Techs in the City

News & Profiles on Tech Movers & Shakers in NYC

  •  Jed Alpert is the CEO of Mobile Commons, a mobile marketing company that bridges mobile communications with media and civic engagement, they create text-messaging campaigns for brands as well as cause-related organizations.
  • Philip Ashlock crafts civic technology and coordinates open governance initiatives at OpenPlans.  His current focus is Open311 and Civic Commons.
  • Nick Grossmancurrently in Boston, but still active in the NYC Tech/Civic scene, after several years with OpenPlans and Civic Commons, building open technologies for cities and advancing urban and technical policy issues.
  • Andrew Hoppin, “Albany’s King Geek”
  • Walt Mossberg is the author and creator of the weekly Personal Technology column in The Wall Street Journal.  He is the co-creator and co-producer of D: All Things Digital, the technology industry’s most prestigious annual conference and is the co-executive editor of , a website that extends the experience of the D Conference to the internet.
  • Alexis Mainland, social media editor at The NY Times, where he leads the development of social media strategy, articulates breaking news via social media and collaborates with news desks on anything social media related.
  • Beth Simone Noveck is a Professor at New York Law School.  She served in the White House as United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer (2009-2011) and leader of the White House Open Government Initiative (@opengov).  Her work addresses how digital networks impact institutions and how we can use such technologies to strengthen democratic culture.
  • Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government.
  • Carole Post, NYC’s Chief Information Officer,  steps down (NYTimes, WNYC, Public CIO)
  • Steven Romalewski joined the City University of New York in January 2006 to launch and direct the CUNY Mapping Service as a project of the Center for Urban Research at CUNY’s Graduate Center.  The Mapping Service engages with foundations, public agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and other CUNY researchers to use spatial information and analysis techniques to develop and execute applied research projects.
  • Rachel SterneNYC’s Chief Digital Officer
  • Meet the team behind New Amsterdam Ideas, a New York-based tech company that wants to “radically improve the efficacy of the world’s public sector institutions, and thus the sustainable quality of life of its inhabitants, through strategic application of technologies that promote openness, equality, collaboration, and sharing.

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