|October 27, 2014 at 7pm|
New York, NY 10012
Location: Fueled Collective -- 568 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 (b/w Prince St. and Houston St.)
7:00-7:30 Open Networking
7:30-8:00 Monthly Speaker - Seema Shah | The Startup Government: Critical Partnerships Between Tech and Policy
Discuss how tech can better collaborate with government staff and foster forward-thinking approaches to solving urban issues.
Seema Shah runs Urban Strategies and Solutions LLC, an urban and civic innovation strategy consulting firm which, most recently, managed business development and strategic partnerships for NYC BigApps 2014. BigApps is the country's largest civic technology showcase and competition, supported by the City's Economic Development Corporation under a new mayoral administration. BigApps incentivizes the creation of digital tools and technologies that can help enable a better urban future. Seema sourced and cultivated relationships with a range of tech, media, advertising, e-commerce, consumer, enterprise, transmedia and internet companies that were interested and engaged in supporting citizen-led technology innovation throughout the lifecycle of the Competition. Seema earned her Master's from Milano, The New School University and her Bachelor's from Barnard College, Columbia University.
8:00-8:45 Breakout Sessions | The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and The Co-Founders Project
Convene Project Teams and tackle challenges using your skill set.
8:45-9:00 Open Networking
From San Francisco to Austin, Miami to New York, FWD.us has enlisted thousands from our community to roll up our sleeves, get engaged, and communicate to lawmakers the urgent need for immigration reform. Despite the overwhelming public support for commonsense solutions, Congress has refused to act, so we at FWD.us are renewing our commitment to improve the political process by rallying the tech community to the cause.
To do this, each FWD.us regional chapter will launch three projects this fall: The Democracy Project, The 2.0 Project, and TheCo-Founders Project. We are committing our resources to these local chapters, which will serve as accelerators for political advocacy.
The Democracy Project: A team of innovators focused on developing new and creative strategies to engage in advocacy.
The 2.0 Project: A team of problem solvers and strategists who want to use their specialized skills to shape the national narrative on critical political issues.
The Co-Founders Project: A team of donors and volunteers who drive our quarterly ThinkFWD events that provoke discussion at the critical intersection of politics and technology.
Join any of these teams. Chapters will be the central home for everything we do in tech and politics, so visit our FWDMonthlies to join your local chapter’s expansion and renew your commitment to tech-driven political reform.
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The White House has announced the draft of a program that will make it easier for talented foreign inventors, researchers, and startup founders to continue creating jobs in the United States. Before the entrepreneur program can go into effect, the administration has opened a public comment period.