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NYC DIGITAL RELEASES NEW YORK CITY'S LEADERSHIP: 2013 ROADMAP

The 2013 Digital Roadmap refelects that 100% of the 40 initiatives in the City's digital growth plan, across areas of infrastructure, education, open data, engagement and industry, are now complete.

October 17, 2013- In 2011, Mayor Bloomberg introduced New York City's first Digital Roadmap. Less than three years later, with 100% of objectives complete, New York City's Digital Leadership demonstrates the strides the City has made to date, driven by investments in infrastructure, education, open government, online engagement and technology sector support.


CITY OF NEW YORK LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL LEARNING INITIATIVE TO HELP PREPARE PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND SUCCESSFUL CAREERS

NYC Digital Releases Update to the Digital Roadmap with 100% of the Objectives Achieved, Digital Education Programs Have Impacted over One Million New Yorkers

October 17, 2013- New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot today announced Digital Ready, an intensive professional development and technology expansion program designed to help participating NYC public high schools use technology and student-centered learning to improve their students’ readiness for college and careers. NYC Digital also released New York City’s Digital Leadership: 2013 Roadmap, which reflects that 100% of the 40 initiatives in the City’s digital growth plan, across areas of infrastructure, education, open data, engagement and industry, are now complete.


MAYOR BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVES TO HELP NEW YORK CITY CONTINUE AS THE GLOBAL MEDIA CAPITAL IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Cornell NYC Tech Announces Launch of Connective Media Degree at its Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute in Collaboration with Leading Traditional and New Media Companies

Incubator and Educational Space in DUMBO Will Support and Train Creative Professionals as the Next Generation of Digital Storytellers

October 1, 2013- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced two major initiatives to help New York City maintain its position as media capital of the world in the digital age: the launch of Cornell NYC Tech’s degree program in Connective Media and the opening of the Made in NY Media Center by IFP in DUMBO. Connective Media is the first degree program to be offered by the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech, a two-year masters degree designed to train the entrepreneurial engineers and technologists desperately needed in the media sector.


MAYOR BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES NEW REDESIGNED AND REDEVELOPED NYC.GOV

Overhaul of Nation's Largest Municipal Website is Based on Traffic Analytics and Public Input, Provides New Mobile Functionality

September 29, 2013- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today launched a new version of NYC.gov, the City’s official website, which has been overhauled to make it more usable, intuitive and accessible than ever before. The site, which serves more than 35 million unique visitors per year and gets more than 250 million page views annually, has not been redesigned since 2003. Major improvements were made both to the site’s design and to its back-end technology infrastructure. The new site design is user-centric and easily navigated via an intuitive, data-informed interface.


STATEMENTS OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT COMMISSIONER OLIVER ON THE 26 EMMY AWARDS FOR "MADE IN NY" PRODUCTIONS

September 22, 2013- "The 65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards have recognized some of the most talented people in the production industry by honoring so many 'Made in NY' shows this year. From casting directors to actors, hairstylists to camera operators, New York City is home to a thriving community of creative professionals, and we salute all of them, along with our 'Made in NY' Emmy winners." - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg


NEW YORK CITY, CABLEVISION, AND TIME WARNER CABLE LAUNCH PUBLIC WIFI IN 32 PARKS ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS

Hotspots to be Installed and Maintained for Public Use through July 2020
Initiative Further Extends WiFi Service in Underserved Areas of City

July 16, 2013- Today the launch of new WiFi service in 32 New York City parks was launched. New Yorkers and visitors can now connect to the Internet for free using their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other WiFi-enabled devices for free up to 30 minutes each month, and for 99 cents per day. The NYC Parks WiFi service is free at all times to Cablevision and Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers. Additional WiFi park locations across the city will be launched on a rolling basis as part of this program negotiated by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).


MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SPEAKER QUINN ANNOUNCE NEW UNIQUE .NYC WEB ADDRESS FOR NEW YORKERS AND BUSINESSES

New York Becomes One of the First Cities in the World to Have a Top-Level Domain, One of the Objectives of New York City’s Digital Roadmap

July 2, 2013- The City of New York has been approved for its own geographic top-level domain – .nyc – which will allow New Yorkers and visitors to easily find local businesses, services and information online. A .nyc address will show that a business or individual is located in New York City and identify products and organizations serving the New York City community. The City of New York is one of the first cities in the world to be granted a geographic top-level domain by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).


