New York City has a long history of being a global capital of innovation, and we are well on our way to becoming the world’s number one digital city as well. We are where Foursquare check-ins every day. We are where Tumblr does its tumbling. GILT Group has had its designs set on NYC from the very start. Seamless has always loved what we’re cooking up. And there are many more exciting startups based here about which I’ve decided not to make questionable puns, not to mention the major offices that Google, Facebook, and Twitter have recently opened in New York City. We’re also home to the great start-up Meetup, and our hometown NY Tech Meetup is the largest Meetup group there is, with over 20,000 members. These businesses and City government alike recognize that the tech industry can help us serve our customers better in this increasingly interconnected world, which is why we’re proudly participating in SXSW Interactive.
SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technologies, and thanks to the Leadership of Deputy Mayor Bob Steel, NYC Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky, and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, our City is focused on emerging technologies as well. And because we want the next Google to start right in New York, we recently announced a historic partnership among the City, Cornell University, and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a new science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. City agencies are also constantly making more and better use of digital technology, making our operations more transparent, and providing New Yorkers with up-to-date information on everything from pothole repairs to green energy initiatives.
For all you enterprising entrepreneurs and start-ups at SXSW, listen up: come to the five boroughs if you want your business to be based in the most exciting and dynamic city in the world, which also happens to have the greatest human capital. Indeed, New York City is the greatest city in the world, and soon we will be the greatest tech center in the world as well. So to help us get there, learning from industry experts at SXSW will be invaluable, and it is a terrific opportunity to discuss how together we can increase civic engagement and promote the growth of a sector that is central to the 21st century economy. We look forward to using the knowledge we’ve gained from the events this week to make New York City an even greater digital city.
Now therefore, I @MikeBloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York (both in real life and on Foursquare), do hereby proclaim March 9 – March 13, 2012 in the City of New York as:
“MAKE IT IN NYC WEEK”