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NY Tech Meetup Organizes Its Tech Community to Aid Victims of Hurricane Sandy

November 2, 2012 – NY Tech Meetup (NYTM) is reaching out to its 28,000-strong community of New York-based technology professionals to help get the city back online in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. In collaboration with New Work City (a co-working space active in the NY technology community), lead volunteers Noel Hidalgo and Rob Underwood, and a number of other leading members of the technology community, NYTM is asking its members to volunteer to work with federal, state, and city agencies as well as small businesses, not for profits, schools, and others affected by the storm to restore access to the networks, databases, websites, and other critical technology they need to get back up and running.

“So much of New York now depends on digital communications, the Internet, computer networks, and databases in order to function,” said Andrew Rasiej Chairman of NY Tech Meetup. “In the event of this or any disaster, getting re-connected to networks and back online is critical to rebuilding lives, businesses, and property. The NY Tech Meetup community has thousands of skilled technology professionals ready, willing and able to help New York City get back online and reconnected.”

“The NY Tech Meetup community is about more than just technology; it’s about helping the city come together whenever there is a need” said Jessica Lawrence, Managing Director of NY Tech Meetup. “Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact on a huge number of New Yorkers, and we are ready to do our part to speed the recovery. Our community’s extensive tech expertise is unmatched, and we are proud that so many of our members have volunteered to make sure that our city will emerge from this crisis stronger and more unified.”

Volunteers with technology skills can sign up by completing the online form posted at http://bit.ly/hurricanetechvolunteers.

NY Tech Meetup is also taking requests from government agencies, small businesses, non-profits, schools, and other organizations who need post-hurricane technology support with everything from data recovery to Internet connectivity to getting servers back online. Those who are in need of help can sign up at http://bit.ly/hurricanetechhelp or phone in or text their request to 646-392-7353.

In addition, those looking for spaces to work or who have spaces to offer can visit bit.ly/sandycowork to find and post available coworking locations throughout the city.

The teams from NY Tech Meetup, New Work City, and other leaders from the technology community are proactively connecting with the other major entities working on recovery efforts including the Red Cross, FEMA, the City of New York, Recovers.org, CrisisCommons, Hurricane Hackers, and local elected officials. For ongoing updates on the New York technology community’s efforts to support hurricane recovery, please visit http://www.nytechresponds.org.

About NYTM

Founded in 2004 by meetup.com founder Scott Heiferman and co-founded by Dawn Barber, the NY Tech Meetup has over 28,000 members, representing professionals from all parts of the New York technology community. NYTM centers around its monthly events, where members gather to watch emerging companies demo new ideas, hear leading-edge thinking on technology topics, and build their networks to develop their businesses. NYTM has been integral in the birth of New York’s new Silicon Alley, with nearly every notable new company, including Foursquare and Tumblr, making their debut at a NYTM demo. NYTM is a not-for-profit, community-led organization. Its Managing Director is Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director is Nate Westheimer and Chair of the Board is Andrew Rasiej. http://www.nytm.org

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Media Contact for NYTM:

Laurie Jakobsen, Jaybird Communications

646-484-6764 / laurie@jaybirdcom.com

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