December 31st, 2013

Women in Tech Program

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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.

July 22nd, 2013
Reblogged from NYC OpenData
April 30th, 2013

Project Connect: Hacking for a Better Web

Facebook, The MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla and the Family and Online Safety Institute (FOSI) are hosting a hackathon where developers, designers, educators, programmers and learning innovators will develop social tools — apps, badges, curricula, and other prototypes — that help make for a better Web, and especially to make young people’s online experiences more civil, more empowering and more firmly under their own control. The day will culminate in a judged competition, and the best ideas will earn prizes totaling $48,000.

When: Next Thursday, May 9th 9:00am-7:30pm

Where: Center 548, 548 West 22nd Street, New York NY

For more info: http://bit.ly/Z6mNe8

Register today at http://bit.ly/11A1b89.

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 

May 18th, 2012

Flashback to when Mayor Bloomberg visited Facebook’s NYC office and wrote on their physical wall. 

April 6th, 2012
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March 30th, 2012

The FDNY just updated its Facebook Page cover photo. Take a look at 

March 28th, 2012

The City of New York’s Facebook photo contest, #loveNYC is featured in today’s Pictorious! challenges. From photos of skylines to subway stations, fans have already submitted more than 550 special moments and places they love most about the city. The contest runs through April 6, 2012. Read the official rules.

March 26th, 2012

The City of New York recently launched the #loveNYC photo contest on Facebook. Fans are encouraged to submit photos, showing what they love most about the City through April 6, 2012. Meet the Judges who will select the top 10 entries for public voting:


JEN BEKMAN (@JENBEE @20X200), FOUNDER + CEO, 20x200


MAL SHERLOCK (@MALACHYSHERLOCK), @FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER ON INSTAGRAM


RACHEL STERNE (@RACHELSTERNE), CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, NYC DIGITAL, MAYOR’S OFFICE OF MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT


SPENCER TUCKER, DIRECTOR, MAYOR’S PHOTOGRAPHY UNIT, CITY HALL


WILLY WONG (@WWONG), CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, NYC & COMPANY

The judges will critique the entries on composition, subject matter, overall quality, and interpretation of the five boroughs.

We would like to thank all of the judges for their time and creative input. Their knowledge and experiences in art, photography, design, and technology are invaluable to the judging process.

We also want to acknowledge the partnership with Clear Channel Spectacolor for providing the opportunity for the winning photo to be displayed at Times Square on Spectacolor HD on 1560 Broadway.

So, if you love New York City as much as we do, then show how much you love this city by submitting a photo to the #loveNYC photo contest on Facebook.

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