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New York City is hosting its third annual BigApps conference this year: BigApps 3.0. Build an application from any combination of 750 New York City data sets that describe everything from political campaign contributions to bicycle rack locations. There are more than a dozen different prize categories and $50,000 of cash prizes to be distributed. For the first time in a BigApps contest, New York City has its own API and the contest also encourages using APIs of NYC companies, including the Foursquare API and Etsy API.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has announced the opening of public voting for the NYC BigApps 2.0 Competition. The big apple has wasted no time in following last year's successful competition with 350 datasets from over 40 agencies. From the looks of the apps, the NYC tech community is already fired up about the competition.
Riders on New York City subways are subject to all sorts of sights. For several months, that has included prominent advertisements for the MTA API, the developer program of New York City's transit company. The ad (pictured below) includes the headline, "Our apps are whiz kid certified."
Last October we covered the launch of NYC BigApps, a government data contest aimed at rewarding developers for development of applications that utilized information from the City of New York’s NYC.gov data mine. The contest drew quite a bit of attention and enthusiasm, given the size of the city and the number of data sets that were made available. Now the contest has concluded and the winners were announced last night.
This year has certainly been the time for governments opening data. It's also ripe with public mashup contests, from big U.S. cities to large-scale propositions from down under. Here's an overview of some of the recently-launched government data contests.