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

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Register for NYC School of Data 2020

ICYMI — We’ve published our schedule of over 55 sessions and secured morning keynotes from NYC’s government technology & data leaders! Also, we’ve added a student / hardship ticket application! NYC School of Data is BetaNYC’s annual community-driven conference — with programming support from NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, we bring together city officials, […]

Advocacy Groups Demand that Mayor DeBlasio Fulfill Commitment to NYC Voters and Fund Citywide Participatory Budgeting Initiative

The Civic Engagement Commission’s citywide participatory budgeting initiative is at risk due to slow follow through — it needs strong commitment now to right the course, comply with the Charter, and establish a successful legacy program for the Administration.

Re: Oversight hearing of Local Law 49 of 2018 (Open Algorithms Law) & Int 1806-2019 (aka ADS transparency) & Int 1447-2019 (aka data inventory)

To: NYC Council – Committee on Technology From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC Re: Oversight hearing of Local Law 49 of 2018 (Open Algorithms Law) & Int 1806-2019 (aka ADS transparency) & Int 1447-2019 (aka data inventory) Thursday, 22 January 2020 “We […] want to ensure that New York City leads the way in ethical […]

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 […]

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