We are excited to announce that Embark NYC recently took home the Grand Prize in the MTA App Quest! Embark was selected by panel of judges as the best mobile app for helping subway riders get around the city. You can check out the official press release here, along with Embark NYC’s original contest submission.
Embark NYC topped a field of 42 applications – all of which leveraged transit data made publicly available through the MTA. The contest was sponsored by the MTA as a means of encouraging developers to build innovative applications for the millions of riders who use public transit in New York City each day. The decision for the MTA to open up its transit data is representative of a larger movement in the mass transit space, with transit agencies becoming increasingly supportive of work by independent, third-party developers. We were tremendously excited about the opportunity to compete, and we want to say thanks to the MTA for its effort in creating such an event.
And to our users, we want to say thank you for all of your votes! Embark NYC finished as one of the top 10 applications in the popular voting category, and we were really amazed at your response. Thanks for helping us get the word out!
For those of you who haven’t had a chance to watch, take a look at the product video we used in our MTA App Quest submission:
The Embark Team