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45% of NYC BigApps’ finalists are BetaNYC member projects! (updated)

On August 5, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

NYC BigApps 2014 finalists have been announced!  We are so happy to see that of the final 20 projects, 9 of them are from BetaNYC’s community! That is 35% 45% of the finalist projects! Also note, nearly 20% of all submitted projects are from BetaNYC’s community. Great job everyone! You might be…

Watch the NYC Bike Network Grow and Evolve Over 120 Years | Streetsblog New York City

On July 31, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Watch the NYC Bike Network Grow and Evolve Over 120 Years | Streetsblog New York City Here’s a great NYC open data story from Streetsblog via Ben Fried. “Betsy Emmons has mapped the history of New York City’s bike network using the platform MapStory. Watch the city’s greenways, bike lanes,…

A new tool to look at NYC’s most dangerous intersections

On July 29, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Akil Harris has created new tool to look at NYC Crash Stats. This online map takes NYPD’s improved crash stat data and gives you easy access to the following views – City Council districts, Community Board zones, Neighborhoods – as defined by the city, Police Precincts, or Zip Codes. Check…

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On July 25, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By , With No Comments

To me, thick engagement includes not only instances where a campaign asks (and obtains) an intensive level of engagement from its participants, but also cases where people and government actors or agencies engage intensively with each other, or where people on their own choose to work together towards some common…

Visualizing a Day in the Life of a New York City Cab

On July 18, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,, , With No Comments

Visualizing a Day in the Life of a New York City Cab This week, Chris Whong, a self-professed “urbanist, mapmaker, data junkie” in Brooklyn, put out one of the more thrilling data projects we’ve seen recently. It was a visualization of the day in the life of a New York…

Almost 20% of NYC BigApps 2014 projects were built by BetaNYC!

This is phenomenal! This year’s NYC BigApps 2014 has grown what we pioneered last year. Last year, we helped changed the focus of NYC BigApps from being a “startup” competition to a “civic challenge” competition. No longer is the challenge to build a company, but now it is to solve…

Our community written code of conduct and anti-harassment policy

Equality and community equity are two core components of building a vibrant civic hacker / civic technology community. Last year, we worked with the Code for America Brigade program to popularize “safe spaces.” This year, as BetaNYC grows its membership platform, we wanted internal buy in and consensus. We wanted…

Time to vote for NYC BigApps & celebrate at the Block Party

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

This Saturday is BigApps’ BlockParty. If you can attend, lets celebrate this milestone in the Nation’s largest civic technology app challenge! FYI, Chris and I will be judges. Also, it is time to vote! “The 5 teams with the most votes will go head-to-head on the BigApps Battlefield at the…

[RFCI] Request for community input on proposed BetaNYC Code of Conduct & anti-harrasement policy

TL;DR – BetaNYC is proposing a Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policy. We want your input. Feel free to hop into this Google doc and use Google’s built in commenting, or give private feedback at < membership@betanyc.us >. -=- Since our founding, BetaNYC has adopted “safe and open” spaces to bring individuals together to work on…

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On July 2, 2014, Posted by , In Blog, By ,,, , With No Comments

The Municipal Art Society of New York has developed a new tool that shows where development could bring the most change across the city’s five boroughs. This resource is a continuation of the group’s “Accidental Skyline” initiative, an effort to curb the “as-of-right” development (which allows developers to bypass some…