Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge Launches

How would you redesign the pay phone? The what? Yes, there used to be phones on street corners you could use for $0.05 per call. fun huh? Its like a conversation vending machine. Anyway, since our phones are in our pockets now, what should we do with the old booths? Many in NYC have been turned into wi-fi hotspots (thats why its all tingly near them).

So Mayor Bloomberg has announced a challenge to everyone. “Recycle this bitch!” (said nobody).


” … to thrive, the payphone of the future needs to offer valuable services at all times, and with various pilot programs already underway, we’re evaluating how some of those amenities are publicly received. Now, with the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, we’re asking our tech community for new takes on older technology, and inviting designs about how they might enhance the vitality of our public spaces.”

More details here and good luck!

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