Civic Tech Events This November

| Matt Stempeck

NY November

Even though my birthday’s in November, I’ve always seen it as a gray, chilly month between the Halloween candies and the holiday pies. Help me celebrate by growing a mustache or coming to some of these events with me.

To celebrate the opening of our Flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue, we’d like to invite you directly to attend our workshops, seminars and meet-ups happening every day in store! See the full list here.

November 3 — Election Day! Polls are open 6am to 9pm. Find your polling place here:

November 3 — Programming Basics: Learn the basic concepts that are shared among all major programming languages.

November 3 — November New York Tech Meetup: Join fellow technologists for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in New York.

November 3 — Ranking Digital Rights: Corporate Accountability Index Launch Event: Rebecca MacKinnon comes to Civic Hall to share her new project, the first inaugural Corporate Accountability Index. The Index “ranks 16 of the world’s top Internet and telecommunications companies on their commitments and disclosures of policies and practices affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy.”

November 5 — Intro to RPG Maker: Learn the ins and outs of RPG Maker VX Ace’s database, event structure, and mapping tools well enough to make a basic RPG.

November 5 – 6 — Microsoft Cloud Roadshow: Join us for a free 2 two-day technical training event for IT professionals and developers that provides best practices and insight directly from the experts who build and run the cloud services across Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Windows 10 and more. Whether you know your way around the cloud or are just getting started, you’ll learn something new and walk away ready to apply your new skills.

November 11 — The Future of Security in the Cloud: Join us for an evening of lively conversation and diverse perspective on the future of security in the cloud.

November 12 — Getting Started with Virtual Reality – Oculus Rift + Unity: Learn how to integrate Oculus Rift into Unity as you build a basic environment to be explored in virtual reality.

November 13 — Machine Eatable: DataKind and Microsoft Technology & Civic Engagement present Machine Eatable, a lunchtime conversation at Civic Hall. This monthly lunch series offers a candid discussion led by a community leader around the latest happenings on the front lines of data science and social good communities.

November 13 – 14 — platform cooperativism: the New School in New York City will host a coming-out party for the cooperative Internet, built of platforms owned and governed by the people who rely on them. The program will include discussion sessions, screenings, monologues, legal hacks, workshops, and dialogues, as well as a showcase of projects, both conceptual and actual, under the purview of celebrity judges. We’ll learn from coders and worker cooperatives, scholars and designers. Together, we’ll put their lessons to work as we work toward usable apps and structural economic change. This is your chance to get on the ground floor of the next Internet, and to help make it a reality.

November 17 — Role-Playing Game Design: Learn the fundamental design elements of a role playing game, with an emphasis on the steps a creator should take before starting to code.

November 19 — Intro to UX for Games: Create less frustrating in-game experiences with a basic understanding of UX design.

November 19 – 20 — We’re sponsoring the Conference on Responsible Use of Open Data: Government and the Private Sector, at New York University. The event is co-organized by BCLT and NYU’s Information Law Institute and Department of Media, Culture and Communication. Dr. Amen Ra Mashariki, the City of New York Chief Analytics Officer will open the conference.

This event is inspired by two central themes. The first is a set of normative challenges associated with the open data movement, including e.g. privacy and other civil liberties, equitable access to data, and what counts as public interest. In 2014, Microsoft funded six academic research projects focusing on these challenges toward an idea of “responsible open data.” In the morning of November 20, the conference will highlight four of these projects.

November 20 – 22 — Hack the Dinos: Data is everywhere—from the smartphone in your pocket to scans of specimens in our Museum collections. Discover how programmers and scientists are working together to mine the Museum’s paleontology database, developing new ways to visualize and understand current research. Hear first-hand accounts from the data trenches and test your hand at coding. Explore how you, too, can get involved in computer science, and find out what hackers can really create in 24 hours.

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