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2017 Conference Social Recap

The 2017 Conference was a blast!

We are so glad that every Panel, Breakout, and Announcement was packed. We’re glad that you all came in droves to show your love for the community and how we are all going to move the COMMUNITY FORWARD!

Check out the Livestreams of the event below to see everything you missed or wish to experience again.
Also below see a twitter recap of the event.


Auditorium & “Breakout A”

Breakout Room B




WeWork x SiliconHarlem for Children’s Aid NYC

Held at New York City’s Dunlevy Milbank Center, the Halloween Party entertained more than 150 kids from schools all around Harlem. Working alongside the nonprofit Children’s Aid, the event was hosted by WeWork.

We were proud when Eugene Clowney of WeWork asked us to assist in the event. To which we gave 150 VR headsets for the children to play with and introduce them to new technology’s to further ignite their imagination. Read all about the event here

De Blasio Administration Launches NYCx to Stimulate Economic Growth

De Blasio Administration Launches NYCx to Stimulate Economic Growth, Create Jobs and Solve Big Challenges Through New Technologies

October 19, 2017

First-ever municipal tech engagement program calls on industry to develop new technologies that transform public life, spur economic growth, improve service delivery and increase digital inclusion for all New Yorkers

NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio, Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen and Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño, Jr. today announced that the City is launching a program that invites local and global entrepreneurs, startups, industry and community to make the City a proving ground for groundbreaking ideas and new technologies that have the potential to positively transform cities.

As a program in the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Miguel Gamiño, Jr., NYCx will be led by Jeremy M. Goldberg, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for NYCx.

“Technology is an inescapable, critical part of our lives and the future of our communities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Now, more than ever New York must take a leadership role in shaping a future that protects our values, strengthens inclusiveness and equity of our communities and presents a model of leadership for other cities around the world.”

“NYCx will transform the relationship between city government, community and the tech industry to be more collaborative and inclusive,” said Miguel Gamiño, Jr., New York City Chief Technology Officer.  “If we can test and solve critical challenges together in NYC and achieve our City’s goals, we can offer these solutions for other cities facing similar issues.”

NYCx will open urban spaces as test beds for new technologies as a core part of the program. The City will also launch challenges that read the rest >>


Use the Wi-Fi and Smile for the Camera: LinkNYC Kiosks Come Uptown
By Deanna Paul (originally on theuptowner.com)

Futuristic data-collecting towers called Links have popped up throughout Manhattan to offer free public Wi-Fi, including 13 kiosks in Washington Heights, on Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway between West 156th and 162nd Streets.

By standing near a LinkNYC kiosk, any passerby can access an automatic high-speed internet connection. The Links also have keypads for making free phone calls, and display screens providing neighborhood information and public notices.

Over the next several years, New York will have over 7,000 Links throughout the five boroughs. Since launching, more than 2.6 million people have registered to use the Wi-Fi, according to Jennifer Hensley, general manager of LinkNYC.

So far, uptown Manhattan has more links than any other city neighborhood, said  Clayton Banks, CEO of Silicon Harlem. Third Avenue, Eighth Avenue and Broadway have the highest density, with many more to come, part of a franchise the city granted to the CityBridge consortium.

CityBridge will cover the costs of building LinkNYC, an estimated $300 million, Hensley said, and also pay to maintain the Links with revenue from advertising; it has promised the city $500 million over 12 years from ad sales. Sidewalk Labs, a Google subsidiary, is a key investor in Intersection, one of the CityBridge partners.

But what appears a technological advance has sparked debate about how collected data will be used and whether communities should be able to respond. In Brooklyn, residents circulated petitions opposing the kiosks, complaining about their surveillance. In addition to Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, the kiosks have built-in cameras.

“I avoid the kiosks like the plague,” says Grey Cohen, a member of the Cypurr Collective, a group of tech-minded New Yorkers with cyber-safety concerns. “I just don’t trust them.” On a bike or on foot, he tries to keep his distance.

Others views the system as a neighborhood benefit, however.

