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Join us for NYC School of Data on Saturday, 3 March 2018!

Join us on Saturday, 3 March 2018, for NYC School of Data — a community technology conference that demystifies complex ideas and fosters local civic engagement.

This community-driven conference is organized by BetaNYC – NYC’s Civic technology, data, and design community. Our conversations and workshops will empower you to improve our neighborhoods and our lives. The day is framed to celebrate NYC’s transformative open data law and International Open Data Day, while kicking off NYC’s second annual open data week.

In addition to 12 exciting panels and workshops, all participants are welcomed to a #hackhall — a daylong open space for open source civic & government technology projects. In the #hackhall, you will collaborate, connect to new libraries/projects, and improve open source projects.

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Register for 2018’s NYC School of Data & #HackHall

Join us on Saturday, 3 March 2018, for NYC School of Data — a community technology conference that demystifies complex ideas and fosters local civic engagement. This community-driven conference is organized by BetaNYC – NYC’s Civic technology, data, and design community. Our conversations and workshops will empower you to improve…

Dear de Blasio, Re: NYC Automated Decision Systems Task Force — #NYCAlgorithms

For the past year, BetaNYC has called on NYC government to be a global leader on algorithmic government. In the fall of 2017, CM Vacca introduced a bill that was turned into Local Law 49 of 2018. This #NYCAlgorithms LAW gives the city up to 24 months to create a…

WE’RE HIRING – Civic Innovation Lab 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…

Testimony on Open Data Examination and Verification Report 2017

Good Afternoon, Chairman Vacca and Members of the Technology Committee, I am Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC and a member of the NYC Transparency Working Group. I want to start by thanking Chairman Vacca, the members of this Committee, and the Council for your continued commitment to oversight hearings…

a HUGE win for NYC’s legislative data.

For the last four years, we have been working with various City Council members to get the City’s “source code” online — we’re talking about the City’s charter, laws, rules, and daily record. The City’s charter is equivalent of the city’s constitution. According to the City’s law department, “the charter…

Support BetaNYC this #GivingTuesday

Friends of BetaNYC, We are very thankful for this past year and the opportunity we’ve had to improve New York City. On this #GivingTuesday, we ask for your help move our mission forward. BetaNYC is a fiscally sponsored non-profit organized by two-full time staff members, nine ops-team volunteers, and you!…

CIF 2017 Field Report – First lab experience

(This week’s blog post is written by Federico Toscano and edited by Ramesh Beharry.) Introduction the first week’s lab: Last week, the 4th cohort of NYC Civic Innovation Fellows experienced their first bootcamp training at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. The training consisted in a well-explained lecture by Noel Hidalgo, in which he…

Testimony for Intro 1696-2017 (Open Algorithms Bill)

“We […] want to ensure that New York City leads the way in ethical algorithmic government. We want transparency around data tools, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and tracking. We want New York City to be the thought leader in smart, ethical, algorithmic government.” – 4 Jan 2016 – http://bit.ly/BetaNYC-2016-YearInReview To: NYC…

Introducing Year 4 Civic Innovation Fellows

Introducing Year 4 NYC Civic Innovation Fellows! Last week marked the kickoff of the NYC Civic Innovation Fellowship’s 4th year! Throughout this program, our fellows will be trained in a bootcamp where they will learn the fundamentals of civic technology, data, and design. After this bootcamp training, graduates are partnered…

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