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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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Non partisan elections

All these ideas are great. But which mayor is going to implement them and WHY? New York votes democrats. This is a fact. So as long as mayor candidates are tied to a party, the pool of candidates is limited to those who have spent their life working up the ranks of the party. Born and raised politicians with no understanding, regard, interest or NEED to do anything innovative. The best mayors the city had were Giuliani ...more »

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WIFI Everywhere Incentives

Imagine how much innovation there would be in NYC if it were blanketed in free wifi? (not to mention it would make living here even more amazing) Free wifi doesn't need to be a pipe dream, and "always on" broadband doesn't have be limited to expensive 4G. NYC could create incentives for property owners to provide free wifi. Similar policies exist for non-tech public goods - for example new property developments are ...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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