Technology

FEGS Center4 Roundtable: Bringing Technology Innovation to the Workforce Development Field

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On October 1, 2013, Public Works Partners participated in the Center4 Roundtable on Technology and Workforce Development.  Center4, an initiative of FEGS Health and Human Services Systems, is a collaborative effort to bring together the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to find innovative technology-driven solutions to persistent problems in the human services.  Center4 is both a physical space and a movement to convene thinkers and funders to imagine and produce answers.  Center4 seeks to put the power of tech innovation into the hands of service providers and to help the tech field to access new customers in the huge human services market.

At the roundtable, leading angel investors, technology entrepreneurs, and innovative nonprofit leaders discussed challenges in the workforce development field and possible technology-enabled fixes. Here are some of the big-picture ideas that emerged from the conversation:

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Senior Planet Exploration Center: A New Technology-Focused Senior Center

Public Works Partners has tackled projects to connect NYC seniors with employment opportunities. We’ve advised DFTA on optimizing its Senior Center program. We’ve helped a global research university to open up a tech campus in Brooklyn. And we’re constantly trying to find ways to help prepare residents to be productive in our rapidly changing world. So when we saw this article on Friday, which seemed to tie all of these together in many ways, we were tickled.

“Finally, a Tech Center for City’s Seniors”

A technology-focused senior center—the first and only in the nation, according to the nonprofit running it—is slated to officially open Thursday evening.

The 2,700-square-foot Senior Planet Exploration Center, on West 25th Street in Chelsea, features a computer lab with 23 workstations, a studio for smart phone and tablet training, and even a video gaming area. It grew out of a program of community-based computer labs around the city that has been run for the past decade by the nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services, which is sponsoring the new center with help from New York City, the federal government and corporate donors.

Read the entire article at Crain’s New York Business.

Public Works Partners’ Client Uses NYC As Laboratory To Solve Urban Challenges

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Public Works was thrilled to see NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress mentioned yesterday by Crain’s New York. Just a year ago, we helped NYU to develop a compelling–and winning–$75 million proposal for Mayor Bloomberg’s Applied Science Facility competition. The campus, which will reactivate the long-dormant former NYC Transit headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn, will focus on advancing cutting-edge science and engineering challenges that an increasingly urbanized globe is confronting. Take a look at some of the challenges the school is taking on, using NYC as its proving ground.

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