“My phone died on my way to a meeting and I needed to make a call. The kiosk was there, so I was able to link up and take care of it,” said Banks of Silicon Harlem, which aims to transform Harlem and other urban neighborhoods into innovation and technology hubs.

Banks has supported the Links and advocates installing them across upper Manhattan, including central and East Harlem.

“Whatever the issue is anywhere else, upper Manhattan has double the issue,” says Banks. “In most New York City areas, 20 percent of residents don’t have access to broadband. In upper Manhattan, we’re at 40 percent.” Because so many locals lack connectivity, he says, the neighborhood needs low-cost, high-speed broadband, and LinkNYC helps fill that gap.

“As a technologist I see it from all sides,” says Theo Chino, entrepreneur, software developer and digital privacy advocate. “I know how important having access to the internet is — to find a job, just to fill out an application. It’s a utility. It’s not a luxury today.”

Creating access to technology in otherwise disconnected communities is an undisputed benefit of the program. LinkNYC supporters and adversaries agree that New Yorkers should have free Wi-Fi access. One Cypurr Collective member has gone so far as to call internet access a human right.

“Only having access when a public library is open is a problem,” says Chino. “The flip side of the coin is the lack of knowledge for where that data is being used. That’s where Rethink LinkNYC is very vocal.”

The advocacy group Rethink LinkNYC argues that LinkNYC isn’t community Wi-Fi, but corporate exploitation and mass surveillance, boxed and marketed as free Wi-Fi.

Link kiosk cameras and Bluetooth beacon systems enable the machines to follow signals from cellular devices. “Anyone who has access to the cameras can track you down,” says Chino. In several Manhattan neighborhoods, residents have placed tape over the kiosks’ camera lenses.

CityBridge — and Intersection, which own the Wi-Fi kiosks — can collect and use personal data to sell advertising, leading critics to object.

Hensley says that LinkNYC beacons do not track devices and denies that the Links will collect demographic data about users or target ads to individuals.

“As a one-to-many advertising platform, only anonymous and aggregated information is used, such as number of users connected to a specific Link at a specific time — but nothing identifiable about a person or their device,” Hensley said in an email.

“Together with the City of New York and with feedback from the New York Civil Liberties Union, LinkNYC has developed a user-first privacy policy well ahead of most Internet service providers,” said Hensley. LinkNYC usage statistics are available on the NYC Open Data portal and it plans to release a transparency report in early 2018.

But skeptics remain unconvinced.

“They’re saying, ‘Come on by, use this free Wi-Fi,’” says Cohen. “It comes off as a public service, but it’s using people’s personal data to make money. At a minimum, people should know that it’s something that’s going on.”

Privacy advocates have suggested that every community should decide whether it wants the new technology or not. Others have called for greater transparency: a visible privacy policy on each kiosk, plus public information on how data will be used and whether Intersection plans to cooperate with law enforcement agencies.

“The community has to learn how to use the Links,” Banks said, “and Intersection needs to learn how to make them marketable to residents.”

(Photo by Deanna Paul; Wibbitz video by Deanna Paul and Taryana Odayar)


SiliconHarlem & Fordham Helping Harlem Stay Connected

How will a new technological endeavor that brings affordable Web devices into residents’ homes through a community-based broadband network benefit residents of Harlem? Olivier Sylvain, associate professor of law at Fordham, and a team of lawyers, engineers, and entrepreneurs intend to find out.

The National Science Foundation has awarded Sylvain and his colleagues a $1 million grant over three years. The award is part of the NSF’s program for Smart and Connected Communities. The project aims to remedy the relatively low rates of broadband adoption and the deficit of advanced networked devices among Harlem residents.

The team will research ways in which edge and cloud computing technologies might close the access gap for residents. The plan will hopefully result in lower consumer costs, improved energy efficiency, simplified management, and stronger security. Servers will be centrally located in subscribing buildings, wherein residents can connect to Wi-Fi using affordable devices. Subscribers will receive tablets to access a wide range of services.

“Broadband deployment and adoption are eminently local problems that require active community engagement and entrepreneurship, and that’s what we have here,” said Sylvain.

