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NY Convergence ORIGINAL

The NY Tech Meetup Wants You To Do Good

NYConvergence ORIGINAL
by: Amy Berryhill

Social good was the focus of the February NY Tech Meetup, where over six hundred people assembled to hear what New York needs from the technology community. The event raised $14,000 for Partners in Health, but goal for the evening was larger. The goal was to change the world.

To that end, most of the evening's presenters spoke on behalf of companies focused on social products and services. Instead of the typical demo or pitch, these presenters shared what they do and then explained their needs to the uncharacteristically interested crowd.

As a strange aside, Clay Shirky was on hand to talk about his idea that the future value of social networks is likely not in the "friends of friends" model, but rather in the larger "friends of friends of friends" network. Based on new research that defines how health is influenced by social connections separated up to three degrees, Shirky spoke about how people that do not know each other are able to influence one another. Shirky encouraged the developers to, "shift from thinking of social networks as nodes into looking at them as flows."

Even Shirky wasn't sure what problem this would fix, but much more straightforward problems like greening the ghettos and urban transportation were up for the taking. See the full roster of speakers and the causes they represented below:

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