The State of Civic Technology w/ 2013 Goals & #NYTMvotes Workshop

For the past few years, New York City has positioned itself as a premier city for technology startups and technocratic government policy. In 2012, with 1 in 5 new jobs in America were created in NY State, New York led the nation in new job creation. At the same time, NYC further cemented its roots in innovation through a first in the nation open data legislation and further expanding entrepreneurial opportunity for all. In 2014, with a new Mayor & City Council Speaker, there is a possibility of these initiatives disappearing.

With this being the last year of the Bloomberg administration, we have a unique opportunity to ensure NYC has a legacy of transparency, participation, and innovation. This conversation will briefly recap all of the City's and community's achievements, and lay out a roadmap for 2013.

After a brief presentation, we will breakout into workgroups to discuss the creation of a white paper titled "Citizens Guide to the Digital City." Our white paper will be used to inform NYC's current and prospective elected officials on what we want in the next administration. Our white paper is based on NYC's "Roadmap to the Digital City" and will cover the following topics:

* Government transparency and opening up Data 
* Communications (Broadcast / Websites & Interaction / Social Media)
* Engagement
* Education Policy
* Broader Policy Goals

In the lead up to this meetup, we will be asking for a bit of homework. For now, please read up on the following documents.

* Roadmap to the Digital City
* Manhattan Boro President's Start Up City
* NYC Open Data Tech Standards
* NYTM's Tech Policy Idea Board
Jessica Lappin's, canidate for Manhattan Boro President, modernizing Community Boards.
* City Council Candidate Ben Kallos
* The Citizenville Challenge

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  • Megan A.

    Short blog post from Wakefield on web-savvy politicians getting into power: http://getwakefield.com/2013/02/15/net-out-the-vote/

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • volkan u.

    Can anyone link me to the minutes of the discussions from last night?

    February 13, 2013

  • Katie P.

    Noel mentioned this during the announcements--my office (the NYC Office of Financial Empowerment) is hosting a hackathon in Dumbo March 2 and 3 to support the work of our financial counseling centers. We have great judges, prizes, free food and beer (of course) and a chance to help low-income NYers move forward financially!

    More info here: https://www.hackerleague.org/hackathons/financial-empowerment-hackathon and sign up here: nyc.gov/ofehackathon. Hope to see you there!

    2 · February 13, 2013

  • Krista B.

    Fantastic dialogue and ways to follow up and follow through for those who want to get more involved

    February 13, 2013

  • Katie P.

    Great! Really interesting, meaningful discussions

    February 13, 2013

  • Aileen Gemma S.

    Excellent session and thanks for a well curated set of discussions.

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent

    2 · February 13, 2013

  • Richard D.

    Great group of people discussing important issues for the future of NYC

    2 · February 12, 2013

  • Joly M.

    Where's the webcast?

    February 12, 2013

  • noel h.

    Schedule:
    7:00 PM - Kickoff
    7:15 PM - 8:15 - Presentations
    8:15 PM - 9:00 - Q/A & Workshop
    9:00 PM + On... President Of the United State's State of the Union

    Homework:
    Additionally, there is a bit of homework involved. You're not required to memorize all of these documents, but knowing them will get you a head start.

    1. 19 ideas we have been working on and placed them on the Ideascale board < http://nytechmeetup.ideascale.com/a/pmd/243463-22310 >.

    2. If you really want to get into some novel ideas, there are a few briefings to read. I would recommend the following: NYC Digital's Roadmap to the Digital City, Start Up City, & Kallos' Document. They can be reached at < http://www.meetup.com/openny/events/99114992/ >.

    3. On Saturday, 23 Feb we will be hosting Code Across NYC. This will be a time where you can dig even deeper into policy questions, build apps, and meet other passionate civic hackers. Join us < http://www.meetup.com/openny/events/103151862/ >.

    February 12, 2013

    • Ron S.

