Microsoft Reactor opens to spur tech innovation in New York City

| MSNY Staff


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.

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