New York wants Big Apps

The city of New York has opened up its digital data mines to developers in a competition to design the next generation of mobile mash-up apps. The N

The NYC Big Apps contest is offering $20,000 (£12,500) in prizes to anyone making apps that make city more 'transparent, accessible and accountable' or an 'easier place to live, work and play.'

Developers will have free access to dozens of data sets, from the name, address and telephone number of every electronic store and laundrette in the city to the results of dietary surveys and population projections until the year 2030.

Winners will be chosen by an expert panel, VC investors and a public choice award, with the overall victor claiming a $5000 (£3100) cheque. plus a dinner with NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg.