Top Civic Tech Events this March

| Matt Stempeck

NY March

Wow, there’s a lot of good stuff going on this month. All of these events are free unless otherwise noted. Many of them are at Civic Hall. Hit us up if you’ve got one to recommend for this roundup. Looking forward to seeing your smiling face.

March 2nd Splash at Microsoft Store 5th Avenue – $125+

From 6:00 — 8:00pm, join The Isaacs Center for a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds will support The Isaacs Center’s summer camp programming for children, tweens, and teens.

March 3rd – 1776 Challenge Cup

From 6:00 – 8:30pm, join 1776 for their regional Challenge Cup pitch night, celebrating startups from across the country solving the most challenging problems facing the world. Judging the pitch competition are Donna Harris (1776), Maria Gotsch (President of the Partnership Fund for NYC), Jessica Singleton (Chief Digital Officer for NYC Mayor’s Office) and Matt Turck (Managing Director of First Mark Capital). Register here.

March 5th – NYC School of Data

As cities around the world CodeAcross America and take part in the International Day of Civic Hacking, New York City’s civic tech community will celebrate the fourth anniversary of New York City’s Open Data Law with School of Data, a day-long event at Civic Hall. John and I will each be moderating panel sessions.

This year’s School of Data conference is a day-long showcase of New York City’s open data ecosystem, innovative users, and a showcase of civic technology. Additionally, we have breakout rooms for you to collaborate on some of NYC’s most pressing open data issues—including a data jam to address economic and social injustice.

NOTE – Childcare will be provided!

March 5th – Alienware eSports Invitational (League of Legends & Hearthstone) – $10

eSports Hero is proud to announce The Alienware eSports Invitational!  Come watch the best Hearthstone and League of Legends players in New York City duke it out for some amazing gaming prizes.

March 7th – What Works Cities reception

What Works Cities is one of the largest ever philanthropic efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in city government to improve residents’ lives.  Launched in April 2015, the Bloomberg Philanthropies funded initiative is working to improve practice in 100 mid-sized cities and provide support and resources to cities around the country doing this work.  What Works Cities was named by Forbes as “one of the biggest philanthropic bets on social change from 2015.”

March 7th – Tom Clancy’s The Division NYC Event

Join us at the Microsoft Flagship Store on Fifth Ave. and 53rd St. for the midnight launch of Tom Clancy’s The Division! Early game play kicks off at 9:00 PM ET on Monday, March 7*. Be one of the first fans to help your fellow agents take back the city in a game inspired atmosphere and also enjoy food, music, and special guests including Larry Hryb, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, and New York City Twitch streamers Swiftor and Futureman Gaming. There will be a chance to win exclusive Tom Clancy’s The Division items, and the first 200 customers to purchase Tom Clancy’s The Division for Xbox One will also receive a limited-edition poster as a gift with purchase**.

March 8th – Tech, The Presidency, and Women Voters

Hear from top women leaders about the changing role technology is playing in our presidential elections, and what’s at stake for women voters — from immigration to pay equity — and our ever-changing global reputation. Breakfast will be served. This International Women’s Day Breakfast features:

  • Crystal Patterson, Government and Politics, Facebook
  • Julissa Arce, immigration rights activist and author of forthcoming book My (Underground) American Dream
  • Jennifer Breslin, Innovation and Technology for Development, UN Women
  • Erin Vilardi, Founder and CEO, VoteRunLead
  • With remarks from Civic Hall and

March 10-11th – Vision Zero Cities 2016 – $250

An exchange of best practices to prevent road deaths and serious injuries that will leave participants with new ideas and precise road maps for implementation. Featuring Erin Akred from DataKind and a host of other great speakers.

March 11th – P32DJ: PLAY, REMIX, PERFORM Powered by Hercules DJ

Come learn to DJ. Learn about the DJ industry, the basics of creating a mix with DJUCED 40, and hear from professional DJs as they tell you about the industry and what it takes to make it. Hosted by Brooklyn bred media artist MARRZ and curated by Hercules DJ. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to explore your passion for DJing.
March 11-15th – SXSW Interactive

Let us know if you’ll be joining NYC’s tech delegation to Austin.

March 12-13th – InnovateNYP Pediatric Appathon

A weekend to create apps and games for children’s healthcare. Create ideas for pediatric technology. InnovateNYP invites developers and designers to spend a weekend working together to help improve pediatric healthcare using FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources) data. Teams will have an opportunity to present their solutions to NewYork-Presbyterian and a panel of judges at the end of the weekend. NewYork-Presbyterian is looking for participants who are passionate about children’s healthcare and technology.

March 24th – Playcrafting Info Session: 8 Week Game Courses on Virtual Reality and Unity

This info session will preview topics from our upcoming courses starting in April! Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the instructors and find out more about the courses. Bring any questions or concerns you may have about signing up.

March 28thDEBATE: Who will represent the NY 13th Congressional District?

Representative Charlie Rangel is retiring, and his congressional seat is open for the first time since World War II. Our friends at Silicon Harlem will host this debate at their beautiful MIST cultural center. The main topic? Technology and innovation as an economic growth strategy.

Update: This event has been moved to April 7th, 2016.

March 31st – Playcrafting NYC March Demo & Play Night – $8+

Playcrafting NYC is the place to see the newest independent games being built in New York and network with the people who built them. Each month, we get together to watch developers explain thei mechanics and origins of their games while doing live game demos. Attendees then play each game with the developers behind them. Join our community of game developers, designers, creatives, investors and more building across multiple platforms and genres. Enjoy complimentary pizza as you meet the developers and network with game professionals from throughout our community. Plus our epic after party. Hope you can make it!


Registration is now open for Playcrafting NYC’s eight-week courses on Virtual Reality (April 4th – May 25th) and Unity (April 5th – May 26th).

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