Gallery: NYC’s First Sustainable Hackathon Creates Green Apps for the C...

Best App for Recycling: GreenCan Use a GreenCan not a Trash Can. GreenCan will let users locate their nearest public recycling trash can, provide information for recycling organics and electronics and provide valuable feedback back to NYC for future recycling can placement. Creators: Sarah Azpeitia, Jason Pearson, Matt Pestritto, Margaret Plaisted

“Whether by providing more information about recycling opportunities or new apps that promote tree stewardship, we are ready to partner with the technology industry to package our environmental and sustainability data in creative new ways that residents and businesses can use,” said David Bragdon, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability. “We can only achieve the ambitious goals in PlaNYC with the awareness and participation of all New Yorkers, and the results of Reinvent Green will help fulfill the promise of a greener, greater New York.”

More than a dozen new city data sets were released to the NYC Open Data portal to kick-off the hackathon, in addition to the 1,000 different data sets already available for public use. The group divided into teams and worked with a wishlist of apps to help guide their work. By the end of the weekend, 13 teams presented their projects – ranging from a site that helps locate recycling cans, to an app that promotes local farmers’ markets, to a competition-based neighborhood challenge platform – to a panel of judges.

The judges included Jenny Ahmed, Founder of Pia Car, David Bragdon, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, Ron Gonen, Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation, Micah Kotch, director of Incubator Initiatives, NYU-Poly, Jessica Lawrence, managing director of New York Tech Meetup, and Tyler Mincey, Co-founder of Brooklyn Beta.

Five prizes were awarded at the event and the sixth prize category, Popular Choice, is open to public voting through July 15th via the City of New York’s Facebook Page. Click through the gallery below to learn more about the projects that won awards.

Images © City of New York and Wikimedia Commons.

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