Are digital apps the secret to a greener New York City? Reinvent Green, the city’s first sustainability hackathon took place last week at NYU-Poly in Downtown Brooklyn, and demonstrated the impact tech talent can make on the city’s mission to go green. Hosted by NYC Digital and the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, which is responsible for implementing PlaNYC, the event called on hundreds of developers and designers to build digital tools and applications with just a 30-hour window. Read on to learn more about some of the innovative apps that were born out of this groundbreaking creative exercise.
“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.
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