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Lessons from New York's IT "SWAT teams"

Since COVID-19 started burning across New York, the state’s Office of Information Technology Services has scrambled to provide the IT infrastructure and logistics to support the rapid responses of other agencies. One of the measures ITS took early in the pandemic was to make an open call to private-sector technologists who might be able to lend their skills to the state’s needs, including apps to help people screen themselves for a coronavirus infection, expanding processing capacity for state services like unemployment and distributing network hardware to support field operations, like diagnostic testing sites. The “COVID-19 Technology SWAT Teams" have included as many as 6,500 tech workers to help the state, which has now published a "playbook" that ITS hopes can be used in future emergencies. Benjamin Freed reports.

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What CIOs learned in the telework rush

Government information technology leaders have been talking about expanding telework for years, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the move in a matter of days. Now, as surges of demand on government IT organizations have begun to fade and officials have started to look ahead, it appears the move to remote work might be here to stay. In recent (virtual) roundtable discussion, more than a dozen state, local and education CIOs from around Texas shared what their organizations learned and how those insights will inform their decisions going forward. See what they learned.

NYC chooses four sustainability-focused startups for accelerator program

Four sustainability-based companies have been selected by a New York City startup accelerator to participate in a pilot program dedicated to reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions for the remainder of the year. Circular City, a startup accelerator run by the New York City Economic Development Corporation and New Lab, a Brooklyn innovation hub, announced on Wednesday that four young companies will receive access to mentors, researchers and private investors within New Lab’s existing network of urban tech startups. The cohort includes companies that analyze carbon emissions, deliver bulk household cleaning items to households and monitor water quality in city sewers. Ryan Johnston reports.

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