      The idea I posted is: http://nytechmeetup.i...­
      Wouldn't Municipal Broadband help each and every one of the other ideas to succeed?

      1 · February 12, 2013

  • Alexandros H.

    Blargh...extremely exciting but unable to attend.

    February 12, 2013

  • Gene V.

    would love to, but it conflicts wih Techcrunch meetup :-(

    February 11, 2013

    • noel h.

      @gene really? do they have better pig'n'blankets­?

      February 11, 2013

    • Gene V.

      @noel lol, they put u in front of the VCs, and for our startup this is pig'n'blankets­ ;-) but I wanted to connect with you Noel, as we do for mobile civic apps what no one is doing, and can help CFA. email me at my first name dot my lastname @urbien.com if you want to talk.

      February 12, 2013

  • Laura F.

    Hi All. I have about 5 slots for technologists interested in the internet of things to participate in a codesign workshop for policymakers on Friday, March 1st from 12-5pm in New York. Contact me directly with a brief note about your background if you are interested. Best,
    Laura

    February 11, 2013

    • Matt B.

      Hey Laura, I would love to learn more about the workshop. I am the founder of iGiveMore, a platform for launching charitable crowdfunding and cause marketing campaigns that leverages social media (including Facebook and Foursquare apps), smart data & game mechanics. I am working on a side project that is about providing customized, people centered information on govt social services to people through mobile phones. I originally started that project at the Hurricane Sandy Hackathon. E-mail me more info at : [masked]

      February 11, 2013

    • Chris W.

      Hi Laura, I'm interested in this as well. I'm an Urban Policy Master's student at NYU, and have done a few IoT side projects in the last year. I do a lot of civic-minded dataviz as well.

      1 · February 12, 2013

  • noel h.

    Candidate for City Council, Ben Kallos has proposed an interesting tech platform < http://kallosforcouncil.com/solutions/technology >.

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Zack B.

    w00t

    February 11, 2013

  • fkh

    Looking forward to talking about civic tech and neighborhood engagement.

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • noel h.

    Jessica Lappin, currently a City Council member and Manhattan Boro President candidate, just released a paper on the future / reform of community boards. In this document, there is some juicy tidbits. < http://bit.ly/Lappin_CBfuture >

    Some take aways...
    1. Taking boards into the 21st Century
    - Community Stat
    - Livestreaming
    - Online surveys and crowd-sourcing maps
    2. Greater diversity on boards
    - adding small business owners and engineers.
    4. Online training of responsibilities
    5. Digital tools for planning and development
    6. Onlineing the business application process

    These are some great TECHNOLOGY driven policies to bring our land use councils into the 21st Century. I will be adding this to the reading list...

    1 · February 6, 2013

  • noel h.

    Friends,

    The NY Tech Meetup is joining the policy discussion! Review, Vote On and Add to the Policy Goals:
    Today, we (NYTM) are launching an online platform to discuss each of the issues. Each policy goal (noted below) is listed as a separate item so you can vote it up, vote it down, or add your own. Sound off! http://nytechmeetup.ideascale.com

    1 · January 28, 2013

  • noel h.

    The NYTM is looking to launch their own policy paper. I am looking forward to incorporating it into our conversation.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324624404578255752537705008.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

    January 22, 2013

  • noel h.

    Our friends in Chicago have a great blog post. I love this line "When you hear the loudspeaker system announce the next street the bus is stopping at, you have defacto data activists to thank."

    http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/turning-civic-hacking-into-civic-innovation/

    January 17, 2013

  • Tom L.

    The city's Digital Roadmap includes a provision for a Community Advisory Board to engage the public in planning the .nyc TLD. (See wiki http://www.coactivate.org/projects/campaign-for.nyc/community-advisory-board.) How will this feed into the campaign? What about the Public Advocate and the lobotomized COPIC (Commission on Public Information and Communication) - can the candidates pledge to invest some resources?

    January 11, 2013

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