Monday June 17, 2019

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Sterne Talks Digital Initiatives for NY in 2011

Rachel Sterne speaking at Vienna Conference.

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Mashable recently sat down with NY’s chief digital officer Rachel Sterne about the initiatives the city plans to implement this year. On the table were:

  • Increasing Access to Digital: The city aims to address the digital divide by increasing internet access by experimenting with wireless connections in the subway and city parks. Moreover, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications will be administering a federally awarded grant to introduce broadband connectivity into the homes of 18,000 sixth graders from low-income households.
  • Open Government With APIs: The city will open 350 data sets contained in the NYC Datamine and aims to create ecosystems of tools and products called the NYC Platform.
  • Increasing Citizen Engagement: The city aims to make digital public spaces welcoming and useful and plans to redesign nyc.gov to reflect that initiative. Additionally, the city will be hosting its first hackathon this summer at General Assembly and will introduce partnerships with Foursquare and Tumblr.
  • Tech Industry Incubation: NY will be striving to support the digital industry by encouraging a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. One example of this is the NYC BigApps Challenge, but the city will also be providing affordable workspaces for entrepreneurs and startups and attracting engineering talent via the SPARK program.