Taking a holistic approach, the team will prompt all local stakeholders—including government officials, building owners, local businesses, university researchers, civic organizations, and users—to participate in the network’s governance. Sylvain and team member Sheila Foster (former Fordham Law professor, now at Georgetown) will develop an iterative process that brings in these stakeholders in order to develop a public trust agreement that participants will memorialize in a binding legal instrument. This approach draws heavily on Foster’s groundbreaking research on governing urban commons. Sylvain, for his part, has been writing extensively about expanding opportunities for online engagement for historically underserved and unserved communities.

Promising more affordable and energy efficient service along with more secure and connected communities, the project aims to counter the indifference of big-name providers like Verizon and Spectrum.

“What does it look like when communities feel empowered to deploy infrastructures?” asked Sylvain. ”My hope is that this project will unsettle the political economy for the better.”

In addition to Sylvain and Foster, the team includes Dan Kilper (leading researcher), research professor at the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences; Rider Foley, assistant professor of the University of Virginia’s Department of Engineering and Society; Malathi Veeraraghavan, professor of the University of Virginia’s Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Clayton Banks and Bruce Lincoln, co-founders of Silicon Harlem, a nationally recognized for-profit social venture dedicated to the sustainability of Harlem as a Technology and Innovation Hub.

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SiliconHarlem Part of The New York in China Center “New Majority Alliance” Delegation

NEW YORKSept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — With the support of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, the New York in ChinaCenter has been invited by the All China Federation of Industry and Commerce to lead the US “New Majority Alliance” delegation in visits to BeijingXi’an, and Shanghai from September 8th to 17th. The delegation will meet with government leaders and representatives of the business community in China to have discussions over the topics including Sino-US technological innovation, business development, friendship agreements and other projects.

The “New Majority” delegation will be…………..continued on AsiaOne


SiliconHarlem On Broadband Explained

Being digitally literate is a prerequisite for success in today’s economy. Whether it is applying for a job, paying bills, keeping in touch with loved ones, or buying products, competency with technology is key to economic mobility and social interaction. But not everyone is able to participate in these increasingly vital activities. Indeed, underserved groups like seniors and low-income youth are at a significant disadvantage because many lack these skills, a dynamic that reinforces the socio-economic disparities that have long plagued these groups.

Fortunately, help is on the way. One group doing its part to address the problem in New York City is Silicon Harlem, a so-called “social venture” founded by Clayton Banks and Bruce Lincoln. As part of its over-arching goal of transforming Harlem into a “technology and innovation hub,” the group provides a variety of technology education resources to address the broadband connectivity lag between Harlem and the rest of the city.

One of its efforts is…….read the rest at broadband explained


Silicon Harlem and the Vision of Clayton Banks

From Wax Digital Magazine by Melina Gills
Could the new Palo Alto be steps from the Apollo? Since the turn of the 20th century, Harlem has been a mecca for innovations in music, literature, and fashion, not to mention social and political activism; it now looks to add digital technology to the list of fields in which it has broken ground. Silicon Harlem, a for-profit venture with a deep social commitment, has taken major steps to making this aspiration a reality.

Silicon Harlem was formed in 2013 with the ambition to transform Harlem into a tech-forward business destination and center for educational training in the latest digital platforms, machinery, and software. Its CEO and co-founder, Clayton Banks, has been collaborating with local businesses, politicians, and cultural centers to rebrand the historic Manhattan neighborhood as a focal point for technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

Read the rest here

Harlem Week Hack-A-Thon on the Intrepid

On August 1st, 2017, we were excited to host our Harlem Week Hack-A-Thon alongside the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce on the Intrepid Museum of Sea, Space, and Air. We had over 100 kids participate and make the fantastic app and tech ideas you can see below. Many thanks to Gale Brewer, The Manhattan Borough President and Susan Marenoff-Zausner the President of The Intrepid Museum for inspiring our kids.


