Conclusion by Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot

Conclusion by Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot

Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Haot

Dear New Yorkers,

Thank you. The phenomenal momentum of New York City's technology community and the innovative achievements recorded in the Roadmap are the result of your hard work, passion and creativity.

Supported by the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Commissioner Katherine Oliver, together we have fulfilled the plan laid out in 2011 to realize our City's digital potential.

We have connected 300,000 more low-income New Yorkers to the Internet and introduced public Wi-Fi in 50 public parks. We have provided technology education to more than one million residents and welcomed a pioneering engineering campus from Cornell and Technion to Roosevelt Island. We have hosted the first government hackathons in the country and opened over 2,000 data sets and APIs to the public. We have tripled our social media engagement with the public and unveiled a NYC.gov website that sets a new bar for digital service. We have connected hundreds of diverse youth to technology sector internships and launched the We Are Made in NY initiative helping anyone to learn, launch a startup or find a job in technology.

And because we know that our digital future is deeply intertwined with that of our peers, we have collaborated with other leading international cities through the Digital Cities Council launched earlier this year.

There is much to celebrate, thanks to the incredible vision of our entrepreneurs, determination of our students and partnership of our City's technologists. New York City is one of the most connected, engaged and informed metropolises in the world, and our rapidly growing technology sector ranks second in the nation.

But even as we appreciate these milestones, it has never been more critical to invest our digital future. We have made great strides, but there are still enormous opportunities, from expanded infrastructure and STEM education to emergency digital tools and greater diversity in the sector. As outlined in this roadmap, it is crucial that government continue to prioritize digital growth and pursue New York City's innovative potential in partnership with our thriving local technology community.

So New York City, thank you for your incredible achievements. We invite you to build on these gains and help to further shape the bright digital future of this great city.

Rachel Haot
Chief Digital Officer


By the Numbers

300K additional low-income and at-risk residents have Internet access
4,000 residents served through NYCHA digital vans
50 parks offer free public WiFi
13 payphone kiosks are now Wi-Fi hotspots