Tech/Civic Groups

Change by Us NYC is run by the City of New York and is a place for New Yorkers to share ideas, create projects, and build teams with other New Yorkers to make our city a better place in which to live.  Through Change by Us, New Yorkers can find and share resources and connect with public and non-profit programs to help support their project.

Code for America is a nonprofit that recruits web geeks, city experts, and technology industry leaders with a network of civic leaders and organizations to help governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web.

Data Without Borders seeks to match non-profit organizations in need of data analysis with freelance and pro bono data scientists who can help them with data collection, analysis, visualization, or decision support.  Data Without Borders hopes that a data scientist exchange can help non-profits work to solve social, environmental, and community problems.

Foursquare is a social media website that allows people to check in to places and makes it easier to meet up with friends who are nearby.  Users can keep up with friends around the world and share their experiences through photos and comments.  Foursquare also helps to find nearby places to eat and makes it possible to get savings and rewards at your favorite place.

ioby (in our backyards) is a “crowd-resourcing” website that connects people and money to NYC community environmental projects. All of these projects are conceived, designed, and run by neighbors—which ensures community buy-in, long-term caretakers and daily reminders of what’s been achieved.

Local Projects is a media design firm for museums and public spaces that is interested in creating projects that endure.  The media that they create is integrated into architecture and online spaces, and aims to connect people with the world and each other.  Local Projects has worked on the 9/11 Memorial amongst other projects.

MobileActive connects people, organizations, and resources using mobile technology for social change.  They  are committed to increasing the effectiveness of NGOs to harness mobile phones to provide unprecedented opportunities for organizing, communications, and service and information delivery.

NYC Tech Connect Launched in January 2011 as a public-private partnership funded jointly by the New York CityInvestment Fund, the Partnership for New York City and the New York City Council, NYCTC’s mission is to foster the development of a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in NYC in the hard sciences.

New York Technology Council NYTECH is a New York City-based association dedicated to the furtherance of the technology industry. Our mission is to help our members as they operate their technology companies in New York by providing the resources and tools they need to grow and thrive.

Open Plans is a non-profit organization that helps to open up government and improve transportation systems by building open source software, helping agencies to open up their data, reporting on urban issues, and offering technical assistance to public agencies.  Open Plans aims to create an open and evolving ecosystem of technology tools to further the public interest.  Open Plans has a particular interest in transportation and urban planning and has launched OpenGeo, Streetfilms, CivicCommons, and other such resources that use technology for civic purposes.

Open Source Planning blog, a conversation about the practice and education of urban planning, open source and climate change.

The Progressive Technology Project  PTP was founded by grassroots organizers to support social change community-led organizing in low-income communities and communities of color. Our mission is to help community organizations achieve their goals more effectively and efficiently. Our programs help community organizers build their skills and understanding to integrate technology into the work of the organizations.

Sunlight Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that uses the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency, and provides new tools and resources for media and citizens, alike. We are committed to improving access to government information by making it available online, indeed redefining “public” information as meaning “online,” and by creating new tools and websites to enable individuals and communities to better access that information and put it to use.

We Work Labs helps early stage tech startups in New York City by offering entrepreneurs work space to build their own products.  Their overarching goal is to foster collaboration among intelligent, creative and driven individuals who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to connect. We believe that by creating an environment like this, innovative new technologies, products and services will be born.


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