We started Coalition for Queens because we believe in the borough's potential to become a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2013 -- our second year as an organization -- we continued to work towards that goal, focusing our activities and taking incremental steps towards our mission of increasing opportunity for all New Yorkers.
We believe that tech can empower our community. That's why we launched the Access Code education program this past year as a foundational program to our nonprofit. We grew Queens Tech Meetup to over 1,600 members, organized tech policy forums that connected local voters to mayoral and borough president candidates, and co-organized New York City's first conference on open source technology. We're grateful to have met so many amazing people from our community as we continue to strengthen friendships and partnerships through our work.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers who make our work possible. Your energy, dedication, and support fuel our efforts and continually remind of us of what makes our community so great.
2014 is going to be an awesome year. We're looking forward to all the great things in the coming year and to working with you to build our Queens tech community.
Jukay, Dave & the C4Q Team
Building off the energy and momentum from 2012, we launched new initiatives in 2013 that further our goals of encouraging collaboration and fostering opportunities.
In addition to organizing Queens Tech Meetup, we co-led the Open Tech NYC Conference to talk about how open source technology drives NYC tech and provided early-stage startups with tailored advice on a variety of topics from experienced mentors at Startup Advisory Day. It was an inspiration to see all the companies and participants contributing and growing the Queens tech community.
Our Access Code program trains the next generation of developers, entrepreneurs, and tech leaders. Drawing from the great potential of the underrepresented and underserved communities in Queens and NYC, Access Code creates a new talent pipeline that is inclusive of all New Yorkers, regardless of race, gender or economic background.
in Spring 2013, we developed and launched the pilot program for Access Code. Twenty-one talented individuals graduated from the inaugural class and are now successfully pursuing careers in tech. By gaining the skills most needed by New York City's promising tech companies, Access Code is increasing economic mobility and helping NYC tech companies grow.
Access Coders designed, built, and launched fully functioning iPhone apps. The 2013 student projects are available for download through the Apple App Store.BusyBee
In the pivotal 2013 election year we enabled the tech community to connect with our elected officials and voice their ideas, needs, and concerns. To build upon Mayor Bloomberg's advancement of NYC tech over the past 12 years, we worked with candidates for Mayor and Queens Borough President to discuss their tech policies during two forums and and invited New Yorkers to share ideas on how to make our city an innovation capital with NYC Digital's Roadmap Listening Session.
After Mayor Bill de Blasio's election in November, we were honored to be appointed to his Transition Team alongside New York's most prominent civic and business leaders. We will continue to lay the foundation and advocate for the long-term growth and success of the Queens tech community.
Coalition for Queens continues to grow because of the passion, support, and dedication of our community. Joined by volunteers, advisors, friends, and family, we celebrated our two year anniversary as a nonprofit organization by ringing the NASDAQ Opening Bell.
This year, we received our 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit status, grew our Board of Directors to include thought leaders in our community, and organized our very first fundraiser, the Queens Tech Bash. A special thanks to our amazing Summer Fellows, the NYU Social Entrepreneurship class, the Queens Tech Bash Planning Committee, and our volunteers for making all of our 2013 successes possible.
Meghan Gill Ben Guttman
Congressman Joe Crowley
Congresswoman Grace Meng
Mark Peter Davis
Lyel Resner, Instructor & Friend
Amy Wang, Chair
Richard Bass, Professor
We are grateful for all of our sponsors and donors who make our activities and programs possible. Thank you for joining us and over 250 friends, supporters, and members of our community at our very first fundraiser, the Queens Tech Bash.
Thank you for the continued advice, leadership, and financial support that keep us running.
Andrew and Nancy Kirby
Jon Dave Anderson
Karen Griffith Gryga
We're continually inspired by the growth and accomplishments of Queens tech startups and companies. Our friends and neighbors are building innovative products, growing NYC tech, and making Queens a great place to work. We hope that our work can support their growth and contribute to their success.
Check out the exciting tech companies and entrepreneurs here in Queens.
We’re looking forward to an exciting 2014.
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