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Virtual Startup Competition

An online startup competition that pairs users into teams of four - biz dev, programming, marketing, and designer. Those who are in the competition must meet weekly deadlines to create their virtual business. Last phase would be an obvious demo day of all the startups; a networking event to remember. After the competition, users (teamed up locally) can go on to build their startups if they choose. So, build a business,... more »

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Make an alert-if-active mode for certain wireless alerts

Wireless alerts are potentially life saving, but not every alert should wake the dead (e.g., a 4am Amber alert which only a miniscule portion of area subscribers can act upon). And cell phone users should have more flexibility than turning them off. Here's an idea: for lower-level alerts (e.g., Amber alerts), the unit should ONLY buzz if it's been used or otherwise moved in the last minute. The alert will display upon... more »

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hold them accountable,

Over the last month I found that Verizon customers in Manhattan who have been out since Sandy, areas of New York being given the option of inferior wireless or nothing, and whole areas of New York and the US that are not only being upgraded but are also being tossed under the bus. We also have no idea exactly how the FiOS franchise is going as the Advocates' office just found that it's way behind schedule -- why is... more »

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Bring Government to the People Using #Hashtags for City Services

Many people now tweet. I tweet @Green4NY, the City Council tweets @NYCCouncil, and now 311 does as @311NYC. Twitter is a great way to get a message out to the world in 140 characters or less, recently becoming a major news source in the aftermath of the Iranian Elections. With the launch of @311NYC, the City has pledged to "'tweet' information regularly about such things as alternate side of the street parking status,... more »

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My.NYC.gov: A Personalized Government Services Portal

We have all become accustomed to web portals, such as AOL, My Yahoo, iGoogle or Windows Live, that allow us to personalize the information provided to us. NYC.GOV should implement “My.NYC.GOV,” as a similar portal to provide New Yorkers with access to local information that they think is important such as alternate side of the street parking, school closures, mass transit service advisories, deadlines for Department of... more »

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Electronic Voter Registration & Absentee Ballot Request

In the months leading up to the 2008 Presidential Election, the New York City Board of Elections was crushed under hundreds of thousands of voter registration and absentee ballot application forms to enter and absentee ballots to send out in time. However, many voters still reported that their names were not in poll books or that they did not receive their absentee ballots. The Public Advocate is a Commissioner of the... more »

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