Noelle Marcus – project manager at EDC –city’s engine for economic development and diversification. Fortune of running our BigApp’s program
BigApps was launched 2010 and the first 3 years, had a number of notable successes including: Generated240 diverse mobile/web apps Opened > 750 datasets from > 60 agenciesAttracted 300K site visitors Awarded winners $117.5K in prizesAll of this was really great (and we were proud of our winner’s. Like Make My Way, a replicated…) But we felt that BigApps had an even bigger potential, So for our fourth iteration we decided to push BigApps to the next level and drove developers to use open to data tackle the City’s biggest challenges.
Of which there are many.Our key BigIssue, or track, was Jobs and Economic Mobility. This track challenged developers to build apps that would connect underserved residents to workforce development and employment opportunities, and/or access to vital worker support services, such as child care, healthcare, education, and affordable housing.Since most underserved New Yorker’s do not have access to computer’s at home, but do have access to smart phones we saw an app competition as an incredible opportunity to reach a population who are sadly most often isolated from the resources--but who could most benefit from access to these economic mobility tools. We looked to other cities for inspiration, such as Austin, Texas who is the home of Aunt Bertha--- a ……. Brought the founder Erine Grey to our 2 day Jobs and Economic Mobility hackathon. At this hackathon we brought together over --- developers, dosens of advisors from…. and had 21 teams demo at the end of the weekend. Overall, BigApps 2014 hosted 13 events, 5 hackathons bringing together
We recreated the BigApps formula to better match our civically driven mission: Data + Advisors + Collaborative Platform + Hackathons/Events Restructured the whole competition to be focused on 4 BigIssuesalong with collabfinder we developed and launched a whole new platform to help entrants find teammates, share ideas and solicit public feedback. Thirdly, we opened up a whole host of new data, on the public side ---from NYC Open Data platform, to allowing state and fed data. Also collected data from … private and non-profits.
To fully realize the new vision for BigApps we found incredible thought partners who shared our mission: BR, RH and Coatue helped us shape the issues through BigIssue Problem briefs to provide context and direction for developers, organize events and provide dozens expert advisors to the developer teams.
At our two day JEM Hackathon on April 20-21, we brought in speakers and expert advisors from the City’s top organizations fighting poverty and solving key workforce development challenges—including but not limited to: Children’s Aid Society, Office of Financial Empowerment, NYCHA, RobinHoodCoatue and Blue Ridge Foundations, Center for an Urban Future, SingleStop USA, FEGS, Careerosity, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow + many more, as well as top developer experts from places like Bit.ly and Digg. Fourteen teams demoed their projects to a distinguished panel of judges who then selected the top 4 teams, which ranged in projects that connect parents to affordable user and gov’t rated childcare services to helping youth find employment and or workforce training opportunities through their android phones.
21st Century City: The Social Impact of Data & Technology
The Social Impact of
Data & Technology
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Code for America
Panel: 21st Century City
Noel Hidalgo @noneck
Program Manager @codeforamerica
Figure 4- RHI Distribution Network
Diagram courtesy of Open Technologies Institute
Existing/ Agreed to host
Host routers, contribute to splash page, spread the word, come to
community meetings and create uses for the network
RED HOOK INITIATIVE MISSION
RHI believes that social change to
overcome systemic inequities begins
with empowered youth. We envision a
Red Hook where all young people can
pursue their dreams and grow into
independent adults who contribute to
their families and community.
Red Hook Digital Stewards
“Building a community network, developing career tools”
DIGITAL STEWARDS: SKILL BUILDING -- INSTALLATION
Cutting wire and wrapping it making sure
things are neat and tidy.
Moving carefully on the roof
Creating an Ethernet chord
to power the router.
Attaching the J mount to the roof. Using
a drill to make sure the node is secure
DIGITAL STEWARDS: MORE SKILLS -- MAINTENANCE
Wireless mesh networking
HTML with www.codeacademy.com
Designing community apps
to see where the bus is as
well to report stop & frisk.
OTHER SKILLS -- DIGITAL BOOT CAMP
Editing with iMovie to create
our local business
Using the boom mike, to
record audio. Getting ready
to make our local
EVEN MORE SKILLS--PROMOTION
NEXT STEPS/FUTURE GOALS
Jobs, Internships at tech companies
Further technical training
Professional Development, Funding, Neighborhood connections
Training, support, Internet connection, internships
Digital Steward Salaries
Curriculum support, sharing tech network, technical support, media and other opportunities
STAY IN TOUCH!
ttention community focused technologists!
We need your help. We often have to go outside our neighborhood for in depth technical support-how
about coming to work for the Red Hook WiFi project?
We are looking for a tech skilled person to:
-Lead the Digital Stewards
-Design and author local applications and solutions
-Troubleshoot difficult networking problems
-Have fun with us building technology that benefits our community!
NYC BigApps is an annual open
data software competition that
incentivizes innovative, free
mobile + web apps for New
Yorkers while improving City
transparency + access
Nearly 25 percent of New Yorkers live in a
household where no one owns a computer.
~78% of New Yorkers own a smartphone
$150,000 in prizes. Win up to $60,000.
NYC BigApps 2013 Grand Prize - $35,000
Best Jobs +
1ST PRIZE: $25,000
2ND PRIZE: $15,000
3RD PRIZE: $10,000
Plus many other in-kind prizes and membership in the Founders' Network
Exciting, New 2013 Features
BigApps 2013 was run accelerator-style, providing intensive resources and feedback
to teams creating technologies that solve major City problems
Solve NYC’s most
Find amazing partners
+ receive feedback on
Public + Private Data
Attend top open
Access top advisors,
investors + city
Win Big Prizes +
join the exclusive
JEM Strategic Partners
With the help of our strategic partners, BigApps 2013 was able to bring together
the public, private and non-profit sector.
Over the 2.5 month competition, BigApps held 13+ events, including an evening
meetup and weekend hackathon for Jobs and Economic Mobility
Winners at the JEM Hackathon at New Work City April 20-21, 2013
JEM Meetup at Robinhood headquarters – April 10, 2013
JEM winning teams
In addition to the cash prize, winning JEM teams can receive up to $20,000 in
following-on funding + access to the BigApps Founder’s Network.
Tools for Smart Communities
provide feedback mechanisms.
Data for Smart Communities
Validation from Continuous
Building solutions for Smarter Communities.
Get in contact to discuss what kind of APIs your
Andrew Raseij, Moderator
Founder, Personal Democracy Media and Chairman, NY Tech Meetup
Manhattan Borough President
Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia
EVP, New York Law School and Fmr. Commissioner, DoITT
Fmr. Director of R&D, DoITT
Shankar Prasad @ProfSPrasad