March 13th, 2012

The Future of Cities: Technology in the Public Service

Yesterday, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Sterne, participated in a panel at South by Southwest, “The Future of Cities: Technology in the Public Service”. Abhi Nemani, the Director of Strategy and Communication moderated the panel which also featured John Tolva, Chicago’s Chief Technology Officer Rachel Sterne, Nigel Jacob, the Co-Chair of Boston’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, and Chris Vein, the White House’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation and the former Chief Information Officer and Executive Director of San Francisco’s Office of Technology.

Sterne outlined the pillars of New York City’s Digital Roadmap: access, open government, engagement and industry and showcased examples of how NYC agencies are innovating with social media to better serve the public. Emphasizing the importance of input from New Yorkers, Sterne showcased some of the winning entries from last summer’s “Reinvent” Hackathon, which are serving as design references for the redesign. Sterne encouraged interested New Yorkers to engage with the City’s digital efforts, saying, “No matter who you are, there’s a way for you to be involved. We need your help and we need your ideas.”

March 6th, 2012

We’re honored that NYC Digital’s panel was named one of Mashable’s “22 SXSW Panels You Can’t Pass Up This Year”.

NYC Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne will be speaking on a SXSW panel on “The Future of US Cities: Technology in Public Service: with Abhi Nemani, Director of Strategy for Code for America; Chris Vein, Deputy United States Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation; John Tolva, Chicago’s Chief Technology Officer; and Nigel Jacob, Co-chair of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston City Hall.

Join us on Monday, March 12 from 12:30-1:30 PM at the AT&T Conference Hotel, Salon C for the panel!

February 2nd, 2012

ChallengePost's Brandon Kessler speaking at the MTA AppQuest Award Ceremony, “Government can do so much more when it works with the public and makes itself a platform.”

January 3rd, 2012
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December 21st, 2011
New York City bested Philadelphia and Chicago to win City of the Year in the 2011 GovFresh Awards, which honor tech innovations that empower the relationships among citizens, local government, and cities.
Zack Stieber, “NYC Wins Technological Innovation Awards”


December 19th, 2011

Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne talking about NYC’s Digital Road Map at the United Nations Development Programme’s “Social Media - an Outside the UN Perspective.” Follow the conference on Twitter at #undpcom

December 8th, 2011
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October 18th, 2011

A video of last Friday’s panel discussion on Social Media in NYC government with Sarah Kaufman from New York City’s MTA, Mark Drapeau from Microsoft, Scott Burns of GovDelivery, NYC City Council Member Gale Brewer, and Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Sterne.

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