NYC BigApps Jobs and Economic Mobility Hackathon

Photos and blog post by Noelle Marcus, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

The two-day NYC BigApps Jobs and Economic Mobility Hackathon at New Work City on April 20-21 featured speakers and experts from New York City’s top organizations fighting poverty and solving key workforce development challenges.

We kicked off the weekend with two stirring keynotes from Tom Hilliard, a senior fellow at the Center for an Urban Future, as well as an inspiring testimony on the power of civic technology from Austin’s hottest socially driven startup, Aunt Bertha. Fourteen teams demoed their projects and apps on Sunday night to a notable group of judges from The Huffington Post, Aunt Bertha, Robin Hood, Coatue and Blue Ridge Foundations.

$5,000 in cash prizes were awarded to three great teams whose apps best address problems related to Jobs and Economic Mobility: 

First Prize: Child Care Desk
Child Card Desk helps you find quality child care near you. We aim to show real time availability and social rankings for this essential service, making a terrible experience pleasant and useful.

Second Prize: Plexx
Plexx is a training center in your pocket. We build a mobile training portal where young people without a college degree can learn the skills they need to obtain an entry level job and build a career.

Third Prize:
Job seekers apply for a lot of jobs through various job board sites. It’s hard to keep track of where you applied. We’ve fixed this problem.

Honorable Mention: Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a mobile app and website that hopes to take some of the luck out of the equation, and make the help that’s out there more accessible, organized, and give people a positive voice from their peers. 

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