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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…

Video: Represent NYC: Probing Open Data to Solve NYC’s Problems

For the last two years, BetaNYC has partnered with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer to create the Civic Innovation Fellowship. This program has created the City’s first open data and civic technology curriculum, performed a gap analysis on Manhattan Community Board’s capacity to use civic technology, and is currently…

2016, a year in review. a look at 2017 & its challenges.

(This article is broken into two parts. If you are interested in what challenges 2017 brings, click here.) 2016, A year in review. 2016 marked BetaNYC’s seventh year as a community group. As we continue to expand our role in promoting civic engagement through technology, this was one of our most…

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…

Emily Goldman – Why I’m coding for BetaNYC!

On September 14, 2016, Posted by , In Blog,Civic Innovation Fellows,Staff, By , With 1 Comment

Emily Goldman Assistant Director of NYC Civic Innovation Fellows Program The NYC Civic Innovation Fellows Program is empowering NYC’s Community Boards to develop digital and open data practices that are appropriate for the local constituencies they serve. This program is a partnership between the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer,…