National Day of Civic Hacking Report Back from NYC

NYC BigApps Demo Night winners and Judges

This past weekend, the New York City metro area hosted five National Day of Civic Hacking events! (Two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, one in Queens, and one in Newark, N.J.) One of them was the City’s first CityCamp and the last public event before the conclusion of NYC BigApps.

After three months of civic hackers working on solving NYC’s biggest issues, NYC BigApps 2013 hosted NYC’s first CityCamp. Participants hacked and polished their projects, while the general public explored NYC’s civic technology ecosystem and beta tested BigApp projects.

At the end of the day, BigApps participants celebrated the near conclusion of the competition with the first ever Demo Night. In front of a panel of esteemed judges, 11 BigApps projects demoed fully functionally projects and four four honors were awarded.

Demo Night Winners

Demo Night Judges:

  • Hon. Gale Brewer, New York City Council
  • Michael Bierut, Pentagram
  • Nick Judd, Personal Democracy Forum
  • Katy Peters, TurboVote
  • Chrys Wu, Matchstrike LLC and Hacks/Hackers NYC

This event was generously hosted and supported by New York Law School and Code For America’s Brigade. A big thank you to Personal Democracy Media in supporting NYC BigApps Demo Night winners.

NYC BigApps 2013 ends on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. and is open to all! Good luck NYC BigApps participants and submit your app today!

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About the NYC BigApps Demo Night winners…
 

First Place: HealthyOut

BigIssue: Healthy Living

App Description: HealthyOut is a smart meal recommender that allows New Yorkers to quickly locate healthy meals at local restaurants. With a few simple clicks, users can search for dishes by nutrition preferences (like calories, nutrition tags like heart healthy, paleo, vegetarian) as well as tastes (cuisine, main ingredient, preparation style).

HealthyOut NYCBigApps URL and App URL

Team Members:

  • Dan Myers, Developer in New York City
  • Jonathan Hironaga, Developer in Campbell, Calif.
  • Wendy Nguyen, Designer in New York City

Prize:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize
  • An opportunity to attend the White House’s Champions of Change event in Washington, D.C.
  • Tickets to Code for America’s annual Summit
  • Tickets to Personal Democracy Forum 2013 Conference
  • A private dinner with civic technology and civic startup leaders hosted by Code for America

 

Second Place: MintScraps

BigIssue: CleanWeb

App Description: MintScraps is an online platform that helps restaurants, grocery stores, and other food service establishments track and analyze their waste stream to find cost savings. By understanding the proportion of recyclable and compostable material in their overall waste stream, businesses can take proactive steps in reducing their waste disposal and inventory purchasing costs. Through MintScraps, businesses can manage and analyze their food waste and other parts of their waste stream on a regular basis. Additionally, organic waste haulers can reach out to businesses and collaborate with them to divert their waste away from landfills to save on waste disposal costs.

MintScraps NYCBigApps URL and App URL

Team Members:

  • Claire Moloney, Writer in New York City
  • Patrick Morris, Designer in New York City
  • Tony Vu, Developer in New York City

Prize:

  • $1,000 Cash Prize
  • Tickets to Code for America’s annual Summit
  • Tickets to Personal Democracy Forum 2013 Conference
  • A private dinner with civic technology and civic startup leaders hosted by Code for America

 

Third Place: Plexx

BigIssue: Jobs and Economic Mobility and Lifelong Learning

App Description: Plexx is a training center in your pocket. Plexx is a mobile training app where people can learn the skills they need to obtain a job and build a career.

Plexx NYCBigApps URL and App URL

Team Members:

  • Yacaira Jimenez, Writer in New York City
  • Sergio Marrero, Scientist in New York City
  • Victor Popov, Developer in New York City

Prize:

 

Honorable Mention: Climafy

BigIssue: CleanWeb

App Description: An app to help home owners understand the benefits (lower utility bills, higher property value, greater comfort, healthier, lower carbon footprint) of turning their houses into green homes and the tools to quickly and easily find contractors and green lenders to get the energy efficiency upgrades done. The app would combine location awareness with a simple user path and social sharing capability.

Climafy NYCBigApps URL and App URL

Team Members:

  • Rafael Vasquez, Developer in New York City
  • Angello Maggio Ferro, Developer in Bronx, N.Y.
  • Greg Hedger, Developer in New York City
  • Scott Powell, Developer in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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