NYC Digital and the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability which is responsible for implementing PlaNYC, hosted Reinvent Green, the City's first sustainability hackathon, on June 30-July 1 at NYU-Poly in Downtown Brooklyn. Calling on the expertise, dedication and stamina of the talented technology and design community, the event included over a hundred developers and designers who put in 1000 hours of donated time to help build digital tools and applications to support New Yorkers in leading greener, greater lives.
Over a dozen new City data sets, provided by a spectrum of City partners, were released to the NYC Open Data portal to kick-off the hackathon, in addition to the 1000 different data sets that were already available for public use. Technology and API partners, such as Bitly, Cosm, Donorchoose, Facebook,Foursquare, Google, Hacker League, Mapbox, Meetup, MongoDB/10gen, MTA, Temboo, Tendril, Tumblr, Twitter, White House and Wind Analytics provided on-site expertise and mentorship directly to the developers, or provided documentation and access to their programming interfaces. After 30 straight hours of work, a panel of judges evaluated the prototypes of apps and online tools and awarded prizes to five teams. The judges included:
Thirteen teams demonstrated their individual 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. The teams competed for five prizes provided by a variety of corporate, City and nonprofit partners. The judges were impressed with the caliber and diversity of projects, as each demonstrated a real commitment to utilizing technology as a means to improving the shared environment. In the end, five winning teams were selected with the most outstanding projects in the following categories:
Best App for City Crowdsourcing: ReBounty
Sean Auriti,Peter Gerber, Johanna Levy, Lydia White
Best App for Recycling: GreenCan
Sarah Azpeitia, Jason Pearson, Matt Pestritto, Margaret Plaisted
Best App for Transportation: Bike Pooling
Marine Boudeau, Lori Hoffman, Isaac Lewis, George Magiros, Yannell Rodriguez
Best App for Parks and Public Spaces: FreshFixNYC
Popular Choice Award: FreshFixNYC
Yan Krasny, Annie Lee, Pavel Riger, Jonathan Serrano, Dong Ik (D.I) Shin
Judges' Pick: Green, Greener, Greenest!
Anton Granik and Matthew Ruttley
The sixth prize category, Popular Choice, was decided by the public voting via the City of New York’s Facebook Page and FreshFixNYC won the award.
We thank all of our partners and participants in Reinvent Green for a successful weekend and look forward to collaborating to address City challenges in the future.
Special thanks to hosts at NYU-Poly; our partners at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Brooklyn Beta, the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, New York City Economic Development Corporation; our sponsors including New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy (NYC ACRE), NYSERDA, Energy Infotech NYC, 10Gen, Amazon Web Services, Con Edison, Enertiv, Google, I2BF Global Ventures, NY Tech Meetup, Pure Energy Partners, Temboo and Uber; our food vendor Anderson’s 1949, sustainable tableware by Susty Party and composting by Vokashi.