1. 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.

  2. 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 

  3. 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, 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 

  4. NYCityMap 3.0

    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. 

  5. 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

  6. 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.”

  7. nycedc:

    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!

  8. Legal Clinic: Intellectual Property Issues for Startups



    Looking for legal advice for your startup? Join NYC Digital, NYC Business Solutions and New York State Bar Association for a free legal clinic for startups focusing on intellectual property issues.

    Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Time: 6:30 – 9:30PM
    Place: The Lounge at WeWork, 173 Lafayette Street

    Directions: 6 train to Canal Street or M5 bus to Grand Street

    RSVPs are required through on.nyc.gov/LegalClinicRSVP

    In the early stages of a new business, intellectual property can be critical for protecting the company’s core ideas, generating revenue, and attracting investors. At this legal clinic, you will receive pro-bono legal advice from volunteer attorneys with the New York State Bar Association. Attorneys will be available to answer questions relating to intellectual property strategy, licensing, monetization, patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and litigation.

    Pre-registration is required so that we can properly match attorneys and attendees. Assistance will be limited to that which can be given during the clinic session and will be delivered to those that pre-register on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For more information, contact IntellectualProperty@nysba.org

  9. 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 Phasesimage

    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.

  10. Interested in learning how people are using NYC OpenData? Visit NYC OpenData Analytics  for 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:

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