot.
Civic Engagement Grand Prize ($25,000): Benefit Kitchen is a benefit screening tool that allows low-income families to learn about the public benefits for which they are eligible.
Judge’s Choice ($10,000): Addicaid is a digital support network that helps individuals struggling with substance disorders enter and stay in recovery.
Judge’s Choice ($10,000): IssueVoter is a nonpartisan, end-to-end constituent engagement tool for Americans to weigh in on important policy questions and monitor their representatives’ records.
A look at the awards ceremony, in tweets:
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