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 host open conversations on NYC's civic tech and open data forum and on

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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 empowers 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 21st century.


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

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


Nerd Alert — Job Posting — Special Events Project Manager

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 organization that hosts events, facilitates policy change, demystifies big ideas, and empowers a new generation of civic hackers. In a strategic partnership with the Manhattan Borough President Gale […]

BetaNYC Supports Int. 1137-2018 – Codifying MODA into the City Charter

Earlier this week, the NYC Technology Committee voted in favor of Int. 1137-2018 (introduced by Council Member Adrienne E. Adams), which would codify the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) into the City Charter.  BetaNYC strongly supports the legislation. MODA was created through Mayor Bloomberg’s Executive Order 306. Since then the Office has played a pivotal […]

BetaNYC’s Testimony to New York City Council on Open Data and Int. No. 1137 of 2018

To: NY City Council – Committee on Technology From: Lindsay Poirier, Ph.D., Lab Manager Re: 2018 Open Data Hearing and Testimony in support of Int. No. 1137-2018 Thursday, 18 October 2018 Chair Koo and members of the New York City Council Technology Committee, My name is Lindsay Poirier, and I am the Lab Manager at […]

Introducing Year 5 Civic Innovation Fellows 2018 – 2019

Introduction to the Civic Innovation Fellows Program: The Civic Innovation Fellowship is the first and only comprehensive program dedicated to improving community boards’ use of data and technology while training the next generation of civic leaders from CUNY. Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer founded the program in 2014, and BetaNYC has run it since […]