EVENT: NYC Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge
|January 26, 2013 10:00 am||to||January 27, 2013 8:00 pm|
Congratulations to the winning team of the Design Challenge at ITP, Street Beacon:
Their project is Street Beacon, which recasts the historical use of beacons for the modern-day New York payphone network. A very rough (but working) demo was created at www.street-beacon.com. Street Beacon makes each payphone a hub of hyper-local and community information.
The team behind Street Beacon came out of the InSITE Fellowship, which is a graduate fellowship in technology and entrepreneurship. In addition to 2 ITPers, Sam Slover and Steve Cordova, they also had 2 students from NYU Stern, a student from Columbia Computer Science, and a student from Columbia Business School.
Exciting news — we are very pleased to be hosting a cool Hackfest on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 26 and 27 in connection with the NYC Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge — and we’d like to see lots of ITP students, alums and faculty form teams and take part!
Essentially the challenge is described this way:
“Today the City of New York manages over 11,000 payphone kiosks across the five boroughs – and we know that with the rise of mobile phones and digital media, the way that New Yorkers share information is changing rapidly. In order to modernize our powerful communications infrastructure, the City of New York is hosting Reinvent Payphones, a public design challenge that seeks to rally urban designers, planners, technologists and policy experts to create physical and/or virtual prototypes that imagine the future of payphones. Have ideas on how New York City can reinvent payphones to create a safer, healthier, more sustainable, accessible and informed city? Submit your prototype by February 18th and you could help to shape the City’s future.”
You can get complete details about the NYC reinvent payphones design challenge here:
Here are some key milestones noted on the link above that are worth keeping in mind going forward:
•Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Open Information Session, 5:30 – 7:00PM (optional)
9 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn
Q&A with City employees who manage payphone infrastructure and public space, and meet other interested participants
•Monday, February 18, 2013
Submission Period Ends at 9AM EST
Submit digital files presenting your prototypes to nyc.gov/reinventpayphones
Up to 15 prototypes will be selected as semi-finalists and invited to participate in the Demo Day
•Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Design Challenge Demo Day, 6:30 – 9:00PM
Quirky headquarters, 606 West 28th Street, 7th Floor, Manhattan
Up to 15 semi-finalists will demonstrate their prototypes to a panel of judges