In a City where 70% of 311 calls are resolved simply by providing information, the #Reinvent311 challenge asked civic technologists to develop mobile tools to provide 311 information more quickly and effectively. On January 15, #Reinvent311 finalists from across the city came together to share…
NYC Digital and the NYC Department of Education recently hosted Women in Tech, which introduced female students from the City’s public schools to some of the New York City’s local tech companies. Students met with women working in various technology roles, and learned about a variety of career opportunities in the tech industry. More than 300 female students from 14 New York City public schools visited a local tech companies, including AOL/Huffington Post, AT&T, Etsy, Facebook, GE, General Assembly, Gilt Groupe, Google, Rent the Runway, Shutterstock, Tumblr, Twitter, XO Group and Yahoo!.
Visits to the tech companies featured office tours, breakout groups for students to connect with mentors and participate in one-on-one discussions with industry leaders, and panels where students had the opportunity to ask questions and hear firsthand from women in engineering, design, project management, entrepreneurship, and a variety of other positions in tech.
From my vantage point, it was incredibly empowering for the girls to get to see women doing this work at a high level, and to see a workplace unlike any other they’ve seen. My kids rarely get out of the South Bronx and seeing something like that expands their minds incredibly. - SEP Teacher, MS 223: The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, visit to Google
I just felt that Alex gave me a sort of inspiration to really put effort into software engineering and plus when she said that she loved her job I imagined myself possibly in the future saying that. and I’m really excited to see where this takes me. - Student
In addition to Women in Tech, the City has developed a wide range of programs that provide professional development opportunities to students and build diversity in the tech sector. Since 2012, the City has connected over 300 high school and college students from diverse backgrounds with internships at technology companies in New York City. Learn more about these programs in New York City’s Digital Leadership 2013 Roadmap.
Participating schools include Middle Schools: Mark Twain I.S. 239, Brooklyn; Middle School 223: The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology, Bronx; Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74, Queens; Ditmas Intermediate School, Brooklyn. And High Schools: Academy for Software Engineering, Manhattan; Cambria Heights Academy, Queens; Quest to Learn, Manhattan; Ralph R. McKee High School, Staten Island; Bronx Compass High School, Bronx; the Renaissance Charter High School for Innovation, Manhattan; Bronx Academy for Software Engineering, Bronx; High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology School, Brooklyn; Urban Assembly Gateway for Technology High School, Manhattan; Pathways College Preparatory School, Queens.
Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Time: 6:30 – 9:30PM Place: The Lounge at WeWork, 173 Lafayette Street Directions: 6 train to Canal Street or M5 bus to Grand Street RSVPs are required through on.nyc.gov/LegalClinicRSVP
In the early stages of a new business, intellectual property can be critical for protecting the company’s core ideas, generating revenue, and attracting investors. At this legal clinic, you will receive pro-bono legal advice from volunteer attorneys with the New York State Bar Association. Attorneys will be available to answer questions relating to intellectual property strategy, licensing, monetization, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and litigation.
Pre-registration is required so that we can properly match attorneys and attendees. Assistance will be limited to that which can be given during the clinic session and will be delivered to those that pre-register on a first-come, first-served basis.
Join NYC Digital for a workshop and info session on .nyc, New York City’s Top-Level Domain. A top-level domain (TLD) is what is at the end of a domain name such as .com, .org or .edu.
Date: Monday, December 9 Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM Location: Brooklyn Law School, 205 State Street, 22nd Floor RSVPs are required through www.meetup.com/nycgov
With the historic launch of .nyc, the City of New York will become one of the first cities in the world with a top-level domain, creating new opportunities to support local businesses, organizations, and communities and establishing an unprecedented level of geographic authority in the digital sphere.
Find out what is a TLD, .NYC launch plans, what .NYC means for your business or nonprofit organization, how to apply for a .NYC domain, and more. Visit www.mydotnyc.com for more information.
Please join us in this open forum around the launch of .NYC.
Did you know that 311 gets 65,000 inquiries a day?
Hosted by The City of New York, Code for America and Stack Exchange, we are inviting urban technologists, content creators, media professionals, civic developers and interested hackers to partner with NYC 311 and help make vital customer service information accessible on the web and through mobile devices.
Introducing a new program for high schools: Digital Ready
The Department of Education and NYC Digital today announced the launch of Digital Ready, an intensive professional development and technology expansion program to help NYC public high schools use technology and student-centered learning to improve students’ readiness for college and careers.
Digital Ready connects students with NYC’s vibrant tech community to provide real-world learning experiences and to help them develop the skills to succeed in today’s digital workforce.
Students gain digital literacy skills while receiving hands-on work opportunities, internship experience, and mentors from local tech companies. Teachers build digital resources into their lesson plans, use new media tools and work with partners to engage students in digital technology careers.
The program has launched in 10 high schools for the 2013-2014 academic year, and will expand to 10 additional schools, including middle and high schools. Digital Ready schools today:
Digital Ready is one of many City programs that focus on digital literacy for personal and professional development. Visit the Digital Roadmap to learn about the City’s range of digital education initiatives.
Today, Mayor Bloomberg announced new initiatives to further expand wireless and broadband connectivity in New York City by addressing key challenges to ensure the city continues to grow as a global hub of technology and innovation in the 21st Century. Free public Wi-Fi will be launched across…
This interactive graphic shows the range and quantity of data available on the NYC OpenData portal.
