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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference kicks off NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features OVER 30 sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society of New York).
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Saturday, March 2 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Neighborhood Challenge: Using Innovative Technology to Help Commercial Corridors Thrive with NYC Small Business Services

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What challenges do our neighborhood small businesses and commercial districts face daily and what can we do to help? The NYC Department of Small Business Services took a creative approach: connect community-based organizations and technology start-ups to develop solutions that will tackle local challenges. Five different neighborhoods across NYC received a total of $500,000 to test various technologies that enhanced their commercial districts in a variety of creative ways. Join us to learn more about each project, lessons learned, and the growing civic tech community in NYC!


Lara Birnback

NYC Department of Small Business Services

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James Ellis

Senior Director, Economic & Community Development, Perch Advisors
I am a Texas transplant that has made home of NYC for the last 24 years. A CUNY Hunter College and Coro NY Neighborhood Leadership alum, I am fascinated with cities and their people, and enjoy exploring and supporting the intersection of people, places and the business community of... Read More →

Melanie Lavelle

Benefit Kitchen

Star Childs


Alec Turnbull


Yin Mei


Sean Dennihy-Bailey

NYC Department of Small Business Services

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Carnegie Hall 302 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013