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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 >>


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


“Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response.”

– Arthur M. Schlesinger –

Top 5 Tech Trends

Silicon Harlem is looking forward to another robust tech and innovation year in 2016.  We are tracking the following trends:

  • Smart Car Technology
  • Wearables
  • Social Commerce
  • Data is King
  • FinTech focus on Underbanked consumers
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Every Smart City and Intelligent Community aims to create a high quality of life for its citizens. Healthy and happy citizens create a more vibrant and productive economy.

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A few news stories make it clear that the venerable automobile industry is going to wind up sliced, diced, and consumed by the new economics and technologies of the web, and in short order.

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Our work in Broadband Technology is focused on optimized ubiquitous internet for business and households.  We develop strategic plans, implementation and assessment reports to ensure a sustainable infrastructure that benefits all.


Silicon Harlem is devoted to ensuring young people are getting the skills needed for the next generation workforce.  Through our curricula we are able to work with partners to boost training and certification to close the skill gap in technology.

We recognize that innovation, education, business and public projects require resources to move forward.  Our grant writing experience and fundraising capabilities has been an added value for our clients.


Silicon Harlem believes that the economic engine of the 21st century starts in the urban market.  The economic engine of the 21st century is grounded by technology, digital inclusion, disruption and innovation.  We look to collaborate with clients on how to be involved and benefit from this untapped emerging resource.

Silicon Harlem is devoted to transform urban markets with technology and innovation. We provide our clients with strategy, implementation and technology solutions to not only increase productivity but to foster new ideas and innovations.  Our data-driven approach provides our clients with measurable goals that increase value.

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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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