There were also two panels featuring

The Internet of Things                                                                            Artificial Intelligence
Opening Remarks – Marko Nobles                                                      Opening Remarks – Clayton Banks
Moderator – Marko Nobles                                                                   Moderator – Clayton Banks
Panelists – Nick Gaines, Silicon Harlem                                             Panelists – Tiffany Crawford, Culture Shift
CR Capers, Hip Hop Film Festival                                                        Bruce Lincoln, Silicon Harlem

Below are the presentations from the groups

Visions of a Tech Economy by Ameila Spittal

Ameila Spittal of City Limits came and visited our offices to write this great piece on us. Check it out.

Harlem is known for its rich culture, music and diversity. Now, certain organizations and entrepreneurs are trying to make it known for something else: technology.

Through education initiatives, the creation of tech centers, and community engagement in STEM, numerous businesses and local politicians have been teaming up to turn Uptown into the city’s go-to tech area.

Upper Manhattan has a vastly higher percentage of people of color than the rest of the borough—and it’s well known that compared to the private sector overall, the tech sector is disproportionately white. Black and Latino people make up about 31 percent of the nation’s population, 28 percent of private sector workers, 15 percent of tech employees and 5 percent of tech executives, according to federal statistics.

Some fear that the creation of a tech-focused economy in these neighborhoods could exacerbate gentrification, akin to the effect that the development of Silicon Valley had on San Francisco. However, the organizations involved have made it clear that their aim is to strengthen and benefit the lives of the existing residents, not push them out.

Growing small businesses and creating jobs

The for-profit social venture Silicon Harlem is one of the organizations leading the charge in making Upper Manhattan into a center” continued here

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Silicon Harlem with COSMOS is bringing over 20 Million to Harlem


Fourth generation wireless, better known as 4G, turned mobile phones into movie-streaming platforms, but the next wireless revolution promises more than speedy downloads. It could pave the way for surgeons operating remotely on patients, cars that rarely crash, and events that can be vividly experienced from thousands of miles away.

To realize this vision of the future, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an industry consortium are investing $100 million in the next seven years to build a set of wireless networks for U.S. researchers to test new ways of boosting Internet speeds to support data-intensive applications in robotics, immersive virtual reality and traffic safety. New York and Salt Lake City are the first cities to receive funding under the NSF Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) initiative, with New York set to receive $22.5 million.

Led by researchers at RutgersColumbia and NYU, and in partnership with New York CitySilicon HarlemCity College of New York and University of Arizona, the platform in New York, called COSMOS, will be a proving ground for a new generation of wireless technologies and applications. The COSMOS testbed will cover one square mile in West Harlem, with City College to the north, Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus to…..continued on


Read more about this project here



Breaking Wireless Boundaries  onEngineering NYU.edu

CCNY Grove School Join 100m NSF-Funded Wireless Revolution on CCNY.edu

Silicon Harlem Appoints Gary Alexander Jenkins, Esq., General Counsel

Silicon Harlem today announced the appointment of Gary Alexander Jenkins[, Esq., as General Counsel. Jenkins is the first General Counsel for the company and will join Silicon Harlem on April 1, 2018.

​​Silicon Harlem today announced the appointment of Gary Alexander Jenkins[, Esq., as General Counsel. Jenkins is the first General Counsel for the company and will join Silicon Harlem on April 1, 2018.

Reporting to Silicon Harlem CEO Clayton Banks, Jenkins will assume responsibility for the company’s global legal affairs, public policy interests and compliance operations. With more than 25 years of corporate legal experience spanning the film, music and television industries, Jenkins brings diverse perspectives and complementary sector knowledge to Silicon Harlem’s executive team during a critical phase of growth for the company. Silicon Harlem continues to establish, refine and expand its programs to bring technology access and opportunities to Upper Manhattan and other global communities, partnering with public sector leaders and private sector organizations.

“Gary Jenkins’ background spans a broad range of legal expertise and professional networks and he has extensive experience working with both established and early-stage growth companies,” said Clayton Banks, CEO of Silicon Harlem. “Gary is a great match for Silicon Harlem’s broadband business and growth agenda as we intensify our focus on affordable next-generation infrastructure, applications, and services for all.” read more about this news here 

SenSen Networks partners with Silicon Harlem to deploy smart city solutions software in New York City

by John Miller full article here


Sensen Networks Ltd (ASX:SNS) has launched its smart city solutions in the US through an agreement with Silicon Harlem LLC to enhance technology infrastructure in New York City.

