NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces 8 Initiatives to Strengthen City's Media Industry
“I applaud the City’s efforts to engage the private sector, start-ups and small media businesses as it works to address the challenges facing the media industry today,” said Draper Fisher Jurvetson Gotham Ventures Managing Partner Danny Schultz. “By providing a resource such as the Gov2.0 Tech Forum, these groups will be able to participate in ongoing conversations that foster improved relationships and facilitate innovative idea exchanges.”
NYC BigApps Competition: Last month, Mayor Bloomberg announced the launch of NYC BigApps, an annual software competition for individuals or companies with operations in New York City to develop functional digital applications that utilize City data. Start-up and venture capital companies participating in MediaNYC 2020 expressed significant interest in utilizing City data to create new digital applications, and NYC BigApps will serve to stimulate innovation in the technology information and business media sub-sectors and attract and support developer talent in the City and surrounding communities. Winners will be selected in early 2010. NYCEDC released a Request for Expressions of Interest in June to garner interest among developers and the public regarding data content and a RFP for a competition partner on July 1.
“By consolidating City data and making it more accessible, and by engaging the City’s media and technology industry, the NYC Big Apps Competition will foster the creation of new apps and new business models to help New Yorkers better navigate the City and inspire our entrepreneurs, start-ups and high-tech business community to create new consumer-friendly applications,” said FirstMark Capital Managing Director Amish Jani.
Maintaining New York City’s Competitiveness By Attracting and Training Top Talent
Media Freelancer Hive@55: The lack of affordable workspace and the prohibitive cost of specialized equipment for emerging sub-sectors such as gaming and social networking can impede the growth and sustainability of start-ups and small businesses in the sector. To address these issues, the City is partnering with the Downtown Alliance to launch a center for media freelancers at 55 Broad Street in Lower Manhattan. The Alliance will lease and fit out a 5,000-square-foot space to suit the needs of media professionals and others who need quality workspace on a daily or short term basis and access to services such as contract editing, news feeds, and conference space. NYCEDC is providing a $100,000 grant to assist with start-up costs. The “Hive@55” will provide workspace for 50 freelancers at a time, and will provide workspace and services for as many as 1,850 part-time and drop-in workers per year.