The New York Times’ Education Life weekend section looks at the beta class and educational roll-out of Cornell NYC Tech so far, a new graduate program in applied sciences that is not your typical Master’s program:
“In Ithaca, you take a bunch of classes and then you have your one master’s project — you work on it alone,” said Mr. Kopp, who transferred from a master’s program at Cornell’s main campus. “It typically doesn’t have a business aspect to it, or you might be working on something that a professor is doing. This has a very different feel to it.”
NYC BigApps Is Coming Soon
Move over Samsung – The Next Big Thing is almost here. We are working with CollabFinder to bring the biggest, boldest, and best BigApps ever! While we can’t divulge our secrets yet, yesterday we gave a sneak peek at Social Media Week event: “We Built this City: The State of Civic Technology, with Code for America and IDEO.”
Entering its fourth year, the NYC BigApps competition promotes government transparency and innovative new technologies by challenging mobile and web developers to create cool, free apps for New Yorkers using City data.
Get involved: Sign up now at www.nycbigapps.com to be the first to know about any updates on New York City’s ultimate open data software challenge. Trust us – you don’t want to miss a thing.
NYCEDC and Fordham University today announced the newest class of NYC Venture Fellows, an annual, year-long program to help emerging entrepreneurs from around the world to grow or expand their businesses in New York through executive-level mentoring and exclusive networking opportunities. NYC Venture Fellows, now in its third year, will begin on February 25th with a series of events, including an opening reception, meetings with leading New York City companies, workshops, panel discussions, and cultural events.
The 2013 class of Venture Fellows is comprised of 30 entrepreneurs – selected from hundreds of nominees and applicants – from six different countries, representing a diverse cross-section of industries such as media and emerging tech, biotech, fashion, education, financial services, and real estate. The fellowship aims to increase collaboration among startups and established businesses, as well as encourage local and international startups to grow their businesses in New York City.
The 2013 class of NYC Venture Fellows are:
- Amit Avner, Co-founder & CEO of Taykey
- Edward Barrow, CEO & Founder of idio
- Piraye Beim, Founder & CEO of Celmatix Inc
- Constantin Bjerke, Founder & CEO of Crane.tv
- Adam Braun, Founder & CEO of Pencils of Promise
- Rameet Chawla, Founder & Lead Information Architect of Fueled
- Carter Cleveland, Founder & CEO of Artsy
- Reese Fernandez, President & Founding Partner of Rags2Riches
- Jason Freedman, Founder & CEO of 42Floors
- Jeremy Friedman, Founder & CEO of Schoology
- Ari Goldberg, CEO of StyleCaster
- Pep Gomez, CEO & Founder of Fever
- Vipin Goyal, CEO & Co-founder of SideTour
- Urs Haeusler, CEO of DealMarket
- Sachin Kamdar, CEO of Parse.ly
- Riggs Kubiak, Founder & CEO of Honest Buildings
- Lily Liu, Founder & CEO of PublicStuff
- Meghan Messenger, Co-founder & Chief of Staff of Next Jump
- Jason Richelson, Founder & CEO of ShopKeep POS
- Elias Roman, CEO of Songza
- Benzi Ronen, Founder & CEO of Farmigo
- Rachel Schechtman, Founder of STORY
- Mei Shibata, Co-founder of ThinkEco
- Zach Sims, Co-founder & CEO of Codecademy
- Shane Snow, Co-founder of Contently
- David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology
- Alex Torrenegra, Co-founder of VoiceBunny
- Alexis Tryon, Founder & CEO of Artsicle
- Eben Upton, Executive Director of Raspberry Pi
- K Young, CEO of Mortar Data
Congratulations to all! Learn more about this exciting program.
Spring 2013 Tech Talent Draft
Startups and students, pull out your smartphones and open your calendar app—NYC Tech Talent Draft is back for Spring 2013!
After a successful fall campaign—one that put over 30 NYC startups on display in front of over 450 students from the nation’s top computer science and engineering programs—we are excited to announce dates and locations for upcoming panel and networking events:
- Cornell: January 30, 6:30-7:30pm
- U Penn: February 21, 3:15-5:15pm
- Princeton: February 22, 4:30-6:30pm
- Boston citywide event: Date TBD
- Carnegie Mellon: Date TBD
New for 2013, NYC Tech Talent Draft will partner with Seelio.com to facilitate recruiting. Seelio makes the static resume a thing of the past by showcasing students’ work and accomplishments on a dynamic online platform. NYC Tech Talent Draft will also soon have its own jobs page for attending startups, open to all students.
