Reinvent Pay Phones

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants new ideas for transforming public payphones. Bloomberg says the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge will provide new ideas on the future of payphones. The City’s current payphone contracts expire in October 2014, so hopefully by then we’ll have some more innovative ideas on how to use the infrastructure; right now there are over 11,000 active payphones in New York City.

Previous attempts to revamp the city’s payphones have included turning them into wi-fi hotspots and adding touchscreens.

Applications are to be submitted by February 18th, 2013, and up to 15 entries will be selected for demonstration on March 5th.

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