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.


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Emily's Farewell Party with staff; and previous and current fellows.

Introducing Year 8 Civic Innovation Fellows – 2022!

Introduction to the NYC Civic Innovation Fellowship Program The Civic Innovation Fellowship is a unique opportunity for CUNY Service Corps fellows to learn all about NYC government, local communities, and how data and technology can help strengthen our City’s civic life. Being immersed in BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Lab allows fellows to develop a deeper understanding […]

Testimony on Int 2158-2020: Designating a geospatial information officer

To: NYC Council – Committee on TechnologyFrom: Zhi Keng He, Assistant Director of the NYC Civic Innovation Lab Re: Int 2158-2020 Watch the video on the City Council Website, fast forward to 1:36:25 to hear Zhi Keng He’s unabridged testimony I am glad to be here with my former professors and top GIS experts as […]

CIF ’21 NYC Open Data Stories

Hello friends, neighbors, colleagues, comrades, and community members near and far, As we approach the dawn of Fall ’21, we are taking some time to reflect on Spring ’21 – BetaNYC’s first and only fully-virtual semester hosting CUNY Service Corps fellows. Spring 2021 was another challenging semester for students, teachers, supervisors, and employees across the […]

Open Letter to Mayor de Blasio from the Open Streets Coalition

[Executive Director’s Note – For the last year, BetaNYC has used its technical and analytical talents to support various COVID-19 relief activities. We support NYC’s Open Streets programs because we are neighbors who care about our ecological future and believe in safe and quiet streets. We see them as places for play, breath, and exercise. […]

BetaNYC’s Preliminary Budget Testimony for FY 2022

BetaNYC’s Preliminary Budget Testimony for FY 2022

New Yorkers Deserve Full Transparency About the COVID-19 Emergency and State Response

Full data transparency — including 121 specific data sets,comprehensive oversight hearing, NTSB-style independent assessment Nine major state watchdog groups wrote to New York’s elected leaders urging full transparency about all aspects of the COVID-19 emergency, including the state’s response. The letter was signed by groups across the political spectrum, from the Empire Center to Reinvent […]

Our Introduction to NYC Open Data Workshops during Open Data Week 2021

For Open Data Week 2021, our Civic Innovation Fellows will be hosting NINE introduction to open data classes. These open data classes are based on our years of experience teaching you how to use OUR data. Did you know New York City’s open data portal has over 3,000 data sets? If you’re not an expert, […]

Hottest week in 2021 = NYC’s Open Data Week + Data Through Design + MozFest

Open Data Week is a week-long festival of community-driven events organized and produced by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) and BetaNYC. Every year, New Yorkers come together all across the boroughs to celebrate New York City’s Open Data Law, which was signed into law on March 7, 2012. Coincidentally, the first weekend […]

Testimony on NYC’s COVID-19 vaccinations, service design, and their websites

To: NYC Council – Joint committee hearing with Health, Technology, and AgingFrom: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director  Re: Covid-19 vaccinations and their websites (link to hearing) Wednesday, 17 February 2021 On behalf of the BetaNYC community, we would like to say thank you for hosting this open conversation. Thank you Council Members for all of your […]

Open Data Week 2021 Call for Volunteers!!

The countdown is on for the 5th annual NYC Open Data Week!! Our Open Data Week Team is looking for virtual volunteers from March 6th to 14th to help facilitate this year’s festivities. Want to join us? Learn more below and complete the volunteer application by Friday, February 26th at 12:00pm.  Open Data Week 2021 […]

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