betaNYC is building a better tomorrow for all. (This group is formerly known as "Open NY Forum.")


Since 2009, we have been NYC's civic technology and open government vanguard. By leading elected officials to engage with NYC’s technology community, passing transformative open government legislation, supporting NYC's civic technology startups, and building apps to protect democracy and serve our fellow brothers and sisters, we have become America’s largest civic technology and open government community.

We focus on the intersection of civic engagement through technology, and advocate for open and accountable governments.
We are residents, tourists, economy leaders, non-governmental organizations, government employees, and elected officials.
We are a multi-stakeholder community of builders and doers.
We are building a better City by solving 21st Century civic problems.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of all in New York City.
We represent Code for America’s NYC brigade.

We use meetup.com as our membership space. On Meetup, you can sign up to receive announcements about events or join in our discussions.

Values:
For a healthy and sustainable New York City, we have updated FDR’s four freedoms for the 21st Century.

  • Freedom to connect.
  • Freedom to learn.
  • Freedom to collaborate.
  • Freedom to innovate.


Programs:

Brigade:
The Brigade is our most valuable program. It is you! The Brigade is where NYC’s civic technology community comes together to build solutions to the city’s problems. We are Code for America's NYC Brigade and we are inaugural members of NYC’s CodeCorp.

BetaTalks, HackNights, and Gov Geek Drinks:
We take an active approach to community building. You can find us hosting weekly hack nights, monthly report backs, or kicking back networking the City’s leading technologists.

Open Government Advocacy & Campaigns:
As internal and external advocates for a more effective government, we are are incrementally improving government through changes in policy, the creation of new legislation, and fighting for the future.

Unconferences & Hackathons:
Our signature event is an annual event bringing together all elements of NYC’s civic technology, civic startups, and open government community. We believe there is only one way to build the future, by building it collectively.



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building a better tomorrow

Recent Meetups

  • April 9 · 7:00 PM

    Civic Hacknight w/ Regional Plan Association & OpenJC

    42 Brigade Members | 5.00 5.002

    What will the New York region look like 25 years from now? How will the region address the challenges of growing inequality, vulnerability to climate change, and... Learn more
  • April 2 · 7:00 PM

    Civic Hacknight

    28 Brigade Members | 5.00 5.002

    This night is for technologists, designers, developers, and mapmakers who are working on projects. Consider this to be a bit of a study hall. Bring your projects, apps,... Learn more
  • March 28 · 5:30 PM

    #CivicFridays 002

    13 Brigade Members

    #CivicFridays is our monthly drink up with Civic Service Forum. After work on Friday 3/28, come join us for our second #CivicFridays event! We are a growing community... Learn more
  • March 26 · 7:00 PM

    Civic Hacknight

    26 Brigade Members

    This night is for technologists, designers, developers, and mapmakers who are working on projects. Consider this to be a bit of a study hall. Bring your projects, apps,... Learn more
  • March 19 · 7:00 PM

    Civic Hacknight

    23 Brigade Members | 5.00 5.001

    This night is for technologists, designers, developers, and mapmakers who are working on projects. Consider this to be a bit of a study hall. Bring your projects, apps,... Learn more
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    "I'm a former mathematician who's interested in "optimizin­g" cities. Looking forward to meeting like-minded people and making this city an even better place!"
 

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