Gallery: Reinvent Payphones: Mayor Bloomberg Launches Challenge Calling...

NYC payphones may have seemed obsolete for the past ten years or so but Hurricane Sandy showed us that they still play a very important role in times of disaster (reports say that usage of public phones increased during and after the superstorm). The city’s current payphone vendor agreements expire in 2014, and in order to create opportunities for innovation, Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Rahul N. Merchant and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot have launched a Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge calling designers, planners and policy experts to create solutions that will re-imagine and modernize New York City’s pay telephones. If the competition is successful, we could soon see more technologically advanced payphones that people would actually use.

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