June 10th, 2013

Young Rewired State NYC

June 29th and 30th, Young Rewired State, the Museum of the Moving Image and Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network will host a design challenge.  Teens will work with programmers, creatives, developers and other mentors to use NYC Open Data to build working digital prototypes that solve real-world problems for the City.  The event will help NYC teens cultivate the computational literacy skills necessary for college and career readiness.

Want to be a mentor?  The event needs professional programmers, designers and educators who are willing to volunteer their time to help youth through the prototyping process.  For more info, visit http://bit.ly/YRSNYC-mentor

June 3rd, 2013

NYC Generation Tech

Are you a NYC high school student with a long summer break ahead?
Do you want to learn more tech and entrepreneurship in NYC?

NYC Generation Tech is a 2-week summer “bootcamp” that will teach students the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, as well as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.  After the 2 week camp, students will build an app and business plan in teams during weekly sessions and twice-weekly evening mentoring during July and August. In September, the students will demo and pitch their plans to a panel of judges from the tech, venture capital and educational communities.  The winning team will receive cash prizes and all students are recognized at an awards ceremony.

In the fall and winter, students will participate in hackathons alongside professional developers and designers to further develop their skills.

Apply now!  The deadline for students is June 7th, 2013

Program Dates:
July 1: Orientation
July 8 – July 19: Bootcamp
July 22 – July 31: Mentoring Sessions, Workshops & Independent Project Work

Student Enrollment Criteria: 

  • Strong interest in technology and entrepreneurship
  • Availability to attend all program sessions
  • Preference given to rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students (due to the rigors of the program)
  • Must attend a NYC high school with over 50% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch OR personally qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Learn more at: http://nycgenerationtech.com

May 29th, 2013

Web Developer Training Program RFP

The Workforce Development Corporation is seeking consultants to design and implement a web development training program that takes individuals with little or no prior experience and trains them for technology sector jobs.

The RFP will award up to $800,000 to the selected consultants.  Proposals are due June 14th at 5pm.

Learn more at http://on.nyc.gov/YWT2w2

May 16th, 2013

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 the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.  The event is run by Rockaway Help in sponsorship with Mozilla and The New York Community Trust.  

For more info or to sign up visit http://bit.ly/14sk532

May 14th, 2013

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 June 14th, 4pm.

For more info, visit www.nycedc.com/wirelessrfp

May 14th, 2013

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

May 6th, 2013


Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge finalists exhibited their prototype ideas at the New Museum Ideas City StreetFest on May 4 on the Bowery in the Lower East Side. 

May 1st, 2013

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.  

To sign up as a mentor or interested youth, visit http://bit.ly/VXzFBC

March 6th, 2013

The City of New York invites you to vote for your favorite prototype in the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge. The design that receives the most online votes will receive the Popular Choice Award.

Cast your vote before March 15 via on.nyc.gov/votepayphones 

March 6th, 2013

Reinvent Payphones Winner: Beacon - Best Visual Design



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 of charge. These screens also adapt to public events throughout our city, from NYC marathon mileage markers to themed banners, celebrating with the city during its many parades.

The lower screens are dedicated to New York City¹s local street life and communities, with hyper local advertising, community message boards, and of course, the telephone functionality. Controlled by your voice and gestures, Beacon is touch-free and hygienic, and is highly accessible. It uses directional microphones and noise canceling speakers to create the right acoustic environment for making phone calls, and an array of sensors to track gestures. Fire, Police, and Taxi are physical buttons, always at the ready to signal our needs direct to the city and via the colored light crown.

Beacon is also there for us in times of emergency, such as when we experienced Superstorm Sandy. The upper digital signage and the light crown on top give us clear instructions on how to respond during these events. Beacon becomes an information kiosk during times of emergency, providing updates on critical services, evacuation instructions, and directions to local shelters in multiple languages. Beacon¹s solar cells trickle charge an integrated battery, creating an uninterruptible power supply to update the information on a regular and consistent basis, even during a blackout.

Beacon is New York City¹s next generation open communications platform, connecting the city and its services with our communities, businesses, residents, and visitors. Beacon makes New York City more accessible, safer, healthier, greener, and better informed in our best of times and our most challenging.

Beacon was designed to connect New York City with New Yorkers, businesses and visitors. Beacon takes everything chaotic, colorful & loud about New York City and connects it back to us in an intelligent, purposeful & familiar way.



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