Here are the winners of the MTA's hackathon
An app for following your favorite subway musicians won the MTA's weekend-long hackathon, taking home the $5,000 grand prize.
SubCulture.FM, which has both desktop and mobile components, took the top honors, beating out 16 other entries from teams and individuals.
The hackathon is part of the MTA's App Quest competition that will run through August. The winner will be decided through a popular vote later this year. All 17 entrants into the hackathon can enter their apps into the contest.
Here are the three winners of this weekend's hackathon:
Grand prize ($5,000): SubCulture.FM: Subway musicians can sign up to get a unique QR code, which straphangers can then scan and use to follow their favorite musicians. Riders can also look up the typical schedule of musicians and where they perform most, and share the music with friends.
Second prize ($3,000): MTA Sheriff: This smartphone app allows users to submit and view reports about current subway conditions and concerns.
Third prize ($2,000): Accessway: An app designed for visually impaired and wheelchair-assisted commuters, it offers assistance for navigating the subway system by incorporating text-to-speech technology. It pulls real-time service status updates from the MTA, and gives information about stations that have elevators.