More data. More connectivity. More smartphone apps. Make New York’s transit experience three times better.
What would you do with real-time GTFS data for railroads and subways, Beacon technology, and a database full of historical data to boot?
Make a New York transit app that’s three times better for every type of transit rider, of course!
New York State’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and AT&T are proud to announce that App Quest is back for a third year and it’s better than ever! We’re challenging developers from across the globe to use MTA’s broad set of data and APIs – including some brand new, exclusive data – to create apps that will wow New Yorkers and the world!
This challenge is open to:
- Individuals at least 18 years of age at the time of entry; Teams of eligible individuals; Organizations (up to 50 employees).
- Organizations with over 50 employees may compete for the non-cash Large Organization Recognition Award.
Prize Categories: Your submitted app must be submitted into one of the two prize categories: Accessibility Innovation or Consumer/Transit Rider Apps. In addition to the category-specific prizes, eligible apps in either track may also qualify for the Best Crowdsourcing App, Best Data Visualization App, Best Way-Finding Application for Novice Transit Riders, and Popular Choice awards. Check out the Resources page and Official Rules for details.
- Smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Kindle, Windows Phone)
- Web (mobile or desktop)
- Desktop (Windows PC, Mac Desktop)
- Software running on other hardware (including, but not exclusive to, wearable technology, open source hardware, etc.)
- Custom hardware which includes a software component (wearable technology, etc.)
Supplemental Material: You must submit a demo video (hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku) that walks through the main functionality of the solution via screencast or video. You must also submit at least one image/screenshot of your working solution.
New & Existing Solutions: Apps may be newly created or pre-existing. If the submitted app existed prior to the competition’s submission start date, it must be, at the sole discretion of the contest judges, substantially different from the previous version and must integrate at least one new MTA data or APIs not found in the previous version.
MTA Intellectual Property: If, in addition to including MTA data and/or APIs, your submission uses any MTA’s copyrighted property, such as subway, bus, and rail maps, or MTA trademarks, such as subway symbols or MTA agency names, a written license from MTA for such use must be obtained. To request a license, go to http://web.mta.info/developers/license.html.
How to enter
- Click “Register” to sign up for important App Quest 3.0 communications.
- Visit MTA’s Developer pages to access MTA public datasets and APIs
- Visit the App Quest 3.0 Resources page to check out exclusive MTA data, AT&T APIs, and other great resources.
- Create your app!
- Shoot your demo video and take screenshots of your functioning app.
- Provide a way for us to access your app.
- Get started on your draft and submit early!
President of AT&T New York
Barbara L. Cohn
Chief Data Officer, New York State
Founder/CEO of Meetup
Executive Program Manager, Enterprise Asset Management at MTA
Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Technology for New York State
Co-Founder of General Assembly
Director of Open NY
Executive Partner, AEON NEXUS
Quality of Idea
Includes creativity and originality of the idea, and potential to improve the transit experience for MTA riders.
Implementation of Idea
Includes how well the idea was executed by the developer and how well the app integrates with the MTA public data and APIs.
Includes the extent to which the submission will impact MTA customers and the New York transit experience.