Open source is powering the NYC tech scene.

Join us to learn how open source is driving the NYC tech scene - from locally grown open source projects, to startups and big enterprises that run on open source, to new organizations and collaborative models that grew up right here in New York City.

The conference will start at 9:30AM on March 30, 2013 at the Hunter's Point Event Space in Queens - less than fifteen minutes from Manhattan. We'll be welcoming a variety of speakers for 45 minute talks, and coffee and lunch breaks will be provided as well.

Event address: Hunter's Point Plaza, 10th Floor Event Space, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY, 11101.
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9:30 - 10:00

Registration and coffee by Joyride

10:00 - 10:45 Sumana Harihareswara Engineering Community Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

Sumana Harihareswara introduces you to your Open Tech neighbors. Who's making open source software, open data, open hardware, and open culture? And who's taking that and running with it? If you are skeptical that this whole thing can work, hear about a wide variety of New York City institutions and people who depend on it every day. Buzzwords include "Wikipedia," "fan fiction," and "business model."

10:45 - 11:30 Joel Natividad Co-Founder / CEO, Ontodia

Open Data and Open Source: The Wonder Twins of Civic Hacking New York City aims to be the "Digital City of the Future". And it's well on its way! Having just celebrated the first anniversary of its landmark, groundbreaking Open Data Law, DataGotham is once again setting the pace in urban innovation by mandating that all city agencies release their data to the public. This is a veritable treasure trove for the open source community. Joel will give an overview of the City’s Open Data Initiative, including a short history of how the Open Data Law came about, how it powers NYCBigApps, and how the data is being used for all kinds of innovations - by the City, by Civic Hackers and the private sector to improve the lives of New Yorkers and to create new businesses. He will also preview the Linked Data Commons that Ontodia is building and launching summer of 2013.

11:30 - 11:45

Coffee break by Joyride

11:45 - 12:30 Alan Hudson Director, 3D Tools, Shapeways

New York, 3D Printing, and Open Source. Alan will talk about how open source powers Shapeways, its 3D Tools, and its factory in Long Island City.

12:30 - 1:30

Lunch! Sponsored by Careers 2.0 by Stack Overflow

1:30 - 2:15 Jon Gottfried Developer Evangelist, Twilio

History of the Hackathon. Jon will talk about hackers / hackathons as an open technology movement, with a particular focus on hacker culture in New York City. We'll look at the evolution of the hackathon, different takes on this event format, and the pros and cons of building something in such a constrained time period. We'll also talk about the motivations of both participants and brands to engage in these events and how they might evolve in the future.

2:15 - 3:00 Vanessa Hurst Founder, Developers for Good

Developers for Good: Coding for Social Impact in NYC. Developers for Good is a NYC-based network of technologists who want to use their skills for good. Vanessa will review some of the local organizations they work with and opportunities to contribute to social good projects. She'll also cover the greater implications of the Developers for Good movement beyond NYC, and ways to further combine open source and social good to save the world.

3:00 - 3:15


3:15 - 4:00 Tianhui "Michael" Li Data Scientist, foursquare

Open-source Data Science and Visualizing NYC. Michael will discuss the open-source tools being used at foursquare - including R, SciPy and NumPy, along with Hadoop, Hive, MapReduce, and Scoobi - and discuss how they all glue together. He'll share, and show, how those tools can be used to generate fascinating insights into the life of the city, and show how they go to power venue recommendations on foursquare Explore.

4:00 - 4:45 Andy Parsons Co-Founder / CTO, Happify

The NYC Innovation Stack. How much is NYC business innovation driving Open Source, and how much is Open Source driving NYC innovation? We'll look at the unique environment that has developed in New York, and how it has become optimal for nurturing creative technology and smart FLOSS-based businesses. As frameworks and tooling are created and enhanced by NYC developers, the city self is adapting and we seeing a golden age of tech education, activity and revenue. Where have we been and where are we headed? Andy will touch on what each of us can do to contribute and build value for our projects.

5:00 - ?

Afterparty and Drinks at Alewife

Confirmed Speakers

Jon Gottfried

Developer Evangelist, Twilio

Jon is currently a Developer Evangelist at Twilio, co-founder of the Hacker Union, and conductor of the New York StartupBus. He works with amazing developers and startups every day to help them bring their ideas to fruition and spread them to the world.

Sumana Harihareswara

Engineering Community Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

Sumana Harihareswara manages projects and people, currently as Engineering Community Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she leads the Engineering Community Team (ECT). She has worked at Collabora, GNOME,, Fog Creek Software, Behavior, and, and contributed to the MediaWiki, AltLaw, Empathy, Miro, and Zeitgeist open source projects. She is a blogger at GeekFeminism and an advisory board member for the Ada Initiative, and was editor and release organizer for GNOME Journal. She holds an MS in Technology Management from Columbia University.

Alan Hudson

Director, 3D Tools, Shapeways

Alan is a leader in the development of 3D graphics standards and open source systems, and has been involved in 3D graphics for over a decade. He has contributed to the VRML, X3D and COLLADA standards and has served as President of the Web3D consortium for several years. Alan is involved in many open source projects and manages over a million lines of open source code. A veteran of four startups, he currently works at Shapeways as their Director of 3D tools, helping further the 3D printing revolution.

Vanessa Hurst

Founder, CodeMontage, Developers for Good and Girl Develop It

Vanessa is a data-focused technologist and advocate of coding for humanity, currently building CodeMontage. Vanessa founded Developers for Good and co-founded Girl Develop It. She also advises Ohours and scouts for awesome open source projects for Mozilla WebFWD.

Tianhui "Michael" Li

Data Scientist, foursquare

Tianhui "Michael" Li has been playing with data all his life. He has crunched the numbers at Google, JPMorgan Chase, DE Shaw, Andreessen Horowitz, and is currently a Data Scientist at Foursquare. After his undergrad, he spent 2 years in Cambridge, UK on a Marshall studying statistics and mathematics and completed his PhD in Princeton in applied mathematics and finance. In his spare time, he enjoys raising money for educational non-profits, cooking, and attending operas.

Joel Natividad

Co-Founder / CEO, Ontodia

Joel is the CEO and co-founder of Ontodia - an Urban Informatics startup aiming to create “Smarter Cities” through the power of Big Linked Open Data. Ontodia was the Grand Prize Winner of NYCBigApps 2012. He was also part of the team that won the Large Organization Award at NYCBigApps 2011. At the time, he headed TCG’s Knowledge Engineering Practice, where his team deployed enterprise solutions powered by semantic technologies at Fortune 500 firms around the world.

Andy Parsons

Co-Founder / CTO, Happify

Andy is co-founder/CTO at Happify and former founding CTO of Bookish. He has been a fixture on the NYC startup technology scene for many years, running engineering at companies here including Juice Software, Digital Railroad, and (acquired by AOL). His passions include building big, scalable systems and small, happy engineering teams. Andy is a frequent presenter at General Assembly and has spoken at events including Pycon, Surge Conf, Pivotal Labs Tech Talks, and O'Reilly's MySQLConf. He advises a number of exciting startups in media and consumer tech and is a mentor at SeedCamp, IBM SmartCamp, and TechPeaks. Andy's contributions to the NYC ecosystem also include starting the NYC Sproutcore/Ember javascript meetup and presenting at Prince Building Tech Talks. He is a professional composer and saxophonist, and proud Brooklynite.


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Open Tech NYC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or preferred Creative Commons license (and not limited to those aspects). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue or talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

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If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by special badges.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance. Organizers: Meghan Gill and Justin Dunham

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