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CITYWIDE CHIEF INFORMATION & INNOVATION OFFICER MERCHANT, CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER STERNE, COUNCIL MEMBER BREWER, VAN WAGNER COMMUNICATIONS, AND TITAN ANNOUNCE FREE WI-FI SERVICE PROVIDED THROUGH PAYPHONE KIOSKS
Pilot Program Will Expand to Include Locations in All Five Boroughs at No Taxpayer Cost
City Also Soliciting Feedback on Future of Payphones through RFI Released Today

July 11, 2012- Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, Van Wagner Communications Senior Operations Executive Peter Izzo, and Titan Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Scott E. Goldsmith today announced a pilot program to provide free public WiFi at public pay telephone installations across the five boroughs. New Yorkers and visitors are now able to connect free-of-charge using their smartphones, tablets, and other WiFi-enabled devices. Access is currently available at 10 locations, with additional hotspots to follow in the coming months. In conjunction with this announcement, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) also released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from the public about the long-term future of City-regulated public pay telephones.


MAYOR BLOOMBERG KICKS OFF FIRST DAY OF CITY’S SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM AND LAUNCHES TWO NEW EDUCATION PILOT PROGRAMS – SUMMER SCHOLARS AND SUMMER QUEST
Over $6 Million Raised Privately to Support Summer Programs Including New Career and Technical Education Employment and Summer Learning Pilots

July 5, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav today kicked off the first day of the City’s summer youth employment and learning programs. The Summer Youth Experience initiative provides young people with learning and employment opportunities during the summer months and also plays a key role in the Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative. There are approximately 31,700 youth participating in the City’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Ladders for Leaders, the Young Adult Internship Program, the Young Adult Literacy Program, the Young Men’s Initiative Work Progress Program, and two new programs NYC Summer Quest, and Summer Scholars, a Career and Technical Education summer jobs pilot. The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Fund for Public Schools launched a fundraising campaign this year to offer expanded opportunities for youth. Over $6 million from more than 80 donors has been raised for this summers’ programs. The Mayor made the announcement at the Queens Botanical Garden where 35 summer youth employees will take on positions as Garden Greeters, Horticulture Aides, and Aides to the Children’s Garden.


CITY’S FIRST SUSTAINABILITY HACKATHON BRINGS LOCAL TECH COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO HELP CREATE A GREENER, GREATER NYC WITH APPS FOR BICYCLE SHARING, RECYCLING, FINDING MARKETS WITH FRESH FOOD AND MORE
Apps and Online Tools Promoting the City’s Green Initiatives Developed throughout the Weekend
New Yorkers Invited to Choose their Favorite App in Facebook Vote

July 2, 2012- NYC Digital and the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability—which is responsible for implementing PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan—have announced the winning apps from Reinvent Green, the City’s first sustainability hackathon, a collaborative community coding event in which developers worked together to solve a range of challenges using digital technology. More than 100 developers and designers gathered over the weekend at NYU-Poly in Downtown Brooklyn to create digital tools and apps using open City data that focus on encouraging sustainability and promoting green initiatives and efforts that will help engage New Yorkers to meet PlaNYC goals. The winning apps can be viewed at nyc.gov/reinventgreen and facebook.com/nycgov.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SPEAKER QUINN ANNOUNCE NEW INITIATIVES TO EXPAND NEW YORK CITY'S BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY, BOLSTERING THE GROWING TECH SECTOR AND ALLOWING BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTS TO ACCESS HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
Designed to Address Specific Challenge Areas the City Faces to Ensure NYC is a Global Leader in Connectivity and Technology in the 21st Century
Hundreds of Buildings Wired and Certified Over Next 2 Years, Tens of Thousands of Permits Issued More Efficiently

June 21, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced a suite of new initiatives to expand New York City’s broadband connectivity and ensure that the City further establishes its leadership position in connectivity and technology for the 21st century. Designed to capitalize on the growth currently taking place within the City’s technology sector by addressing critical ongoing challenges, the initiatives include a competition to build out fiber wiring for commercial and industrial buildings, a grading program for connectivity in New York City buildings, a crowd-sourced digital map highlighting wired buildings citywide, a streamlined process for broadband-related permitting as well as exploring the streamlining of regulatory issues, and a competition to develop mobile applications to help residents access critical services provided by the City and community-based organizations.



NEW YORK CITY CALLS ON TECH COMMUNITY TO MAKE THE CITY EVEN GREENER IN CITY’S FIRST SUSTAINABILITY HACKATHON
Collaborative Coding Event Will Take Place June 30-July 1 in Downtown Brooklyn, Culminating in a Facebook Vote by New Yorkers to Choose their Favorite App
June 14, 2012- NYC Digital and the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability—which is responsible for implementing PlaNYC, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan—will host Reinvent Green, the City’s first sustainability hackathon, a collaborative community coding event in which developers work together to solve a range of challenges using digital technology. Taking place on June 30 and July 1 at NYU-Poly in Downtown Brooklyn, Reinvent Green will assemble a collection of talented programmers, developers and designers who will work in teams to create digital tools and apps that focus on encouraging sustainability and promoting green initiatives and efforts that will help engage New Yorkers to meet PlaNYC goals. Reinvent Green follows the success of last summer’s Reinvent NYC.gov hackathon, which asked developers to help redesign the City’s website, and the annual BigApps competition.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER STERNE JOIN INTERNET WEEK FOUNDER DAVIES TO UNVEIL "MADE IN NY" DIGITAL JOBS MAP SHOWING CITY'S GROWING TECH SECTOR AND LINKING JOB SEEKERS TO EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES MappedinNY.com Charts Hundreds of Digital Companies Throughout City, Including over 325 Who Are Hiring
Nearly 500 Tech Startups Have Launched in New York City Since 2007

