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    Since 2011, DoITT has partnered with the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence and the private sector to help individuals re-enter the workplace equipped with today’s basic technology skills. NYC STEPS provide free web-based workplace and computer skills training to survivors of domestic violence who are clients of the NYC Family Justice Centers. 119 participants from 35 different countries have graduated to date! 
    Learn more about the NYC STEPS program.

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    This Week in NYC Tech

    This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!

    Monday, June 16

    Hardwired NYC #11

    5:45 pm: Head over to Park Avenue to hear tech industry innovators speak about industrial internet, 3D printing, hardware and wearable computing areas at the 11th Hardwired NYC event.

    What Happened on the StartupBus NYC?

    6:30 pm: StartupBus organizes the most intense 3-day startup hackathon in the world. Come hear stories and ask questions about the companies that were built on the bus as competitors give an inside view of their experience.

    Tuesday, June 17 

    NYC Tech Breakfast

    8:00 am: Interact with your tech peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. This month’s breakfast get-together will feature personal anecdotes from techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneursin a show and tell showcase style.

    E-Commerce Metrics

    6:00 pm: Learn how to get the right data, how to measure it, and how to use it for your paid acquisition campaigns to optimize your marketing capabilities.

    Wednesday, June 18 

    Startup to Success Panel

    5:00 pm:Get first-hand advice from startup founders who can successfully say they have “made it.”

    June NY Consumer Health Tech Meetup

    7:00 pm: Interested in health tech? Come see 8 innovative consumer health tech startups pitch their companies in 60 seconds or less at this month’s meetup.

    Thursday, June 19 

    Mobile Wallets w/ David Pardo (Mastercard)

    5:30 pm: Forrester Research predicts that US mobile payments will grow to $90 Billion by 2017. Come learn more about the shifting and fast-growing mobile payment market at the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator.

    NYC Big Apps’ ‘Appy Hour at Museum of the Moving Image

    7:00 pm: Join other NYC BigApps participants, partners, and mentors over a casual drink at the Museum of the Moving Image to form teams and share ideas for the upcoming BigBuild on Saturday.

    Friday, June 20 

    Raising Startup Capital Class

    12:00 pm: Capital is essential for any startup to get some momentum going behind it. Learn from seasoned professionals the best techniques for raising capital for your startup with this 3-hour long class.

    What Women Entrepreneurs Want

    6:00 pm: Hear from prominent women entrepreneurs at this interactive program where attendees will gain valuable insight and advice about their businesses.

  3. NYC Connected Programs Honored at the First-Ever New York State Broadband Champion Awards

    On June 5, DoITT’s NYC Connected programs received the 2014 Best Broadband Adoption Program Award from the New York State Broadband Program Office, recognizing their great impact on digital literacy and broadband use in New York City. 

    Initiated in 2010, DoITT’s NYC Connected programs used federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants, as well as matching funds from an array of public and private partners, to provide three complimentary programs to New Yorkers. These programs provided underserved residents with access to computers, broadband, and an array of training programs and resources to support digital literacy, academic achievement and job readiness. Together, these initiatives have served 28,467 public school students with free computers, training and other resources, opened or improved 100 public computer centers, installed 2,219 public computer workstations, and delivered more than half a million hours of digital literacy, job readiness, and other training in community locations citywide.  The programs additionally spurred 11,903 families to newly adopt broadband in their homes.

     “We are honored to receive this award along with all the other 2014 New York State Broadband Champion Award winners and want to thank the State’s Broadband Program Office for their support and recognition,” said Executive Director, Deirdre Flynn. “We wish to acknowledge, first and foremost, the New Yorkers who have participated in these programs since 2010 – we have been honored to serve them, and to support digital inclusion for all New York City residents.”  

    New York City is sustaining the “NYC Connected Communities” program going forward and the City continues to explore new ways to provide broadband access to all New Yorkers. 

    NYC Connected would not have been possible without generous funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  DoITT shares this award with our many partners across the City, all of whom have played a central role in implementing the programs.  These partners include the Department for the Aging, Department of Education, Department of Parks and Recreation, the Brooklyn, Queens and New York Public Libraries and the New York City Housing Authority.  We also wish to recognize the indispensable work of our non- and for-profit partners, including AUSSIE, CFY, Cablevision, the City University of New York, Common Sense Media, Learning Times, Older Adults Technology Services, Teaching Matters, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.

    Learn more about the New York State Broadband Champion Award Winners

  4. On May 30, local seniors attended the Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Info Commons to celebrate Older Americans Month by participating in “Exergamers NYC.” This program uses Kinect for Xbox to allow its participants to improve their fitness, well-being, and social life while engaging in friendly competition. All had their game faces on and were ready to compete in the virtual bowling match.

    Last year, the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) partnered with Microsoft to launch the first Kinect for Xbox virtual bowling pilot in select senior centers. The BPL program marks the extension of this pilot to libraries. In the fall, BPL will form a league of older adult bowling teams to compete against other libraries as well as senior centers.

