October 2016

Tricks, Treats, and More at Playcrafting’s Halloween Game Expo


It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurking in the dark…

Okay, it’s actually going to be much earlier than that, but you don’t want to miss the thrilling Playcrafting Halloween Game Expo on Saturday, October 29th. Video games are taking over two floors of the Microsoft office at 11 Times Square in an all-out celebration of local gamers and game makers! Join us – and over 100 developers – for a day of games, pizza, treats and prizes. Costumes are encouraged and families are welcome – bring your kids to trick-or-treat for candy from booth to booth as they try out each game. We’ll also have a fun expo-wide Expo Quest for all of our guests.

We hope you can join us for this very special edition of our seasonal Expo — register here.

And our organization likes to wear many hats. Along with supporting the local gaming community, and hosting events where gamers can play to their hearts’ content, we also make sure that the next generation of game developers stays in New York. Our standalone classes and 8-week courses are designed to make sure that anyone who wants to create their own game can. And there’s so much more. Follow us on Twitter @PlaycraftingNYC or subscribe to our newsletter here to stay up-to-date on all our Playcrafting happenings.

TRICK OR TREAT: Halloween Game Expo!
Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
Microsoft at 11 Times Square
New York, NY

Playcrafting is offering a very generous 20% discount for this event for Microsoft Readers. Simply enter the code MSNYHXPO at checkout.

Microsoft Reactor opens to spur tech innovation in New York City


Expanding on its commitment to innovation, Microsoft on Wednesday celebrated the grand opening of its latest Microsoft Reactor, based in New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal.

This is the third Reactor where businesses, universities, governments and entrepreneurs can come together and access the latest Microsoft technologies and expert resources. At the Reactor, innovative young companies can get help to go from ideation to success, accelerate their growth and create new jobs. Microsoft Reactors also provide training, networking events and related resources to support developers in the local tech community. All developers are welcome, regardless of their platform or tool preferences.

The New York City Reactor occupies 4,000 square feet in the newly opened Hub @ Grand Central Tech at 335 Madison Ave. The Hub, part of Grand Central Tech, is an incubator that provides affordable spaces for urban tech startups to launch and build their businesses, connect with city agencies, and take advantage of resources from Microsoft and the Hub’s other major corporate partners, which include GE Ventures and Lowes.

Joining the Hub provides access to a network of sponsors, strategic advisors, partners and mentors that make up the Grand Central Tech community. Grand Central Tech and the New York City Economic Development Corporation support companies addressing New York City’s urban challenges in sectors such as energy, mobility, waste, built environment, food systems, water and digital infrastructure.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Hub and the opportunities it provides to interact and collaborate with some of the city’s most innovative problem-solvers and up-and- coming entrepreneurs,” said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President of Developer Platform & Evangelism, Microsoft. “Microsoft Reactor brings Microsoft technologies and experts right to their front door, supporting them as they turn their fresh ideas into solutions that build thriving businesses and make the world a better place.”

Microsoft’s vision for the Reactors is to foster an ongoing engagement and dialogue between company experts and the local developer and startup community. They serve as community hub for making connections, finding resources and talent, and building skills. Reactor activities include office hours with subject matter experts, hackathons, training, guest speakers and meetups.

The New York City Reactor is the latest effort in Microsoft’s broader strategy to empower developers and entrepreneurs worldwide. The company is uniquely positioned to help startups grow their business with technologies and services such as cloud computing, developer tools, software and open source technologies.

Come visit the New York City Reactor and experience state-of- the-art technology that’s available to you today. Meet our staff and learn about all the resources it offers to help foster and grow a community of innovation in the heart of Manhattan.

Celebrate the Day of the Girl with FLOTUS and Glamour Magazine


In honor of the Day of the Girl this coming Tuesday, Skype will be teaming up with Glamour Magazine to host a live Skype call with First Lady Michelle Obama and Glamour’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive, as they lead a global discussion on education inequality. Head over to the Skype Blog for more information.

Throughout the day on Tuesday, October 11, you can hear updates on pre-stream discussions and activities from Clara Tsao, White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, on our Twitter channels at @Skype and @MicrosoftNY.

RECAP — Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference #ColumbiaSEConf


Last week, we were honored to join Columbia University for their Social Enterprise Conference. The conference, hosted by the Social Enterprise Club (a chapter of Net Impact), Green Business Club, and Columbia Business School’s Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, is an annual event — this year, the conference focused on social innovation, urbanization, and urban change.

As an additional honor, we were excited to support our very own John Paul Farmer as he keynoted the conference alongside Andrew Salkin, CEO of 100 Resilient Cities. Individually — and then together in a fireside chat — the two discussed the importance of innovation and technology in today’s cities. Watch their keynotes here.

