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A showcase of Community Planning Fellows and Civic Innovation Lab / Fellows Program

We are honored to share a project showcase of the Fund for the City of New York’s Community Planning Fellows and NYC’s Civic Innovation Fellows hosted by the Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and BetaNYC. Both programs are using geographic information system (GIS), civic technology, and open data to improve…

BetaNYC’s testimony to NYC Charter Revision Commission Manhattan Meeting

  To: NYC Charter Revision Commission From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC Wednesday, 9 May 2018 Dear Chair Cesar Perales, Vice Chair Rachel Godsil, and Commissioners, It is an honor to have this opportunity to represent New York City’s civic technology, design, and data community. I am the Executive…

Call for Community Board Data Success Stories and Data Needs Use Cases

  We are conducting research to better understand the information infrastructure that supports community boards and are producing recommendations on how to make municipal information more useful! Can you give us five mins and tell us your successes and/or data needs?   For the last three months, we have documented the…

Scraping Data about Manhattan’s Licensed Beauty Salons and Barbershops

On May 15, 2018, Posted by , In Blog,Open Source,Research, With No Comments

At BetaNYC, we have been working on a tool to map vacant storefronts in Manhattan. Since there is currently no city entity comprehensively tracking the location or status of vacant storefronts across the city, we are attempting to reverse engineer this data by mapping where there are commercial units in…

Testimony to the New York City Council on Int. No. 14 of 2018 and Publication of Online Reports — BetaNYC & Reinvent Albany

Testimony to the New York City Council Governmental Operations Committee on the Publication of Online Reports and the Broadcasting of Mandatory Debates April 26, 2018 Good morning Chair Cabrera and members of the New York City Council Governmental Operations committee.  My name is Alex Camarda, and I am the Senior…

BetaNYC’s Testimony to NYC Council’s Technology Committee — Oversight Hearing on LinkNYC

On April 18, 2018, Posted by , In Blog,Presentation,Testimony, By , , With No Comments

To: NYC Council – Committee on Technology From: Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC Re: Link NYC Oversight Hearing Wednesday, 18 April 2018 Chairman Koo & the Committee on Technology, BetaNYC has fully supported Mayor Bloomberg’s and Mayor de Blasio’s reinvention of the municipal payphone. We are excited to see…

🗽 ❤ 💻 — NYC SoData 2018 Recap

How we build is as important as what we build.  – Chris Whong, NYC Planning Labs Thank you for making NYC’s School of Data an amazing day and making NYC’s second annual open data week an epic adventure across the Boroughs! 2018 is our second year where we simultaneously celebrated…

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

On January 24, 2018, Posted by , In Blog,Events,nycSoData, By , With No Comments

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

On January 23, 2018, Posted by , In Advocacy,Algorithms,Blog,Digital Playbook,Legislation,Win, With 1 Comment

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…