It’s been an incredible 2012 — our first full year as a community and organization — and it couldn’t have happened without you. We want to thank everyone that’s made this past year possible: our team of incredible and dedicated volunteers, our sponsors and donors, New York’s generous and welcoming tech community, and the many community groups and political leaders we’ve worked with.
We’ve continued our advocacy work to foster the Queens tech community, engaged with tech entrepreneurs and companies to organize the Queens Tech Meetup and grown it to over 1,000 members within 6 months, and started planning a pilot initiative to expand access to tech education.
Take a look at C4Q’s 2012 below. Thank you for helping us make this possible. We look forward to a more wonderful, eventful, and impactful 2013 with you.
Jukay, Dave, Ben, and the C4Q team
From the simple idea that inspired Coalition for Queens, we’ve continued to grow, and we are continually inspired by the talented people and companies we meet. It’s been an eventful year: Dave and Ben joined as integral members of the team, we moved into new office space, received funding and sponsorship, and created initiatives with entrepreneurs and companies.
Check out some of the highlights and milestones from this past year.
After encouragement from Charlie O’Donnell and other members of the NYC tech community, we started Queens Tech Meetup, a venue for techies and companies to share their products and meet innovative entrepreneurs. We’ve been thrilled and overwhelmed by the response, and have been extraordinarily fortunate to have met amazing entrepreneurs and tech companies this past year. Many of our attendees and members are from outside the borough. We encourage everyone to come check out Queens!
Throughout 2012, we continued our advocacy work to increase awareness and support the needs of the growing tech community in Queens.
Education and training are vital components to a healthy tech ecosystem.
By expanding access to high-quality tech courses, we hope to grow the talent pool here in the borough and contribute to the tech workforce in NYC.
In 2012, we ran two workshops aimed at introducing professionals and students to tech entrepreneurship. The initial batch of classes consisted of “Web Programming for Non-Developers” taught by Malcom Ong, Co-founder of Skillshare, and “From Concept to Product: Intro to Adobe Illustrator” by our own Dave Yang.
In late October, Hurricane Sandy swept through New York City, destroying homes, businesses, and communities. Many tech entrepreneurs and companies in Queens were left without power, internet access, or a place to work following the storm. For two weeks, we opened a free popup coworking space in Long Island City. Over 15 people, including some from our neighboring boroughs, stopped by to recharge, work on their projects, and share some delicious coffee.
Rebuilding Queens is an initiative organized in partnership with the Queens Borough President’s Office to help those most affected by Hurricane Sandy by providing a central website with information and resources.
We put out a call for volunteers from the Queens and New York tech community to build a working prototype for the website. We were overwhelmed by the response; over 20 talented developers and designers from across the area came to help with the efforts.
Lovingly built by volunteers from the Queens and New York tech community
From prepping for Queens Tech Meetup to spending the weekend working together on community web projects, it’s our volunteers that make Coalition for Queens possible.
We look forward to working together in 2013.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
Congresswoman Grace Meng
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall
NYS Senator Michael Gianaris
NYS Senator Jose Peralta
NYS Senator Toby Stavisky
NYS Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan
NYS Assemblywoman Nily Rozic
NYS Assemblywoman Aravella Simatos
NYS Assemblyman Ed Braunstein
NYS Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz
NYS Assemblyman Francisco Moya
NYC Councilmember Karen Koslowitz
NYC Councilmember Mark Weprin
NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer
NYC Councilmember Julissa Ferreras
NYC Councilmember Peter Koo
NYC Councilmember Daniel Halloran
NYC Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.
NYC Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley
NYC Councilmember James Sanders
NYC Councilmember Eric Ulrich
NYC Councilmember James Gennaro
NYC Councilmember Daniel Dromm
NYC Councilmember Ruben Wills
Queens Chamber of Commerce
Queens Economic Development Corporation
CONGRESSMAN JOSEPH CROWLEY
U.S. Representative, New York 7th District
Co-founder of NY Tech Meetup
Professor of Urban Planning and Management at Yale University
Founder of Virgin Mobile USA; founder of Peek; Angel Investor and founder of Cfund
President, Queens Chamber of Commerce
Speaker Christine Quinn
Councilmember Leroy Comrie
Councilmember Karen Koslowitz
Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.