NYC DIGITAL TO HOST SERIES OF MEETUPS TO ENGAGE NEW YORKERS ON THE CITY’S INNOVATION PROGRESS AND ENCOURAGE INPUT INTO THE FUTURE OF ITS DIGITAL ROADMAP

Listening Sessions Will Take Place in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx This Summer

July 1, 2013- NYC Digital invites New Yorkers to a series of listening sessions throughout the City this summer with the aim of encouraging feedback on New York City’s innovation progress and contributing to the upcoming version of the City’s Digital Roadmap. Today the City’s Digital Roadmap is over 90% complete, and in order to build on these achievements, NYC Digital will once again reach out to add new goals and objectives to the City’s innovation strategy. New Yorkers are invited to attend the sessions to share their thoughts about how to realize New York City’s potential as the world’s leading digital city, across the areas of Internet access, education, open data, engagement and industry. Sign up at meetup.com/nycgov.


MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF NYC BIGAPPS, FOURTH ANNUAL COMPETITION TO CREATE APPS USING CITY DATA

$150,000 in prize money awarded to winning applications which use city, private and crowdsourced data to solve critical city challenges. Hackathons and meetups leveraged by participants to generate ideas, form teams, and receive feedback.

June 20, 2013- Today the launch of new WiFi service in 32 New York City parks was launched. New Yorkers and visitors can now connect to the Internet for free using their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other WiFi-enabled devices for free up to 30 minutes each month, and for 99 cents per day. The NYC Parks WiFi service is free at all times to Cablevision and Time Warner Cable broadband subscribers. Additional WiFi park locations across the city will be launched on a rolling basis as part of this program negotiated by the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).


MAYOR BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES FOURTH ANNUAL NYC BIGAPPS COMPETITION
More Than 350 New Datasets Available, Integration with Other Government and Private Sector Datasets Now Possible

Developers Are Challenged to Address Specific Problems Facing New Yorkers, Compete for $150,000 in Prize Money


March 19, 2013- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the launch of NYC BigApps 2013, the fourth annual contest for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using official City data. This year's NYC BigApps competition will build on the tremendous success of the previous three competitions by once again expanding the datasets available and issuing a challenge to create apps that will address major issues facing New York City residents in specific categories. More than 60 City agencies, commissions and Business Improvement Districts have made more than 350 new data sets available for NYC BigApps 2013, bringing the total number of raw data sets that will be available to developers to more than 1,000.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG, CHIEF INFORMATION & INNOVATION OFFICER MERCHANT AND CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER HAOT ANNOUNCE WINNING PROTOTYPES FROM REINVENT PAYPHONES DESIGN CHALLENGE
Top Ideas Will Help Shape Design and Functionality of the Payphone of the Future
Renderings of Winning Prototypes Available at www.flickr.com/nycmayorsoffice


March 6, 2013- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot announced the winning prototypes from the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, a competition that engaged hundreds of urban designers, planners, technologists and policy experts to create physical and virtual prototypes that imagine the future of the City’s approximately 11,000 public pay telephones. The City received more than 125 submissions aimed at modernizing payphone infrastructure and optimizing the use of public space. Competition judges selected 11 semi-finalists to demo their prototypes and the top submissions were awarded for best connectivity, creativity, visual design, functionality, and community impact. The Reinvent Payphones Demo Day occurred last night at Quirky, a social product development company that brings new product ideas to life through its online collaborative platform. Eleven semi-finalists presented their prototype ideas to a panel of judges.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES NEW “WE ARE MADE IN NY” INITIATIVE TO SUPPORT NEW YORK CITY’S THRIVING TECH INDUSTRY AND CONTINUE RECORD JOB GROWTH
Initiative Includes Advertising Campaign, New Website with Job Opportunities at More Than 900 Local Tech Startups, and Expansion of “Made in NY” Logo Beyond Film and Television

February 19, 2013- Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Media & Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot today launched “We Are Made in NY,” a multi-platform initiative promoting the city’s thriving technology and digital sector. The initiative includes a comprehensive website that brings together City resources to help entrepreneurs and attract new startups to New York City, such as a map of employment opportunities with the more than 900 local startups that are currently hiring for over 3,000 jobs; an advertising campaign that highlights Made in NY tech companies through digital ads and ads on subways and buses; and an expansion of the “Made in NY” logo program beyond the film and television industry. The Mayor was joined by members of the local tech industry at the headquarters of BuzzFeed to unveil the initiative.



DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS ANNOUNCES “FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT APP” HACKATHON TO HELP NEW YORKERS MANAGE THEIR MONEY
Capital One and Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund Sponsor Hackathon on March 2 – 3rd at the DUMBO Loft

February 6, 2013- Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today invited developers to create digital tools to help New Yorkers achieve their financial goals at DCA’s first hackathon, a collaborative technology design event. The weekend event begins on March 2nd at the DUMBO Loft. The team or individual who creates the winning app will receive $1,000 and two second place winners will receive $500 each. Interested firms, as well as individual developers and designers, are invited to learn more and sign up to participate at nyc.gov/OFEHackathon. The Financial Empowerment Hackathon is generously supported by Capital One and the Cities for Financial Empowerment (CFE) Fund. Judges for the event include representatives from Capital One, Google.org, ideas42, LearnVest and DCA. Space is limited to 150 participants and registration closes at 5p.m. on Friday, March 1.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CHANCELLOR WALCOTT LAUNCH THE GAP APP CHALLENGE, A NEW SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CONTEST FOR PROGRAMS TO HELP MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS EXCEL IN MATH
Gap App Challenge is First Such Competition to be Led by a School District in the Nation, and First in a Series the City Will Host to Develop New Teaching Tools

January 7, 2013- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today launched a new software development competition for programs to help middle school students excel in math. The Gap App Challenge invites developers to submit applications, games or other programs that focus on middle school math and can be used by students, teachers or parents. The winning programs will be announced this June and all submissions will be considered for school-based pilots to begin next fall. The competition is a part of the Department of Education’s Innovation Zone (iZone) program, which includes 250 schools that use new approaches to help students learn at their own pace. It is the first such competition to be led by a school district in the country, and also the first in a series of challenges the City will host to develop new teaching tools.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG, CHIEF INFORMATION & INNOVATION OFFICER MERCHANT AND CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER HAOT LAUNCH REINVENT PAYPHONES DESIGN CHALLENGE

December 4, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Rahul N. Merchant and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot today launched the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge, a competition to rally urban designers, planners, technologists and policy experts to create physical and virtual prototypes that imagine the future of New York City’s public pay telephones.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG LAUNCHES COMPETITION TO INSTALL FREE FIBER CABLE WIRING IN GROWING BUSINESSES ACROSS THE FIVE BOROUGHS
ConnectNYC Will Lead to the Wiring of 240 Businesses for Free Over the Next Two Years

Part of City’s Larger Set of Initiatives to Expand New York City’s Broadband Connectivity and Increase High-Speed Internet Access for Both Industrial and Commercial Businesses


October 19, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the launch of ConnectNYC, an innovative City-sponsored competition to encourage growing commercial and industrial businesses in New York City to apply for free fiber cable wiring and to ensure the City continues to establish itself as a leader in connectivity and innovation. The competition – one of a suite of initiatives originally announced by Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel in June – is designed to assist small or medium-sized businesses in unwired or underwired buildings by providing an opportunity for free, fast-track wiring.



NYC CONNECTS

October 2, 2012- Last night, Mayor Bloomberg invited the New York tech and startup community to Gracie Mansion in celebration of NYC’s thriving technology industry. Over the course of the evening, hundreds of technology entrepreneurs, creators, thinkers and leaders filled Gracie Mansion and discussed the growing tech scene in NYC with the Mayor.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG, DEPARTMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS SERVICES AND NYC DIGITAL ALONG WITH GOOGLE, MASHABLE AND TUMBLR INTRODUCE NEW TECHNOLOGY TOOLKIT TO HELP SMALL LOCAL BUSINESSES LAUNCH AND GROW ONLINE

Through Partnerships with Tech Companies, City Will Help Local Small Businesses Attract More Customers, Increases Revenue and Creates Jobs
NYC Digital Releases Update to the
Digital Roadmap, Highlighting New York City's Latest Initiatives to Become the World's Leading Digital City

August 23, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver and Small Business Services Commissioner Robert W. Walsh today launched a new set of free tools to help small businesses in New York City use digital technologies and social media to grow their businesses and create jobs. The new set of resources, offered online and at NYC Business Solutions Centers throughout the five boroughs, is called the Small Business Digital Toolkit.


THE CITY OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES WINNER OF POPULAR CHOICE APPLICATION AWARD FOR REINVENT GREEN HACKATHON

July 16, 2012- The City of New York is proud to announce FreshFixNYC.com as the winner of the Popular Choice Application Award in the Reinvent Green Hackathon. FreshFixNYC.com encourages users to find fresh products from local farmers markets in NYC, connect with local farmers, and enrich their lifestyles by adopting more sustainable practices.

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