• BetaNYC Open Data Journeys 002: Noisy Neighborhoods

    Online event

    Join BetaNYC on an Open Data Journey on Friday, September 18th at 12pm! In this journey, we will investigate noise in two NYC neighborhoods. We will show you how to use several tools to generate insight about noise hot spots, associated commercial and street activity. Tools: BoardStat: < boardstat.beta.nyc > SLAM: < slam.beta.nyc > LAMP: < http://lamp.sla.ny.gov/nysla/index.htm > Crime Map: < https://maps.nyc.gov/crime/ > *** PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS ZOOM EVENT *** < https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtceqtpzMpHtzXdJ47OqOrPXg29j5jkyUZ > After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= About BetaNYC Open Data Journeys: Explore open data and civic technology with BetaNYC on Fridays at 12:00pm. Open Data Journeys are virtual sessions that demonstrate how you can use publicly accessible datasets and tools to gain insight into your community. In each journey, BetaNYC Civic Innovation Fellows and Apprentices will pose a topic question and take you on a step by-step investigation to answer it. You will gain insight into a process of accessing, cleaning and manipulating data, and become acquainted with a set of tools to conduct an analysis. At the end of each journey, we will hold a brief Q&A.

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  • National Day of Civic Hacking w BetaNYC, Code for Buffalo, and Code for Syracuse

    Take civic action with us on the 8th annual National Day of Civic Hacking for a stronger New York State safety net! This year on National Day of Civic Hacking, BetaNYC, Code for Buffalo, Code for Syracuse are teaming up to improve New York State benefit programs. We are calling all NEW YORKERS, DESIGNERS, HACKERS, TECHNOLOGISTS, and CIVIC SOCIETY BEINGS to join us in taking collective action with our Brigades to help those most in need of social safety net services in New York during the COVID-19 crisis. Everyone is welcome! No previous experience, expertise, or prep-work required. ** REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE ** < https://national-day-of-civic-hacking-ny.eventbrite.com > =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Schedule and Registration Information 12pm ET Kick-Off Event: Main kick off event hosted by Code for America featuring panelists and a conversation about the Social Safety Net and how we respond to COVID-19 1pm ET Breakouts by Action: Attendees will break out into Zoom rooms by action item to ideate and share resources/ best practices. 2pm ET ** Working Time: Hack with New York ** At this point, attendees will convene in Brigade Zooms to discuss and work together on specific actions. Register on Eventbrite page to join BetaNYC, Code for Buffalo, and Code for Syracuse in our guided working session. There are three challenges to New York State benefits programs that we will address. We will share more information / briefs about them with you upon registration and leading up to the event. ** PLEASE NOTE ** To participate in the 2:00pm working session with BetaNYC, Code for Buffalo, and Code for Syracuse, you must register at < https://national-day-of-civic-hacking-ny.eventbrite.com >. To attend in the kick-off events with Code for America, which begin at 12:00pm, register here: < https://www.codeforamerica.org/events/national-day-of-civic-hacking-2020 >. If you have any questions, please email [masked]. We look forward to meeting our fellow New Yorkers!

  • BetaNYC Open Data Journeys 001: Motor Vehicle Collisions and Safe Streets

    Join BetaNYC Civic Innovation Fellows and Apprentices on an Open Data Journey this Friday at 12pm! *Open Data Journeys 001: Motor Vehicle Collisions and Safe Streets* Can 311 help the City further reduce crashes and collisions? In this journey, we will use DOT’s Vision Zero Map and Crashmapper to view real time motor vehicle driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian crash, injury and fatality data. We will investigate a dangerous intersection in NYC and use BoardStat to learn more about it, like whether or not anyone is using NYC 311 to alert the City about any unsafe conditions on nearby streets. This event is presented by BetaNYC's Civic Innovation Fellows and Apprentices, and will be kicked off with remarks from NYC Council Member Ben Kallos. PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE FOR THIS ZOOM EVENT: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpde-hqT8rHdetNutX-GioW-sd7TQwcrmG After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= About BetaNYC Open Data Journeys: Explore open data and civic technology with BetaNYC on Fridays at 12:00pm. Open Data Journeys are virtual sessions that demonstrate how you can use publicly accessible datasets and tools to gain insight into your community. In each journey, BetaNYC Civic Innovation Fellows and Apprentices will pose a topic question and take you on a step by-step investigation to answer it. You will gain insight into a process of accessing, cleaning and manipulating data, and become acquainted with a set of tools to conduct an analysis. At the end of each journey, we will hold a brief Q&A.

