In early 2011, NY’s Digital Roadmap was founded in order to forward the technology sector in the city. Rachel Hoat was hired by Michael Mayor Bloomberg as the NY Chief Digital Officer, and the head of NY Digital, the department in charge of completing the goals of the roadmap. According to WNYC’s New Tech City, more than 80% of the original goals in the roadmap have been achieved. New Tech City Host Manoush Zomodori spoke with Haot about where NY stands in terms of technology, and also discussed the next steps for the Bloomberg administration and NY Digital.
The NY Digital department is still trying to address the city’s need for engineering talent and the lack of broadband across all five boroughs. Hoat cited CornellNYC Tech and NYU Poly as examples of the Mayor’s collaboration and commitment to engineering and tech education in the city. When Zomodori asked Hoat about the lack of broadband in some areas she replied, ”We are certainly aware where the access is and where it needs to be stronger. One of the initiatives that Deputy Mayor Steele introduced is the broadband map, which will hopefully create pressure and competition among real estate owners.”