NYC BigApps 2017 

NYC BigApps is the premier civic innovation competition in New York City that challenges designers, developers, academics, entrepreneurs, and New Yorkers at large to apply their know-how to improve New York City.  NYC BigApps is led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). T

This year’s competition was powered by Civic Hall Labs and supported by a broad array of program partners and sponsors.  

Over 500 people have participated in exploring how data and technology can improve the quality of life for New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants across three challenge categories: Transportation, Knowledge, and Community Resiliency.

Over four months and many design-thinking and ideation workshops at Civic Hall, hundreds of participants formed teams, met with mentors, interviewed end-users, and prototyped solutions. By the close of the competition we received a record-breaking 150 eligible submissions. From there, the finalists showcased their solutions at our culminating event on May 23rd. Take a look below for our recap video and the Grand Prize winners! 

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Transportation Winner: ON BOARD

On Board is a distributed passenger check-in system for New York City’s paratransit network (Access-A-Ride). By creating a public, independent database of passenger pickups, On Board empowers transit advocates to assess and improve service schedules and quality, and ensures a safer, more reliable ride for thousands of New Yorkers.


Knowledge Winner: PASSNYC 

The PASSNYC Opportunity Explorer is an interactive, smart catalog and universal application for over 200 extracurricular opportunities for NYC students. With one streamlined process, families can access test prep and tutoring, after-school programs, athletics, scholarships, community groups and more.


Community Resiliency: NESTERLY

nesterly facilitates connections across generations and social networks to offer a single solution to the dual challenges of social isolation and housing unaffordability. Our digital marketplace enables older households with spare space to connect with young people willing to exchange help around the house for lower rent.



Dollar Van NYC is on a mission to improve access to low cost, reliable transportation for the approximately 900,000 New Yorkers living in “transit-starved” areas. Our multilingual Dollar Van app will provide real-time access to over 500 licensed NYC commuter vans who provide rides for as little as $2.