December 2016

Year in Review: 2016 in Civic Tech

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We’ve spent our 2016 working forward in civic tech, while sharing stories of leaders in technology and civic progress right here on our blog. Thank you to everyone who has used their voice this year to help us elevate others in the New York area.

A look back at an amazing year on the Microsoft New York Blog:

January

Microsoft New York welcomes District General Manager Laura Clayton McDonnell

We welcomed the newest member of the New York Metro District team — our district general manager, Laura Clayton McDonnell. McDonnell brings a wealth of knowledge in sales management and legal experience, most recently in executive roles at Aspect Software, IBM, Sun and Apple.

IMG_20160115_113237DataViz for good: How to ethically communicate data in a visual manner: #RDFviz
Matt Stempeck

Microsoft’s Director of Civic Technology in New York City, Matt Stempeck, recaps his experience at the Responsible Data Forum, a collaborative effort to develop useful tools and strategies for dealing with the ethical, security and privacy challenges facing data-driven advocacy. Topics included non-screen data visualizations, communicating uncertainty in data and more.

February

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Onyi Nwosu, Computer Science Engineer, Black Girls Code

Diversity and inclusion are critical underpinnings to our evolving culture at Microsoft and powerful bridges to the marketplace. For Black History Month, month, we were honored to feature the voices of local leaders who represent our commitment to diversity and use their drive to help the community in which they serve. One of those people is Onyi Nwosu, a computer science engineer at Black Girls Code.

April

civic-tech-1Towards a taxonomy of civic technology

What is civic technology? It’s a question we’re asked often. As Microsoft’s team behind Technology and Civic Engagement, there’s no one “real” answer. Matt Stempeck, Director of Civic Technology, went to Barcelona for The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC) to help spread the word of civic tech and explain what it is exactly that we do.

May

Tech Jobs AcademyCelebrating Tech Jobs Academy
John Paul Farmer

Twenty three incredible New Yorkers and their families gathered at Civic Hall to celebrate an accomplishment that would have been impossible just a few months prior. But, like most overnight successes, this one was actually years in the making. Microsoft New York’s Director of Technology & Civic Innovation, John Paul Farmer, told the story of how Tech Jobs Academy came to be.

June

Fellow Profile: Hannah Cutler

Every year, we gain an incredible cohort of civic technology fellows who inspire us through their hard work and dedication to utilize technology in local government and community applications. With each step forward our fellows make, we help make New York City more interconnected through technology. Meet one of our fellows, Hannah Cutler.

August

Welcoming Ross Dakin to the Microsoft NY Team
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Ross Dakin joined the Microsoft Technology and Civic Innovation team, where he’s excited to use data and technology for social good. He came to us with a deep understanding of civic tech via his former positions at Silicon Valley companies and as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow.

rocinha-favelaQuadratic Voting: Civic Tech for Eminent Domain
E. Glen Weyl, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City

E. Glen Weyl, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, wrote about a new voting system he devised, called Quadratic Voting, in which individuals can buy additional votes on an issue at an increasing cost. Beyond eminent domain, Quadratic Voting has a variety of other uses in cities and politics more broadly, allowing citizens to find compromises that allow them to have more say on the issues most important to them in exchange for letting their fellow citizens have their way on the issues more important to them.

Meet High School Intern: Sagar Punjabi

Microsoft is committed to developing junior talent and championing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields. Over the summer, we were thrilled to host high school students as part of our NYC Microsoft High School Summer Internship Program (HSIP). We interviewed one of our high school interns, Sagar Punjabi.

October

panorama-entrance01-low-resMicrosoft Reactor opens to spur tech innovation in New York City

Expanding on its commitment to innovation, Microsoft 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.

November

City Year New York Makes a Difference at JHS218 James P Sinnott Middle School
Donna Abrusci

City Year New York deploys 257 highly skilled AmeriCorps members to serve in 24 elementary, middle and high schools. Laura Clayton McDonnell (GM of Microsoft New York), Antuan Santana (Operations & Community Manager) and Donna Abrusci (Business Program Manager) visited the City Year New York corp member team at JHS218 James P Sinnott Middle School.

