New NYCx Program Leverages Tech to Solve City Challenges

Julie Samuels, Executive Director

Late last year, Mayor Bill de Blasio, along with the city’s CTO Miguel Gamiño, Jr., launched NYCx, the world's first municipal program to transform urban spaces into hubs for tech collaboration, research, testing, and development. The program includes challenges that encourage local and global entrepreneurs to solve real-world problems like increasing electric vehicle accessibility in the city, improving nighttime public spaces in Brownsville, and adding internet connectivity to Governors Island.

I am proud to join NYCx’s Technology Leadership Advisory Council, along with Tech:NYC friends and other leaders, including Brian O’Kelley, Fred Wilson, Kevin Ryan, and Michelle Peluso.

We’re excited about the potential of using the brightest minds from tech and business to create solutions that will help the public good. NYC is an ideal testing ground for bold, new ideas that could be implemented in cities all over the globe, and we’re grateful that our government understands and supports that.

There is no better place to build a tech company than here in New York City, and NYCx is just the latest example of what we can accomplish when the private and public sector come together. We’re hopeful that NYCx will help inspire the next generation of tech talent, bring diverse voices into the process, and create new opportunities for all New Yorkers.