A teaming agreement will see the parties jointly investigate potential business opportunities associated with Advanced Technology Corridors in Harlem borough.

They will develop technology solutions to undertake trials for commercialisation and deployment.

Ensuring state-of-the-art technology infrastructure

Silicon Harlem is working on projects to ensure that technology infrastructure is state of the art and ……..continued on

Why Silicon Harlem’s Clayton Banks Believes NYC is on the Verge of an Upgrade

By Katherine Olives (Zahn Center)

<a href=”http://www.zahncenternyc.com/why-silicon-harlems-clayton-banks-believes-nyc-is-on-the-verge-of-an-upgrade/”>full article </a>

At the Zahn Innovation Summit on March 6th, you’ll hear from local government officials, investors, and entrepreneurs. Each of our guests will share their expert opinions and advice on technology, entrepreneurship, and more. As a teaser, I sat down with one of our featured guests who will speak on our investor panel, Clayton Banks, Co-Founder and CEO of Silicon Harlem.

The mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem and other urban markets into Innovation and Technology hubs. Under Clayton’s leadership, Silicon Harlem has been able to partner with the Department of Education for New York City to establish an after school STEM based startup accelerator, collaborate with the NYC Mayor’s office to assess wireless broadband in Upper Manhattan, and coordinate a virtual startup incubator for tech based entrepreneurs.

To Clayton, Silicon Harlem is citizen-centric. He says, “This isn’t about how great we can we can be, it’s about what we believe our citizens deserve. It’s about making sure their voices are heard and represented across the board. I make sure Harlem’s voice is always at the table when it comes to tech.”

In his short interview with me, his passion for technology, innovation, and Harlem’s multidimensional

community came across. Clayton loves what he does, and I had the pleasure of speaking with him to get a feel for what he thinks the future looks like.


Katherine Olives: What are the biggest trends in the tech and entrepreneurship scene in Harlem right now?

Read his answer here

Black History Month One-On-One with 1010 Wins

Anchored by 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins
Produced for 1010 WINS by Sharon Barnes-Waters 

Check out the full video interview here 

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Black History Month honoree Clayton Banks is the CEO and Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem.

“Silicon Valley has its long legacy of promoting technology. Silicon Harlem has the exact same mission, but we start with the community. The whole objective is to make sure that we are moving our community forward,” he tells 1010 WINS’ Larry Mullins. “So it’s a lot about technology, it’s a lot about how we can help with the advancement of technology, but we include education, health awareness, all the sort of systemic issues that often plague marginalized communities. So it’s very important for us that we’re not only pushing technology but we’re pushing the community forward.”

He says his work is “intergenerational,” because our economy is now “built on innovation and built on digital literacy.”

 “How do we create a future that’s inclusive, that everyone can benefit from? And how do we provide the access and exposure to every single citizen so that at that point they can take advantage of the opportunities?” he says.
Clayton Banks Talks Harlem Tech On The Danny Tisdale Show (Podcast)

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Join Clayton Banks, co-founder of Silicon Harlem, as he discusses becoming a member of the Mayor de Blasio’s NYCx Technology Leadership Council with host Danny Tisdale, on The Danny Tisdale Show.

Clayton Banks, is a Harvard School Grad. In 2013 he was recognized as the “Business Person of the Year” by the Harlem Business Alliance. He’s co-founder of Silicon Harlem, a tech company in Harlem who’s vision it is for transforming…. read the rest and listen to the podcast here 


Clayton Banks Talks Harlem Tech On The Danny Tisdale Show (Podcast)

Clayton Banks on BoldTV

Clayton Banks appeared on BoldTV with  Bold Founder Carrie Sheffield on Friday January 11, 2018 and guest host, Jon Levine from The Wrap live at 10AM ET on Facebook and Periscope.

