CULTURE ISLAND + Governors Island


Uniting the islands of New York

with island culture.

Meet The Team

Kareem Francis               Lead Developer  

Kareem is a Node.js junkie and a surprise enthusiast. When not working, you can find Kareem at the gym.

Favorite Island: Jamaica. One love.

Samuel Baumel

Creative Director  

Sam is a filmmaker, interaction designer and brand consultant. When not working, you can find Sam riding his bicycle...with no hands!

Favorite Island: Kitchen Island.

Natalie Blair                             User Experience Designer

Natalie is a  creative troublemaker.
When not working, Natalie makes textiles, plays roller derby, and listens to alt-country. 

Favorite Island: Pig Beach Island

Lior Shahverdi     

Front-End Developer              

Lior is a developer of code and observer of humans. When not working, Lior enjoys astronomy, puzzles and YouTube tutorials.

Favorite Island: Sri Lanka.

Lonique Alexander

Back-End Developer

Lonique Alexander is a developer and a friend.When not working, Lonique is on the beach and at candle-lit dinners.

Favorite Island: Long Island!

Julie Rega

Graphic Designer

Julie is a web designer and botanical illustrator.When not working, Julie can be found making googley-eyed graffiti.

Favorite Island: Cape May Point.

Brian McGaw

Audiotour Architect

Brian is a Creative Technologist from Brooklyn.  When not working, Brian is digging up stories buried under the island.

Favorite Island: Maui!

Nicky Neiman

Social Media

Nicky is a social media strategist. When not working, Nicky is mourning Argentina's loss in the World Cup.

Favorite Island: Mykonos, Greece.

Mark Singh

Research & Copy Analyst

Mark is a writer and a history buff. When not working, Mark is dreaming up Hollywood's next blockbuster.

Favorite Island: Gilliagan's Island.

BigApps is the premier showcase of NYC’s tech ecosystem. It’s a competition that empowers New York’s sharpest minds to solve the city’s toughest challenges through technology, making NYC a better place to Live, Work, Learn, and Play. Whether you’re a hacker or a maker, a designer or an investor, a novice or a pro, we provide resources that make it easy to make a difference. Come to build. Come to network. Come to win.

NYC BigApps 2014 is an initiative of NYCEDC to promote government transparency and the creation of innovative new technologies. Following NYC BigApps 2013, this year’s event is the fifth annual run of the competition and is being managed by HR&A Advisors in collaboration with Super Vision and Splash.

Who We Need


The Issues We’re Trying To Solve

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DATA WE’re using:

  • Google Maps API

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