Press Release

October 22, 2012
No. 004

Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications Announces First-Ever

“NYC  Data Week”

 More than 100 Free Events Will Explore New York City’s Role as Data Innovation Leader

 Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot, O’Reilly Media, and Strata Conference + Hadoop World today announced kick-off of the first-ever NYC Data Week, a conference celebrating the people, industries, and organizations using data to fuel innovation in New York City. Events include a StartupShowcase, Ignite NYC 15 @ Strata, a hackathon, numerous meetups, and more. Most NYC Data Week events are free for anyone to attend, and the public is encouraged to add proposed events of their own to the calendar. NYC Data week runs from October 22-26.

 “We’re honored to partner with O’Reilly Media, Hadoop World, and the city’s vibrant tech community to coordinate the first ever NYC Data Week,” said Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer Rahul N. Merchant. “Data are quite simply the building blocks of the modern world, and the more we engage with the best minds available to encourage innovative data solutions today, the stronger foundation we build for New York City’s digital tomorrow.”

“Data is at the core of Mayor Bloomberg’s digital roadmap for the City of New York, as it enables industry growth, efficiency, and improved service delivery in government,” said Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot. “NYC Data Week celebrates and showcases New York City’s leadership in data-driven innovation across all sectors.”

“NYC Data Week highlights the most innovative and creative work in data today,” said   Gina Blaber, Vice President, Conferences, O'Reilly Media. “We're delighted to collaborate with DoITT in producing this celebration for the data community and the entire city.”

Co-produced by O’Reilly Media’s Strata Conference + Hadoop World, in partnership with the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT), NYC Data Week offers a diverse lineup of events at locations across the city, reflecting the rise of New York City as a global hub of technology and innovation and an emerging data platform for residents, businesses, and visitors. Participating organizations will present technology demos, hackathons, panel discussions, startup showcases, and a host of other activities.

The roster of events at NYC Data Week focus on data science and visualization, with panels that delve into innovative data projects in the worlds of finance, fashion, digital, entertainment, and government. It will also feature the “Startup Showcase,” a chance for start-ups to demo their innovations to fellow technologists from across the city.

Other NYC Data Week highlights include:

  • IgniteNYC 15– Five minute presentations on a range of tech topics, with an emphasis on the wonder and mysteries that data science is approaching.
  • Panel: Data Innovation in Finance – Experts responsible for investing in and cultivating financial industry growth, including those from the NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC Investment Fund, Citi Ventures, Accenture, and Bloomberg Ventures, will share their thoughts.
  • Panel: Data Innovation Across the City – Speakers from Huge, NY Genome Center, UN Global Pulse, Etsy, Estee Lauder, NBC Universal, and DoITT will discuss the future and history of data use in their diverse fields.
  • DataKind’s DataSprint – A meeting of data scientists, data hackers, and statisticians to serve non-profits and charities by using data to solve some of today’s toughest problems.

DoITT is at the center of shaping the City’s IT strategy and policy, especially as it relates to the emerging and innovative technologies making government more effective and user-friendly. Furthering the Bloomberg Administration’s commitment to a more accessible, accountable, and transparent City government, DoITT spearheaded passage and is leading implementation of Local Law 11 of 2012, the most comprehensive open data legislation in the country.

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Nicholas Sbordone (DoITT) | (212) 788-6602 || @nycdoitt
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