Commons is a civic game and iPhone app which aims to help new Yorkers “compete to do good” while helping to improve New York City.
Equipped with an iPhone + the Commons app, players are challenged to identify problems in urban space and suggest ways to improve them. Players can vote for each other's ideas and the most popular one wins the game.
The game launched on June 19th and the first version was designed for play in Lower Manhattan.
Commons is a private initiative and the data gathered from the gameplay will be shared with nyc.gov’s 311 team in the hope that it can help them fix the right problems, faster.