Gatherings

We host events to demystify open data and give you an opportunity to connect to your neighbors. Join us on meetup.

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Online Discussions

We host open conversations on meetup.com and facebook.com. For individuals developing projects, we have a dedicated group for you; BetaNYC-dev.

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Purpose

The purpose of BetaNYC is to build a community who sustains a thriving local civic technology ecosystem. Join our discussion groups or read our blog.

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Some of our Projects.

BetaNYC's projects and tools grow from the community. We use our meetings as an opportunity to learn about datasets, opportunities to improve policy or legislation, and troubleshoot issues. We have a growing list of projects at projects.betanyc.us and an ideation page to develop new ones. The following is an example of some of our better known projects.


Let us build a connected New York City by the people, for the people, for 21st Century.

BetaNYC is building a connected New York City by the people, for the people, for 21st Century.

Since 2009, we have worked with New York City government, elected officials, community boards, and community groups to engage NYC’s "civic-minded" technology and design community. We have helped pass transformative open government legislation, supported NYC’s civic oriented startups, and built a dedicated community who believes in the power of neighbors helping neighbors. We do this though advocacy and events that demystify open data, technology, and government.

We are NYC’s civic technology and open government vanguard. BetaNYC is fiscally sponsored not-for-profit and an organizing force for local civic engagement. We are a network of civic-minded volunteers who contribute their skills toward safe spaces, digital platforms, and local empowerment.

Watch our co-founder's "Made In NYC: Civic Hacking 102." This is NYC's civic hacking origin story.

BetaNYC's work has been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Atlantic Cities, Huffington Post Live, TechPresident, PandoDaily, Streetsblog, and City & State.

We are inaugural members of the NYC Transparency Working Group, a collection of NYC's good government groups who support efforts to use information technology to make New York City government more open and accountable, and to get the greatest public value from the city's wealth of digital information.

We are members of Code for America's Brigade, which means we are members of a global volunteer network that contributes its talents toward improving local governments and community organizations to better use information technology.

Check out what brigades do, or the inspirational TED talk given by Jennifer Pahlka, the founder of Code for America.


Join Us.We Meet Often.

We try to meet every week to hack (develop), yack (discuss), and map (plan) our projects. We use this time to brainstorm on current issues and activities in and around NYC. Most all of our events are posted on our Meetup.com site.

We are an open and safe community. All of BetaNYC's events and online discussion spaces are governed by our Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policy.


We Discuss Things Online. Join and Introduce Yourself.

Can't make it to an event? No problem. We collaborate on projects, ask for help, and post wins to our Meetup.com discussion list, Facebook discussion group, or our developer/project discussion, or @citibikeNYC / #BikeNYC hacker group. Connect and make NYC better.

We are an open and safe community. All of BetaNYC's events and online discussion spaces are governed by our Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policy.


Want Even More Info? Contact Us.

You can follow us on twitter at @BetaNYC.

BetaNYC is led by Noel Hidalgo, aka @noneck, Chris Whong, aka @chis_whong, and Ariel Kennan, aka @arielmai. We want to hear from you! Contact us.