Filter by category - business, city government, education, environment, health, housing & development, social services and more - to explore the City’s trove of unique open datasets and user-created views.
Apply for the City’s new NYC Web Development Fellowship for free training with Flatiron School, normally valued at $12,000! Learn how to become a developer and enter New York City’s booming tech sector. Applications are due this Wednesday, September 18: http://bit.ly/1aYrsW5
On LinkedIn, read Mayor Bloomberg’s tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur based on his experience of building a company from the ground up, leading New York City as mayor, and founding a philanthropic organization:
When it comes to an Internet connection, faster is better. That’s why the City of New York is helping connect the City’s growing companies to high-speed Internet by providing free fiber optic construction to qualifying businesses.*
If you’re a growing business that depends on secure and reliable high-speed Internet as part of your daily business operations, apply now at NYCFiberAccess.com through ConnectNYC. Select businesses will be provided with free construction and installation of a dedicated fiber optic cable directly to their office space.
Participating businesses must:
have an office location in NYC
have fewer than 500 employees
explain the anticipated impact of dedicated fiber optic cable on their business activities
sign a minimum of a one-year contract for Internet service at market rates with one of the participating Internet Service Providers in order to receive free construction
In the second round of the program, up to $14 million in funding is available for fiber construction through five participating Internet Service Providers, allowing businesses to choose their fiber service packages.
* The program covers the cost of construction and installation only. Applicants are responsible for monthly service fees at negotiated market rates.
Apply early! Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until December 12, 2013 or until the available allocated construction funds are exhausted.
In the second quarter, 357 of New York’s Internet and digital media companies added 2,200 jobs, according to a study by executive search firm Cook Associates. It’s a 7.3 percent gain over the first quarter. (via PandoDaily)
“In NYC tech intersects with all the city’s industries, making a unique, vibrant ecosystem for investing!”—Spark Capital. For more reasons to start or build your company in New York City, visit mappedinny.com or add your NYC tech startup to the map now.
New Yorkers Share Ideas for a Digital NYC in Staten Island
NYC Digital convened the Staten Island Digital Roadmap Meetup last night from 7-9PM — the second in a series of participatory discussions throughout New York City focusing on gathering public feedback and input on the City’s digital growth and future.
The Meetup began with a presentation of the New York City’s Digital Roadmap, and was followed immediately by five group breakout sessions that explored the five pillars of the Roadmap: Access, Education, Open Government, Engagement and Industry. At the conclusion of the event, the groups got together to share their top ideas and recommendations with the City.
Topics covered included support for increasing Internet access and options, strategies for improving STEM education, increasing and sustaining online public engagement, and fostering local tech and digital talent.
The next Digital Road Meetup will take place in the Bronx on August 6 from 7-9PM. All are welcome, register here!
On July 10, a team of DoITT and NYCEDC employees introduced NYC OpenData to Facebook engineers at one of the company’s internal hackathons in Manhattan.
Albert Webber, Program Coordinator for NYC OpenData, outlined how to access and use NYC datasets and APIs, and described the benefits of open government. Chelsea Rao, NYCEDC’s Vice President at the Center for Economic Transformation, and Noelle Marcus, an NYCEDC Project Manager, discussed NYC BigApps, the annual app competition that challenges developers to create tools using open data. This year’s winners used City datasets to engineer apps that help improve public health, assist parents in searching for child care, and link New Yorkers with social services around the City.
Facebook’s internal hackathons encourage employees to explore projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. NYC OpenData helps the City build partnerships with the tech sector by offering free access to more than 1000 datasets on a wide range of City operations, including cultural affairs, transportation, education, health, housing, and more.
Last night, NYC Digital hosted a Tech Career Talk: How to Get into NYC’s Fastest Growing Industry at eBay NYC’s office. Over 150 high school and college students from across the five boroughs attended to learn firsthand about the different roles in tech startups. The participating students were all from tech programs such as:
NYC Generation Tech, which is a tech entrepreneurship program for high schoolers to learn basic coding knowledge
Ladders for Leaders, a summer internship program run through the City’s Department of Youth and Community Development
Brooklyn Tech Triangle internship program that includes students from the New York City College of Technology (CityTech) that are currently internship in Brooklyn based tech startups
Summer Scholars, which is an internship program for high school students that are enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools.
The event included short presentations from 8 different speakers on their jobs, daily tasks, the companies they work for and how they got into the tech sector. Following the talks, the students broke out into groups based on the job function and company they wanted to learn more about.
The speakers included variety of job functions and tech companies including:
Katherine Barna, Head of Communications at Tumblr
Kelly Halfin, Head of Business Intelligence at Livestream
Christina Mercando, VP of Product at Hunch/Design and Product Manager at eBay
Corey Neufville, Media Solutions Manager at Facebook NY
Akshay Patil, Platform Lead at Foursquare
James Queen, Business Development Lead at Spotify
Callie Schweitzer, Director of Marketing and Communications at Vox Media
Brian Watson, Analyst at Union Square Ventures
Thanks again to our hosts at eBayNYC, all our speakers and participants for making the event such a great success.
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