Register for NYC School of Data 2019

Join us on Saturday, 2 March 2019, for 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 and features OVER 24 sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community for YOU! Our conversations and workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood.

This year’s conversations will focus on four key areas: digital literacy & privacy, smart & wise cities, effective & open government, and civic & government technology.

All participants will be served a light breakfast, lunch, snacks, and beverages.

Thanks to Microsoft, we will continue to have on-site, free childcare by professionals.

Thanks to NYC Analytics for increasing government coordination to create a jam packed day of sessions, workshops, demos, lighting talks, and networking!


Register via Eventbrite and join us on Saturday, 2 March 2019!

Eventbrite - NYC School of Data 2019


Selected Featured Sessions include:

  • Assessing Tenant Harassment Through Open Data
  • Smart Cities and Privacy, can they co-exist?
  • Exploring Automated Decision Systems (ADS) through metadata
  • Scaling Comprehensive Public Benefits Screening Via Application Protocol Interfaces (APIs)
  • A Survey of Unique Identifiers in NYC Open Data: Joins, Sorrows, and Surprises
  • Teaching Civics Through Open Data and Computer Science
  • Can open contracting hold smart cities accountable?
  • Neighborhood Challenge: Empowering Community Based Organizations Through Data and Technology
  • Opening Data and How to Do it
  • The future of community owned networks in NYC

Selected Featured workshops include:

  • Introduction to NYC Open Data via Data Journeys and BetaNYC’s BoardStat
  • Data Visualization 101 Workshop
  • Introduction to NYC’s Campaign Finance Data
  • Getting started with ArcGIS and NYC’s Open Data
  • Metadata for All: a Hands-on Workshop
  • Data For Humanity Game, learn about open data though a board game
  • NYC Planning Labs Application and Developer Tools Showcase
  • Scraping Human Services Data & Seeing How Money Gets Spent
  • Building Apps with DIY Databases
  • Improving NYC’s Parking and Camera Violations / Parking Violations Data
  • Biases in Open and Administrative Data

More sessions and presentations to be announced!!



$30 – Government Participant Pass — Do you work for / contract / volunteer or advocate for a better government? Apply for a government participant pass by complete this quick survey. Survey closes, 28 Feb — Complete the survey via Screen Door.

Apply to volunteer for a 2 hour shift, deadline to apply is 20 Feb. — Complete the application on Screen Door.



Galvanize, 303 Spring St, New York, NY 10013

Schedule of Sessions:

  • 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Keynote Session
  • 11:00 – Session and Workshops 1
  • 12:30 – Networking Lunch
  • 1:45 – Session and Workshops 2
  • 3:00 – Session and Workshops 3
  • 4:15 – Session and Workshops 4
  • 5:30 – Civic PechaKucha!
  • 6:30 – CLOSE

Thank you to 2019’s sponsors:

  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Microsoft Cities
  • Fund for the City of New York
  • Mozilla Foundation
  • Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer

Event Partners:

  • Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA)
  • NYC Open Data Week Team
  • NYC Open Data Team
  • Sitter Studios
  • International Open Data Day 2019!
  • Data & Society Research Institution

About the organizers:

BetaNYC is a civic organization dedicated to improving lives in New York through civic design, technology, and data. They envision an informed and empowered public that can leverage civic design, technology, and data to hold government accountable, and improve their economic opportunity.

Check out our research, events, and prototypes at

Read our community code of conduct at

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