June 6, 2016
For the past few years, the New York Tech Meetup has been a staple of the New York City tech community. And while they have often partnered with other tech organizations, the organization has announced today their official partnership with the New York Technology Council. They will form the New York Tech Alliance, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the NYC tech scene.
The press release writes that the New York Tech Alliance was formed to “represent, inspire, support, and help lead the New York technology community and ecosystem to create a better future for all.” They also add:
“The NY Tech Alliance builds on over 15 years of combined work building, supporting, and advocating for the tech community in New York City. The combined groups will continue the programming and operations of both NYTM and NYTECH, with particular focus on public policy issues such as workforce development, diversity in tech, data privacy and security, the sharing economy, and many other issues affecting the future of New York.”
The news of this merging comes at a crucial time for the New York City tech industry, as there’s been a conscious shift to increase support and diversity efforts from within the industry. As the industry continues to expand, it’s important that initiatives also expand to helpfully guide the evolving industry’s growth.
Andrew Rasiej, Chairman of the new NY Tech Alliance, says:
“This union brings together the two biggest and most effective tech community organizations in New York. This merger builds on the accomplishments of both organizations and will not only further our ability to represent and support the growing technology community, but to also advocate for public policy that will support a better future for all.”
Time will tell exactly how the NY Tech Alliance will work to better impact the New York City tech scene. But from what we can tell now — it’s off to a good start.
Image Credit to Aurelien Guichard / Flickr.
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