May 15, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne and Internet Week New York Chairman David-Michel Davies today unveiled the “Made in NY” Digital Jobs Map, an interactive guide to the City’s startups, investors, incubators, and coworking spaces, including over 325 digital companies that are currently hiring for thousands of jobs. Highlighting the vibrant state of New York’s digital industry, Mayor Bloomberg invited startups and job seekers around the country to get on the map by moving to New York City. Created by Internet Week New York in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Made in NY Digital Map already plots more than 500 digital companies across the five boroughs. The map offers direct links to the companies’ jobs listings pages and pinpoints the city’s hottest tech hubs, from the Flatiron District to DUMBO. The Mayor made the announcement at Internet Week headquarters and was also joined by Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky and Branch CEO Josh Miller.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF NYC BIGAPPS 3.0, THIRD ANNUAL COMPETITION TO CREATE APPS USING OFFICIAL CITY DATA
Best Overall Application Awarded to NYCFacets, Which Seeks To Streamline the Process for Accessing and Utilizing the NYC Open Data Portal
Year One Winner MyCityWay Also Announces the Official Launch of Their Brand New Mobile App, MyCityWay NOW

April 17, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the winners of NYC BigApps 3.0, the third annual competition for software developers and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using official City data. A total of 11 winning applications were selected from a record 96 eligible applications that were submitted for this year’s contest. The Best Overall Application was awarded to NYCFacets, which seeks to streamline and simplify the process for accessing, understanding, and utilizing the tremendous amount of data available in the City’s NYC Open Data portal. Additional winning applications focused on simplifying trips to New York City, travel on the City’s subway system, and finding the best locations to do work around the City.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR WALCOTT ANNOUNCE 54 NEW SCHOOLS WILL OPEN NEXT FALL
Academy for Software Engineering in Union Square Will Build on City’s Applied Sciences Capacity
New Schools Will Serve More than 21,000 Students in all Five Boroughs, Grades K-12

April 17, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced that 54 new schools will open in the coming 2012-2013 school year, bringing the number of new schools opened under the Bloomberg Administration to 589. The new schools will welcome more than 7,000 students next year, and over 21,000 when they grow to full size. Evidence shows that new schools rank higher on parent satisfaction surveys than other schools across the City; perform better than schools they have replaced on the state’s annual math and reading exams; and graduate students at significantly higher rates, on average by 20 points and in some cases more than doubling that of schools they replace. The Mayor and Chancellor made the announcement at Washington Irving, the future site of the Academy for Software Engineering – a new 9-12 school where students will get deep exposure to a variety of career options in technology and programming and learn what it takes to be innovators in those industries.



MAYOR BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES CITY HAS TRIPLED ITS PRODUCTION OF SOLAR POWER WITH NEW PANELS ON 10 BUILDINGS AND OPENS NEW OFFICES FOR TECH STARTUP, EFFICIENCY 2.0
As New York City's Tech Scene Competes with Silicon Valley, Efficieny 2.0 Signs California Client
Mayor Announces City's First "Green" Hackathon to Take Place This Summer

April 9, 2012- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced that New York City has tripled its production of solar power by completing the installation of panels on City-owned buildings across the five boroughs. The 10 projects increase the City’s total solar production to 648 kilowatts – enough to power 143 households – and will cut 205 metric tons of carbon emissions, as well as save money on annual energy costs. The Mayor also announced that the City’s first “green” hackathon, “Reinvent Green,” will launch this summer to spur the development of digital tools that empower New Yorkers to engage in sustainable practices. Mayor Bloomberg made the announcements at the opening of the new offices of Efficiency 2.0, a New York City-founded tech start-up that helps energy utilities engage with their customers to reduce energy consumption.



NYC ISSUES REQUEST FOR PROPSALES TO ESTABLISH THE "MADE IN NY" MEDIA CENTER
March 27, 2012- In an effort to build on and expand the City’s thriving entertainment industry and bridge it to new opportunities in digital media, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, in connection with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, will issue a request for proposals for an operator and physical space to establish the “Made in NY” Media Center. The media center will provide media entrepreneurs with affordable workspace and serve as a central meeting place where traditional media companies and new media entrepreneurs can meet, interact and collaborate. It will host educational workshops and training sessions catered to segments across the media industry and intended to encourage the type of cross-sector learning and creative cooperation that will ensure that the media industry is well-positioned for the digital age. It will also support new businesses in the field of emerging media, like interactive entertainment, digital advertising and mobile apps, by providing high-quality, ready-to-use office space that will accommodate numerous companies and a variety of employees. The space will also include conference rooms, production office space and a screening room.


MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION CREATING A CITYWIDE COMPREHENSIVE OPEN DATA POLICY
March 7, 2012- “The next bill before me is Introductory Number 29-A, sponsored by Council Members Brewer, Fidler, Gentile, Gonzalez, James, Lander, Palma, Nelson, Lappin, Dromm, Garodnick, Reyna, Mealy, Vann, Jackson, Levin, Cabrera, Gennaro, Williams, Van Bramer, Rodriguez, Halloran and the Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. When enacted, this bill will be the most ambitious and comprehensive open data legislation in the country.


NEW IPHONE APP LETS DINERS LOCATE "A" RESTAURANTS FROM THE STREET CORNER
March 6, 2012- Beginning today, New Yorkers can check a restaurant’s letter grade from any street corner throughout the City using ABCEats NYC, a free iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch application that offers easy access to restaurant inspection grades and detailed inspection reports for each of the City's 24,000 restaurants.

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