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  • BetaTalks - CivicTech responds to COVID19

    Online event

    Join BetaNYC for a #BetaTalks virtual event featuring voices from civic tech communities about projects spearheaded in response to COVID19. You’ll hear about four projects that address access to food and essential services, social distancing and open streets, evictions and protecting tenants' rights, and city budget cuts and transparency. Each presenter will give a five minute talk. At the end of all presentations, the audience will have a chance to ask questions and engage in discussion. Lightning Talks: What’s Open - Paul Gale; Zhi He, BetaNYC < http://evccnyc.org/covid-whats-open/ > @ImPaulGale @zhi_keng Florida Eviction Protection Project - Gregory Johnson, Code for South Florida < https://florida.evictionprotection.org/ > @iGregoryJohnson Sidewalk Widths NYC - Meli Harvey, Sidewalk Labs < www.sidewalkwidths.nyc > @tranopticon City Budget Transparency - TBA Note: This event is a “meeting” format and will be recorded. You have the option to participate with or without your video camera. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtcOCorD4jE9fPTbTIgLId-N25BIjFwhaB After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • BetaTalk - End of Fellowship Project Showcase by NYC’s Civic Innovation Fellows

    ** About the event ** We understand the profound compounding pain our communities are experiencing. As we mourn, reflect, organize, and act, BetaNYC invites you to hear from our latest cohort of Civic Innovation Fellows (CIF). Through a partnership with CUNY Service Corps and the Manhattan Borough President, Civic Innovation Fellows are trained to use technology to bring about a better society — we mentor them to help us lead, work, and volunteer. Join our diverse cohort who have spent the last nine months in an immersive hands-on classroom learning about civics, urban policy, technology, data, and service design, in service of ALL. Of our 59 alumni fellows, over 90% are immigrants or of color; 45% identify as women. Come learn about the SIXTH cohort and their 2020 projects. This year’s fellows are from Queens College, John Jay, City Tech, and LaGuardia Community College, hailing from NYC, New Jersey, and Long Island. Our fellows consistently demonstrate how diversity fuels insight and innovation. Lighting talks include: * Launching RADAR - Ishrat Chowdhury: Queens College - 2020 * Story Map for CB Membership Data - Stephanie Lovett: CityTech 2021 * Story Map on Religious Facilities Findings - Onedeige James: LaGuardia Community College * 59 Boards to increase civic engagement - Srijana Tamang: Queens College * Attendee analysis of NYC School of Data 2020 - Gabby Langston: City Tech 2020 * Transitioning Community Boards to digital workflows - [TBD] ** About the Civic Innovation Fellows Program ** The Civic Innovation Fellowship (CIF) is BetaNYC’s immersive civic tech training program where an annual cohort of qualified fellows work on data, technology and design challenges inside New York City government. BetaNYC has been running CIF in partnership with the CUNY Service Corps and Office of the Manhattan Borough President for six years! Over the years, our students have hailed from 10 CUNY campuses, including Lehman, Queens, Hunter, City College, City Tech, LaGuardia Community, Medgar Evers, John Jay, the College of Staten Island, and Macaulay Honors. With headquarters in the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, we structure the program in two distinct semesters: a civic tech bootcamp, and applied work projects. Read more about our fellowship at < https://beta.nyc/2020/05/22/reflecting-on-five-years-of-fellowship/ > ** How to join us ** Wed, 10 June 2020 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Via Zoom at < https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i0awFXJZTGypSw_UCEuvpw > ** Event Schedule ** - 6:00 - 6:10, Introduction to the Civic Innovation Fellowship - 6:10 - 6:40, Programing begins with lighting talks - 6:40 - 7:00, Question and Answer Session ** Supporters ** This event is co-hosted by the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and is supported generously by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and community members like you. Please consider sending us a tax-deductible contribution at < https://beta.nyc/donate/ >. ** Code of Conduct and Data Collection Policy ** We are passionate about making safe spaces for all and have a comprehensive Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policy for our events. < http://bit.ly/betanyc-coc >. As part of our effort to democratize access to NYC open data and government operations, some of our supporters have asked us to track attendance diversity. Answers to these demographic questions are kept private and are only used in our metrics and evaluation reporting. If you have any questions about our demographic questions, please email our events team at < [masked] >.

