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Fill out NYC’s Civic Hacker survey and be entered to win a ticket to PDF 2014

On February 28, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

TL;DR version > FILL OUT THIS SURVEY & WIN PDF TICKETS! > http://bit.ly/betanyc-survey Great news from our friends at Personal Democracy Media!!! If you fill out the BetaNYC survey you will be eligible to win 1 ticket to the Personal Democracy Forum conference (value $650) or one of 5 subscriptions to TechPresident, a…

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On February 27, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

Mayor Emanuel said his decision to release the massive amount of data was intended to allow “community organizations to more effectively collaborate with the Chicago Police Department and better understand where crime is happening in their neighborhoods, streets and corners,” according to a press release. Mapping Crime: The NYPD Falls…

@BetaNYC’s testimony in support of @NYCcouncil rules reform and the creation of a Council CIO

On February 24, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

Date: Monday, 23 Feb 2014 From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC To: NY City Council’s Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections. Subject: For a modern 21st Century City, NY Council needs modern and inexpensive member services and tools constituent services. Dear Chairman and Committee Members, Good afternoon. It is…

#CodeAcrossNYC 2014 wrap up

On February 24, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

BetaNYC’s 1st class photo by Daniel Wilson.  What an amazing weekend! On friday, TechPresident wrote about digital engagement starting to be the new normal in NY City Council and City Hall. Just one day later, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council member Ben Kallos, Council member Mark Levine, five representatives from…

BetaNYC’s Statement of support for the Mayor’s Vision Zero Report & the release of data

On February 24, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

Date: Monday, 23 Feb 2014 From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC To: NY City Council joint hearing on Mayor’s Vision Zero report. Subject: In support of the Mayor’s Vision Zero report, particularly tools for data and engagement to empower local decision making capabilities. Dear Chairs, Good morning Transportation and…

NY City Council wants to be more responsive

On February 24, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

noneck: On Monday, February 24th, at 2pm, the NY City Council’s Committee on Rules, Privileges and Elections will hold a public hearing on the question: “What changes in the City Council’s Rules can make a more responsive, transparent, and effective legislature?” The hearing will be in the City Council Chambers…

Welcome to #CodeAcrossNYC 2014.

On February 20, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Welcome to #CodeAcrossNYC 2014. This is @BetaNYC’s second annual Code Across. This is a global day of action in partnership with International Open Data Day (#OpenDataDay) and Code for America’s Code Across (#CodeAcross). For the last eight weeks, NYC’s civic hackers have explored NYC’s open data and developed projects to…

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On February 19, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, With No Comments

nycopendata: DoITT recently updated and automated a number of datasets, including the Department of Health and Mental Health’s flu vaccine locations and farmers market locations, the Department of Sanitation’s monthly tonnages and graffiti removal, and the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s lost property and active drivers, among others. The real time…

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On February 19, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By , , With No Comments

First, I’ll emphasize that no matter what your level of technical skill, you can still contribute to the civic tech movement. All are welcome. Policy wonk? We need you to draft open data legislation and executive orders. Graphic Designer? We could use some of that UX love on our hacks….

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On February 17, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By , With No Comments

Three years later, Torpey is no longer worried. In fact, he is so sure that young people should make similar leaps into office that he is taking on a new project: Finding other emerging leaders and cultivating them. The Wunderkind New Jersey Town President Who Wants to Seek Out Other…