BigApps is the premier showcase of NYC’s tech ecosystem. It’s a competition that empowers New York’s sharpest minds to solve the city’s toughest challenges through technology, making NYC a better place to Live, Work, Learn, and Play. Whether you’re a hacker or a maker, a designer or an investor, a novice or a pro, we provide resources that make it easy to make a difference. Come to build. Come to network. Come to win.

NYC BigApps 2014 is an initiative of NYCEDC to promote government transparency and the creation of innovative new technologies. Following NYC BigApps 2013, this year’s event is the fifth annual run of the competition and is being managed by HR&A Advisors in collaboration with Super Vision and Splash.

Let’s solve New York’s challenges together.

BigApps is a competition that empowers the sharpest minds in tech, design, and business to solve NYC's toughest challengesOver 50 teams are fast at work, competing for $100,000 in cash prizes – and nearly all of them are looking for teammates. Whether you’re a novice or pro, a coder or an engineer, click to join a team or start your own.


SUBMISSIONS DUE JULY 12, 2014

Come one, come all to our July 19th Block Party!

Pretty amazing right?

Come for the glory. Stay for the prizes.


  • Grand Prizes - $20,000 each for the best Live, Work, Learn, and Play products


  • Product Prizes - Awards for the best products, which could include Connected Devices, Mobile, Web, Data, and Gaming apps


  • BigIdea Winners - Have your product adopted by a leading civic group or city agency



  • BigIdea Winners - Have your product adopted by a leading civic group or City Agency

Solve a sponsored challenge or bring your own idea.

This year, there are two ways to compete in BigApps:

Solve a BigIdea Challenge

We asked the City's leading civic thinkers and doers how tech could make New York City a better place to LIVE, WORKLEARN, or PLAY. Take on their challenges and work with them to build solutions they can use, giving your product a lasting impact.

SEE ALL BIGIDEA CHALLENGES

Choose your own Adventure

BigApps can help you advance a new or existing project, as long as it solves a civic challenge and improves the lives of New Yorkers. Just tell us the problem you’re solving and what you’ve built to
solve it.

START A PROJECT

BigApps is for all members of the tech ecosystem.

Skills:

  • Engineers

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  • Developers

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  • Inventors

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  • Artists

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  • Designers

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  • Entrepreneurs 

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  • Marketers

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  • And More

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PRODUCTS:

  • Mobile Apps

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  • Hardware

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  • Web Apps

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  • Electronics

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  • Data Visualization

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  • Connected Devices

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  • Games

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  • And More

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Six high-energy, high profile events.

BigApps is more than a competition – it’s a series of curated events that guide teams from idea to design to build to debut.
  • BigApps Launch!

    May 7

  • BigBuild Brooklyn

    May 17

  • BigBuild Manhattan

    June 7

  • BigBuild Queens

    June 21

  • Block Party!

    July 19

  • Award Ceremony

    Mid-September

BigApps makes it easy to make a difference.

We offer an ever-expanding toolbox to help you build the smartest products.

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­You have access to 1,000+ public data sets, plus data and APIs from dozens of partners. See all data sets & apis

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­You can tinker with some of the most exciting and exclusive devices in production. See all DEVICES & PLATFORMS

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­You can pick the brains of over 50 mentors from the City’s leading tech and civic organizations.MEET ALL MENTORS

NYC BIGAPPS IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY

THANKS TO OUR FINANCIAL SPONSORS

The day we've been waiting for.

Clear your calendar - It's going down! BigApps Home Page kicks off on February 12th, and you're invited to take part in the festivities. Join us for a night of fun and excitement. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic!

A sweet time will be had

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