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 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 […]

School of Data and Open Data Week 2022 – Call for Proposals is open!

Do you love open data and New York City? This post is for YOU.  Open Data Week will take place this year from March 5 to 13, 2022. We are […]

We are hiring a Civic Innovation Lab Director

Introduction to BetaNYC: BetaNYC is New York City’s civic technology, open data, and civic design community. Starting as a meetup in 2009, it has since grown to be a non-profit […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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.