Rockaway Beach Civic Hack
Designers and Developers, are you looking for something to do on National Day of Civic Hacking? On June 1st, there will be a Rockaway Beach Civic Hack Day at Scholars Academy in Rockaway Park. The hackathon will be themed around building tools and apps for emergency preparedness and response. This includes developing tools for the community and government to collaborate on rebuilding after...
NYC School wins 2nd Place in NYS STEM Competition
NYC Schools 7th graders at PS/IS 276 in Manhattan won second place in New York State’s online STEM Competition called E-Cybermission. The competition was a free, web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics contest sponsored by the US Army. The students won for their experiment on eliminating bacteria in storms such as Hurricane Sandy. They investigated the effect of...
Wireless Challenge RFP
New York City is working on expanding and upgrading its mobile telecommunications network. The Wireless Corridor Challenge RFP is looking for 2 consultants to design, launch, implement, manage and maintain a free, public access Wi-Fi or other emerging wireless corridor in a commercial district. The consultants will be awarded up to $300,000 to implement the network. The submission deadline is...
Design-A-Thon for Crisis Text Line
Calling all designers, product managers, engineers and more: Crisis Text Line will be running a Design-A-Thon on Saturday, May 18th. Design to save lives by creating an interface for counselors to help teens in crisis through texting. More info: crisistextline.eventbrite.com
Summer Scholars Internship Info Session
Want to give back to NYC’s youth and cultivate more diversity in the tech sector? Your company is invited to take part in Summer Scholars, a program sponsored by the Bank of America that matches outstanding high school juniors and seniors with summer opportunities in tech companies. Students benefit from 15 hours per week of paid employment, high school credits, and employment skills coaching. ...
NYC is the center of the digital media world. There is no place else that offers...– -Techlicious, one of the over 2,000 companies on the Digital Jobs Map For more visit mappedinny.com
Young Rewired State NYC
NYC students 18 and younger are invited to participate in a weekend long coding design challenge that the Museum of the Moving Image, along with the Hive NYC and the Young Rewired State, will be hosting on June 29-30th. During the challenge, young people will be developing digital prototypes using open government data, working under the guidance of mentors who are professional programmers. ...
Project Connect: Hacking for a Better Web
Facebook, The MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla and the Family and Online Safety Institute (FOSI) are hosting a hackathon where developers, designers, educators, programmers and learning innovators will develop social tools — apps, badges, curricula, and other prototypes — that help make for a better Web, and especially to make young people’s online experiences more civil, more empowering and more...
Walk the Web Carpet Contest
Want a VIP pass to Internet Week, personal tours of startups and tech companies in New York City? Enter General Assembly’s “Walk the Web Carpet” Contest at http://ga.co/aB.
.NYC Top Level Domain
Soon the prestige of a New York City address or area code will extend to the digital realm. With its application for .nyc in 2012, New York became one of the first cities in the world to pursue its own geographic top-level domain. A top-level domain or TLD, is the last part of an Internet address, such as .com, .org or .edu. mydotnyc.com is an informational website which provides initial .nyc...
WalkAboutNYC To Feature 30 Made in New York Tech...
On Friday May 17th, 30 Made in New York tech companies will open their doors to the public as part of WalkaboutNYC. This self-guided tour is free and open to the public, however spots are limited and require a RSVP. These innovative Made in New York companies invite you to tour their workspaces and see how they work: 10Gen Animoto AppNexus Artsy Betterment Charitybuzz Chartbeat Fog...
Made in NY panel: Why They Call NYC Home
Next week on April 30th, AppNexus and Made in NY will host a discussion moderated by NYC Digital’s Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Sterne Haot and 3 Made in NY companies on why they call NYC home and why their successes could only have happened here. The conversation will include: Michael Rubenstein, President, AppNexus Michael Karnjanakorn, CEO and Co-Founder, Skillshare Vincent...
Students in the MOUSE Corps demo at NY Tech Meetup. MOUSE trains students to become digital media and technology experts in school. High school students from across NYC can participate in a program that allows them to explore career pathways through professional mentors and internships and develop technology projects that address a social need. To learn more about MOUSE, visit mouse.org
NYC BigApps Jobs and Economic Mobility Hackathon
Join the NYC BigApps Jobs and Economic Mobility Hackathon (April 20-21), featuring $5,000 in cash prizes for winning teams that participate and demo apps that improve underserved New Yorkers’ access to work and economic opportunity. The BigApps team will help you find a team to join and provide expert advisors to answer programming, design, and Jobs and Economic Mobility questions. ...
Disruptor Cup Hackathon Results
This year marked the first annual Disruptor Cup, a civic hackathon for talented innovators to build tools to solve problems and improve the quality of life in New York City. Developers were challenged to create projects that improve the City’s emergency preparedness, response and long-term recovery tools using the Open Data Portal. VoluntarilyApp (winner) - VoluntarilyApp is a mobile...
Ideas City Festival to Feature Finalists from...
IDEAS CITY is a biennial festival in New York City that explores the nexus of cities and technology, education, and the arts. Among the featured exhibitions will be prototypes submitted by finalists of the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge: the City’s invitation to technologists and developers to redesign the payphone. This year’s Ideas City festival will focus on Untapped...
New York City Nominated for Two Webby Awards
Each year, the world’s most outstanding websites and media campaigns compete for The Webby Awards, the leading Internet award honoring excellence in websites, interactive media, social networking, and mobile. Once nominated, the public casts their votes for nominees in order to determine who is the Best of the Web in each category. This year the City of New York received two nominations...
