We empower individuals and local communities to build a civically engaged technology ecosystem and provide for an honest and inclusive government. We want New York’s governments to work for the people, by the people, for the digital era.


BetaNYC is a civic organization dedicated to improving lives in New York through civic design, technology, and data.


We host events to demystify open data and give you an opportunity to connect to your neighbors. Join us on meetup.

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We sustain a thriving local civic technology ecosystem by demystifying open data. Take an online class.

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We host open conversations on NYC's civic tech and open data slack and on facebook. Let us chat.

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We help make government smarter by building programs, prototypes, applications and advocacy campaigns.

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Looking Back at the NYC Peoples’ Tech Assemblies 2021

Introduction  This is a hefty update on the NYC Peoples’ Tech Assemblies and our efforts to update the People’s Roadmap to a Digital New York City. Index: About the People’s […]

Civic Innovation Lab Assistants

BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Lab Assistants help perform data analytics, research municipal technology and data systems, run events, and assist the Civic Innovation Lab Director and Manager. Lab Assistants must be […]

Civic Innovation Consultant to support Community Boards

Services Sought:  BetaNYC seeks to hire Civic Innovation Consultants to assist Community Boards as Discretionary Actions Consultants. Community Boards are neighborhood bodies of government that play an advisory role over […]

Written testimony for DoITT / OTI Budget Hearing FY 2023

To: NYC Council – Committee on Technology  From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC Re: Written testimony for DoITT / OTI Budget Hearing  Wednesday, 23 March 2022 Dear Chair Gutiérrez […]

Transparency and Disability Groups Urge NY Leaders to Require Remote/In-Person Public Meetings

Transparency, Press and Disability Groups Urge State Leaders to Require “Hybrid” Remote/In-Person Public Meetings During Sunshine Week, fifteen civic groups sent a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul and the Legislative Leaders asking […]

a new "dark" storefront

Micro-fulfillment centers and Zoning

The Office of Council Member Gale Brewer and civic technology organization BetaNYC have partnered to create an interactive map that identifies and pinpoints “dark stores” proliferating across New York City. […]

Welcome to NYC School of Data and Open Data Week 2022

This blog post outlines how to participate in 2022’s NYC Open Data week and NYC School of Data.

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Registration is open for NYC School of Data 2022! 🎟 🥳 🎉

Charge your laptops or tablets, pack your water bottle, vaccination card, grab your quality mask, sharpen your pencils, and get a good night’s rest! Join us for NYC’s most informative […]

Looking back at NYC Open Data Week 2021

In March 2021, BetaNYC hosted the 5th annual NYC Open Data Week festival with the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) and Data Through Design.

BetaNYC statement on Intro 1806-A, Automated Decision Systems used by City Agencies reporting law

“We are excited for the Council to add one more tool to the digital accountability toolbox. It is important for all New Yorkers to know what algorithmic systems are used to […]

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Funders & Partners

BetaNYC is a member of the Code for America Brigade community. We are honored to have received funding and support from the organizations below.