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access to services for underserved immigrants

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers, Engineers
  • Members
  • Arziki Phenyo
The app will be designed to inform minorities, particularly members of underserved immigrant groups-- Africans, Asians, Caribbeans, Middle Easterners, etc.--about tailored resources and services (for job placement, housing, language acquisition, faith gatherings, etc.) which they can access in the community; offer opportunities for them to coordinate and build neighborhood councils and committees to deal with community challenges; provide "direct lines" to local leaders to form "front-line…
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Life n brand

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers
  • Members
  • Mari Tudos
  • Saptarshi Nath
A magazine targeted at young designers that will be the one stop shop for latest news, trends,featured work,interviews,success stories etc.There will be regular design competitions, design tutorials, tips and tricks and great source of inspirations from around the world, in fact, EVERYTHING a young designer or a design savvy person need s to step out in the industry. New York is a very important place for design and fashion world. At this moment, no publication or website offers a great destination…
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Jobs Nearby - connecting job seekers with local businesses that are hiring via mobile devices.

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers
  • Members
  • Steve Hsu
  • Tobin Schwaiger-Hastanan
Jobs Nearby (https://JobsNearby.com) is a mobile service that allows job seekers to take their job search on the go and helps them discover employment opportunities at local businesses. We are replacing "Help Wanted" signs in storefronts by distributing open positions directly to local candidates via their mobile phones. We have a passion for helping people through mobile technology. Unemployment is a problem that many people face in our community and our mission is to connect local talent…
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Zoner is feasibility study made easy. www.zonerapp.com

Project needs  Developers, Writers, Musicians
  • Members
  • Jiankai Dang
  • Rafael Vasquez
  • March Chadwick
Zoner communicates transparency to all the regulatory restrictions on your property so that you can get on to the important decisions of your business. Zoner is fast, accurate, and flexible according to the specificities of your site. Zoner frees your time removing uncertainties so you can apply your valuable energy and time to making the most out of your business. Zoner does all the heavy lifting of figuring out the technical issues of zoning envelopes so your feasibility studies become one step…
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Socratic Web

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Scientists
  • Members
  • Federico Bucchi
  • Thomas Levine
  • Patrick Moberg
  • Brendon Johnson
  • Vietnhi Phuvan
  • Linda Atamian
  • Aaron Sananes
  • +1
It's twitter for questions. No, not like quora. You make a question that has some correct answer, and then you can share it with your students, or teachers, or friends, or the world. You can link them together into problem sequences, which could be more or less fun, more or less academic. Treasure hunts online. The web hardly ever demands anything of you. It should ask you more questions. This is good for encouraging cognition and learning, and it can be fun. Think of the goofy surveys they…
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MESA: The Massive Evacuation Simulation Application

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Scientists
  • Members
  • Jiankai Dang
  • Don McKinnon
  • Marc Lipoff
  • Justinn Casey
MESA is an emergency planning application that determines the best routes of evacuation for input populations in the City, subject to temporal and geo-spatial variables, availability of routes, and the evacuation decisions of others. While a beta version of the application is available to emergency planners, routing information is ultimately most-effective in the hands of those that need it most; hence, the mobile application. Initial studies suggest that in its busiest hour, an un-directed full…
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Animal Finder

Project needs  Developers, Designers
  • Members
  • Polina Viro
  • Jp Sanchez
  • Gabe Ghearing
Matching pets with owners through data! We are going to take data that is available from various sources and take descriptions of animals needing homes and when they match alert the people looking for these animals. Hopefully getting people the pets they want and getting animals off the street Getting pets to owners is a good thing. Pretty much everyone has had a pet and even if you are a "dog person" or a "cat person" you don't want to see them needlessly killed. The primary…
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MintScraps: Minimize Waste. Maximize Profit.

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers
  • Members
  • Claire Moloney
  • Patrick Morris
  • Linh Nguyen
  • Tony Vu
See all our progress at http://mintscraps.com The Problem: "In NYC, we throw away more than 6.5 million pounds of food every day. This could fill up 24 subway cars. Or, it could be put to better use as fertilizer and clean energy." http://nycbigapps.com/static/food-scraps-brief. Our Solution: We can radically reduce this number by giving restaurants & other food waste generators a way to measure their food waste & save money. You can't solve a problem without measuring it.…
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Smarter travel for New Yorkers

Project needs  Scientists
  • Members
  • Michael Mann
A mobile application for New Yorker's to make there travel easier and smarter. The app will allow users to see the current status of the MTA's travel options such as Subway, buses, bridges, tunnels, LIRR ,Metro North and the Grand Central Station big board. It also shows the schedule for LIRR and subway. Travel directions are included as well voice support so you do not need to carry your phone to get the status of your form of transportation. I originally made it for myself to make my…
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NYC Traffic Noise API

Project needs  Developers
  • Members
  • Federico Bucchi
  • Christopher Truman
  • Jeff Novich
The following is fully explained in a blog post at: http://planetjeffro.com/post/46796717580/nyc-noise-map-api-idea >> iOS app that captures noise: This would be a “data collecting” app (so, not much design) that one would put on a windowsill, for example. The app would passively record traffic noise. It would be calibrated with an acceptable decibel level as normal. Any spike (ie, a horn or a siren, etc) would get captured to the cloud along with the location, timestamp, and other meta…
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Subway exit pin placer & sidewalk compass rose app

