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2016’s written testimony for NYC #opendata oversight hearing

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 To the NYC Committee on Technology & Chairperson Vacca, Introduction. BetaNYC is a civic organization dedicated to improving all lives in New York through civic design, technology, and data. We envision an informed and empowered public that can leverage civic design, technology, and data to hold…

BetaTalk – Affordable Housing: Data, Policy, People (report back)

Affordable Housing: Data, Policy, People Introductory remarks: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC Moderator: Lucio Tolentino, Co-organizer of BetaNYC; Data scientist and Civic hacker Panelists: Caitlyn Brazill, CAMBA; Moses Gates, Regional Plan Association; Emily Goldman, Cornell U & BetaNYC; John Krauss, Carto & Accursed Ware Introduction to the Event: On…

Give feedback on NYC’s proposed geospatial #opendata standards

Since 2013, members of BetaNYC have advocated for the City’s open data to conform to open standards. Through our work trying to scrape the City Record, we unearthed headaches trying to define what is where. In a city as complex as the one beneath our feet, there are at least three…

On the release of alpha.nyc.gov

Today, NYC.gov launched a new digital front door. We welcome this experiment known as AlphaLabs, civic tech office hours, and, all the other things that the Mayor’s Office of Digital Strategy is doing to make government more accessible. ALSO – We love that Alpha.nyc.gov is built on BetaNYC’s award winning ReinventNYC.gov…

Statement of support for NYC’s Digital Services Playbook

On May 9, 2016, Posted by , In Advocacy,Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Today is a great day to be a New Yorker. With a straight forward vision of intentional inclusion, iterative design, transparency, flexibility, & mobility, New Yorkers have a Mayor and City Council who fundamentally support the use of technology, data, and design to build governments that work for the 21st…

In Support of Int 0564 – 2014

Dear Chairperson Vacca and members of the Technology Committee, We are supportive of Intro 0564 – 2014. We strongly believe that New York City needs an internal technology and design team to help accomplish the goals of this legislation. Similar to the US Federal Government’s 18F or US Digital Services,…

VIDEO – John Kaehny on the future of NYC’s Open Data Law

On March 11, 2016, Posted by , In Advocacy,Presentation,Video, With No Comments

As part of Noel Hidalgo’s fellowship at Data & Society Research Institution, he hosted the co-chair of the NYC Transparency Working Group and the Executive Director of Reinvent Albany, John Kaehny. If you ever wonder why NYC has a great ecosystem around cycling advocacy, civic technology, & open data advocacy, you must…

MBP Gale A. Brewer’s announces a data science & digital civics curriculum for NYC High School at NYC School of Data

At “School of Data” conference, B.P. Brewer announces she will bring data science curriculum to NYC high schools. NEW YORK – Today at BetaNYC’s NYC School of Data conference, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced she will bring data science classes to New York City high schools, making public…

Testimony in support of Free and Open Source Software Act and Civic Commons Act

On February 23, 2016, Posted by , In Advocacy,Blog,Testimony, With No Comments

To: NYC Council – Committee on Contracts From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC Re: Int 365-2014 & Int 366-2014 Tuesday, 22 February 2016 Dear Chairperson Rosenthal and the NYC Committee on Contracts, It is an honor to have this opportunity to represent New York City’s civic technology, design, and…