They discussed the possibility of an Oprah Winfrey presidency, had a conversation on race relations in the United States in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day and more! Check it all out here. Below are some highlights

Reflecting on a great 2017 for Silicon Harlem

MVIMG_20171207_1626562017 has been a great year for Silicon Harlem. We set out to achieve 3 specific goals.

First, we wanted to maintain our commitment to increase access and exposure to technology, and we are proud to report that we spent the year training teachers from public schools a methodology for deploying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), we created a semester course in web development for college students, co-produced a hackathon for middle and high school age students, hosted 10 girls and 10 boys in our summer STEM camp and among many other activities we did in education, we also were able to co-host a workshop for Senior Citizens titled “Demystifying Technology”.  In all, our educational outreach touched over 400 people in 2017.

Our second goal was to attract top tier companies and stakeholders to consider upper Manhattan as a destination for advanced communication research that would help the community leap-frog in the technological evolution in the 21st century.  Silicon Harlem has been able to collaborate with great partners that have already secured over 2 million dollars for test-bedding and experimentation and is poised to attract over $100 million moving forward.

The third goal was to develop a strategy to close the connectivity gap in upper Manhattan. We have worked diligently to put all the pieces in place to create an affordable option for those who need it most.  This is arguably are biggest challenge but we are confident that our approach will achieve the goal the Mayor announced to have everyone connected by 2025.  We believe we can do our part by 2020.

Thank you to the entire NYC community for believing in us and supporting our vision.  Your collective effort is producing real results and improving the quality of life for our fellow citizens.  Stay connected!

Clayton Banks and Silicon Harlem Bring Technology to the Masses

Careful when you’re dealing with Clayton Banks. You don’t want to embarrass yourself. When you look at the long list of his accomplishments working with Harlem youth, when you consider the massive amount of time and effort he’s devoted to advocacy on behalf of the underserved in his neighborhood, you just assume he’s laboring on behalf of some as yet unidentified, but obviously worthy, nonprofit organization.

In fact, you might be reaching for your checkbook to make a donation. “Keep up the good work, brother,” you might feel inclined to say. And it is good work. In fact, it’s great work. But Clayton, himself, will be the first one to tell you that Silicon Harlem, the organization he co-founded in 2014, is actually a for-profit social venture, a limited liability corporation designed to transform Harlem fully into the technology and innovation hub burgeoning just below its surface, to deliver Internet access (read: information) to a place where very little currently exists, and, by the way, to make a profit.

Just as virtually all Americans have done over the course of the past few years, Banks has enjoyed the many changes and improvements the Internet has brought to modern society. “In 2013, I’d been going to a lot of meetups and a lot of net activities and conferences,” he recalls, “but they were all happening in downtown Manhattan. So, for me, I said ‘Wow, why do I always have to go down to Brooklyn or Soho to do anything? Can we do one of these in Harlem?’”

full article on Converge

In Harlem, a Digital Renaissance Takes Shape

Originally on Arizona Edu


by Emily Litvack


A research team led by the University of Arizona is working with community stakeholders to make the Manhattan borough a place where computing is cheap, fast and secure for all residents – not just the tech-savvy and the well-to-do.

If you want to use one of the internet-connected computers at the Harlem Library in New York City, you’ll have to make a reservation. With broadband costing residents $55 per month on average, one in four Manhattan households go without. As one of the few bastions of free internet for public use, the library is a happening place, and a 45-minute computer session is among its most coveted amenities. All day, every day, its computers are in use.

But a research team led by the University of Arizona wonders, “Can we not do better?” Their new project(link is external) is based on the premise that, in fact, we can. The endeavor to bring cheap, fast, secure computing to the people in Harlem is funded by a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

“What we’re trying to do, ultimately, is to break down barriers to technology,” says Dan Kilper, leader of the project and research professor in the UA’s College of Optical Sciences(link is external).

It starts, he says, by reimagining broadband and the computer itself.

Taking Apart a Laptop and Building a Better Cloud

Take, for example, streaming an episode of a show on Hulu. To do this, a computer needs to communicate with “the cloud.”

“When we talk about the ‘cloud,’ we’re talking……

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