MetaBronx was created the evening before this event. A logo, website, and table tents were designed and published/printed within a few hours of the idea being hatched.
The event itself came out of an open-ended collaboration between the Office of NYS Assemblymember Michael Blake and the co-architects of the nascent Bronx community-driven innovation ecosystem.
From the letter inviting the participating partners:
Dear Technology Stakeholders, Community Leaders and Elected Officials,
It is with great enthusiasm that my office, along with #YesWeCode, invites you to “The New Faces of Tech,” an event showcasing the jobs of tomorrow with an engaging community dialogue on how to scale up the best and most promising initiatives.
The event will be held on Thursday, September 10th, 2015 at the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, 513 E 161st Street, Bronx, NY 10451 (161st and Third Avenue).
MSNBC will be live from the event as part of the network’s “Growing Hope” campaign. Portions of the event will air ￼during “MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts”.
Michael A. Blake, 79th Assembly District – The Bronx
This photo shows the "New Faces of Tech in the Bronx" panel, with:
- Michael A. Blake, 79th Assembly District – The Bronx
- Philip M Shearer, Co-founder of MetaBronx, The Glass Files, and scenyc
- Ben Esner, Director of the Center for K12 STEM Education at NYU Tandon School of Engineering
- Jerelyn Rodriguez, Co-founder of The Knowledge House
- Jason Duchin, Co-founder of DreamYard
- Miguel Sanchez, Co-founder of MetaBronx and Founder of Mass Ideation
- Michael Nobleza, National Director of #YesWeCode
Old Bronx Borough Courthouse
Thursday, September 10th 2015
photograph by Chanez Baali / text by Philip M Shearer