2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of New York, NY
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
New York

The Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge invited the public to create prototypes that imagine the future of city payphones in planning what will replace them. The competition resulted in over 125 innovative submissions and wide engagement. The ideas also helped to inform the city’s RFP to transform payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots and communication hubs, eventually leading to the creation and passage of the LinkNYC program, a first-of-its-kind network that will bring the fastest available municipal Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers, small businesses, and visitors.