Thank you to all who joined us at Social Enterprise Conference! We’re inspired by each guest speaker and attendee to help make cities better. Miss out on the conference? We’ve gathered some of the top tweets from the event — see below:

Civic Tech Events This October in NYC


Autumn has arrived! As the seasons change, one thing stays the same: civic tech never stops. Join us this month at these top events around the city:

October 4

From Data with ❤ : Adventures in Data Science w/ Ron Paul, Facebook, & Kanye West

Many of the human skills required for data science are often overshadowed by the more technical components. Statistics, computer science, R, and SQL are indeed important, however, softer skills such as having an eye for a good question, being scrappy, and being able to tell a compelling story are just as important to real-world data science.

In his talk, Hamdan will discuss his journey in data science, drawing upon his experiences working for Ron Paul, at Facebook, and from his side life as a journalist.
He will also discuss his recent work in emoji data science, in which he uses Twitter data to understand how people use emojis to talk about topics like the feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West, Brexit, the Olympics, and more.

October 5

Northside Innovation Meetup

Data & the Customer: The latest, innovative ways companies are using data to increase sales

Join us for Northside Innovation’s Meetup on Wednesday, October 5th, where we’ll be exploring how brands are using data to impact product development and how they use their marketing dollars. You’ll leave this meetup a smarter executive or small business owner and a more savvy consumer. Don’t miss it!

October 6

Digital and Environmental Justice in the Era of Climate Change

As global institutions like the United Nations turn to their attention to human rights and climate change, local groups have been fostering the links between natural environments and digital environments for more than a decade.

Join New America’s Resilient Communities program, along with representatives from Detroit and Philadelphia Digital Justice Coalitions and other local groups, to release the new Resilient Networks principles and discuss how technology can make local voices more loudly heard.

October 6

October 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.

October 6

Agents of Mutation: The Evolution and Growth of Urban Innovation w/MIT DesignX

We live in an era of urban challenges. Transportation systems fraught with inefficiencies and emissions; sanitary water crises; food production cost versus sustainability; governance and social justice… urban imperatives rise as our cities grow larger and more diverse. But a powerful convergence of technology, innovation, and political will is bringing a groundswell of opportunity.

The question, then, is twofold: first, how to generate urban innovation? and second, how to integrate that innovation into the archaic cities we have inherited?

Answers are diverse, spanning a wide spectrum of stakeholders, actors, creators and consumers – the ‘agents of mutation’ that will shape the evolution and growth of cities. Future craft is a new model for enmeshing designers and the public to co-create cities. DesignX ignites design pedagogy and re-directs innovation toward tangible implementation. Dynamic Policy Architecture implicates districts in a process of symbiotic regulatory and technical experimentation for metropolitan technologies. We are at a crossroads; the future of cities is being cast. Join the debate.

October 7

The New Yorker TechFest

David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, hosts a full-day program exploring the most compelling stories in technology today. Global leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and thinkers join New Yorker writers and editors to discuss the innovations that are shaping our world.

October 11

#TEPNYC Conference

Mark your calendar and join us when we address the challenges and opportunities of collaborative innovation and international expansion in the context of accelerating digitalization, urbanization, and globalization.

October 11

Hack Night at Carbon Five NYC

Carbon Five hosts a semi-regular hack night for developers and designers who enjoy getting together and coding for a few hours. It’s a low-key, demo-free event created to unite talented folks who enjoy building stuff.

October 13

Women Who Code: Algorithms @ Betterment

WWCode events are intended for all women (trans and cis), trans men, and genderqueer folks who are interested in attending. We are emphatically queer and trans friendly and committed to matters of social justice as an organization. Select events may be open to the general public, which will be clearly noted in event descriptions. Our Code of Conduct is in effect at all of our events. If you have any questions, please message the Directors of this chapter.

October 14-16

MD5 hackathon/ nyc_ /F16

Think you’ve got what it takes to tackle some of the toughest Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief challenges facing modern urban centers?

Join us October 14-16, 2016 to celebrate the launch of the MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator with our first hackathon at the New Lab in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. You’ll rub shoulders with our country’s military elite and have the chance to show them what you’ve got.

3 day event. Cutting edge location. Very worthy cause.
And 15K for the winning concept. Earn it by showing you’ve got the hack chops. It’s that simple.

October 21

2016 GeoSpatial Summit

The NYS GIS Association will hold the 2016 NYS GeoSpatial Summit on October 21, 2016, at the DB Pfizer Auditorium within the New York University Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology in downtown Brooklyn, New York. This one-day event, with an evening reception the night before, will feature seven excellent keynote speakers who will give talks on a variety of topics. In addition to learning about cutting edge geospatial technology and implementations, attendees will also have opportunities to network with colleagues and GIS professionals from across New York State.