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Harlem Hosts Last Stop of Digital.NYC Five-Borough Tour

by: Harlem Times Staff
April 22, 2015

Digital.NYC is bringing its five-borough tour to Harlem. The five-borough tour features a series of public events to directly introduce New Yorkers to Digital.NYC, a first-of-its-kind comprehensive hub for the city’s tech ecosystem. The tour will help people across the city access the resources on Digital.NYC to help turn ideas into businesses, aid digital startups, and connect New Yorkers to opportunities and jobs in the city’s tech ecosystem. It was introduced in October by the Mayor’s office, New York City Economic Development Corporation, and private partners including Gust and IBM. Succeeding events in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Flatiron, and Staten Island, the tour will be making its final stop this week in Harlem.
The Harlem event will feature a panel of leading entrepreneurs and investors who will discuss the challenges and advantages of scaling a creative startup in Harlem. Panelist include Clayton Banks, Co-founder of Silicon Harlem, a social venture designed to transform Harlem into a technology and innovation hub by establishing co-working spaces, gigabit infrastructure, securing investment capital, and hosting monthly meetups; Sam Sia, Co-founder of Harlem Biospace, a community of biotech innovators and scientifically-minded citizens who build models for turning revolutionary biotech ideas into products that solve real health problems; and John Henry, Director of Strategy at Cofound Harlem, the first accelerator in Harlem. A keynote address will be given by Mignon L. Clyburn, Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission.
“More participation in the city’s tech community means more innovation, growth, and economic opportunity for New Yorkers—all of which Digital.NYC fosters,” said Mayor de Blasio at the launch of Digital.NYC. Attending this event will provide a lens into the Harlem tech community – outlining NYC’s best tech and startup resources, including today’s most effective ways to find a job, access startup capital, and tap into NYC’s burgeoning tech and startup scene.
Harlem’s leading entrepreneurs will demo technology, discuss the city’s infrastructure for advancing business and workforce development, and discuss the experience of starting a new business in New York City. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 22 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at MIST, 46 West 116th Street, New York, NY. Tickets are free and attendees can register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digitalnyc-five-borough-tour-harlem-tickets-15204922332?aff=erelexporg.
While this is the last stop of the tour, it is just the beginning of a larger conversation and exploration into the realm of New York City technology startups.

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