The Mayor’s Geek Squad
NYC BigApps Is Coming Soon
Move over Samsung – The Next Big Thing is almost here. We are working with CollabFinder to bring the biggest, boldest, and best BigApps ever! While we can’t divulge our secrets yet, yesterday we gave a sneak peek at Social Media Week event: “We Built this City: The State of Civic Technology, with Code for America and IDEO.”
Entering its fourth year, the NYC BigApps competition promotes government transparency and innovative new technologies by challenging mobile and web developers to create cool, free apps for New Yorkers using City data.
Get involved: Sign up now at www.nycbigapps.com to be the first to know about any updates on New York City’s ultimate open data software challenge. Trust us – you don’t want to miss a thing.
Here’s a photo of us offering financial assistance and business restoration services at the NYC Restoration Center in Far Rockaway, Queens over the weekend. Stop by at any of the NYC Restoration Centers in the Sandy-affected areas for these and many other services, and visit nycedc.com/backtobusiness for comprehensive business recovery resources including emergency loans, free temporary workspace, and employee retention and assistance programs.
Photo credit: Grace Cheung/NYCEDC
Engage NYC 2012: Digital Media in Government
Following the success of Engage NYC 2011, NYC Digital hosted the second annual Engage NYC: Digital Media in Government summit on October 19, 2012 at Google’s Headquarters in New York. Nearly 200 social media, communications and press staff from across city government attended the event, featuring presentations from external social media partners, a panel on digital communications, an update on the State of the Digital City, as well as an awards ceremony recognizing agencies’ outstanding work in digital media.
The morning began with welcome remarks from William Floyd of Google and the City’s Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Haot. A surprise guest keynote David Karp, founder and CEO of New York social media startup, Tumblr, gave an inspiring talk on New York City’s digital presence and the vital role digital media has in our culture today.
The Internship: NYC Digital
If you’re enrolled in college or graduate school in New York City and have a keen interest in social media and digital communications for city government, apply for NYC Digital’s Fall Internship position. This is your opportunity to help execute on New York City’s digital initiatives.
Tory Burch blog recently profiled Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot and summer intern Luis Daniel Palacios. See Rachel’s advice for interns and what Luis enjoyed the most from his summer internship.
Mayor Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot today unveiled the 2012 Digital Roadmap, an update to the 2011 roadmap, a comprehensive plan outlining NYC’s digital successes and a look ahead to new initiatives to spur the development of the local tech and digital sector.
With 80 percent of its objectives complete, New York City’s Digital Roadmap: Progress and Innovation demonstrates the strides the City has made to date, driven by a vibrant technology industry, a strong social media presence, infrastructure improvements and historic investments in education. Highlights from the year are shown in the infographics above.