December 31st, 2013

Women in Tech Program


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.

November 26th, 2013

Reinvent 311: Mobile Content Challenge

Did you know that 311 gets 65,000 inquiries a day? 

Hosted by The City of New York, Code for America and Stack Exchange, we are inviting urban technologists, content creators, media professionals, civic developers and interested hackers to partner with NYC 311 and help make vital customer service information accessible on the web and through mobile devices.

Help us Reinvent 311. Register now for the Reinvent 311 mobile content challenge from November 26 - January 15, 2014:

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 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

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.

October 8th, 2013

Join NYC Digital, Catchafire, and General Assembly at Creatives Give Back, a free event for NYC professionals from the technology, media and creative fields.

The evening will introduce ways for creative professionals to donate their time and expertise by signing up to teach a class at General Assembly or registering with Catchafire to volunteer for meaningful pro-bono projects with non-profits.

When: Thursday, October 24th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Where: The newly opened Made in NY Media Center by IFP at 30 John Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Find out more and RSVP at

August 2nd, 2013

Google Hosts New York City’s First ‘Geek Street Fair’ (via Mashable)

Congrats to Google for hosting the coolest new kind of street fair - one for “geeks”! More than 2,000 New Yorkers went to the Geek Street Fair earlier this week, including kids who will be the engineers of the future. 

Craig Nevill-Manning, an engineering director at Google’s New York office, is one of the many people behind this geek street fair.

"If we want to continue to see technology change the world, it’s important to inspire the tech entrepreneurs of tomorrow," he says.

Photo credit: Mashable

July 25th, 2013
In NYC tech intersects with all the city’s industries, making a unique, vibrant ecosystem for investing!
Spark  Capital.  For more reasons to start or build your company in New York City, visit or add your NYC tech startup to the map now.
July 22nd, 2013
Reblogged from NYC OpenData
July 19th, 2013

Tech Career Talk

Last night, NYC Digital hosted a Tech Career Talk: How to Get into NYC’s Fastest Growing Industry at eBay NYC’s office.  Over 150 high school and college students from across the five boroughs attended to learn firsthand about the different roles in tech startups.  The participating students were all from tech programs such as:

  • NYC Generation Tech, which is a tech entrepreneurship program for high schoolers to learn basic coding knowledge
  • Ladders for Leaders, a summer internship program run through the City’s Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Brooklyn Tech Triangle internship program that includes students from the New York City College of Technology (CityTech) that are currently internship in Brooklyn based tech startups
  • Summer Scholars, which is an internship program for high school students that are enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools.

The event included short presentations from 8 different speakers on their jobs, daily tasks, the companies they work for and how they got into the tech sector. Following the talks, the students broke out into groups based on the job function and company they wanted to learn more about. 

The speakers included variety of job functions and tech companies including:

  • Katherine Barna, Head of Communications at Tumblr
  • Kelly Halfin, Head of Business Intelligence at Livestream
  • Christina Mercando, VP of Product at Hunch/Design and Product Manager at eBay
  • Corey Neufville, Media Solutions Manager at Facebook NY
  • Akshay Patil, Platform Lead at Foursquare
  • James Queen, Business Development Lead at Spotify
  • Callie Schweitzer, Director of Marketing and Communications at Vox Media
  • Brian Watson, Analyst at Union Square Ventures

Thanks again to our hosts at eBayNYC, all our speakers and participants for making the event such a great success.  

If you are interested in learning, launching or finding a job in the tech sector, visit

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