December

CoderDojo NYC students work at the Microsoft Store on 5th Ave. Photo from CoderDojo NYC. Coding Outside the Classroom: CoderDojo NYC Teaches Children Computer Science Fundamentals

Although New York announced plans to offer all students programming classes by 2025, fewer than 10 percent of city schools currently offer any form of computer science education, and only 1 percent of students are currently in CS classes. But students do have interest. Living proof is CoderDojo, a global network of programming clubs for young people.

Thank you to all who joined us in sharing the important stories that shape our community. Let’s work together for an incredible 2017.

Event Recap: Discovering Urban Tech at Microsoft’s NYC Reactor

Last week, we joined CUNY Tech Meetup for Discover Urban Tech at Microsoft’s NYC Reactor, a celebration of local technology that is making our city better, step by step. We were thrilled to host the event at our new Microsoft Reactor location at the Hub @ Grand Central Tech.

Speakers included:

Some highlights from the event:

 

Celebrating Early College Initiative at CUNY

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In November 2016, Idealist, Microsoft, and CUNY brought together 150 students, technologists, educators, and business leaders to celebrate the partnerships that drive an innovative new model that brings STEM career pathways to high school students—the Early College Initiative at CUNY. Over the course of six years, the program provides a high school education along with internship and college experience and works to close the gap between young people’s ambitions for college and careers and the specific skills needed by employers in high growth industries.

More than 20 students who are part of the Early College Initiative attended the event which was at the new Microsoft Reactor Space and part of the Idealist Tech++ event series, appropriately created to bring together students, educators, job seekers, employers, and anyone else interested in the pipeline for social good tech careers.  The students and attendees heard from and were able to speak with industry leaders such as Bradley Michelson from Idealist, Natasha Scantlebury from Microsoft, Robinson Hernandez from the Urban Tech Hub at Grand Central Tech, and Dawn Barber from CUNY Tech Meetup. These leaders exemplified the power of networking and partnerships, and stressed to students to engage with like-minded groups in and out of their own communities.

A short video about the event and the Early College Initiative.

The event celebrated the collaboration of many of those passionately involved in the program already including Ellen Hogarty of CUNY ECI, Cass Conrad from CUNY, Hilary Ayala from Con Edison, Dana Politis from Montefiore Medical Center, Denise Ward from the Queensborough Community College, and Reina Utsunomiya from NYC Department of Education. There was wonderful discussion about how the program disrupts the current educational system by offering a focused track for high school students, including Destiny Jacobs and Bryann Sandy, who shared how their ECI internships gave them invaluable experience at IBM and NYC Transit. Partner companies also present in joining the celebration were New York Presbyterian, National Grid, the 4A’s, and more.

Partnerships are the cornerstone of the ECI learning model–especially those that provide students with internships and a formative first-work experience. These internships enable students to heighten their understanding of the world of work, refine their technical skills, and contribute to employers’ project-based needs.  Internships help students experience the connection between work and learning.  The Early College Initiative views internships as closely supervised work experiences informed by an intentional learning strategy.  To that end, ECI is committed to providing eligible students with at least one internship experience during their enrollment at a 9-14 Early College & Career School. Additionally, all students will have access to a wide array of work-exposure activities, including mentoring, job shadowing, and more.

ECI embraces seven guidelines for identifying appropriate partnership sites for students currently enrolled in 9-14 Early College & Career Schools.  Internships endorsed by the Early College Initiative must:

  1. Extend the knowledge gained in the classroom and identify clear learning outcomes.
  2. Provide an opportunity to gain transferrable skills.
  3. Clearly identify a defined work period (beginning and end date), number of hours per week, and job description with specific qualifications.
  4. Identify a designated supervisor and/or mentor with at least three years of professional experience in the field.
  5. Include constructive feedback from the designated supervisor, and provide multiple opportunities to observe the internship site.
  6. Exhibit adequate employer resources to facilitate interns’ success: (i.e. work space)
  7. Clearly identify specific projects for the intern to complete.

Please reach out if you are interested in learning more about sponsoring academic year and summer internship opportunities at ecipartnerships@cuny.edu. If you are interested in being part of the Idealist Tech++ event series, please reach out to bradley@idealist.org.