  5. NYC.gov is now home to a gallery of maps developed by DoITT’s GIS team. The new page features 15 maps, ranging from the Digital Tax Map, which shows historic and current tax maps, to the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder, which shows evacuation zones across the City. Many maps, such as the 311 Service Request map, use public data available on the NYC Open Data portal, while other maps, such as the Census Map, compile federal information about NYC. 

    Check out the Map Gallery on NYC.gov

  6. After the success of last year’s Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, the City released a formal request for proposals (RFP) for citywide WiFi and state-of-the-art information hubs. The RFP aims to replace the existing payphone infrastructure with highly functional, visually-attractive 21st century “public communication points” which will offer a range of public benefits including a seamless WiFi network in the city’s highest-density areas. Responses to the RFP are due this summer and a new franchise owner will be selected and approved in late 2014.

    Register to download the RFP

    Learn more about DoITT’s payphone franchises and other payphone initiatives

  7. Harlem WiFi posters designed by the winning team of Harlem Children’s Zone’s “Learn to Earn” participants recently debuted to spread the word about free, on-street WiFi in Harlem.  The Harlem WiFi network is now live from 110th Street to 130th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue, with Phase 3 construction ongoing to extend the network to 138th Street. Although the network is still under construction, it averages over 1,300 users each day. When the network is complete, it will span 95 city blocks, making it the nation’s largest outdoor, on-street WiFi network.  

    Read the press release

    View a map of the public outdoor Harlem WiFi zone

  8. Upcoming events in NYC Tech from nycedc:

    This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!

    Monday, April 7

    Girls Raising, 6 - 8:30 pm

    Girls Raising presentations are a series of events geared towards helping women-founded startups get publicity, network with like-minded entrepreneurs, and meet influential women that can move their businesses forward (men are invited too!) Tickets are currently SOLD OUT but you can still sign up to pitch at future events. 

    Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, 6 - 8 pm

    Techstars and Kaplan have joined forces this year for a startup accelerator dedicated to EdTech. The 15-week program will be based in New York City, and will offer unprecedented access for 10 EdTech teams. Get more info on the accelearator at the info session.

    Tuesday, April 8

    Driving Innovation at Fortune 100, 12 pm

    Hear from Wendy Mayer, VP of Worldwide Innovation at Pfizer who will discuss how Pfizer is defining innovation, and what they are doing to be more innovative from a business output and culture standpoint. 

    Build Break and Defend - Innovation in Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking, 6 - 8 pm

    Leaders in cybersecurity will discuss some of the best practices and strategies we can take as consumers and as entrepreneurs. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. 

    Inside the Founders Studio, 7 pm

    CEO and co-founder of Timehop will be at Meetup headquarters to share insights on the founding of his company. 

    Bluetooth Night, 7 pm

    At the New York iOS Developer Meetup, learn about CoreBluetooth and custom hardware. Objectlab will also be presenting a live end-to-end demo fo iBeacons and Corelocation.

    Wednesday, April 9

    NYC Next Idea Final Round, 5:45 - 9 pm

    Join NYC Next Idea as the final 6 teams compete for the top spot of $35,000. Jon Steinberg, President and COO of BuzzFeed, will be the Keynote. RSVP required. 

    Hacknight with Regional Plan Association and BetaNYC, 7 pm

    Preview the benchmarking analysis and interactive maps that RPA will be releasing at its annual Assembly on April 25. Data sets will be available at the event. RPA will explain the data and open the night for hacking, visualizing, and discussion.

    April 2014 NY Enterprise Technology Meetup, 6:45 - 9 pm

    Join fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors for the NY Enterprise Technology Meetup April meetup. This month’s meetup there will include an Enterprise VC Feedback Forum. 

    Thursday, April 10

    AdTech Gets Hacked in Lower Manhattan, 5:30 - 8:30

    LaunchLM and CloudRFP are bringing together the technical ‘big guns’ in today’s ad tech space to talk about specific industry challenges. The format will include several presentations (each approximately 15 minutes) featuring real data and real solutions

    From Somewear to Everywear, 6:30 pm

    Presented by Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, Steven Feiner explores the past, present, and future of wearable computing, with an emphasis on how computer media can overlay our experience of the physical world. This event is free and open to the public.

    Models That Drive Real-World Decisions, 7 - 9 pm

    Josh Wills, director of data science at Cloudera, will talk to the NYC Data Science meetup about what the modeling process looks like to a data scientist, what we can all learn from the success of credit risk modeling, and what tools we need in order to make the process better.

    Friday, April 11

    Startup Columbia, 8:30 am - 6 pm

    Drew Houston, Dropbox and Walt Mossberg, Re/code join Startup Columbia in a conversation about tech entrepreneurship. Other guests include Geoffrey Canada of Harlem Children’s Zone and Claire Shipman, of Good Morning America who will discuss social entrepreneurship. 

