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BigApps winners include tools for renters, charging station

The city announced the winners of its annual BigApps contest Wednesday evening.

The annual competition, created by the city's Economic Development Corporation, asked entrants to come up with software that will address four categories pertinent to the future of the city: affordable housing, zero waste, data visualization and civic engagement.

"This year we challenged innovators and technology entrepreneurs to solve some of our City's greatest challenges," EDC president Maria Torres-Springer said in a statement.

This year's winners, who received financial grand prizes are:

Affordable Housing Grand Prize: JustFix.nyc, a tool for renters to organize and take action in getting repairs made in their apartments.

Zero Waste Grand Prize: Treasures, a mobile app that allows you to share objects with others in your community.

Connected Cities Grand Prize: CityCharge, a solar-powered charging station for public spaces that uses Bluetooth and beacon technology to gather environmental data and act as a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Civic Engagement Grand Prize: Benefit Kitchen, a benefit screening tool for low-income families.

Judge's Choice: Addicaid, a digital support network that helps individuals struggling with substance disorders enter and stay in recovery.

Judge's Choice: IssueVoter, a constituent engagement tool that provides people with up to date info on legislation and elected officials.

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