Looking Back at Computer Science Education Week 2016

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Last week, we joined a revolution as Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) launched worldwide, inspiring students to incorporate CS education into their daily lives. We celebrated by sharing stories like CoderDojo‘s special computer science lessons for children, and by participating in Hour of Code events throughout the New York Metro area.

Meanwhile, our community engaged on the same level, hosting Hour of Code events at New York Public Schools and beyond. We’re thrilled to see our neighbors committed to the future of education, honoring the importance of computer science for all.

A look at local celebrations of CSEdWeek:

Find out more about #hourofcode here: hourofcode.com/us.

Coding Outside the Classroom: CoderDojo NYC Teaches Children Computer Science Fundamentals

CoderDojo NYC students work at the Microsoft Store on 5th Ave. Photo from CoderDojo NYC.

Computer Science Education Week is a nationwide initiative suggesting that every student try coding for one hour. Learning the basics of computer science prepares students for a world that is increasingly dominated by technology90 percent of parents want their children to study computer science, and computing jobs are the number one source for new income. Despite 517,393 open computing jobs nationwide, only 42,989 computer science students graduated into the workforce last year. As technology continues to permeate our lives, the demand for employees in the tech sector grows with it, with one million more computer science jobs than people qualified to fill them by 2020.

American schools, however, don’t seem to be ahead of the trend. While the CS For All initiative has led some districts to see the importance in computer science classes, 40 percent of schools still don’t teach computer programming, and only six states have created computer science standards for grades K-12. The reason? Officials don’t think kids have interest in learning computer science. Although New York announced plans to offer all students programming classes by 2025, fewer than 10 percent of city schools currently offer any form of computer science education, and only 1 percent of students are currently in CS classes.

But students do have interest.

Living proof is CoderDojo, a global network of programming clubs for young people. More than 1,400 New York families have annually attended CoderDojo NYC since the chapter opened. At CoderDojo NYC, the mission is to create a fun, creative and collaborative out-of-school environment to explore STEM, where students can build memorable experiences with mentors to ignite passion for technology at an early age.

Coding bootcamps and specialized workshops can get expensive. But CoderDojo NYC, like all the Dojos, is completely free, volunteer-led and open to anyone age 7 to 17. The monthly workshops in the greater New York City area serve as an informal, creative and social environment for young people to learn to code and explore web, game and app development.

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Photo from CoderDojo NYC

The NYC chapter of the nonprofit was co-founded by Carl Sednaoui and Rebecca Garcia in 2012. Garcia took to technology at a young age, teaching herself to code when she was 14. She’s now a Program Manager for Tech Jobs Academy as well as the CoderDojo NYC co-founder.

Garcia explained that there are more than 1,000 chapters of CoderDojo in 60 countries.

‘The idea is that anyone can start a CoderDojo chapter and provide open and accessible education for youth around the globe,” Garcia told us. “Any Saturday, type ‘#CoderDojo’ on Twitter, and you can see chapters from all over the globe coding and tinkering.”

At CoderDojo NYC, children create and build at the half-day hackathon-style workshops through project-based learning, Garcia explained. Projects are sometimes civic-themed or themed for the season. CoderDojo NYC will host a special all-ages event for Hour of Code on Dec. 10 where the theme will be climate change.

What makes the CoderDojo experience so successful is that students receive one-on-one guidance from a mentor, Garcia said.

“The special thing is that there’s only one volunteer for every student,” she said. “It’s very different from a standard classroom environment with one teacher and 30 students.”

Photo from CoderDojo NYC

These CoderDojo NYC volunteers range from more seasoned technology professionals to educators, designers and even students themselves learning to code.

“These people give back to the community through providing guidance and mentorship. They find it very rewarding,” Garcia said.

Children learn using MIT’s Scratch and Arduino’s littleBits programming tools. While students are definitely learning computer science fundamentals through visual programming, Garcia stressed the importance in sparking love of learning at an earlier age.  

“It’s more about exploring creativity through technology,” she said.

Many students move on and learn more coding skills at longer-term programs that CoderDojo NYC has partnerships with, such as Girls Who Code and Nano Hackers Academy. One CoderDojo NYC student, Kiera Cawley, started coding when she was nine and went on to be the youngest person to receive a WWDC scholarship at 12 years old.

