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
DoITT’s GIS team is planning a new release of NYCityMap. Some of the many new features and updates include:
- Simplified user interface and presentation of data
- Responsive design supporting mobile devices
- Gateway to other NYC mapping applications
- More complete open source solution
Below are some preliminary screenshots. Visit the NYCityMap blog to share your feedback and ideas.
NYC Interactive Crime Map
Interested in exploring NYC crime data? Check out a brief video tutorial explaining how to use the recently released NYC Interactive Crime map. The tutorial discusses basic features of the map – including how to sort by date range, location or crime type, how to visualize crime and how to compare crime data from one location to borough or city averages. DoITT built the map using Google products with crime complainant data as reported by the NYPD.
Watch the NYC Crime Map Video Tutorial
Visit the NYC Crime Map
Learn more about DoITT’s in-house development process for the NYC Crime Map
Visit the new NYC Business Atlas, an interactive map launched by DoITT, the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, and the Departments of Small Business Services. This new tool helps small businesses better understand the economic conditions in their neighborhoods by combining information on population demographics with business filings, tax receipts, and pedestrian activity. Available at maps.nyc.gov/businessatlas/ – the Business Atlas enables local businesses to make better decisions about where to open their doors and how to operate.
According to NYC Chief Analytics Officer Mike Flowers: “This project is an extension of the City’s Open Data efforts. Data transparency means better information for those that live and work in our neighborhoods, and that means more than just raw numbers. The Business Atlas is an easy-to-use visualization that shows that you don’t need to be a data scientist to make good use of NYC data.”
The NYC Broadband Map launches today! See high-speed broadband availability in the blue sections and express demand in your neighborhood if it isn’t yet available.
There are almost 2,000 commercial buildings on the NYC Broadband Map already, but that represents only a fraction of the city. We need your help to fill in the blanks about broadband capacities available in your building. Check out the map to create an account and contribute your information today!
Public Outdoor WiFi Network Launches in Harlem
DoITT has teamed up with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Harlem Children’s Zone and Sky-Packets to provide 95 city blocks of free outdoor WiFi in Harlem. When completed in May 2014, the Harlem WiFi Network will be the country’s largest continuous free public wireless network and will serve more than 80,000 residents.The network is possible through a public-private partnership with the Fuhrman Family Foundation. Read the press release here.
Map of Harlem WiFi Phases
The Harlem Free Outdoor WiFi project will be completed in phases:
I. Phase One: 110th to 120th Street, between Madison Avenue & Frederick Douglass Blvd. Scheduled for completion in December 2013.
II. Phase Two: 121st to 126th Street, between Madison Avenue & Frederick Douglass Blvd. Scheduled for completion in February 2014.
III. Phase Three: 127th to 138th Street, between Madison Avenue & Frederick Douglass Blvd. Scheduled for completion in May 2014.
Interested in learning how people are using NYC OpenData? Visit NYC OpenData Analyticsfor info on page views, and a running count of datasets, maps, and charts available on the OpenData portal. Additionally, the analytics tool shows the most viewed datasets, the top referrers to the portal, search terms and embeds, providing a comprehensive picture of the types of NYC data being used each day.
Check out other open data program analytics:
Interested in high-speed Internet access for your business? NYCEDC is helping connect small and medium-sized businesses to high-speed Internet by providing free fiber optic construction to qualifying companies. If you are a growing business that depends on secure and reliable high-speed Internet as part of your daily operations, don’t miss this opportunity to get connected!
Up to $14 million in funding is available through five participating Internet Service Providers.
The application deadline is December 12, so there’s no time to waste! Find out more.
- Enabling 300,000+ New Yorkers to access broadband technology resources,
- Expanding the NYC OpenData platform from 350 public data sets at launch to over 2,000,
- Relaunching a groundbreaking NYC.gov website and tripling the City’s social media audience.
These are just a few of the many major strides reported in the 2013 Digital Roadmap. Led by NYC Digital, the report demonstrates the successes the City has made to date in access, education, open government, engagement, and technology sector support.
Read the New York City Digital Leadership: 2013 Road-map.