A diverse Tech Leadership Advisory Council supports our work:

Clayton Banks
CEO, Silicon Harlem

David Belt
CEO & Co-Founder, New Lab

Allen Blue
Co-Founder, LinkedIn

Beth Comstock
Former Vice Chair, GE & Chair of NYCx Tech Leadership Advisory Council

Ben Fried
VP, CIO & New York Office Tech Site Lead, Google

Avi Dorfman
Co-Founder, Compass & Entrepreneur-in-Residence, D. E. Shaw Group

Matt Harrigan
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Grand Central Tech

Jukay Hsu
Co-Founder & CEO, Coalition for Queens

Marcy Klevorn
EVP & President, Mobility, Ford

Karin Klein
Founding Partner, Bloomberg Beta

Keith Krach
Chairman of the Board, DocuSign

Brian O’Kelly
CEO, AppNexus

Michelle Peluso

Kim Polese
Chairman, CrowdSmart

Andrew Rasiej
CEO, Civic Hall & Chairman, NY Tech Alliance

Kevin Ryan
Chairman & CEO, AlleyCorp

Kevin Scott
CTO, Microsoft

Kiel Berry
VP of Global Emerging Opportunities, Viacom

Julie Samuels
Executive Director, Tech:NYC

Liliana Valetta
CEO, Cien+ & CulturIntel

Maya Wiley
SVP for Social Justice & Henry Cohen Professor of Public & Urban Policy at the New School

Fred Wilson
Partner, Union Square Ventures


Citywide challenges that encourage global entrepreneurs to partner with the City to propose solutions to real-life problems and deliver groundbreaking business models that transform and improve the way we live.


Challenges that enable members of NYC communities to voice concerns on the neighborhood level and work with entrepreneurs to surface problems, co-create prototype solutions, and apply, test, and grow emerging technologies.

Active Challenges


Financial Inclusion Challenge

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How might we utilize breakthrough financial inclusion technology, innovative models, and culturally relevant approaches to build community wealth and sustainable economic opportunities for unbanked and underbanked communities in the Bronx and across New York City?

applications close september 20

Past Challenges


Inwood: Housing Rights

An apartment block in Inwood

How might we support the provision of more strategic, targeted and tailored information to tenants about their housing rights, enabling them to take action? Partner with us to address tenant harassment and displacement through inclusive, tech-enabled solutions.

application period closed


Inwood: Accessible Mental Health

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How might we improve mental health among Latinx youth in Inwood and Washington Heights? Partner with us to address mental health needs through inclusive, tech-enabled solutions.

application period closed


Climate Action Challenge

Mayor Bill de Blasio plugs in a car to an electric charging station

How might we replace all gas-powered vehicles in NYC? The City is accepting two tracks of proposals for testing breakthrough technologies for charging electric vehicles. Track 1: Emerging technologies for fast charging and smart charging EVs. Track 2: Immediately commercializable EV charging technologies.

application period closed


Brownsville: Safe and Thriving Nighttime Corridors

Aerial photo of Governors Island

The City is seeking creative technology solutions that enhance the experience and use of public spaces at night and increase night-time activity in neighborhood corridors. Our ultimate vision is zero assaults, zero arrests, and zero vacancies in neighborhood corridors.

application period closed


Brownsville: Zero Waste in Shared Space

Aerial photo of Governors Island

The City is seeking to reduce litter, increase recycling and responsible waste disposal, and promote waste-free common spaces in public housing developments through community stewardship. Propose solutions that will help the City achieve the Zero Waste to Landfills by 2030 goal, and reinforce NYCHA’s commitment to clean, safe, and connected communities.

application period closed


Governors Island Connectivity Challenge

Aerial photo of Governors Island

What if 1 Gbps internet could be installed across 150 acres in less than a week and cost less than $100,000? The Governors Island Connectivity Challenge seeks to demonstrate affordable ways to deploy high-speed wireless connectivity and identify the key infrastructure elements that enable effective deployment.

application period closed