CoderDojo NYC maintains partnerships with schools in underrepresented areas and has a naturally occurring 50-50 gender ratio and ethnic diversity. The median age of attendees is 12 to 13.

One seventh grader from Queens, Rebecca Feldman, told the New York Times that she started going to CoderDojo NYC after she became discouraged at her robotics after-school program.

“I was one of two girls in the class,” she told the Times. “We kind of had to fend for ourselves.”

Garcia became a mentor for the student, who became known as Little Rebecca. Garcia recalled that Little Rebecca had never heard of computer science before, but after her first CoderDojo NYC session, she told her parents, “I really like this. Is this something you can do for a living?”

Learn more about CoderDojo on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week.

Drive Digital Literacy This Computer Science Education Week With The Hour of Code

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Every December, something special happens for students around the world. Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), held annually in December in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Grace Hopper (December 9, 1906), is a grassroots campaign dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. The campaign, originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, is now spearheaded by Code.org alongside 350 partners and 100,000 educators worldwide.

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Stats via Code.org.

This year, CSEdWeek runs from December 5, 2016 through December 11, 2016, and we’re ready to once again be on board. With over 500,000 open computing jobs nationwide — despite the fact that only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce in 2016 — we’re ready to engage the next generation of coders and drive innovation throughout the world. Organizations like CSNYC are helping to make this happen, by providing programming in key areas to bring access to high-quality computer science education to all of New York City’s 1.1. million public school students. The Computer Science for All Initiative (CS4All), initiative to scale computer science education (CS) to 100% of the City’s public schools plans to bring computer science to all NYC students by 2025.

But that’s just the first step. Computer science is a foundational skill and it’s up to us to ensure that every 21st century child gets the chance to learn how technology works.

So how do we get this done?

The centerpiece of CSEdWeek lies within a program devised by Code.org named the Hour of Code. An Hour of Code is a basic coding tutorial that new coders of all ages — and over 45 languages — can use to begin their journey in computer science. In over 180 countries, 305,078,080 students have performed an Hour of Code since its inception. It’s time to add to this total.

This CSEdWeek, we’re inviting you to take the coding challenge: give a child the gift of computer science and join them in an Hour of Code.

Local Hour of Code programming this CSEdWeek at the Microsoft Store:

YouthSpark: Hour of Code

Join us for this free, 90-minute workshop to take part in the global Hour of Code movement during Computer Science Education Week. Go behind the scenes to learn how to code, program, and play in your own gaming world. You’ll use fun, interactive coding to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. Workshop designed for ages 8 and older.

Monday, December 5, 2016 | 4:00 PM

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 4:00 PM

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 | 4:00 PM

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 4:00 PM

Friday, December 9, 2016 | 4:00 PM

MInecraft Build Challenge

This free Minecraft workshop at your local Microsoft Store offers a fun, hands-on experience for players of every age. Join a team to create something epic before the clock runs out. Prior Minecraft experience is recommended but not required.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 | 11:00 AM

Minecraft Hour of Code

Join us for this free, 90-minute camp to explore a Minecraft world through code and to take part in the global Hour of Code movement. Use blocks of code to take Steve or Alex on an adventure through a Minecraft world. You’ll use kid-friendly programming to learn how creativity and problem solving come together to make something all your own. Curriculum designed for ages 8 and older.  It is recommended that your student bring their own set of headphones for an optimal experience.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 |  2:00 PM

Keeping Girls and Women Safe Through Technology

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Our team (Natasha Scantlebury, Ross Dakin, John Paul Farmer, Briana Vecchione) with Assistant Secretary-General of the UN Madame Lakshmi Puri (Center).

Earlier this week, dozens of people – including the Microsoft New York team – gathered at the UN Women headquarters in midtown Manhattan to take part in a fascinating workshop on how technology can keep girls and young women safe. After an introduction by Ravi Karkara (Senior Advisor for Strategic Partnership and Advocacy at UN Women), I represented Microsoft in a panel discussion with Roya Mahboob (CEO of the Digital Citizen Fund), Nancy Schwartzman (Founder and CEO of Circle of 6), and Sree Srinivasan (Chief Digital Officer for New York City) that was moderated by Dr. Shruti Kapoor (Founder of Sayfty). Each of the panelists shared examples of how technology can help – from Nancy’s personal safety app that has been highlighted at the White House to Sree’s portfolio as a leading technologist on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s staff to Roya first-hand experiences as a female entrepreneur in Afghanistan.

