The Circular City & The Promise of Circular Data
May 10, 2019
Abstract: New Lab, from its headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is on a mission to scale frontier technologies. This talk will focus on one of New Lab’s signature programs: The Circular City. This initiative, built in partnership with NYCEDC, Citi Ventures and Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, uses New Lab’s unique platform to accelerate the product development, tech deployment, and public-private partnerships necessary to change the way urban tech is introduced and scaled in cities. As part of The Circular City three New Lab startups- Numina, Citiesense, and CARMERA, and four university research teams- from NYU’s GovLab, Columbia University, Cornell Tech and ARCx-have transformed Downtown Brooklyn into a living lab where data is produced, exchanged and analyzed in service of pressing urban challenges. In its first year The Circular City has generated new modes of collaboration between entrepreneurs, the City of New York, universities, and enterprise partners as we examine the value of data sharing and urban sensing for addressing challenges related to economic development, mobility, and resilience.
Shaina Horowitz is the VP of Product & Programs at New Lab, a platform for scaling frontier technologies, which is currently home to over 100+ growth-stage companies.. From New Lab’s headquarters in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Shaina leads the company’s City portfolio, bringing together entrepreneurs and cities in meaningful ways; it’s the hub where New Lab entrepreneurs, civic leaders, enterprise partners and universities collaborate to develop, test and iterate new solutions for urban challenges, achieving impact greater than what any single entity is capable of on its own.
Prior to joining New Lab, Shaina was a founding member of Bloomberg Associates, a first of its kind civic consultancy established by Michael R. Bloomberg to advise mayors in cities including London, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Athens, Los Angeles and Oakland. Previously Shaina worked at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment under Mayor Bloomberg where she was part of the team who appointed New York City’s first Chief Digital Officer, published New York City’s Digital Roadmap and created the ‘Made in NY’ campaign.
Shaina holds an honors BA in Media Studies from Vassar College and lives in Brooklyn, New York. She’s a lifelong equestrian and a devoted member of a monthly bookclub over a decade in the making.
Dr. André Corrêa d’Almeida has more than twenty years of entrepreneurial, management, academic, and leadership experience with applied multidisciplinary programs, with his teaching, research, and consultancy carried out in the United States, Europe, Central Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and China. He is Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he is also Assistant Director of the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice program at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute. He is the President and Founder of ARCx – Applied Research for Change, a research consortium created in 2015 while spearheading his Columbia University Press book Smarter New York City: How City Agencies Innovate. Originally comprised of 30 leading scholars from 10 different universities and 22 research centers, ARCx focuses on studying and building innovation networks in the U.S. and around the world. He is also the the founding editor of the Circular City Research Journal. In Portugal, Corrêa d’Almeida is Principal Investigator at the Catholic University, where he created the Smarter PTx program. A former Senior Adviser to the United Nations Development Program for program evaluation, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver (United States), an M.Sc. from the University of Saint Joseph (China), and a Licenciatura from the New University of Lisbon (Portugal). He has received multiple research awards and is a regular contributor to the Apolitical, Huffington Post, and The Guardian.