Project needs  Developers, Designers
  • Members
  • Scott Forman
This app provides a fast way to locate and orient oneself upon leaving a subway exit. *Orient* The app accepts submissions for the design of compass roses to be spray-painted onto the sidewalk by the exit, and allows users to vote on the best designs. *Locate* The app prompts a user to enter an identifier for a subway exit, and launches the Google Maps app zoomed to centered on and zoomed into that phone, so you know where you are before your phone has acquired a GPS signal. You'll like this…
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One Foot In

Project needs  Designers
  • Members
  • Cho Kim
  • Anthony Wijnen
One Foot In helps students find relevant jobs by leveraging their alumni network. The solution is two fold. First, we pull relevant open positions for that particular student group (e.g. Software Developer positions in NYC for a group of Computer Science majors). Secondly, we pull all LinkedIn connections for each current student & alumn. Finally, we overlay the available jobs with the aggregate alumni network (i.e. all students, alumni, and all their connections). The end result is a list of…
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Healthy Food Compass

Project needs  Developers, Designers
  • Members
  • Wilkins Fernandez
  • Sara Tabor
  • Mikell Iles
  • Stephan Alber
Unhealthy food decisions are typically made due to lack of money, time, or knowledge as to what is near. Many people may pick fast food options that are not healthy, which over time, presents health issues the city later will need to handle. We want to solve this issue by creating a product to help people find affordable and healthy food nearby. Within the NYC BigApps contest, we've created a healthy food venue database (groceries, farmers markets, etc.), as well as the location-aware web application…
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City Whispers

Project needs  Developers, Designers
  • Members
  • Shreyas Valmiki
App that people can speak into to describe an event, a shop that you like, something that happened on the bus, someone is stealing a car and you whisper it into the app, basically whatever you want (do not swear, please!) and all these are tagged to the time, the location and a topic. You get to express yourself only for 10 seconds so you don't bore anyone. A person entering the area could listen to the buzz in the area (if you wanted, you could listen to the stuff people spoke for whatever…
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LocalSqr - Healthy, local food made simple.

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers
  • Members
  • Christopher Truman
  • Alastair Greer
LocalSqr, (pronounced Local Square, and at www.localsqr.com) is mobile technology for local food to help Farmers Markets, local farmers, producers and artisans grow their business. Through our "Go Local Corporate Initiative" (http://wellbesolutions.com/solutions/implement-track/), we work with companies to improve the health of their employees by educating them on healthy nutrition, getting them back in the kitchen cooking from scratch, and rewarding them for buying local food. If there…
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Radius - environment made social

Project needs  Developers
  • Members
  • Faisal Nahian
  • Wyatt Komarin
Radius is an app that shows you how you and your friends on facebook are impacted by environmental issues - be it an oil spill, a polluted river, or a climate change event. Radius transforms typically dull and impersonal environmental issues into a social experience, making them relevant to your life, and spurring you to take action in the process. We asked a simple question: What is the biggest environmental challenge facing society today? You might say climate change, air pollution, or some other…
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Where Can I Throw This? Find Your Nearest Composter

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Writers
  • Members
  • Katherine Nehring
A tool to quickly locate nearby composting options: receptacles, bins, local gardens, farmers' markets, stores, and other sites that accept food scraps. Data will be displayed based on the requester's location and include restrictions like date and materials. This app could incorporate a social or competitive element, with frequent composters being rewarded for their participation and able to display their results on various social networks. Our reasons are twofold: first, for the casual…
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UGov - how can government help you?

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Writers, Scientists
  • Members
  • Waqar Rehman
  • Matt Bishop
We are making a web based application that allows NGOs to identify what government programs their clients qualify for by uploading a CSV file. Any government agency can upload the program logic and eligibility requirements. These eligibility requirements are matched up against the characteristics of a list of clients to determine their eligibility. This saves the staff of NGOs lots of time, so that they don't have to compare client characteristics to so many different program eligibility requirements.…
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Skill Me Up

Project needs  Developers, Designers
  • Members
  • Faiz Munshi
  • Shreyas Valmiki
Provide a personalized selection of opportunities to develop skills, most relevant to the current job placements trends. Trends are aggregated real-time by collating job openings in an area of choice. Users can personalize this view by using their LinkedIn profiles to create a development plan. This plan can be executed by using our marketplace of available resources for the desired 'Skill Up' area. ... because keeping your skills current or finding a new job, should not be a job in itself.…
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Disaster Simulator

Project needs  Developers, Designers, Artists, Scientists
  • Members
  • Jason Pearson
A weather simulator for disaster education. A user enter's their home address and a type and scale of disaster which is then simulated. Not only is the actual disaster simulated, but so is the recovery process that potentially could happen due to loss of power / broken water lines / damaged transportation systems. Because when Sandy hit I realized just how powerless one of the biggest human cities in the world is. People were caught unprepared not because they didn't prepare, but because…
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Hack For: A platform to make hackathons work for real world problems

Project needs  Developers
  • Members
  • Ashley Williams
  • Angello Maggio Ferro
  • Rowan Wernham
*UPDATE - Slide deck with initial research outline posted here: http://www.slideshare.net/rowanwernham/hack-for?utm_source=ss&utm_medium=upload&utm_campaign=quick-view A different approach to Hackathons that follows the lean startup model of creating products in response to the needs of a real market. Instead of developers arriving at an event with an idea, or jamming something up in response to the API's provided, how about a process & product that: - Facilitates research about…