Mission

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.

Work

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

Events

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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Classes

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

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Community

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

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Tools

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

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News

Statement on the appointment of Jessica Tisch as Commissioner of DoITT

“NYC’s civic technology community congratulates Jessica Tisch on her appointment as DoITT’s Commissioner” said Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC. “We are excited to see someone who has experience working across agencies take the helm of the beleaguered DoITT. We hope Commissioner Tisch’s experience at NYPD has prepared her to lead NYC’s digital transformation — […]

Council Member Peter Koo Introduces Bill to Require Reporting on Automated Decision Systems (ADS) used by City Agencies

City Hall – City Council Member Peter Koo today introduced legislation that would bring greater transparency and understanding to the automated decision systems used by city agencies to make mission-critical decisions affecting the daily lives of New Yorkers. Intro 1806 would require annual reporting on Automated Decision Systems (ADS), or the computerized implementation of one or more […]

NYC School of Data & Open Data Week 2020 – Call for Proposals

Friends! We’re really excited to partner with the NYC Open Data Team and the Data Through Design collective to launch a unified platform to gather ideas for 2020. For our next community conference, we’re looking for transformative session proposals that will inspire our next decade of work using technology, data, and design for the public […]

Introducing Year 6 Civic Innovation Fellows 2019 – 2020

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

🗺 🚦 🚸 🚲 ♿️ — Mobility for All Abilities Hackathon on National Day of Civic Hacking 2019 Recap

For this year’s National Day of Civic Hacking, 127 New Yorkers came together for the City’s first Mobility for All Abilities hackathon co-hosted by BetaNYC and MakerSpace NYC. Our goal was to bridge existing mobility equity efforts to diverse talent and resources that could help advance them. Prior to the event, our team assigned participants […]

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Applications are open! Party with BetaNYC for National Day of Civic Hacking on Saturday, 21 September.

Join us on Sat, 21 Sept for a day-long Mobility for All Abilities mapathon and civic hacking event to improve mobility equity in NYC. Apply to participate by Saturday, 14 September at 12:00:00 AM (MIDNIGHT). #Mobility4All

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We need your helping making New York City a leader in accessible, sustainable, civic technology.

Funders

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