Civic Tech Spring in NYC this April

 |   Matt Stempeck

NY April

Home openers, temperatures flirting with summer, and plenty of interesting people coming through New York. It’s the Spring Civic Tech roundup!

April 11th — April 2016 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty

Join fellow technologists for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in New York, followed by a networking afterparty.

April 12th — BetaTalk – Introducing FOIA mapper

Do you regularly make FOIA requests? Or are interested in making the process easier and more transparent?

Please join one of BetaNYC’s members and Knight Prototype Fund Winners, Max Galka, as he demos his FOIA Mapper. For this BetaTalk, Max will talk about the importance of the freedom of information law, the law’s digital connectivity, and introduce us to FOIA Mapper. A majority of the event will focus on feedback and your reactions to guide the next stage of the development.

April 13th — Dutch Innovation: A Look at the Future of Smart Cities

Hear from the successful implementations of 4 Dutch companies and how they are paving the way for a smarter and cleaner future! We’ll also learn how Dutch innovations are making their way to the US.

April 13th — Workshop Wednesdays: David Moore Presents NYC Councilmatic

David Moore will be presenting NYC Councilmatic, Civic Hall’s very own local engagement app. NYC Councilmatic is the latest step in a long line of nonprofit work, which has been in development for the last 4 years. It all started with the Participatory Politics Foundation, founded in 2006, which does open source work, incorporated as a nonprofit. There have been several projects that led to the development of Councilmatic.

April 13th — A Conversation With the Next Candidates for UN Secretary General

The post of United Nations Secretary-General is said to be the world’s most impossible job. But it is also one of the most important.
For the first time in UN history, candidates will openly compete in two hustings to be the next UN Secretary-General, publicly outlining their vision for the future of the UN.

From climate change to armed conflict, extremism to pandemics, many of the world’ most defining problems transcend borders and require global solutions. In an increasingly polarized world facing multiple threats, only the UN can step up to meet these complex challenges. A Secretary-General can save lives. We need the best possible person for the job: a highly-qualified and visionary leader, equipped to deal with crises the world over.

Join New America, in partnership with UNA-UK and The Guardian, for the first of two historic debates with the candidates for the next Secretary-General.

April 15th – Brown Bag with SWITxBOARD / IPA USA

Kilian Kleinschmidt, humanitarian expert and chairman of IPA, will discuss current approaches and shortcomings in the humanitarian relief system and refugee and migration management with a focus on the opportunity of decentralized approaches to relief.

April 22nd – Civic Hall and NY Tech Meetup Present The Innovation Breakfast Series

This series offers New Yorkers working in the fields of technology, civic and social innovation an opportunity to hear from leaders in government and industry, and gives professionals the chance to meet and network around common interests. #CivicBKFST

April 22nd will be our next Machine Eatable lunch (#MachineEatable) at Civic Hall. Speaker and RSVP to be announced!

April 27th — Inside Meetup HQ!

The fantastic tech team at Meetup HQ has kindly invited CUNY Tech Meetup members to visit their NYC office on the evening of Wednesday April 27th at 6:30pm. We will have the opportunity to see Meetup’s cool NYC office space and hear from their Chief Technology Officer, Yvette Pasqua, about what it’s like to lead Meetup’s dev team and run the technology that helps people build meaningful communities that connect people to each other. We’ll also hear from some of her engineers and from the head of Meetup’s Talent & Culture team as well.

April 27-28 (In Barcelona) — MySociety’s Impacts of Civic Tech Conference, where I’ll be sharing a taxonomy of civic tech with Micah Sifry and Erin Simpson of Civic Hall

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