Welcome to NYC School of Data 2019!!

On Saturday, 2 March 2019, we are kicking off NYC’s fourth Open Data Week! And celebrating International Open Data Day.

This year, we wanted to focus on civic engagement with the city’s data producers. For 2019, we partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA) to integrate 15 city officials over 30 sessions. Additionally, we’ve worked with our allies to ensure critical voices are lifted up into our fourth year of programming.

If you didn’t register, we are at capacity. Thanks to the Internet Society of New York and Sli.do, you can join us remotely. Tune in via www.schoolofdata.nyc/live.

If you are attending, our schedule is posted to www.schoolofdata.nyc/schedule.

The morning keynote begins promptly at 10 AM. To avoid standing in line, please bring a copy of your registration and try to show up before 9:30 AM at Galvanize, 303 Spring St, TriBeCa, Manhattan.

At 9:00 AM, we will open our doors to feed you coffee and a light breakfast. Please be patient when you arrive as we process 400 people within the first hour!

By 9:30 AM, we anticipate a cue of people standing outside. Saturday morning will be chilly; please dress accordingly. To avoid standing in line, please show up early! If you plan on joining later in the day, please bring your eventbrite ticket.

If you have a VIP / Solidarity / Speaker / Government pass, please show the greeter, and you will be directed to a special check in. If you are a special pass holder arriving with friends or colleagues who are not special pass holders, they will have wait in line.

At 10:00 AM, we will kick off the day with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Chair of the Technology Committee & City Council Member Peter Koo, New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, NYC’s Chief Analytics Officer Kelly Jin, NYC’s Chief Technology Officer Alby Bocanegra, and John Paul Farmer from Microsoft Cities.

Starting at 11:00 AM, we will begin our 30 amazing panels, workshops, classes, demos, and office hours.

At 5:30 PM, we will host a series of talks under the Civic PechaKucha banner! We hope you can stick around for an exciting day celebrating NYC’s civic/gov tech, open data, and service design community!


Many thanks to Microsoft Civic for sponsoring this year’s child care.

If you have registered a child or children with childcare, we will be sending you a special email. Parents with childcare tickets, please drop off your little hacker to the second floor and hand them off to Sitter Studio. For security purposes, only ticket holding parents will be permitted near the childcare area. The professionals will walk you through the check in process and keep a good eye on your little hackers.

Code of Conduct and Photo Consent Lanyards:

  • Be respectful.
  • Listen as much as you speak.

We believe that everyone has a place at our conferences. We have a strict code of conduct and anti-harassment policy.

This year, we’re introducing photo consent lanyards. If you’re ok with your image being captured, select a black lanyard. If you see an attendant wearing a red lanyard, ask for their permission. Lastly, please don’t take photos of children.

Violating these rules are grounds for ejection & we’re not kidding

Conference Sessions:

This year, we’re going paperless. We’re using Sched.com to host our session schedule, session descriptions, and information about our speakers. Feel free to build your schedule via their website or download their native iOS or Android apps AND search for nycSOdata.

Main Plenary Room — We will be live streaming this room via < www.schoolofdata.nyc/live >. Noel Hidalgo or Fatima Khalid will monitoring Sli.do for questions from the internet or participants who want to stay anonymous. Don’t forget to thank Internet Society – New York for providing the live stream and Sli.do for providing remote participation. < www.sli.do/nycsodata >

Recorded Rooms — Sessions in Carnegie Hall and Radio City will be recorded and posted to BetaNYC’s youtube by Internet Society – New York. If you are attending these sessions and don’t want to be on camera, please be mindful of camera placement.

Non-recorded Rooms — Sessions in Freeman Plaza, Game Room, Hudson Square, Prospect Park, Sunset Park are going to be smaller rooms with 18 – 6 seats. They are first come, first served. Note — some speakers may request their presentation to be recorded.

Schedule of Sessions:

  • For a detailed list of sessions visit schoolofdata.nyc/schedule
  • 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 & Lights OUT!

What to bring:

NYC School of Data is a mix of panels, conversations, workshops, and projects. If you want to work on project or take a workshop, bring a laptop. Our workshops will be a mixture of technical and non-technical sessions. Some are recommending laptops. If you bring your laptop, don’t forget your power adapter!

FYI – We will not have a coat check, but we will have shared coat racks around the facility.

Speakers & facilitators — if your laptop doesn’t have an HDMI port, please bring your dongle. We will be providing post-it notes, sharpies, and white-board markers.

Social Media & Event Backchannel:

  • Tune into the #nycSOdata hashtag on twitter or instagram.
  • Also, you can join BetaNYC’s slack! Then, you can login via betanyc.slack.com and hop into the #event-nycsodata channel.

Tune in virtually

Many thanks to our partners at the Internet Society of New York for live streaming our main stage. You can tune in via www.schoolofdata.nyc/live.

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