Reinvent NYC Payphone Design Competition

The Bloomberg administration asked the tech and design community to come up with ideas to reinvent NYC payphones to make our city more accessible, safer, and better informed.

In response, Control Group and Titan partnered to create NYC I/O— the transformation of the corner payphone into a digital node that will usher in a new era of The Responsive City. By updating the payphone with a modern array of sensors and displays to create a foundational input/output system for an open, urban-scale computing platform, we can allow New York City to respond to and serve the people.

Through open access to real time data and a distribution platform for community, civic, arts and commercial apps and messaging, we can create a safer, more efficient, and more enjoyable city.

Icons designed by Artists from The Noun Project.

Digital Activation of Urban Infrastructure

Digital activation of space means designing and deploying sensors, touch points, and interfaces within built environments to transform them into computing platforms– large scale input/output systems. As such, these spaces can become aware of the actions, needs, and interests of the people using them, data about which can be used to design further iterations of the platform to make it yet more informative and useful– both for the consumer and the business.

The Mayor’s Office also believed in our vision and awarded Control Group and Titan the Community Impact Award for this concept.

Interested in working together? Please contact Max Oglesbee at We'd love to hear from you.

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