New York City has teamed up with Code for America and Stack Exchange for the Reinvent 311 Mobile Content Challenge. The hackathon lasts from November 26th through January 14th and focuses on mobile apps that utilize the NYC 311 API. 311's content is widely available through its API; however, mobile apps have yet to capitalize on the data available. NYC looks to change that trend with its latest hackathon.
Submissions are due January 6th, when 15 prototypes will be selected for demos. The prototypes will be judged on mobile experience, creativity, visual design, functionality and integration. A panel of judges from Open311, Beta NYC, NYC 311, Stack Exchange, and HUGE will evaluate the prototypes. NYC 311 has already offered a list of potential application ideas, to get the developer community's creative juices flowing.
NYC 311 is New York City's main source of government information. From services to rules, developers can access an expansive set of data through the 311 API. For more information on the hackathon, visit the Hackerleague site.
New York is aimed at reaching one of the most populous cities on earth with pertinent government data that will empower, enable, and inform its citizens and visitors as they trek around the city. Those interested in changing the way New York interacts with its mobile inhabitants, fill out the application form and join the Reinvent 311 Mobile Content Challenge.