DonorsChoose Campaign Supporting CS Education
DonorChoose has launched a campaign for the month of April to raise money for classrooms in NYC Schools that are helping students learn to code. There is a rising demand from students for classes in software engineering and computer science and to help them get there, you can support some of the forward-thinking projects. Make a donation to “Good Things Come to Those Who Code” or...
BBC - Reinventing the New York Payphone →
The BBC reports on the City’s Reinvent Payphone Design Challenge. With the contracts on its remaining phones set to be renewed in 2014, the city of New York held a competition to reinvent the payphone and ensure it will remain relevant in the future.
Students: Join Girls Who Code this Summer
Girls Who Code works to provide high school girls from underserved communities with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in the engineering and tech sectors. Sophomores and Juniors in high school can apply now to join the Girls Who Code 2013 Summer Immersion Program. (Video via Fast Company)
NY tech startups thrive on being in close proximity to other people. Here,...– Read more about why tech founders choose New York City: http://bit.ly/XTVw06 (AlleyWatch)
Reinvent Payphones Winner: Beacon - Best Visual...
Description Gently rising out of the sidewalk and topping out at nearly 12 feet, BEACON is a slender concrete and stainless steel structure enclosing a stack of indestructible LED matrix screens, similar to those found on Times Square billboards. The upper screens function as digital signage, creating an ad-supported revenue stream that allows Beacon to provide its other functions free...
Reinvent Payphones Winner: Windchimes - Best...
Video Description Windchimes are environmental sensor stations that talk through payphones. They can plug directly into existing technologies and communication infrastructure, making them low cost and immediately deployable. We imagined New York City’s existing 11,000 payphones as a distributed sensor network providing real-time and hyper-local records of the city’s rain levels,...
Reinvent Payphones Winner: Smart Sidewalks - Best...
Smart Sidewalks is driven by two competing aims: to pack as much function into a single device as possible and to reduce the phonebooth’s footprint. “Everything” –communication, sustainability, and wayfinding is squeezed into “nothing” – a 6” wide interactive strip that folds up from the sidewalk. The design works within the existing 5’ sidewalk grid and has two main components. The ﬁrst...
Reinvent Payphones Winner: NYFi - Best...
Description Reinventing the Payphone is not only about a sleeker design or a digital display, it is about radically re-imagining a public amenity: how it will be used, and what it will provide. Unlike today’s payphone, the NYFi is an interactive portal to public information, goods, and services, a hub for free wireless internet access, and an open infrastructure for future applications. The...
Reinvent Payphones Winner: NYC I/O: The Responsive...
Description 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...
Reinvent Payphones Winner: NYC Loop - Best in...
Description The existing condition of the city-wide payphone system has created a latent opportunity to rethink the relationship between a more technologically-relevant, new payphone design and the city’s vibrant public space. The NYC Loop will serve as an access point to the latest technology while simultaneously supporting the public spaces that make NYC a unique place in which to live,...
How NYC is Adopting Data-Driven Analytics to...
Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that Michael Flowers, Director of Analytics the Mayor’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, will now serve as the city’s first Chief Analytics Officer. In an interview, Flowers tells TechPresident the role change comes from the growing importance of cross-agency collaboration in our digital city. In his new role, Michael Flowers will be...
Brooklyn Public Library Mobile App
Brooklyn Public Library launched its first mobile app, My BPL, available for iPhone and Android. The app allows readers to personalize their library experience on-the-go by finding new titles, searching the library catalog, save to-read lists of eBooks, manage your library account, find branch info and scan an ISBN with your phone to search library collections. For more information,...
STEM Video Game Challenge Launches That Teach Kids...
This month, kids and their parents attended a workshop at the American Museum of Natural History to make video games that they will enter into the National STEM Video Game Challenge. The National STEM Video Game Challenge, presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media, is open to middle school and high school students in grades 5 – 12 through April 24, 2013. The...
Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge
Thank you to all those who submitted prototype designs to the Reinvent Payphones Challenge. Due to an overwhelming number of entries, teams will be notified if they are selected to participate in the Demo Day by early next week. Any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Made in NY: We Are Songza. We Are Made In NY. →
madeinny: Meet, Songza. Songza makes it easy for you to play the right music for any occasion. Watch the video to see what it’s like to work at Songza and how they’ve found a home in Long Island City. Be sure to take a look at open job positions at Songza. Have a story about your…
Made in NY: We Are Vimeo. We Are Made In NY. →
madeinny: Meet, Vimeo. Vimeo is a friendly place where people who take and love videos can share, watch, discover, and be inspired. Watch the video to see what it’s like to work at Vimeo and how they’ve found a home in New York City. Be sure to take a look at open job positions at Vimeo.
Made in NY: Celebrating New York City's Media,... →
madeinny: Today, Mayor Bloomberg announced the launch of “We Are Made In NY,” a campaign to celebrate and support NYC’s growing tech sector. In addition, the campaign includes the expansion of the Made In NY mark to include tech and digital companies for the first time. The New York City is at…
Reinvent Payphones: Submit Your Prototype by...
A quick reminder that the submission period for the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge closes on Monday, February 18 at 9AM EST. Digital images, documentation, or links to a virtual presentation are all welcome. Please be sure to submit one proposal per team, and please identify all team members by name and email in the fields marked. All team members must complete the Participant Release Form...
Upcoming Start Up City Events on January 31st
The Center for Communication, along with Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, will host a two panels on the start-up scene. The events will focus on breaking into the scene, and, advice from start-up employees. Both panels are on January 31st; RSVP are required. Start Up City, Part 1: Getting Into the Game What goes...