BetaNYC was founded as a community dedicated to using technology to improve all lives in New York. To facilitate this collaborative future, we have adopted several tools to communicate.
NYC Civic Technology, Design, & Open Government Facebook Group
With over 1,200+ members, the “NYC Civic Technology, Design, & Open Government” facebook group is one of the most active outlets where members near and far share news, articles, and projects. Join the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/betanyc/.
BetaNYC on Slack
A portion of our community is online 24/7. We use Slack.com as tool to stay connected to each other. You are welcome to join by visiting slack.beta.nyc. Then, you can join us at betanyc.slack.com. Two channels to note are #general for a general conversation and #jobs for job postings.
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Events via Meetup.com
We pride ourselves as being one of the largest civic hacking communities in the world. We meet regularly and you can find our next event at meetup.com/betanyc.
As we wade through the issues, we host an online discussion portal dedicated to demystifying civic technology and open data. The best place to start is through our our general discussion at https://talk.beta.nyc/c/general-discussion.
We believe that data is an important part of the 21st century. We recognize that not all data is created equal and we host New York City’s community data portal at data.beta.nyc.
BetaNYC’s Community’s Code of Conduct
We believe in a welcoming and safe community for all. Our activities and events should foster meaningful collaboration between participants, community members, and government partners. We expect internal governance, participants, advocacy, activities, and events to be:
- Provide a safe, respectful, and welcoming environment where all are free to fully express their ideas and identities free from discrimination or harassment. All spaces, online or physical, shall be governed by BetaNYC’s anti-harassment policy.
- Default to open and work to be objective.
- Collaborate for the purpose of generating ideas that empower, innovate, and develop local capacity.
- Presume the value of others and cherish everyone’s ideas, skills, and contributions.
- Encourage participants to listen as much as they speak, ask respectful questions, and demystify context.
- Foster energy that builds “yes, and” ideas and permit the ability to stretch.
- Build ideas, tools, and platforms that are open and free for reuse. Activities should prioritize public use, not private gain.
- Work to prioritize access for and input from those who are traditionally excluded from the civic process, be inclusive of all Boroughs, and be considerate of our Hudson River neighbors.
- Actively involve stakeholders, community groups, and those with subject matter expertise in all decision-making processes.
- Ensure that relationships and conversations between, and among, stakeholders e.g. elected officials, their staff, and government representatives, community based organizations and their partners, and members of the BetaNYC community — remain respectful, participatory, and productive.
Please visit our GitHub page for our anti-harassment policy and how to remedy community problems.