On Monday, June 17th, Coalition for Queens hosted the Mayoral Candidates Tech Policy Forum at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, inviting candidates to discuss their positions for New York City’s tech future. Candidates Anthony Weiner, John Liu, Adolfo Carrion Jr., and Sal Albanese joined local entrepreneurs, community leaders, and the greater New York City tech community to outline policies that will define the future of New York City’s tech economy, the importance of using science and technology in the classroom, and the tech industry’s rapidly growing presence throughout the five boroughs.
Moderators Anjali Athavaley of the Wall Street Journal and Nilay Patel of The Verge focused on an array of tech-related topics affecting New York City, including: Tech Industry Policy; STEM and K-12 Education; Fiber Connectivity and Public Wi-Fi Access; Open Data and Open Government; and Workforce Development.
The Mayoral Candidate Tech Policy Forum is the second event hosted by Coalition for Queens to connect politicians with the Queens technology community. At a previous forum held on June 6, 2013, the Queens Borough Presidential Candidates outlined their plans to support the growing technology community in Queens, as it is positioned to become a major hub for tech innovation in New York City.