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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…

WE’RE HIRING – Civic Innovation Lab Manager

On December 12, 2017, Posted by , In Blog,Civic Innovation Fellows,Jobs,Research, With 1 Comment

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.

On November 30, 2017, Posted by , In Advocacy,Blog,Standards,Win, With No Comments

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!…