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De Blasio unveils Digital.NYC: An online hub for City’s tech ecosystem

October 1, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Bill de Blasio unveiled Digital.NYC.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday unveiled Digital.NYC, a first-of-its-kind online platform that will serve as a centralized hub for the city’s tech ecosystem. The announcement, which was made at the DUMBO Heights complex, detailed the new program, which aims to provide information and resources to help turn ideas into businesses, deliver valuable tools for digital startups, and connect New Yorkers to opportunities in the city’s tech network.

Digital.NYC offers a pioneering search portal and database with profiles of virtually every city-based tech company and investor; a continuously updated list of tech and digital job openings; a citywide tech event and class calendar; an interactive map of tech companies, startup resources across the boroughs; and additional features that combine to create a comprehensive one-stop shop for everything startup-related in New York City.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spoke about Digital.NYC will integrate into Brooklyn’s tech climate in particular. “Brooklyn has been revitalized and reinvigorated by the entrepreneurs of the digital age. Companies like Etsy, Huge, Kickstarter and MakerBot, which have generated thousands of quality jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact, are but a snapshot of the success stories our borough has helped to write,” said Adams. “Just as the tech world is helping to spur innovation in the public sector, exploring solutions to a range of our civic challenges, Digital.NYC promises to be a powerful tool for our city to spur continued growth and opportunity for startups, developers and other tech players.”  

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“Technology is driving innovation across New York City’s industries — from fashion to finance to manufacturing, making it more necessary than ever for the City’s digital community to have a central platform,” said de Blasio. “Digital.NYC [is] a ground-breaking resource that will seamlessly connect members of the city’s tech hub to training, jobs and funding and make our city’s digital economy accessible to all New Yorkers.”

More than a dozen New York City-based tech and civic organizations joined with the city, led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), to create Digital.NYC. Built by New York-based Gust on Bluemix, IBM’s new cloud development technology, it is one of the first web platforms to take advantage of the new dot-NYC top-level Internet domain, exclusively reserved for New York City residents and businesses.

“New York City is home to some of the greatest makers in the world,” said Bre Pettis, founder of Brooklyn-based startup MakerBot. “They are here to get stuff done, creating new businesses, products and communities in the process. The Mayor’s support of Digital.NYC and the resources it provides only facilitates our culture of creation.”

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