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Introducing Year 5 Civic Innovation Fellows 2018 – 2019

Introduction to the Civic Innovation Fellows Program: The Civic Innovation Fellowship is the first and only comprehensive program dedicated to improving community boards’ use of data and technology while training the next generation of civic leaders from CUNY. Manhattan Borough President Gale A Brewer founded the program in 2014, and…

Community Board Technology Needs Report – 2018

Note — This report is one of two reports we are releasing this Fall, and a follow up to our 2015 report. Please read our executive summaries of both reports; you can download a PDF copy of this report here – Community Board Technology Needs Report 2018 – Final Version…

Executive Summary Report on Community Board Technology and Information Workflows

We have published two reports based on several years of research into the technical and information infrastructure supporting community boards. The first report, BetaNYC and Civic Innovations Fellows Community Board and Technology Needs Report, summarizes interviews with district managers about the current state of technology within district offices and their most…

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…

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…

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…

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!…

CIF 2017 Field Report – First lab experience

(This week’s blog post is written by Federico Toscano and edited by Ramesh Beharry.) Introduction the first week’s lab: Last week, the 4th cohort of NYC Civic Innovation Fellows experienced their first bootcamp training at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. The training consisted in a well-explained lecture by Noel Hidalgo, in which he…

Introducing Year 4 Civic Innovation Fellows

Introducing Year 4 NYC Civic Innovation Fellows! Last week marked the kickoff of the NYC Civic Innovation Fellowship’s 4th year! Throughout this program, our fellows will be trained in a bootcamp where they will learn the fundamentals of civic technology, data, and design. After this bootcamp training, graduates are partnered…

Press Release – Manhattan Borough President Brewer, BetaNYC launch BoardStat, new data research and visualization tool for Community Boards and everyday New Yorkers, at NYC311 #datajam

NEW YORK – Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and BetaNYC unveiled BoardStat, a new interactive tool help laypersons sort, display, and map 311 complaint system data without advanced technical skills or specialized software. BoardStat was built to bridge the gap between merely providing access to open data and…