New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) on the 23rd of July 2012 announced the “NYC Best for Business Infographic Competition 2012,” which will challenge creative New Yorkers—as well as residents from across the country—to demonstrate why New York City is the premier global destination for business. Using recent data that highlights New York’s increasing competitiveness in this area, contestants will be asked to design and create a visually stimulating “infographic” to effectively capture this important trend taking place in the City. The contest, which began on the 23rd, will be open until September 21, 2012, at which point a judging period begins for the selection of three semifinalists. These three semifinalists will then be entered into a public voting period that begins in October, in which the public will ultimately select their favorite design. The winning entry will be awarded $1,000, as well as a full-size print of their infographic signed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. A full list of approved datasets as well as complete contest rules can be found on the competition website:
“New York City continues to outpace the nation in job creation and receive international recognition for its efforts to make its economy a model for the 21st Century,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President Seth W. Pinsky. “Now, through this innovative competition, we are asking creative and talented individuals from New York and across the United States to help us to showcase relevant economic data that can help people around the world to understand the incredible opportunities available in the City.”
The contest was designed to highlight impressive statistics and the enormous recognition New York City has recently received for being a top destination for business. This includes: Economist Intelligence Unit – #1 Most Competitive City in the World; The Atlantic – America’s Most Powerful Global City; Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012; and AT Kearney – Global Cities Index, #1—all of which will be included in the approved datasets contestants will be asked to use for their infographic design. In addition to these impressive awards, New York has also seen tremendous growth in technology jobs in the last five years, and there are now more private sector jobs in New York City than at any time in the city’s history, eclipsing the previous peak from 1969.
In addition to highlighting the City’s pro-business standing, the competition is also meant to create additional opportunities for designers within New York City’s growing design sector. According to a 2011 report by the Center for an Urban Future,
the design sector expanded significantly between 2000 and 2009, with design sector jobs in the metro area growing by 75%. Among the largest increases were for graphic designers, which increased by 139% during this time.To enter, contestants will submit their designs by uploading them through the contest website. Once the three semifinalists are selected by the judging panel, which will consist of NYCEDC staff, the semifinalist designs will be posted on the website and NYCEDC social media channels for the public voting period, which will also be conducted through the website.
The contest deadlines are as follows:
July 23: Entry period began
September 21: Submissions due
September 24 – 28: Judging period
October 1: Semifinalists announced/Public voting beings
October 1 – October 12: Public voting period
October 15: Winner announced
The competition is open only to residents, 18 or older, of the fifty United States, including the District of Columbia, at the time of entry.
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find them on Facebook to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.