  • Bridging the Digital Divide during COVID-19

    Online event

    Bridging the Digital Divide during COVID-19 Join Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in a virtual discussion on technology disparities and possible solutions that increase access, expand outreach, and best equip communities for future disasters. Wednesday, April 29th at 6:30 PM Register to attend the virtual town hall and submit questions via https://neighbors.columbia.edu/digitaldivide Panelists Include: - Clayton Banks, Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem - Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of Beta NYC - Nilsa Orama, Chair of Manhattan Community Board 11 - Desmond Patton, Assoc. Prof. of Social Work and Assoc. Dean of Curriculum Innovation and Academic Affairs; Columbia University School of Social Work *** Register and submit questions via < https://neighbors.columbia.edu/digitaldivide > ***

  • Learn NYC Open Data Workshop - BetaNYC's Open Data 102

    Online event

    BetaNYC has designed tools and customized online trainings specifically intended to help YOU access, analyze, map and use data to inform civic decision-making. These insights come from a multi-year partnership with the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. Throughout this pandemic we are told to flatten the curve. We hear about testing, per-capita, and are presented mind-numbing numbers of infections, and, tragically, deaths. Something we hear on a regular basis is “do we have the data for that?” In NYC and thanks to Local Law 11 of 2012, the City’s Open Data Law, we have quite a bit of municipal data. This data foundation gives community members and advocates the ability to ask, “why isn’t the city producing more data?” Our intro to open data workshop has a focus on fundamental terms and processes needed to understand NYC’s open data and introduces participants to BoardStat, a 311 data analytics dashboard made with and for NYC’s community boards. BoardStat lets you see key insights on 311 service requests. This workshop is oriented through the lense of a community board but is accessible to the general public. In this class we teach several municipal tools and link them together via “data journeys.” Participants will walk out of the workshop ready to augment their decision making with NYC open data. This is our first online workshop and will run 60-90 mins long. This training is supported by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and is funded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This 102 workshop will introduce you to BoardStat, a tool to query 311 requests, and show you how to explore trends in health, safety and quality of life concerns. Additional key datasets/tools will also be reviewed. Come ready to learn and get right into datasets and graphs. Bring your laptop and be prepared to participate. We will be teaching this class via zoom. We are 100% confident in Zoom’s security and encourage you to read what Mozilla Foundation has said about Zoom or ICANN’s blog post on zoom. If you have other questions about zoom, please see the FAQ we have developed for NYC’s Community Boards that use zoom < http://bit.ly/vrboard-faq >. We do recommend that you do this class from a laptop or computer and that you familiarize yourself with our worksheet < http://bit.ly/boardstat_worksheet_v1 > **Date & Time** Friday, 17 April 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm **Location** In your home and online! Register via < https://zoom.us/meeting/register/upYod-ytqzMrBQ7OTmVktQWivvKDUiZHcw >

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  • NYC School of Data 2020 — the most interactive #civictech #opendata event

    Charge your laptops or tablets, pack your water bottle, notebooks, pens, and get a good night’s rest! Then, join us for NYC’s most informative civic tech + open data event of the year — NYC School of Data 2020 on Saturday, 7 March! This year, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of international open data day, the 8th anniversary of the City’s transformative open data law, and conclude NYC Open Data Week with over 50 sessions! Registration is now open, grab your ticket. Come learn and contribute to the next decade of technology, data, and policy — by us, for us! =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= Register via eventbrite. < https://nycsodata20.eventbrite.com > =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= Schedule. < https://nycsodata20.sched.com > =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= NYC School of Data is BetaNYC’s annual community-driven conference. With programming support from NYC Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics, we bring together city officials, activists, and community members to talk about open data, civic technology, and service design. This year, we are closing out NYC Open Data Week with a bang. From over 90 community suggested sessions, we are organizing over 55 sessions — thought provoking panels, interactive workshops, office hours with NYC agencies, and MORE!! What: NYC School of Data 2020 When: Saturday 7 March 2020, 9am - 6pm Where: CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101 Tickets: * $55 - General Admission Tickets * $100 - Solidarity Tickets (These tickets subsidise BetaNYC’s operations) * $35 - Student / Scholarship / Hardship Ticket (limited availability; rolling admission; apply by Thursday, 5 March by 5:00 PM) * Free Childcare for all participants (Registration ends on Mar 2) =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= Register via eventbrite. < https://nycsodata20.eventbrite.com > =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= Schedule. < https://nycsodata20.sched.com > =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= Student / Scholarship / Hardship Application. < https://betanyc.forms.fm/nycsodata20-hardship > =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= More info on Open Data Week. < https://open-data.nyc > =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= Venue is fully accessible and content is all ages friendly. Also, free, professional on-site childcare is provided for ALL participants! If you have accessibility questions or needs, please email us at < [masked] >.

