SOFTlab’s Flower Canopy for Galeria Melissa in NYC
What’s the potential for the City’s public payphones? Tonight we launched the city’s first payphone design challenge, Reinvent Payphones, at the New York Tech Meetup.
Participate in Reinvent Payphones and create virtual and/or physical prototypes that modernize existing payphone infrastructure for a safer, more sustainable, accessible, and informed city.
Join urban designers, technologists, and policy experts and submit your prototype by February 18th, 2013. Visit nyc.gov/reinventpayphones to learn more and register for updates.
Take part in telecommunications history!
New Yorkers! Join our executive director Andrew Zolli, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell (PopTech 2008), and Radiolab host Jad Abumrad (PopTech 2010) for a discussion about resilience, the emerging field of study explored in Zolli’s new book, Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back at BAM on September 18th.
Gianni Colombo’s “Elastic Space” (1968)
Recently opened at the New Museum in New York is Ghosts in the Machine, an exhibition which surveys the constantly shifting relationship between humans, machines and art.
The hotspots are initially coming to ten payphones in three of the boroughs and will be open to the public to access for free. You can see a list of sites here. Users just agree to the terms, visit the city’s tourism website and then they’re up and running. Currently, there are no ads on the service, but there could be in the future.
The effort is part of the city’s larger goal of providing more digital inclusion for residents. And it’s also aimed at helping figure out the future of the city’s payphones, which are a source of complaints from many residents because they attract crime or are just plain ugly.
The payphones have been outfitted with “military grade” antennas, that provide service up to 300 feet away. The $2,000 installation is being provided for free by Van Wagner Communications, which owns many of the city’s payphones. The plan is to eventually spread the Wi-Fi hotspots to more of the city’s 13,000 payphones with the maintenance and ongoing costs paid by the payphone companies.
Coders: Today is your last opportunity to sign up for NYC’s first sustainability hackathon, Reinvent Green. Taking place at NYU-Poly in Brooklyn from June 30-July 1, the hackathon aims to rally and incentivize the City’s best technology talent to create digital tools and apps that encourage a greener, greater New York.
To sign up and for more information, click here.
“the locally-sourced plexi came from all over new york city—from the floors of chinatown sign shops, to the closed dumbo studio of artist dennis oppenheim, to astoria’s demolition salvage warehouse. build it green! nyc” - tom fruin studio
Right in our (Brooklyn office) backyard!