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.
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.