Urbantech NYC was launched in 2015 in order to invest in innovation and provide support for entrepreneurs working to make cities more livable and sustainable. One of the organization’s programs is NYCx Co-Labs, which grew from a partnership between NYCEDC, the Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO), and NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).
NYCx Co-Labs challenges community members to find technology solutions that help local residents and gives them a space to share their concerns on a neighborhood level. They are also able to connect with entrepreneurs to consider these problems and their solutions. Currently, NYCx Co-Labs is working on housing rights and accessible mental health in Inwood. Previous concerns included creating safer and thriving nighttime corridors in Brownsville and installing Internet on Governors Island.
Learn more about this program and others at https://urbantechnyc.com/.