NYC Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today launched a new software development competition for programs to help middle school students excel in math. The Gap App Challenge invites developers to submit applications, games or other programs that focus on middle school math and can be used by students, teachers or parents. The winning programs will be announced this June and all submissions will be considered for school-based pilots to begin next fall. The competition is a part of the Department of Education’s Innovation Zone (iZone) program, which includes 250 schools that use new approaches to help students learn at their own pace. It is the first such competition to be led by a school district in the country, and also the first in a series of challenges the City will host to develop new teaching tools. The Mayor and Chancellor made the announcement at the East Bronx Academy for the Future, an iZone school, where they were joined by Principal Sarah Scrogin, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot and IDEO partner Duane Bray. Video is below.
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On Oct. 14, City Hall News presented “How digital tools are (and are not) impacting communications in and around government,” at Baruch College. Media sponsor PBS program Metrofocus has archived the panel discussion How New York City Government Is (and Isn’t) Using Social Media. Naturally NYC Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne was present. The panel also included Council Member Gale Brewer.
On March 8 2011, The Municipal Art Society of New York presented a panel Wireless City: Can All New Yorkers Get Connected?.
After introductions from MAS President Vin Cipolla and City Councillor Gale Brewer, NYC’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne delivered a keynote detailing recent advances in digital interaction between NYC’s government and citizens.
During the panel, moderated by Adam Balkin of NY1: Greg Goldman, former CEO of Wireless Philadelphia, discussed the successes and failures of that effort; Dana Spiegel, Executive Director of NYC Wireless, emphasized that its ability to provide open public WiFi is reliant on the availability of supporting wired infrastructure; Sonja Murray of One Economy detailed that organization’s work in bringing access to 25,000 of NYC’s underserved population, including implementation of Meraki mesh technology to overcome WiFi limitations in housing projects, plus a killer app in community elevator monitoring. Video is here
- Timecodes: 11:30 Rachel Sterne, 31:50 Greg Goldman, 52:30 Sonja Murray, 58:30 Dana Spiegel.
Open NY Forum Meetup will take place at co-working space New Work City (located at 412 Broadway) in Manhattan when guests will meet with NYC’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne to workgroup improvements to the city’s Web interfaces.
[Source: NY Convergence]
The Municipal Art Society of New York presented a panel discussion on Mar 8 2011: Wireless City: Can All New Yorkers Get Connected? at NYIT Auditorium Internet access, once a luxury, is quickly becoming a key livability issue for New York. Other cities have tried to implement free wi-fi access to all of their citizens, but with varying success. A panel of experts who will explore some of the models employed, as well as the challenges in making wi-fi access a priority.
Introduction: Gale Brewer, NYC Councillor
Keynote: Rachel Sterne, NYC Chief Digital Officer
Moderator: Adam Balkin, NY1
Greg Goldman, ex-CEO Wireless Philadelphia
Sonja Murray, One Economy
Dana Spiegel, NYCWireless