Cityware Gallery


Open Data to the Curbside
NYC is leading the way with its landmark Open Data Law.  Apart from exposing this data in its raw form on the City's Open Data Portal, why not expose hyperlocalized, actionable data down to the street as well?

City as a Platform
The relentless pace of Innovation has reinvented the way we do business in the private sector, with "Software as a Service" predominant.  City Services as a Service, enabled by the Reinvented Payphone, will allow NYC to jumpstart and pioneer Urban Informatics. 

Data is the New Utility
Data is the Plumbing, the Electricity of 100 years ago. That, along with the Elevator and the Steel Frame, enabled the creation of today's megacities. Enabling technologies that were first put to use at scale here in NYC.  New York City can once again blaze the trail.


Public/Private/Citizen Partnerships
NYC has really taken advantage of its close relationship with the private sector to accelerate innovation. With NYCDataWell, we envision the citizenry actively engaged in this partnerships as well - as users, sensors, civic hackers, contributors, curators.

River of Data
...permeate the entire City - running from the deepest subway stations to the top of the highest skyscrapers. Data charges along sidewalks to our public spaces, homes, and work environments. Data connects everyone to everyone, everyone to everything, and everything to everything. Data holds the potential to empower and connect us all.

Digital City of our Future
In 2030, its projected that 87 percent of Americans will live in Urban areas. 
"Cities are the cause of our problems and the source of the solutions." 
With the judicious use of technology, the very density and diversity that makes Cities so compelling, allow the economical application of these urban solutions, with the Reinvented Payphone as a key enabling technology.


Digital Infrastructure
In the 20th century, the City built the basic infrastructure - streets, sewage, electricity, etc., which its citizens leveraged to make NYC one of the greatest cities in the world.  In the 21st century, NYC has the opportunity to build the infrastructure for the Digital City of our Future.

NYC as a Living Lab
WIth the creation of the Center for Urban Science and Progress, NYC is poised to pioneer the "Science of Cities."  Instead of creating a proprietary sensor network in Downtown Brooklyn, why not piggyback on a standards-based network like NYCDataWell to measure the entire City?

The Connected,  Instrumented City
A mesh network not only provides fault-tolerant wireless connectivity for its citizens, it also provides a secure mechanism to  connect sensors throughout the City.  Not only the City's sensors, but authorized sensors deployed and maintained by businesses and residents as well.

Responsive Web Design
Using standards-based technologies like HTML5 and CSS3, we can create universal, responsive templates that can be used for a desktop computer, a smartphone, a tablet or a bus stop display.

Note how the UI rearranges itself based on the viewport dimensions as you resize the browser.  Try it on your mobile devices too!


Platform thinking provides a real alternative to the endless argument between liberals and conservatives that has so dominated U.S. political discourse in recent decades. The idea that we have to choose between government providing services to citizens and leaving everything to the private sector is a false dichotomy. Tim Berners-Lee didn’t develop hundreds of millions of websites; Google didn’t develop thousands of Google Maps mashups; Apple developed only a few of the tens of thousands of applications for the iPhone.
— Tim O'Reilly, Government as a Platform