One particular message I stressed was the importance of ethics in how we develop and use technology. Technology offers us incredible opportunities to improve the safety of girls and young women. But it’s up to us – as companies, governments, academic institutions, non-profits, families, and individuals – to ensure that promise is fulfilled and that such positive impacts of technology are prioritized.

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After the panel surfaced these key issues, all of the event participants got involved by brainstorming ideas and sharing with the room in an open discussion. UN Assistant Secretary-General Madame Lakshmi Puri delivered closing remarks that placed the workshop in the context of the varied efforts and initiatives being undertaken by UN Women and other parts of the United Nations.

This was a very good start.

A look at the day, in tweets:

Civic Tech Events This December in NYC

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‘Tis the season to celebrate the successes of NYC’s civic tech community in 2016 and to toast to the future that awaits in 2017. Get in the holiday spirit at these upcoming events in the city:

Now through December 14 

The Glass Room NYC 

To passers-by, The Glass Room looks like another slick, clean-lined store offering the latest shiny consumer products. Step inside, and you’ll discover something more unusual but nothing for sale. The Glass Room is a place to consider how you use technology and how those behind technology use you. We invite you to defamiliarize yourself with the overly-familiar.

December 1

The Reality in Virtual Reality: A Conversation with Practitioners

Virtual and augmented reality are together growing to be arguably the hottest topic in technology today. Justin Hendrix of the NYC Media Lab and Sophia Dominguez, former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Rothenberg Ventures, will take us on a brief tour of the VR/AR startup ecosystem here in New York City and around the world. Then, Professor Ken Perlin of NYU’s “Future Reality Lab” will guide us on an entertaining and enlightening journey around the hype.

December 2 

The Mid-Hudson Valley Manufacturing Technology Conference

This event is open to Mid-Hudson Valley advanced technology manufacturers in the food and beverage industry, machining, equipment developers, software companies, health care companies, departments of health and departments of defense. The conference will spotlight challenges facing the region’s technology sector, with a keynote focus on medical technology.

December 3 

Jersey City Hackathon for Sustainability

HackJC: Hack into Sustainability challenges teams to present a proposal to make Jersey City a more sustainable place to work, play and live using of data, technology, reports, articles and expert speakers. This event is open to anyone interested in community-minded work and collaborating for public good.

December 3-4

NYC Hack Foster Care

The NYC Administration for Children’s Services serves over 9,000 children and youth (from birth to age 21) in foster care. Help us develop technical solutions to make the lives of foster youth and those who support them, easier!

December 5 

Ignition Future of Digital – Annual Conference 2016

At IGNITION you’ll get a new understanding of the transformations taking place in the digital world. Join 700 senior executives working in technology, media, entertainment, investment, and finance in staying on top of today’s most innovative ideas.

Smart Contracts Symposium 

The industry’s first event exclusively dedicated to smart contracts. Learn from industry experts about the future of contracts.

*Hosted at the Microsoft Technology Center*

December 6 

Hyperledger NYC Meetup: Blockchain for Finance, IoT

5:30 – Doors open. Networking.
6:15 – Welcome remarks by Keith Berry of Moody’s Analytics.
6:25 – Introduction Talk by Oleg Abdrashitov, Event Host
6:35 – Talk #1. Industry Use Cases for Blockchain: Finance, Legal, Supply Chain, IoT, by Bruce Weed of IBM
7:00 – Q&A break.
7:10 – Talk #2. Introduction to Iroha Project, Accepted Under Hyperledger Umbrella, by Makoto Tokemiya of Soramitsu
7:25 – Q&A break.
7:30 – Fireside Chat. Blockchain Use Cases, Adoption Strategy and Regulations, with Oleg Abdrashitov of Altoros, Susan Ramonat of SEI Investments, Fredrik Voss of Nasdaq, Fahad Chowdhury of Deutsche Bank, and Usha Krishnan of ChainGenie
8:15 – Q&A break and wrap-up.

