NYC BigApps 2013 Award Ceremony – June 20, 2013: Free Tickets!
We’re counting down the seconds until the NYC BigApps 2013 Award Ceremony on the evening of Thursday, June 20th, where we’ll announce the winners of Mayor Bloomberg’s annual challenge to developers and designers to create apps that solve key city challenges.
This year’s competition focused on four BigIssue areas including the Cleanweb: Energy, Environment and Resilience, Jobs + Economic Mobility, Healthy Living, and Lifelong Learning. 54 amazing eligible apps were submitted, competing for $150,000 in cash and other prizes, including the chance to demo at NY Tech Meetup!
Want to see what the buzz is all about? You too can join the awards ceremony, featuring a number of special guests. Mingle with the tech, investor and NYC government community, enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and be part of the excitement as prizes are handed out for the best apps, including Grand Prize.
Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Fill out this form to sign-up by Wednesday, June 19 at 4 pm. We’ll notify folks if they got tickets no later than Wednesday, June 19 at 5 pm.
NYC BigApps 2013 continues New York City’s ongoing engagement with the software developer community to leverage technology innovation to solve City challenges, building on the first three annual BigApps competitions through new data, prizes, and resources. Learn more at www.nycbigapps.com.
This week at NYCEDC:
- We broke ground on 133,000-square-foot retail development at Broadway Plaza in the Bronx
- We presented “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” the comprehensive and ambitious report that analyzes the city’s climate risks and outlines recommendations to protect NYC
- We watched the sun set over the river
- We shared how Upwardly Global and NYCEDC’s Immigrant Bridge Program is helping to connect high-skilled immigrants to jobs in growth sectors
Have a great weekend NYC!
Photo Credit: Trista Sordillo/NYCEDC
Guest blog! Read how Upwardly Global and NYCEDC’s Immigrant Bridge Program is helping to connect high-skilled immigrants to jobs in growth sectors:
Immigrant Bridge is a pilot program designed to help 400 college-educated unemployed or underemployed immigrants with in-demand skills transition into “gateway jobs” in their field. The Program includes a workforce training component to help participants develop individualized career plans, improve their English skills, and prepare for professional jobs.
Upwardly Global is one of four nonprofit organizations partnering with NYCEDC to provide this program, the others being CAMBA, Goodwill Industries, and the Riverside Language Program. An associated loan fund administered by Amalgamated Bank will provide interested participants with $1,000 to $10,000 loans to support their transition to higher paying jobs.
Learn more about NYCEDC’s LINK pilot initiatives designed to connect residents across New York City to growing opportunities in our economy: www.nycedc.com/link
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today presented “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” the comprehensive and ambitious report that analyzes the city’s climate risks and outlines recommendations to protect neighborhoods and infrastructure from future climate events. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Bloomberg launched the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency and charged it with recommending steps the City should take to protect against the impacts of climate change.
Under the leadership of NYCEDC President Seth W. Pinsky and using the foundation built through the City’s comprehensive sustainability agenda, PlaNYC, the Special Initiative produced the 430-page report, “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” with more than 250 specific recommendations to further fortify the city against climate events. The Mayor released the report today in an extensive presentation (see slides here) to elected officials, business and community leaders and leading climate experts at the Duggal Greenhouse – which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and has since reopened as one of the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s 330 businesses.
“Six years ago, PlaNYC sounded the alarm about the dangers our city faces due to the effects of climate change and we’ve done a lot to attack the causes of climate change and make our city less vulnerable to its possible effects. But Hurricane Sandy made it all too clear that, no matter how far we’ve come, we still face real, immediate threats. These concrete recommendations for how to confront the risks we face will build a stronger more resilient New York. This plan is incredibly ambitious- and much of the work will extend far beyond the next 200 days – but we refused to pass the responsibility for creating a plan onto the next administration. This is urgent work, and it must begin now.”
– Mayor Bloomberg
Public Voting for the Innovate Health Tech NYC Challenge Ends June 13th!
By Julie Chan, Senior Project Manager
Vote for your favorite Innovate Health Tech NYC Challenge submission and help determine the Popular Choice Award, in which one of the lucky finalists will get to present their technology at our upcoming Demo Day on July 10th! Spread the word through your social networks and help a NYC health tech startup move forward to compete for $50,000 in prizes. Browse the Submission Gallery and submit your vote by Thursday, June 13th at 5:00pm EDT.
Innovate Health Tech NYC challenges local health tech innovators to develop commercially viable technologies to solve urgent health care problems. 23 NYC-based individuals, companies and teams submitted to the challenge hoping to win $50,000 in prizes and receive coaching from StartUp Health in preparation for the final judging at the Demo Day. Judges include senior leaders from Janssen Healthcare Innovation, ZocDoc, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Health Venture Group, The Blackstone Group, Allscripts, Medivo, Weill Cornell Medical College, ActiveHealth Management, NYCEDC and Partnership Fund for New York City
Read more on NYCEDC’s blog.
NYCEDC and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. today announced the groundbreaking of a 133,000-square-foot retail development at Broadway Plaza in the Bronx, which will activate an approximately 80,000-square-foot site located along the Broadway retail corridor. The developer, Equity One, plans to invest approximately $54 million to construct the two-story, multi-tenant retail development and approximately 130 covered parking spaces that will make up the site, which is located on 230th Street between Broadway and the Major Deegan Expressway. The project is expected to create over 250 new full and part-time jobs and approximately 500 construction jobs.
“Broadway Plaza will add hundreds of jobs to the Riverdale/Kingsbridge community and provide this neighborhood with newer and even more retail options. This development will help ensure that the Broadway corridor here in the Bronx will continue to thrive into the future.”
- NYCEDC COO Zachary Smith
Photo credits: Grace Cheung/NYCEDC
This week at NYCEDC:
- We watched the sun set over beautiful Coney Island
- We announced the opening of a a new life sciences incubator in Harlem called Harlem Biospace
- We revealed that NYC is expected to continue to be the most competitive city globally in 2025
- We brought NYC to the world with a four-day trip that toured the best of the technology communities in the “startup nation,” Israel
Have a great weekend, NYC!
Photo Credit: Kelly Ernst/NYCEDC via Instagram. Rockefeller Center at night.
In April, NYCEDC staged NYC to Israel 2013, a four-day trip that toured the best of the technology communities in the “startup nation”:
Trip highlights included spending a day at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (which is a partner, along with Cornell University, in the City’s groundbreaking applied science and engineering campus); visiting large companies such as Google Campus and small startups in Tel Aviv, Herzliya and Jerusalem; participating in the TechAviv Founders event; and hosting a reception for Israeli companies interested in doing business in New York City.
NYC Business Innovation Challenge is thrilled to announce a free webinar this Friday, June 7th at 2:00 pm EDT to learn from top business leaders as they share some of their best practices for workforce engagement.
The webinar is co-sponsored by Next Street, American Sustainable Business Council, ROC Restaurant Industry Roundtable, B-Lab, Social Venture Network, Green America, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
More and more businesses understand that creating a good workplace for their employees results in a stronger company and greater profits. These companies are creating internal policies and business practices to ensure that their employees have a path to improving their skill bases, access to benefits, and other career prospects or economic opportunities.
Speakers will include:
- David Levine, CEO, American Sustainable Business Council
- Dal LaMagna, CEO, Icestone
- Jonathan Greengrass, VP of Development, Greyston Bakery
When: Friday, June 7 at 2:00 pm EDT
Don’t forget to enter your workforce plan for the NYC Business Innovation Challenge at www.nycbic.com by June 14th!