Gallery: NYC Announces Winners of Design Challenge to Reinvent Payphone...

New York City’s public pay telephones (yes, they do still exist) are finally getting a serious upgrade thanks to the winners of the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, which were announced yesterday. The contest drew engagement from over 125 urban designers, planners, technologists and policy experts who submitted prototypes to imagine the future of the city’s 11,000 payphones. Last night, at social product development company Quirky, the eleven semi-finalists presented their prototype ideas before a panel of judges and the top six submissions were awarded and evaluated against these criteria: connectivity, creativity, visual design, functionality, and community impact. Click through our gallery to see all of the winners!

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