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BigApps Cleanweb Roundup

June 13, 2013

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 Of the 120 applications in the  NYC BigApps competition, we were thrilled to see more that almost half of all apps submitted were cleanweb! For those of you who…

For those of you who haven’t heard of NYC BigApps, it is an annual competition that challenges the tech community to develop applications that use publicly available datasets to attack the city’s biggest problems. Launched in 2009, the competition “addresses the City’s goals of increasing government transparency, promoting technology innovation, and improving the quality of life for New York residents and visitors.”

Solar List (@solarlist), the winner of the BigApps Cleanweb Developer day, also took home the $20,000 prize for best Cleanweb App after being judged by NYC tech leaders like Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and John Borthwick of Betaworks.

This year, Pure Energy Partners and The Cleanweb Initiative teamed up with NYC Economic Development Corporation and other local partners to organize a cleanweb track aimed to solve critical energy, environment, and resilience challenges affecting the city. Seven problem briefs were featured in the cleanweb category, addressing topics ranging from food waste to smart grid to environmental literacy.

The submissions were impressive, tackling some really big problems with innovative solutions. “This competition demonstrated the versatility and potential of the Cleanweb. Teams were solving marketplace inefficiencies, improving resource-related data collection, and even using sensors to make web connected hardware,” said Sameer Rashid. You can check out all of the projects on the BigApps cleanweb submissions page.