New York City’s BigApps Ideas Challenge has changed its methods: instead of asking developers for apps to help New Yorkers, they asked New Yorkers what kind of apps they wanted. Unsurprisingly, suggestions include apps that show the nearest available taxi or public restrooms and drinking fountains. Others have asked for an app that explains how and where to dispose of refuse, recyclables and donations.
The BigApps Ideas Challenge previously awarded prizes to apps that made living in NYC easier, like Roadify and Parking Finder (which make parking easier) and Sportaneous (which makes playing pick-up sports easier). [TechCrunch]