On July 10, a team of DoITT and NYCEDC employees introduced NYC OpenData to Facebook engineers at one of the company’s internal hackathons in Manhattan.
Albert Webber, Program Coordinator for NYC OpenData, outlined how to access and use NYC datasets and APIs, and described the benefits of open government. Chelsea Rao, NYCEDC’s Vice President at the Center for Economic Transformation, and Noelle Marcus, an NYCEDC Project Manager, discussed NYC BigApps, the annual app competition that challenges developers to create tools using open data. This year’s winners used City datasets to engineer apps that help improve public health, assist parents in searching for child care, and link New Yorkers with social services around the City.
Facebook’s internal hackathons encourage employees to explore projects outside of their day-to-day responsibilities. NYC OpenData helps the City build partnerships with the tech sector by offering free access to more than 1000 datasets on a wide range of City operations, including cultural affairs, transportation, education, health, housing, and more.