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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Our purpose is to sustain a thriving local civic technology ecosystem. Check out our community data portal.

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

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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.


#BetaTalks on mobility justice, civic tech / open data tools, #bikenyc’ing w/ cameras, & the law

Join us for a #BikeNYC themed civic technology meetup & networking event to discuss a plethora of tools and tactics to keep you informed and safe. We will discuss tools to analyze your ride, how to document your ride, how to best provide government better data on safety / infrastructure, cycling with cameras, & which […]

Job Opening – Teaching and Lab Assistant

Job Title: Civic Innovation Teaching and Lab Assistant Location: David N Dinkins Municipal Building, Civic Center, Manhattan. Salary: Salaried, Full-time $17.00 / hour Summary: CIL’s Teaching and Lab Assistant will assist BetaNYC in the teaching and management of the Civic Innovation Fellowship (CIF) program, along with other lab responsibilities as available.  CIF is an undergraduate fellowship […]

Mobility for All Abilities Hackathon – Call for Submissions!

New York City faces a mobility crisis. From inaccessible subway stations, congested streets, aging infrastructure, and traffic violence against pedestrians and cyclists, the ability to roam freely about NYC seems more fraught than ever. Moving from place to place takes longer, costs more, oftentimes feels unsafe, and can even be impossible. For some people, even […]

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 – TWO Great NYC #govtech events for you!

We are co-hosting TWO events next Tuesday, June 25th and we would love to see you there! Please join us in the morning at #BetaBagels with NYC Opportunity’s Service Design Studio, and in the evening at #BetaTalks at Sidewalk Labs with NYC’s civictech community reporting back from the field. Details and RSVPs below! Hope to […]

Job Opening — Public Interest Technologist / Civic Hacker

Job Title: Public Interest Technologist / Civic Hacker Location: David N Dinkins Municipal Building, Civic Center, Manhattan. Salary: Salaried, full time position, $80,000; benefits provided by the Fund for the City of New York. Summary: BetaNYC is New York City’s civic technology, open data, and civic design community. Starting as a meetup in 2009, it […]

Making History – The First Hackathon Inside the historic New York City Hall 

In partnership with the Department of Education’s Computer Science for All and NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, and Technology Committee Chair Council Member Peter Koo, BetaNYC co-hosted 130 students and 30 teachers in the City’s historic Council Chambers for the finale of the second annual Hack League. These Twenty-eight teams, from all five boroughs, used municipal open data and media literacy skills to identify community concerns, and computer science concepts to build prototypes to address the final challenge — identifying internal and external metrics, potential stakeholders, and extending their prototypes.

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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.