Inclusion NYC

Inclusion NYC is a tech event that brings together all races, ethnicities, ages and genders for an in-person Twitter chat facilitated in part by student entrepreneurs.

December 7 

Hackers & Hefeweizens, a German Tech Showcase

On December 7th, VentureOut presents Hackers & Hefeweizens, a German pitch night in partnership with the German American Chamber of Commerce. We’ll feature some of the hottest tech startups from Germany trying to wow our panel of esteemed venture investors.

Data & Society Presents: Databite No. 91: Bruce Schneier — Security & Privacy in a Hyperconnected World

We’ have created a world where information technology permeates our economies, social interactions, and intimate selves. The combination of mobile, cloud computing, the Internet Things, persistent computing, and autonomy is resulting in something altogether different — a world-sized web. In this talk, Bruce Schneier will take a retrospective look back at what we’ have learned from past attempts to secure these systems.

Innovation, Automation, and the Future of Work

As artificial intelligence continues to improve, automation increases, and the nature of work evolves, how will our day-to-day lives be affected? Whether technological advances are leading to a bleak dystopia or an age of progress and prosperity, what are some realistic benefits and challenges that we ought to start thinking through today?

December 8 

Blockchain HackNight

Join us  at Byte Academy as we not only learn and discuss blockchain technology but how to hack it as well.

Digital Breakfast – Media-Tech Preview for 2017

Join us as a panel of media and tech experts look once again into their crystal balls and tell us what’s likely to occur over the next 12 months in media and technology. The good, the bad and even the ugly. A great way to cap the past year and ring in the next as we discuss the latest trends. As in years past, we predict a full house for this event, with complimentary registration courtesy of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

Tech in Motion NYC’s End of Year Celebration

This December, join Tech in Motion for an unforgettable celebration of the people and organizations driving innovation in NYC and beyond. Tech in Motion’s End of Year Celebration is a can’t-miss opportunity to network with 1,000+ tech professionals and enthusiasts across our 11 chapters.

December 10 

CoderDoJo Hour of Code Event

The Hour of Code is a global campaign to introduce tens of millions of kids and adults in 180+ countries to one hour of programming during Computer Science Education Week.
Ages 4 to 104 are welcome to join us to try their first programming project at NYU:
— This is a free event, food, and drinks provided
— Attendees will need to provide their own laptop
— Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times

December 11 

Brunchwork with Techstars (IoT, FinTech) & FoundersGuild

Fill your weekend with inspiration and intention. Join us for an unforgettable farm-to-table brunch and mimosas with Techstars MD Jenny Fielding & FoundersGuild Founding Partner, Josef Feldman.

December 12

re\VISION NYC

Join us on December 12th from 5-8pm for a cocktail hour and expert-led talks on how to prepare, plan and launch effective omni-channel user experiences. Drinks and hors d’oeuvre will be served.

December 13

NYC TechBreakfast: BetrSpot, DivvyCloud, Init.ai, Capalino+Company

Interact with your peers in a monthly morning breakfast meetup. At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs share learn from their peers through show and tell / show-case style presentations.

December NYC Tech Monthly Meetup

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

December 15

Discover Urban Tech at Microsoft’s NYC Reactor at The Hub @ Grand Central Tech

Microsoft’s New York Technology & Civic Innovation team has invited our members, for the second year in a row, to one of their special NYC spaces – this time their New York City Reactor at the newly-opened Hub @ Grand Central Tech. We will hear about how they work collaboratively to improve city life and nurture vibrant businesses that fuel 21st century jobs, and address the most pressing city challenges through a variety of urban tech initiatives.

Speakers include:

Playcrafting NYC: The ’16 Bit Awards

In partnership with Parsons, the New School of Design, this event will include the award ceremony, including musical performances, special guests, and surprises. Refreshments and drinks will be served before and after the event while a number of games will be playable onsite too. Attendees will also receive free download codes for participating nominated games.

December 20

Winter IoT Demo Fair & Networking Bash

Join us for a night of IoT demos and professional networking in which people will get to interact with IoT applications and network with Internet of Things Leaders & Professionals in the NYC Metro area.