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OPENING FALL 2020 IN NEW YORK CITY

A Collaborative Community Center,
Advancing the Use of Technology for the Public Good

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OPENING FALL 2020 IN NEW YORK CITY

A Collaborative Community Center,
Advancing the Use of Technology for the Public Good

“The idea is to create a fully integrated hub at the crossroads of New York City’s central innovation district that will allow all New Yorkers to develop digital skills and engage.” 
- Andrew Rasiej, Civic Hall Founder & CEO


Civic Hall is built on the idea that together – technologists, government officials, community organizers, researchers, makers, social entrepreneurs, change-makers, hackers, academics, journalists, artists– we can solve civic problems to scale.

After two years of rapid growth, Civic Hall is on the way to becoming a unique civic institution. And after a year of diligent organizational development, Civic Hall, in partnership with developer RAL Companies, won a public bid process offered by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to develop a 250,000 square foot center for technology at Union Square, including a new 90,000 square foot community facility to be called Civic Hall @ Union Square. 

The new Civic Hall @ Union Square will include a collaborative community space, a conference center, a civic tech startup incubator and accelerator, and a 21st century learning center called Civic Hall Academy. Our goal is to enable New Yorkers from all backgrounds to be full-fledged digital citizens, connecting them with jobs in the technology sector and, in turn, connecting the technology sector with all New Yorkers. 

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A more just, equitable and democratic world, advanced by the use of technology

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A more just, equitable and democratic world, advanced by the use of technology

 

Making a Positive Impact

With 1,000 members and 100 member organizations today, Civic Hall is already a collaboration engine. At Civic Hall @ Union Square, we project that community membership will expand up to 5,000 individuals and 500 organizations representing government, non-profit, tech startups and corporations. Building on our current model, the community center will also host daily and weekly public events, including convenings, workshops, demos, skill-shares, trainings, design charrettes, hackathons, book talks, film screenings and parties.

Thus, we expect that 500,000 visitors a year will take part in one or more of these regular programs, including many of the people coming to Civic Hall for access to digital skills training. At that scale, Civic Hall @ Union Square will be reaching one out of every fourteen New Yorkers, with a focus on those most concerned with improving their digital capacities and the capabilities of their communities to improve their own lives.

As the hub and learning center for the region’s civic doers, Civic Hall @ Union Square will play a uniquely generative role in leveraging tech for the public good.

 
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