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  • BetaBagels 006 - A briefing on NYC's new Algorithms Management & Policy Officer

    The David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building

    ** Important: Your RSVP is not a ticket, please register for the event here: http://betabagels006.eventbrite.com/ ** =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Event Details Join BetaNYC and the NYC Mayor's Office of Operations for bagels, coffee and a discussion about the role of NYC's newly created Algorithms Management and Policy Officer (AMPO). Date: Wed, 5 Feb Time: 8:45am - 11:00am Location: Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Office, 1 Centre St, 19th Floor, New York, NY Presentation by: Jeff Thamkittikasem, Director of NYC Mayor's Office of Operations and acting Algorithms Management and Policy Officer Notes: * Please enter through security at the South Tower. Building security opens at 8:30 and you will have to go though a metal detector. * Networking breakfast begins at 8:45 * 9:15am - Welcoming Remarks by BetaNYC, Intro by MBPO * 9:30am - Presentation by Mayor's Office of Operations * 10:00am - Audience Questions (submitted digitally / in advance) * 11:00am - End Participate! Submit questions for presenters to answer during the Q&A in advance or during the event here : < http://bit.ly/betabagels006-Q > #BetaBagels @BetaBagels @NYCMayorsOffice =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= About the AMPO In 2019, Executive Order 50 created the Algorithms Management and Policy Officer (AMPO) role. This role is unique in urban governance and is intended to help provide protocols and information about the systems and tools City agencies use to make decisions. The AMPO will regularly engage with the public and will work to ensure that fairness, transparency, human-centered design, and privacy protection are central to the use of algorithmic tools and systems that City agencies may use to support their decision-making. The AMPO is a centralized resource for agencies, helping provide information about the development, responsible use, and assessment of such tools for the purposes of addressing the risk of inadvertent harm that can accompany them. The AMPO reports to the Director of the Mayor's Office of Operations. Learn more here https://www1.nyc.gov/site/ampo/index.page =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= About BetaBagels #BetaBagels is a BetaNYC event series of experimental breakfast salons for change-makers and do-ers who want to broaden their perspective of NYC government, civic technology, data science, and service design. #BetaBagels is open to all and hosted by BetaNYC and the Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer; we are inspired by our friends in LA who host Data + Donuts. Breakfast is provided with support from Microsoft. Thank you!\ Thank you for the photo by Guitarfish and using a Creative Commons attribution-non commercial license. Thank you to Diana Toma for the tutorial, "How to Create a Tasty Bagel Text Effect in Adobe Illustrator."

  • Creatives for the Count | Kids Under 5 in NYC - US Census create-a-thon

    **Can we count you in?** The 2010 census missed more than 10% of all children under age 5 in the U.S. When we miss young children in the census, it has serious consequences for them, their families, their communities and our nation – with many of those consequences lasting for at least 10 years. With the 2020 census fast approaching, it is time to make sure we count all our children. That's why we're calling all content creators to join forces with Partnership for America's Children and the Census Open Innovation Labs for the nation's first-ever creative workshop to develop the content needed to reach families with kids under five leading up to the 2020 Census. Over the course of five informative and festive hours, we’ll learn about the importance of the kids undercount, connect with people passionate about Census 2020, and collaboratively generate digital media and compelling messages that spread awareness about the the 2020 count within families with kids under five. =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= To attend this event, you must RSVP via Splashthat - https://countallkids.splashthat.com/ =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= **Learn + Create** 11:00 AM - Welcome + Overview 12:00 PM - Breakouts + Creative Sprints over lunch 3:00 PM - Shareouts + WrapUp 4:00 PM - Optional Happy Hour nearby The next Census count is coming up in 2020. So what’s the big deal? We know the importance of voting and the impacts it has on our nation every election day. But what about the Decennial Census? The count of United States population sets our country’s trajectory for the next decade, determining congressional apportionment (the number of seats each state gets in the House of Representatives), redistricting, and how the allocation of close to $700 billion dollars is annually distributed annually to cities across the nation. People of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, people experiencing homelessness, rural communities, people with low incomes, renters, single- parent households, people with limited English proficiency, and young children are overwhelmingly undercounted in the Census. But we can help change that. It's important. POWER - The Census results directly affect issues of democracy, such as redrawing district lines and distributing representative seats. Yet we also know that many marginalized groups and underrepresented minorities have been historically undercounted. MONEY - Not participating in the Census means less funding for communities, resulting in fewer dollars for social services for each state, including Medicaid, Section 8 housing, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and WIC. **Sponsors and Collaborators** Count All Kids 2020 Partnership for America's Children Census Open Innovation Labs NYC Media Lab BetaNYC Working =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+= To attend this event, you must RSVP via Splashthat - https://countallkids.splashthat.com/ =+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=+=