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Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 12:35am

We’re headed right into the heart of summer. Here are some top picks for events this July: July 6 Labor and Employment Law Issues Related to Social Networking Employers who use social media will find that they may be violating rules under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), regulations from the Federal Trade commission, the...

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Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 5:20pm

Summer is finally fast approaching. Join us at these top events in the NYC area this June: June 3 Civic Imagination: Designing and Building a Better Future Join Boston Civic Media’s third annual conference for a day of inspiring keynotes, presentations and networking with peers and community leaders around igniting civic creativity. Dive into topics […]

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 5:10pm

We’re almost halfway through with 2017 — let’s celebrate May with a jam-packed schedule of events: Every Thursday in May How to document apartment repair issues using is a free website you can use to document the repair issues in your apartment. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s Northern Manhattan Office will host a […]

May 18

Databite No. 99: Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner

Data & Society Research Institute is pleased to welcome Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner as they share excerpts and discuss their new release, The Ambivalent Internet: Mischief, Oddity, and Antagonism Online (Polity Press, April 2017).

Successes and Challenges for ICANN and Beyond

Join Chris Mondini of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, to hear how multistakeholder participation helped globalize the Internet and learn what is on the horizon – for Internet addresses, technical coordination, and throny geopolitical issues.

May 25

We Don’t Learn Alone

The apps we build are more important to society and culture than ever, but the way we learn how to make them is often completely anti-social. What could a more connected and human mode look like?


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:10pm

Happy April! This month, we’re welcoming spring with these top events in NYC. April 3rd is the deadline for the (super quick) application for Knight Foundation funding of early stage prototypes to improve the flow of accurate information online. Learn more here. Plus, DataKind has a special call for proposals! DataKind is working with the Omidyar Network to help bolster...

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:10pm

Originally published by CHORUS on Medium. A few weeks ago, I got to spend two days in Chicago with a deep bench of civic innovators and senior campaign veterans to celebrate the launch of CHORUS, a new organization working to foster and strengthen the movement for equity, opportunity, inclusion, and justice. We shared candidly, brainstormed openly,...

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Friday, March 3, 2017 - 5:10pm

Happy Women’s History Month! The civic highlight of the month is the NYC School of Data, kicking off March 4 and continuing for a week (Sold Out). Join for a week of celebrations of the 5-year anniversary of the NYC Open Data Law. Open Data enables and empowers New Yorkers like you to better understand how your […]

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:30am

So glad to hear @mstem, expert in civic media and social change, today at the opening ceremony of the final phase of #DesafíoSP project. — Javier Pérez-Rolón (@JPerezRolon) February 11, 2017 I recently flew down to San Pedro Garza Garcia, a city next to Monterrey, Mexico, for a quick trip to help launch DesafíoSP...

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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:10pm

Thanks to everyone who shared event links and invitations with us. We’re looking forward to seeing you around the city all this month. Check out some of our favorite events taking place in NYC in February: All month Carol Jenkins toured the new African American Museum in Washington, DC, as part of her program “Black...

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 5:20pm

Each season, we take a moment to showcase our team’s latest work, share updates to existing projects, and make key announcements. It’s an opportunity to bring our community in on key programs, as well as a forcing function to ship code! You can watch the presentations below, and check out previous demo nights and events...

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Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:40am
Earlier this month, Civic Hall celebrated its first anniversary. In the one year since opening its doors at 156 5th Avenue in Manhattan, the collaborative work and event space has emerged as a natural home for those doing the real work of civic tech. Day to day, the open plan office space is buzzing with […]
Friday, January 20, 2017 - 7:40am
Last Friday I participated in my second Responsible Data Forum. Last year’s workshop on private sector data sharing (data philanthropy, if you like) inspired some of our thinking and collaborations over the past year, and today’s event about data visualization for social impact did not disappoint. You can see what people posted at #RDFviz, on […]
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 5:10pm

Happy 2017! It’s time to shrug off the holiday lethargy and kickstart the new year the only way we know how: with the best events in civic tech NYC has to offer. Here are our top picks for January 2017: January 5 Brooklyn Innovation Awards Get ready for the Brooklyn Innovation Awards 2016! It’s our […]

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 7:40am
Dawn Barber, cofounder of the wildly popular New York Tech Meetup, recently started another group: CUNY Tech Meetup. Its goal is to galvanize the City University of New York’s tech community, from students to professors, and create an open forum where CUNY community members can connect to gain insight about, and be inspired by, NYC’s […]
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am
We start the month off with two of New York City’s flagship civic tech events, and go steadily on from there. TreesCount! Data Jam Saturday, 4 June 2016 from 8:00 am till 6:00 pm Civic Hall, 156 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY On Saturday, June 4th, we’ll celebrate the National Day of Civic […]
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am
It’s currently May, apparently. The outdoors is in play as event venue, and you’ll be far less likely to get rained or snowed upon en route to an indoor event. Come join us at Civic Hall, LMHQ, and other great gathering places. May 3 May 2016 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty: Join fellow technologists for […]
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am
Home openers, temperatures flirting with summer, and plenty of interesting people coming through New York. It’s the Spring Civic Tech roundup! April 11th — April 2016 NY Tech Meetup and Afterparty Join fellow technologists for an evening of live demos from companies developing great technology in New York, followed by a networking afterparty. April 12th […]
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am
Wow, there’s a lot of good stuff going on this month. All of these events are free unless otherwise noted. Many of them are at Civic Hall. Hit us up if you’ve got one to recommend for this roundup. Looking forward to seeing your smiling face. March 2nd – Splash at Microsoft Store 5th Avenue – […]
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 7:40am
This month we celebrate black history and the first anniversary of Civic Hall, and find out which presidential candidates will advance in the first round of primaries. In the meantime and between time, here are some of the top events in NYC: February 2 Converting A Tram Depot Into A Creative Quarter In Lviv: A Conversation […]
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 5:20pm

The summer, the city, and all the civic tech your heart could desire. Here are some of the top events in the tech sector this month in NYC: July 7 The Social and Economic Implications of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in the Near-Term The White House and New York University’s Information Law Institute, with support from […]

As Microsoft’s Director of Civic Technology in New York City, Matt leads strategic outreach and develops creative engagement opportunities. Previously, Matt researched and designed technologies for civic impact at non-profits, startups, consultancies, and other technology companies.