    NYC Startup Job Fair, 12 pm

    The NYC Startup Job Fair connects top talent job seekers with exciting NYC area startups. All job seekers must register for the event in advance, space limited. Register here.

    Saturday, April 12

    Spring Break Game Jam, 9 am

    The game hackathon is for high school students to learn about professional game development & build related technical skills. Developers and designers are needed for mentoring please RSVP here

    Mobile Week NYC NYC 2014 Conference + Hackathon, April 12 - April 17

    NYC’s largest mobile tech event series will include workshops on mobile development, app monetization, verticals, marketing, strategy & more.

  9. The recently released NYC Tech Economy report chronicles the “rapid transformation” of the City’s economy. In recent years, “internet, mobile technologies, social media, and big data have unleashed a wave of innovation that is creating thousands of new startups and also re-inventing New York City’s traditional industries.”  

    The report’s numbers speak for themselves:

    • NYC Tech generates over 540,000 jobs
    • Almost $125 billion is produced in annual output
    • $5.6 billion is made in tax revenue

    Read the full report at 

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    This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!

    Monday, February 3

    CSNYC Women in CS, 6:00 pm

    Union Square Ventures is leading a discussion on the gender imbalance in CS education/the job market and getting more girls involved.

    Quantify Yourself - Data Gets Personal, 6:30 pm

    The Quantified Self, also known as Lifeblogging, is an increasingly popular practice of individuals tracking and analyzing data from their personal lives, uncovering and improving upon patterns in fitness, emotions, relationships, health and more. The panel will explore how the “quantified self” is being used today, featuring panelists from R/GA and Digitas. 

    Tuesday, February 4

    NY Tech Meetup, 7 pm

    In addition to NY Tech Meetup’s usual programming, this month, NY Tech Meetup will feature two companies (Vibease and Down) who are innovating in the sex+tech space. These demos will begin at approximately 8:40 - 8:45 p.m. The content of these demos will be safe for work, but as the topics being discussed relate to sex, parents should use their discretion as to what they feel is appropriate for their own children.

    Future of Immersive 3D, 6:30 pm

    Dr. Ken Perlin, Director of the NYU Games for Learning Institute, will be speaking to members about recent research on the future of immersion, collaboration and 3D. 

    Programming and Journalism with the HuffPost Tech Team, 6 pm

    Join Huffington Post for a talk on programming and journalism. Brandon Diamond, Director of HuffPost Labs, will discuss how embedded startups are founded within the Huffington Post. 

    Wednesday, February 5

    Upper East Side Tech Breakfast, 8:30 am

    Joanna Belbey, social media and compliance specialist, will be speaking about how regulated firms use social media effectively to comply with rules and regulations.

    Hack Upon a Cause, 6:30 pm

    In anticipation of the Hack Upon a Cause, Powered by XO Group on February 8/9, AngelHack is hosting a Pre-Hackathon Meetup. Learn about the participating non-profits in an educational roundtable setting. Engage with other hackers, form teams, and listen to the non-profits’ needs in preparation for this weekend’s hackathon.

    NY iOS Developers Meetup, 7 pm

    Craig Hockenberry will be presenting “Independent, But Not Alone”, a talk for developers about working hand-in-hand with a designer downtown at American Express offices. 

    NY Data Wizards, 7 pm, Meetup HQ

    Learn how to develop a multi-armed bandit tool to supplement AB testing. Meetup has used the tool to significantly improve clickthrough rates and email open rates.

    Thursday, February 6

    February Astia Venture Lunch, 12:00 pm

    Astia Venture Lunches provide investors with access to pre-qualified, woman-led companies. The following companies will present: DayOne Response, Bookalokal, and TellSpec. 

    UK-US Future Cities Reception, 4:30 pm

    Learn about the UK-US Future Cities Knowledge Exchange Project at the NYIT New Technology Building. 

    Future of Education #4, 6:30 pm

    Join Knewton in this discussion of alternative education and hear from a panel of speakers working at innovative schools and programs across New York. 

    Friday, February 7

    DUMBO Tech Breakfast, 8:30 am

    Grab some food and talk tech. 

    Women 2.0 Founder Friday, 6 pm

    Founder Friday is a Women 2.0 networking event to promote the creation of new networks among aspiring entrepreneurs, current entrepreneurs and investors in innovative cities around the world. Speakers this month include Susan McPherson, Lara Crystal and Lindsey Andrews.

    Bourbon & Beakers, Monthly Harlem Biospace Happy Hour, 5:30 pm

    Join the Harlem Biospace member companies to celebrate the end of the week and the start of a new month over wine and beer. 

    Saturday, February 8

    Data Privacy Legal Hackathon, 9 am

    The Legal Hackers (NY, DC, and Seattle) are teaming up with the Open Notice Initiative and Customer Commons to support the Data Privacy Digital Hackathon on Feb 8th & 9th. All are welcome to compete and create #legalhack projects at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Projects will be presented at the end of the hackathon, where judges will vote on the best hack. Grand prize winner wins $1000. 

    Photo Credit: Byron Huart