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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Re: Oversight hearing of Internet Master Plan and Resolution T2020-6730

Important quotes to note from the NYC Internet Master Plan: “The private market has failed to deliver the internet in a way that works for all New Yorkers. Citywide, 29% of households do not have a broadband subscription at home. The same percentage of households are without a mobile broadband connection.” “…more than 1.5 million […]

Introduction to the Civic Innovation Apprenticeship Program

Since 2016, BetaNYC has retained graduates from our Civic Innovation Fellowship (CIF) in an Apprenticeship program. Apprentices join our staff as part-time consultants. They are past and present CUNY students who, in their fellowship year with us, demonstrated professional abilities in communicating effectively, managing tasks independently, and acquiring and applying skills from our civic analyst […]

Civic Innovation Fellows: Summer 2020

What is the Civic Innovation Fellowship? The Civic Innovation Fellowship is a unique program where CUNY Service Corps fellows learn about NYC government, local communities, and how data and technology can help strengthen civic life. Our summer program consists of a 5 week condensed bootcamp over the course of which fellows develop their own data-rich […]

BetaTalks – CivicTech responds to COVID19

Join us on Tuesday, 23 June 2020 for our BetaTalks on Covid19 community projects. (Jun 23, 2020 @ 6:00 PM) You’ll hear about four projects that address access to food and essential services, social distancing and open streets, evictions and protecting tenants’ rights, and city budget cuts and transparency. Each presenter will give a five […]

Statement from 7 Leading Civic and Journalism Groups on Legislature’s Repeal of Police Secrecy Law 50-a and Modification of FOIL

Statement on Legislature’s Repeal of Police Secrecy Law 50-a and Modification of FOIL Our groups thank Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell and Jamaal Bailey, Speaker Carl Heastie, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and the Assembly and State Senate for passing S8496/A10611. Our groups strongly support this bill and ask Governor Cuomo to sign it immediately, without modification or chapter […]

Reflecting on Five years of Fellowship

What is BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Fellowship? The Civic Innovation Fellowship (CIF) is BetaNYC’s immersive civic tech training program where an annual cohort of qualified fellows work on data, technology and design challenges inside New York City government. BetaNYC has been running CIF in partnership with the CUNY Service Corps and Office of the Manhattan Borough […]

Announcing Essentially Open North Brooklyn

Community mapping of Greenpoint and Williamsburg businesses operating during the COVID-19 crisis in partnership with North Brooklyn Neighbors, North Brooklyn Mutual Aid ,and BetaNYC.

💻 📊🗽🧡 NYC School of Data 2020 Recap

It feels like over a century ago, but in early March, nearly 500 people gathered to celebrate open data at BetaNYC’s sixth annual NYC School of Data, the finale of NYC Open Data Week. This year’s day-long conference focused on civics, technology and design in the next decade, and hosted a record number of sessions, […]

WE & Seven Other Watchdogs Urge Mayor to Publish COVID-19 Data as Open Data

Bill de Blasio                                      VIA EMAILMayor, City HallNew York, New York 10007 April 30, 2020 Re: Please Publish the City’s COVID-19 Data as Open Data Dear Mayor de Blasio: We write to ask you to publish as open data the tabular information the City has gathered about the COVID-19 emergency. This valuable […]

WE & Six Other Watchdogs Urge Governor to Publish COVID-19 Data as Open Data

Open Government Boosts Public Confidence in Government and HelpsResearchers Get Fullest Possible Picture in Fight Against COVID-19 Seven government watchdogs sent a letter to Governor Cuomo today asking that the state place as much COVID-19 data as possible on the state’s open data portal. The groups lauded the Governor’s daily briefings on the state of […]

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