A picture says so much.
A picture says so much.
This Week in NYC Tech is a NYCEDC weekly series that features interesting happenings in the New York tech community. Events are curated from what we see around the Internet. Get plugged in!
There is a lot going on in the tech world as usual. Apple has a big product announcement tomorrow, Fitbit has a new fitness-tracking wrist band, and Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley is hitched. Also, Yahoo is building a new consumer-tech site, hiring start New York Times columnist David Pogue.
And with that! Here are some top events this week in NYC tech:
October NYC Web Design Meetup, 7:00 pm: Free! Meet and network with other web designers.
Crowdfunding for Artists, Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Everyone Else: Held at the new Made in NY Media Center by IFP, this introductory class will provide a brief overview of the industry. Leave understanding why crowdfunding is becoming such a powerful business tool and with a few practical steps on launching a successful campaign.
NY Future Mobility Meetup, 7 pm: Hosted at the Deutsche Haus at NYU, BMW i Ventures brings entrepreneurs, investors, developers and mobility enthusiasts together. The event will also showcase the all-electric BMW i3.
Google Tech Talks, How Google Backs Up The Internet, 5:30 pm: Raymond Blum leads a team of Site Reliability Engineers at Google charged with keeping Google’s and its users’ data safe and durable. The talk will discuss current data storage solutions as well as some alternatives that didn’t make the grade. Must RSVP.
Reverse Demo Day, 5 pm: Introducing Silicon Alley’s first Reverse Demo Day, where the investors sell themselves to entrepreneurs. Participating investors include SoftBank Capital, ff Venture Capital, RRE VEntures, High Peaks Venture Partners, Greycroft Partners, Topstone Angels, 37 Angels, Bowery Capitaly, MESA, Bain Capital Ventures, Lerer Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, and Comcast Ventures. The judges are Jesse Middleton from WeWork Labs and Kathryn Minshew from The Muse.
Startupalooza, 5:45 pm - This innovative event gives every Entrepreneur a shot at getting the attention of Angel Investors looking out for new deals. Tech & Digital Media VCs and execs get a unique opportunity to survey the marketplace at their own pace.
NYC Gaming Night, 6:15 pm: This is the place to see the newest games being built in NYC and meet the people who built them.
Fall Demo Night for NYC Media Startups, 6:30 pm: Several exciting new media startups show their latest stuff.
HUGE Digital Strategy Event, 6:45 pm: Join Huge and four Community Managers from different industries in a panel moderated by Digiday’s Saya Weissman, as they discuss humanizing the brand voice, driving engagement, marketing in real-time, best practices for community retention and growth, and much more.
Intro to Git/Github, 7 pm: Github has stood out as a top resource for developers to share code. This is a quick introduction to using Git as version control and Github functionality for managing collaborative projects. Please bring a wifi-enabled laptop and have Python installed on your machine. This event is for women and their friends who have no or limited programming experience.
Online Dating & Tech: How Technology is Redefining Chemistry and Romance, 7 pm: What is the role of technology in modern love? Join Tech Series for a candid discussion with leading experts and popular dating platforms in NYC about the role of technology in modern dating, relationship maintenance, and notions of compatibility and chemistry. Topics include the ever-growing impact of big data, mobile, and geolocation technologies on online and offline dating.
Developers for Good: Open Hours at Public Stuff, 7 pm: Learn about the technology that PublicStuff is using to help cities transform their relationship with residents.
NY Latino Tech Meetup, 6:30 pm: Mobile app companies will demo their applications and answer any questions. Come to learn and have fun with your Latina/o tech community.
Designers and Geeks NY Social Mixer, 7 pm: Designers + Geeks is a social meetup open to everyone interested in startups, technology, design, art, and all things geeky. Network with other designers + geeks, form collaborations, and make new friends.
Friday, October 25 - Sunday, 10/27
Alt Ctrl Game Jam: Participants compete in an manic 48 hour race against the clock to create an experience exploring alternative game controllers. Designers, developers and creatives of all sorts team up to make projects for the closing exhibition. Games will be judged and top teams will have their brilliant wearable works featured in the Game Innovation Lab. Free and open to anyone!
This should be on every designers schedule.
Sick sick sick! I log on to these social networks & everyday it gets worse. “Dark skin/ Light skin people be like” “Light skin girls don’t text back”, and so on. .
It’s annoying. & To see my own people do it really disappoints me. We should not divide ourselves based on skin tone, in the end, we are all BLACK to them. Let’s put an end to ignorance. Black is black. Black is beautiful.
Yeah it’s a shame…centuries of indoctrination but #noexcuses #soldierthroughit
Do you enjoy all the pretty images that you see around tumblr with beautiful text over the photographs? Well I’m excited to give you this tip: now you can do the same thing with your very own images and your own quotes and phrases, thanks to Studio: And app for iPhone that let you choose your photos or the photographs of other users and put your own text with beautiful typography, ornaments and other graphics elements. Now you don’t need to be a designer to make pretty images. Is very easy to use and very social, you can follow and be followed by you friends. Or maybe you can just look for inspiration and see the work of others.