Are you a student or NYC startup interested in participating in NYC Tech Talent Draft? Get more details.
Why Broadband Is Good for Business
There are just 10 days left to get in your application for the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge.
As the submission period comes to a close, we want to emphasize the importance of high-speed broadband and the impact that it can have on businesses in New York City.
Improving the city’s broadband infrastructure
Here’s a short paragraph on why the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge is important, in the words of venture capitalist Fred Wilson. (If you haven’t read Fred’s full blog post on the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, definitely check it out.)
“In addition to getting a lot of local businesses high speed broadband, this contest will also give an indication to the city and local ISPs of where the most important neighborhoods are for broadband buildout. We spend a lot of time with our portfolio companies dealing with infrastructure issues around real estate and broadband and I can tell you that this is big problem in NYC. Companies that want to move to low cost neighborhoods with interesting buildings like Red Hook, Gowanus, Vinegar Hill, the Greenpoint waterfront, Long Island City, and other similar places simply cannot do that due to the lack of good broadband. If the city wants to see these neighborhoods emerge commercially, they will need to deal with the broadband problem. ConnectNYC is a nice way to get going on the problem.”
NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky agrees:
“In recent years, New York City has emerged as a global hub of technology and innovation. The ConnectNYC competition is the next important step in our efforts to build upon this momentum, expanding broadband connectivity across the City and ensuring that our broadband infrastructure meets the needs of our businesses throughout the 21st Century.”
If your business could benefit from faster internet, we urge you to enter the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge (and spread the word to your friends)! If you haven’t already, take a look at the submission form and start drafting your answers today.
NYC Tech Talent Draft Kicks Off
College students, get a firsthand look at exciting startup careers in New York City! Tech@NYC is touring some of the nation’s top colleges and universities to provide computer science and engineering students with the inside scoop on NYC’s booming tech scene.
Through the NYC Tech Talent Draft, NYCEDC introduces NYC’s tech scene to student audiences seeking entrepreneurial career opportunities, while providing NYC start-ups with a convenient, effective way to recruit top computer science and engineering students.
Don’t miss the on-campus information sessions featuring the founders, CEOs and CTOs of some of the City’s hottest startups:
- Learn invaluable career advice and hear about “a day in the life” at a start-up
- Mix, mingle and network with start-up panelists (and maybe even get hired!)
- Free food and drinks!
- Brown: September 19, 5:30-7:30 pm (following Brown Fall Career Fair)
- UPenn: September 19, 6-8 pm
- Princeton: September 21, 3-5 pm (following Princeton General Interest Career Fair)
- MIT: September 21, 5-7 pm (following MIT Fall Career Fair)
- Cornell: September 28, 2-8 pm (including a special NYC Tech Talent Draft Career Fair and Cornell Startup Weekend Kick-Off)
- Carnegie Mellon: October 23, 4-6 pm (following CMU Spark career event)
Among the more than 30 technology start-ups represented at the various campus events are: Appboy, AppNexus, Artsicle, Behance, Betterment, Birchbox, Bit.ly, Codecademy, CB Insights, Cureatr, Flatiron Health Inc, Fog Creek, GroupMe, Honest Buildings, kikin, Local Response, Meetup, nRelate, Sailthru, SecondMarket, Shelby.tv, Songza, thumb, and Yipit.
Register for your school’s session above and find out more at www.nycedc.com/techtalent. Bring your friends!
Show Off Your Design Skills & Enter Today
Designers, show the world why NYC is the best city for business. Enter the NYC Best for Business Infographic Competition 2012 for a chance to win $1,000 cash prize, a poster-size print of your work signed by Mayor Bloomberg, and bragging rights as the City’s top infographic designer.
Infographics must incorporate the NYCEDC Dataset to be eligible. The top applicants will be selected as semifinalists and the winner will be chosen by public voting on NYCEDC.com.
The deadline for submissions is September 21, 2012. Find out more at www.nycedc.com/bestforbusiness. Show off your design skills and enter today!
Final week to enter our infographic competition! Take a look at the dataset and visualize it for a chance to win $1,000 cash and other prizes.