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  • NYC’s Mayor Challenges Designers, Hardware Hackers, And Policy Buffs To Reinvent The Humble Payphone

    NYC’s Mayor Challenges Designers, Hardware Hackers, And Policy Buffs To Reinvent The Humble Payphone

    With cell phones as ubiquitous as they are (a recent report from the Pew Research Center purports that around 85% of American adults have one), it seems safe to say that the age of the pay phone is winding down. That said, they haven’t outlived their usefulness yet and now New York City seems dead set on dragging them into the 21st century. That’s why earlier tonight mayor… Read More

  • Twitter Ditches “Casual Friday”, Lets Employees Do #FridayForGood Community Service

    Twitter Ditches “Casual Friday”, Lets Employees Do #FridayForGood Community Service

    Clearly, I’m interested in how companies interact with their surroundings, as I feel like it’s an important part of pushing our industry forward. Nobody likes to think about five developers locked in a room somewhere, coding until they pass out. Yes, I know that’s the reality for many young startups, but as they grow up into larger companies, things change. For a company… Read More

  • NYC Invests $12M To Provide Free Fiber Build-Out To 240 Startups

    NYC Invests $12M To Provide Free Fiber Build-Out To 240 Startups

    The city of New York has just launched the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge to help small NY-based companies get a free high speed fiber build-out in their offices. In order to win the prize, you have to submit an application to justify that you need very high speed connectivity — tech startups seem to have an edge in the challenge. In all, 240 companies will each receive a chunk of the… Read More

  • Jack Dorsey: “New York Will Have A Thriving Tech Community And We Will Help Build That”

    Jack Dorsey: “New York Will Have A Thriving Tech Community And We Will Help Build That”

    At a press conference with Mayor Bloomberg to celebrate the opening of Twitter’s New York City offices, co-founder Jack Dorsey gave the Big Apple his endorsement as a startup capital. “New York will have a thriving tech community and we will help build that,” he says. Twitter already employs 30 to 40 people in New York City and its new office can accomodate 100 people. … Read More

  • NYC BigApps Ideas Turns Challenge On its Head, Asks For Problems To Solve

    New York City likes to put out its BigApps challenge to get developers to come up with apps that make living in the city better. (Recent winners include parking finder and pick-up game organizing apps). But the city is now trying something different with its BigApps Ideas Challenge. Instead of asking developers for apps, the challenge is asking for problems that can be solved with apps. … Read More

  • New York Reveals Plan To Become America's Next Top Digital City

    Through new official partnerships with Facebook, Twitter, and NY-based startups Foursquare and Tumblr, New York aims to become America’s next, top digital city. New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city’s first, chief digital officer, Rachel Sterne, presented their Road Map for the Digital City, today. Before formulating the plan, Sterne led a comprehensive 90-day review of… Read More

  • New York City To Put QR Codes On All Building Permits By 2013

    New York City’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the use of Quick Response or QR codes (which are something like a smartphone-readable barcode) on building permits, to provide New Yorkers with easy access to information related to buildings and construction sites throughout the city. Smartphone users who scan a QR code on a construction permit in New York, according to a… Read More

  • NYC Hack Is Back

    There’s something happening in New York City. New York Tech Meetup just announced they will be presenting hack demo at every one of their sold out events, New York’s first Music Hackday is hitting this weekend and it will be quickly followed by Foursquare’s first hackday the weekend after. Did the TC Disrupt Hackathon prefigure a growing trend here in the Big Apple? This… Read More

  • Microsoft Puts New York City In The Cloud

    When Mayor Bloomberg wants to make an announcement with Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer gets on a plane and flies to New York City. That’s because he’s Mayor Bloomberg, but also because New York City is a very large customer with 100,000 city employees. Today Ballmer and Bloomberg are in City Hall announcing a new five-year deal which will roll up dozens of separate city contracts… Read More

  • Microsoft Puts New York City In The Cloud

    When Mayor Bloomberg wants to make an announcement with Microsoft, CEO Steve Ballmer gets on a plane and flies to New York City. That’s because he’s Mayor Bloomberg, but also because New York City is a very large customer with 100,000 city employees. Today Ballmer and Bloomberg are in City Hall announcing a new five-year deal which will roll up dozens of separate city contracts… Read More

  • New York City Wants More BigApps, Please

    New York City is opening up its government data to hackers in the hopes that they will create some apps to help the people who live there.  Today, it officially opened its BiggApps 2.0 challenge (hosted by ChallengePost). Developers will have access to more than 350 data sets from more than 40 different government agencies. The best apps will win $20,000 in prize money. This is the second… Read More