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The Promise of Civic Innovation in a 21st Century New York

  • Nov 20, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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There is an after-event with the Civic Service Forum for a wee social.

Over the last several years, the City of New York has been promoting initiatives like Big Apps where the city opens it data to the public stimulating the creation of hundreds of new applications, platforms, and services that are pointing the way to a more open, accountable, and accessible government.

Come to an evening of demonstrations of some of the best of these new services along with a panel discussion with leaders from government and technology about the future of civic innovation in New York as a new administration takes office. 


* Beth Noveck - Founder & Director of GovLab
* Mark Headd - Chief Data Officer, City of Philadelphia
Carole Post - EVP, New York Law School; Fmr. Commissioner, DoITT

Moderated By: 

* Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Personal Democracy Media and Chairman, NY Tech Meetup
* Scott Anderson - Partner and Chief Strategy Officer, Control Group  


Code for America envisions a government that works by the people, for the people, in the 21st century. Through the Fellowship, Brigade, Accelerator, Peer Network and Code for All, Code for America aims to improve the relationships between citizens and government. We help governments restructure to create low-risk settings for innovation, engage citizens to create better services, and support ongoing competition in the govtech marketplace. Locally, we are represented by BetaNYC, our local brigade.

The GovLab builds, studies and implements experimental, technology-enabled solutions that advance a collaborative, networked approach to re-invent existing institutions and processes of governance to improve people’s lives.

Control Group is a technology and design firm based in New York City. Through strategic consulting, user-centered design, and multi-discipline engineering, Control Group enables organizations to translate their brand into more meaningful and profitable connections with their stakeholders across digital and physical touch points. The firm was recently recognized for their work with the New York City MTA and Kate Spade, and as one of AdAge magazines's 50 most creative influencers of 2013. Control Group's clients include leaders in Civic, Real Estate Development, Hospitality, Healthcare, Finance, and Retail industries.

NY Tech Meetup - Founded in 2004 by founder Scott Heiferman and co-founded by Dawn Barber, the NY Tech Meetup has over 32,000 members, representing professionals from all parts of the New York technology community. NYTM centers around its monthly events, where members gather to watch emerging companies demo new ideas, hear leading-edge thinking on technology topics, and build their networks to develop their businesses.


There is an after-event with the Civic Service Forum for a wee social.

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  • Tom L.

    This is far from a pup tent. I think it will be cozy. But the toilet is via porta-johns at the curb - but a step above "behind-the-bush."

    November 20, 2013

  • John

    This is an outdoor kinda thing? So no heat n stuff right?

    November 20, 2013

  • Noel Hidalgo | B.

    after the event we'll be joining up with the Civic Service forum for a wee social < >.

    November 18, 2013

  • Tom L.

    I'd like to hear about ways residents can organize and better participate in block, neighborhood, and community district initiatives, and how these feed the city's budget and city council actions.

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • Noel Hidalgo | B.

    Just to give everyone a heads up, we're going to frame the demos around the 5 pillars that have been outlined in "NYC 3.0 - Citizens/Community guide to a Digital City."

    1 - Accessible Infrastructure
    2 - Education and Lifelong Learning
    3 - Industry, Employment, and Economic Mobility
    4 - Effective and Open Government
    5 - Wise/Smarter Communities

    November 14, 2013

  • Wendy B.

    Very appropriate that this is taking place on GIS Day, given the role of location-based tools and collaborations in civic innovation! I'll bring copies of our latest NYC Green Maps to share.

    1 · November 13, 2013

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