BetaNYC Civic Innovation Fellows Class of 2023!


BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Fellowship is a unique opportunity for CUNY Service Corps fellows to learn about NYC government and local communities through a lens of data and technology. The goal of the program is to expose NYC students to careers in public interest technology and data analytics through applied experience addressing community technology and data needs.

In their first semester, students participate in a bootcamp training that develops their foundational understanding of public interest technology including open data, mapping and data visualization, urban analytics, and NYC civics. In their second semester, fellows apply their skills on real-world projects with local stakeholders, defining and mapping equity in the public realm using Open Street Map.


July 2023 – August 2023

About Cohort 9

The Class of 2022-2023 is our ninth unique cohort! We are thrilled to welcome six students from Queens College and City Tech. They are pursuing degrees in computer science, computer systems, and environmental studies and come to us with diverse lived experiences and cultural backgrounds. We can’t wait to learn from them and watch them grow into the next generation of civic leaders. Please meet BetaNYC’s Civic Innovation Fellows below!

Kyla Browne

I am a junior at Macaulay Honors College at Queens College majoring in Environmental Studies. I am from Long Island, New York. 

As a visual learner, I am eager to learn about the vast world of civic technology and become proficient in various data visualization platforms. I also look forward to gaining a comprehensive understanding of the structure of NYC government and decision-making in public policy. I hope to apply the technological skills I learn during the Civic Innovation Fellowship to explore environmental and public health issues.

Mohammad Khalil

I am a senior at New York City College of Technology. I will graduate in May, 2023.

My major is IT Operations but while taking some data related classes I got interested in working with data. I want to start a career as a data analyst when I graduate. In Beta NYC I was given the opportunity to learn more about data and how the city and city officials use data to build new things and make our beautiful city better every day. I am hopeful that after completing this program I will be more experienced and knowledgeable about the city and its structures.

Nicholas He

I am currently attending New York City College of Technology. I am a senior majoring in computer systems and I am graduating in this upcoming spring semester! I am really excited to be a part of the ninth class of the Civic Innovation Fellows because I want to learn more about open data and also, I want to benefit the communities that we all live in!

I am also a huge fan of the NBA and also enjoy playing basketball whenever I have free time. Not only is basketball really good for exercising, it is a way for me to make new friends on the basketball court.

Prachi Purkaystha

I am a junior at Queens College studying computer science. In the previous year, I worked on a project relating to environmental justice and growth, where I conducted extensive research on the fast fashion industry, plastic use, and public transportation, and created a book for younger youth to educate them about the community and what actions they can take to improve it.

I view myself as one of those who genuinely care about the community, and with the use of technology, I want to explore how far and how well we can take our community, and as a person working in the field of technology, I want to link the use of big data and AI to our local communities.

Ahnaf Shamim

I’m currently a sophomore at Queens College majoring in Computer Science. I am really excited to immerse myself in being part of the Civic Innovation Fellowship not only because of its professional environment and progressive goal to spread Open Data but also because of the opportunity it’s given me to grow professionally.

I hope to grow my technical skills by learning new tools, such as OpenStreetMap. I enjoy playing volleyball, watching anime, or exploring NYC and its different foods in my free time.

Jeaneth Lliguicota

I’m a junior at Queens College studying Computer Science. I’m excited about being a part of the ninth class of Civic Innovation Fellows because open data is the future of the tech world and I can’t wait to learn more. The data will provide fellow New Yorkers or the government help by making everybody’s life simpler.

I’ve always seen myself working to better the community. In the beginning, I was learning with upcoming lawyers to understand the legal system to see what I could do, and I’ve learned that we can do much more digitally reshaping internal branches’ tools. I love watching documentaries about animal planets and the prehistoric world.


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