You cand dowload the app here: http://bit.ly/studioapp
Also you can find me (@betype)
And you can check the Studio’s tumblr too: madewithstudio.tumblr.com/
E-mails (by Domics)
Image description: Recycling and composting helps save natural resources.
- Recycling and composting 87 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) saved more than 1.1 quadrillion BTU of energy. That’s the same amount of energy consumer by over 10 million U.S. households in a year.
- Every ton of paper recycled can save the equivalent of 165 gallons of gasoline.
- Recycling 1 ton of aluminum cans conserves over 153 million BTUs equivalent to 26 barrels of oil or 1,665 gallons of gasoline.
Make a difference today! If we all take small steps every day to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we can help protect our planet for generations to come.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/recycle.
This infographic is based on data from EPA’s 2011 MSW Characterization Report. For more information, see http://1.USA.gov/USmsw.
Check out http://1.USA.gov/mswinfog for the full infographic.
Inforgraphic from the Environmental Protection Agency.
let’s do our part!
Yesterday Gap Inc. sent my fiance a package that was surprisingly heavy. It was supposed to be a tie from Banana Republic that he needs for our wedding; instead it contained three packets of confidential employee information, including original W-4 tax forms, hand-written resignation letters, performance reviews, and all kinds of legal notices.
So now we have in our house the Social Security numbers of over 20 former gap employees.
Here’s the crazier part: this is the second time in three months that confidential employment and financial information has accidentally been sent to us. Two months ago an Ivy League univeristy mixed up some letters and sent us the employment records for a new professor. They meant to send my fiancé the final documents about his new post-doctoral position.
I believe both of these cases were accidents, but that doesn’t make it any less scary.
After tweeting at Gap Inc., a mortified Banana Republic customer service associate named Adam Ross direct messaged me. Ross apologized for what he called a “clearly horrible mistake by our store.”
“I almost spat out my coffee this morning when I read this,” he said. Banana Republic is going to send us a self-addressed stamped envelope to return the documents to them securely. They are likely also going to comp my fiance’s tie. The Banana representative said that this incident would be pushed up the chain and if it was deemed the employees concerned needed to be informed of the matter Gap Inc would make sure to let them know. “Clearly we have a lot of integrity and want to do the right thing,” he said. I believe him. Except he also indicated this has happened before.
“We are going to do our due diligence. I’m not the one who makes the call, but I will talk to the person who can figure it out to see if we need to contact these employees. We’ve acted accordingly in situations such as this previously. We want to do what’s right,” he said.
Human error happens; we know that. And in a corporation as massive as Gap, with approximately 135,000 employees and over 3,000 stores worldwide, the amount of data being transmitted daily is enormous. But that is all the more reason to handle it extremely carefully.
I’m in a unique position to understand that no harm was probably meant because I’ve actually been on the other side of this unfortunate situation.
Years ago, I was working as personal assistant because I couldn’t find a gig as an editor. On my second day on the job, I accidentally mailed a $40,000 check to Automotive News Magazine, and sent an article about a Porsche Roadster to the bank. Oops. That my boss did not immediately fire me is both a miracle and also probably a terrible error on his part. At that age, I wasn’t cut out for the responsibility of having his financial life in my hands.
Back then, I put the wrong label on an envelope. According to Adam Ross, that’s what happened here, too. Individual stores send out both confidential employee information designated for a New Mexico warehouse AND customer orders. Both are sent in the same gray plastic bag, he explained. Someone just switched up the labels.
Knowing that fact, it’s easier for me to understand how this mistake could have happened, and how it could have happened before. The bags should not be the same color, Gap Inc.! One very easy fix would be to make the package the orders come in and the package that internal records are mailed in VERY notably different.
Whoever messed up those labels, like me back in the day, probably shouldn’t have that job. Probably they should do something else. But I also happen to know they are probably very young adults making just $9 an hour (like all the other employees whose information I have in my hand).
People born in the late 80s like most of these employees don’t often interact with the mail. Everything in their life is digital. I have empathy for their situation. But I also don’t want my or your or their own information in their hands.
And that’s one of the complicating factors: in an increasingly digital world, we hear about insecure data all the time, but this breach was old-school. It was paper. Just because we live more and more in the cloud doesn’t mean massive institutions like our employers and the IRS aren’t hoarding our vital information in massive physical databases. Our data is out there in all forms. It can be hacked, or it can just be mailed in a perfect bundle to a potential identity thief.
So, to the GAP employee who is probably going to lose your job because of this, I’m sympathetic, but also, let this be a life lesson: take a deep breath and double check important things. Someone could be draining your coworker’s bank accounts right now because you switched two labels. I think back to my mail mix-up with deep, face-reddening shame.
But I got over it and found a job where I never have to mail anything ever. You will, too.
Analogue + Digital = One amazing gizmo!
The Smartphone Film Scanner brings your 35mm into the digital world. Simply mount your smartphone, slide in your film, use a free app to invert the colors and snap a pic! It works with iPhones, Androids and any 35mm negatives.
Go from film to masterful tumblr post in a matter of seconds. It’s even easier than pie.