Monday, December 21, 2009

Crowdsourcing: NYC’s Best-App Contest Opens for Worldwide Voting

New York City today asked people all over the world to pick the best new mobile and web apps that make the Big Apple “more transparent, accessible and accountable.”

NYC BigApps contest entrants mash official information from the NYC Data Mine with outside data and services. The hopes is to create a cool and useful app that will win the developers some of the $20,000 in taxpayer money offered as prizes.

The results should be apps that help residents and visitors plan walks that include open spaces, Wi-Fi hotspots and clean restaurants; find apartments on streets without potholes; and plot safe bike routes.

The contest demonstrates, again, the efficiency of crowdsourcing in solving problems, especially when cash prizes are involved. Developers from around the nation, but mostly from New York, submitted web and mobile 112 apps (iPhone and Android), and 85 qualified for this ongoing voting stage. A similar contest in Washington D.C., AppsforDemocracy, attracted 47 submissions.
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