On Saturday, June 21st, 2014, C4Q HQ opened its doors to BigApps to host the first ever Hackathon in Queens. Over 130 people from all over NYC and the surrounding area flocked to Long Island City to take part in an event rife with local delicacies, workspaces, mentorship, and lots of caffeinated beverages.
Starting in 2009, NYC BigApps is New York City’s premier civic tech challenge. Run by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), an initiative to promote the creation of innovative new technologies and government transparency. Over the course of three months, programmers, developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and other techies used over 1000 data sets and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to form over 50 teams seeking to claim $100,000 in prizes and solve NYC’s biggest challenges.
The Queens Hackathon, BigBuild, was the third build day, following similar events in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The grand prizes for the 2014 BigApps competition were $20K each for the winner in the four main categories: LIVE sponsored by Microsoft, WORK sponsored by eBay, LEARN sponsored by Facebook and PLAY.