October 22nd, 2013
The real question is how Silicon Valley is going to compete with us.
NYC Deputy Mayor Robert Steel in The Atlantic, on New York’s tech push
October 18th, 2013

The 2013 Digital Roadmap—third in a seriesshows 100% of objectives achieved towards making New York City a digital city. Download the PDF report or visit www.nyc.gov/2013roadmap to learn more.

October 17th, 2013


"New York City’s Digital Leadership: 2013 Roadmap"

Less than three years ago, Mayor Bloomberg introduced New York City’s first Digital Roadmap.

Now, with 100% of objectives complete, take a look at the latest update to the Roadmap—demonstrating the strides the City has made to date that are driven by investments in infrastructure, education, open government, online engagement and technology sector support. The 2013 Roadmap also includes ideas and recommendations that look to the future of the City’s position as a global digital leader.

Explore the 2013 Roadmap and download the report at www.nyc.gov/2013roadmap

Reblogged from NYC GOV
October 17th, 2013

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:

•  Academy for Innovative Technologies

•  Bronx Academy for Software Engineering

•  Bronx Compass High School

•  Brooklyn International High School

•  City As School

•  Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

•  Frederick Douglass Academy VII

•  Hillcrest High School

•  Hudson High School for Learning Technologies

•  Satellite Academy High School

Partners involved with Digital Ready include: the American Museum of Natural History, Apple, Artsy, Beam Center, BRIC Arts Media, Brooklyn College Community Partnership, Eyebeam, Dream Yard, Global Kids, Google, Iridescent, the LAMP, Mozilla Hive NYC Learning Network, Museum of the Moving Image, NPower, NYC Salt, Scenarios USA, ScriptEd, Skillfeed and Tribeca Film Institute, among others.

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.

September 30th, 2013


Meet the new www.NYC.gov—it’s faster, smarter and easier to use than ever before. Guided by input from the public, informed by visitor metrics and inspired by the customer service approach of 311, NYC.gov has been redesigned to put the user first. A few highlights of the new website: 

  • Viewable on all mobile devices
  • Search results are more accurate and relevant
  • New “311 Booker” tool on the homepage allows you to request a service or check on the status more easily
  • Redesigned Jobs section brings together all City employment-related opportunities and resources
  • New events search tool and map
  • Improved social sharing so you can more easily post to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr 
Reblogged from NYC GOV
September 27th, 2013


Tumblr knows, Etsy knows, Facebook knows, Google knows, and a growing number of startup and established companies know why New York is the City for tech.

See when NYC Tech Talent Draft is visiting a campus or city near you. 

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August 14th, 2013
July 3rd, 2013
Qwiki is a great example of the momentum in New York City’s booming tech sector. While the company was started out west, they relocated here to be a part of our surging tech community … We congratulate them on their partnership with Yahoo, and hope they continue to grow and thrive in New York City.

- Mayor Bloomberg on Yahoo’s acquisition of NYC based tech company, Qwiki

Read more on Mashable.

March 1st, 2013

How NYC is Adopting Data-Driven Analytics to Address Public Needs

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 helping city agencies share data with one another and the public, turning internal metrics into tools that help the city predict trouble spots and prioritize its response to complaints.

Under Mayor Bloomberg’s leadership, New York City has emerged as a world leader in technological innovation. As mentioned in the article:

As with Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot and Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul Merchant, Flowers is the first person in city history to hold his title. Sterne’s first job was to get the city’s front-facing web presences and social media communications strategies in order, as well as open channels of communication between city officials and New York’s top tech talent. Merchant, as CIIO, has authority to direct IT strategy across agencies, consolidating and sharing services.

Personal Democracy Plus subscribers can read the full interview here.

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