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NYTM Interviews NYC Mayoral Candidates

NYTM Interviews NYC Mayoral Candidates

As part of NY Tech Meetup's efforts to support our community's continued growth, we have been engaged in making sure our voices are included in the policy discussions during this year’s NYC mayoral election. As you know, New Yorkers will elect a new Mayor for the first time since 2001. A significant amount has changed in those 12 years, especially when it comes to the technology sector in the city. The technology sector’s current renaissance and rapid growth is having a positive impact on the city’s economy, on job growth, on innovation, and on the expansion of opportunity for New Yorkers throughout the city.

In January, we published a series of policy proposals which outlined some of our most important goals for the next mayor to consider and we are happy to report that many of the candidates have incorporated some of them in their published tech policy pronouncements.

The next step in the process is to hear directly from the candidates themselves on how they are going to govern in ways that recognize our community’s needs as well as the contribution our sector can make to NYC's future.

So to help answer some of those questions, NY Tech Meetup has been hosting a series of more in-depth conversations with the mayoral candidates. In each conversation the candidate has 10 to 15 minutes to make opening remarks and then answers questions from a small audience comprised of members of the NYTM board of directors and members of the tech community who have been actively involved in policy and advocacy work.

We are happy to share with the community our interviews with John Liu, Jack Hidary, Bill Thompson, Christine Quinn, Joseph Lhota, Bill de Blasio, and Adolfo Carrión.

The interviews were recorded on July 31, 2013 and August 20, 2013 at ThoughtWorks. 

We welcome your feedback and hope you will share these interviews with as many of your colleagues, friends, and neighbors, so that we can all be informed about the choices facing our city's future.


A Conversation with NYC Mayoral Candidate John Liu from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.


A Conversation with NYC Mayoral Candidate Jack Hidary from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.


A Conversation with NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.


A Conversation with NYC Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.

A Conversation with NYC Mayoral Candidate Joseph J. Lhota from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.

A Conversation with NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.

A Conversation with NYC Mayoral Candidate Adolfo Carrion from NY Tech Meetup on Vimeo.


NYTM Technology Policy Goals - Released in January 2013

As we head into the 2013 city-wide elections, here are the initial policy goals and ideas that the NY Tech Meetup Board of Directors believes constitutes a starting point for the conversation about how to advance the future of New York. We will be building on these goals and using them as a framework for discussions with candidates:

  • Make New York City the most wired city on earth by providing every New Yorker and every New York business regardless of location access to the fastest broadband networks at the lowest cost.
  • Reinvent the education system to allow every child, young adult, and all New Yorkers to develop the skills necessary to thrive in a 21st century economy.
  • Make New York City the clear choice for entrepreneurs, software engineers, and other technically skilled professionals to start a business and build a career by making it easy to find partners, financing, office space and housing, employees, and access to markets.
  • Support the appointment of a Deputy Mayor for Technology Innovation with an appropriate budget charged with the responsibility of reinventing New York City government with a 21st century framework.
  • Make New York City’s system for civic participation the most open, transparent, accountable, participatory, and innovative in the world.
  • Make New York City the most citizen-connected community on earth, where its people connect with each other to unleash a powerful 21st century economy: selling to each other, renting to each other, funding each other, sharing with each other, coworking with each other, meeting up with each other, and hiring each other.
  • Support public policies that would ensure that technology and the opportunities available to the tech community can reach all New York’s citizens, and help solve issues related to healthcare, human rights and justice, gender equality, transportation, the environment, and other issues of fundamental importance to all New Yorkers.
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Lineup for August 7 NY Tech Meetup

Didn't make it to the meetup? You can watch the archived video stream, provided by the folks at MLB Advanced Media right HERE.

Here is the lineup for the August 7, 2013 NY Tech Meetup:


BikeWithFriends: Bringing the competitive edge to bike sharing, one badge at a time.

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line, the first national 24/7 crisis line for teens on the medium they use and trust most: texting.

Done Not Done

Done Not Done: We take fun seriously.


Justworks makes it simple to manage payroll and HR. We enable businesses to easily manage payroll while offering large-company benefits and ensuring legal compliance.


Kinograph: Saving cultural memory with a DIY film scanner.

Maxwell Health

Maxwell Health redefines health care for businesses with a tech platform and service experience that dramatically simplifies benefits, reduces insurance costs, and improves employee health.

NYC Votes

NYC Votes is using the mobile web to revolutionize the voting experience for all 4.3 million registered voters in NYC by Election Day 2013.

One Month Rails

One Month Rails is an online resource that makes it quick, simple, and enjoyable to learn how to code.

http:// tryponcho.com

Poncho is a personalized weather service that is tailored for your daily routine.


Topi: The only solution that connects everyone at any event

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Lineup for July 10 NY Techmeetup

Can't make it to the meetup? You can watch the live video stream, provided by the folks at MLB Advanced Media right HERE.

Here is the lineup for the July 10, 2013 NY Tech Meetup:


AHAlife: An online discovery destination dedicated to celebrating and protecting creativity.


Dispatch combines the simplicity of a group email address with the structure and organization of a project management tool 


DrawQuest is a drawing community that brings creative expression back into your daily life.


FiftyThree develops tools for mobile creation. We believe people are at their best when they create and we founded FiftyThree to put the essential tools for creativity within arms reach. Our first product “Paper by FiftyThree” is the easiest and most beautiful way to create on iPad, receiving Apple's App of the Year 2012 distinction. With bases in New York and Seattle, we bring together the craft of software, hardware and service design. FiftyThree is the space to create.


HealthyOut: Eat right with healthy restaurant meals delivered to your home and office.



Knodes: Deliver the right message to the right person. Every time.

Moven is a money management service that provides real-time feedback on your purchases directly to your phone.

The New York Times

The New York Times Company, a leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2012 revenues of $2.0 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com , BostonGlobe.com ,Boston.com, and related properties. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.

Bayesian Methods for Hackers

Free,  opensource,  Python ebook: Bayesian Methods for Hackers

Stuyvesant High School Computer Science -
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Web Explorer
Turn any web page into a game

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Lineup for June 11 2013 NY Tech Meetup

Can't make it to the meetup? You can watch the live video stream, provided by the folks at MLB Advanced Media right HERE.

Here is the lineup for the June 11, 2013 NY Tech Meetup: 

1 Second Everyday
1 Second Everyday: Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life.

FundElevator: Crowdfunding to Change the World

Funding Community
Funding Community: The first US crowdfunding platform for small business loans.

Magic Story Maker
Magic Story Maker: A bedtime story for the both of you.

Open Garden
Open Garden interconnects nearby smartphones, computers, and tablets to form a mesh network seamlessly, bringing Internet to every device, every person, and every location by sharing and crowdsourcing connectivity.

Socialise with your favorite merchants, get gifts & special offers and discover the best places on earth.

See.Me is a visual social network for artists, with crowdfunding at its core. 

Stash is the easiest way to discover events in your city and never miss out.

Tribeca Cloud
Tribeca Cloud simplifies and fully automates the process of discovering, deploying and managing open source platforms for your web-based projects.

And a Hack of the Month to be announced...

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