Brownsville, Brooklyn is home to New York City’s
first Neighborhood Innovation Lab.

Local Expertise

  • Formation of Brownsville’s community tech advisory board

  • Workshops and forums to strengthen local tech capacity

  • Priority-setting for tech partnerships and demonstrations

Brownsville’s Community Tech Advisory Board

Brownsville Community Justice Center serves as the lead community partner for the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab, and has led the formation of a community tech advisory board consisting of residents and civic leaders, including community organizers, local entrepreneurs, and social service professionals.

In the months ahead, these community leaders will play a critical role as strategic advisors involved in the local governance of the initiative, including helping to shape public programs and technology demonstrations in Osborn Plaza and throughout Brownsville.

Community advisors include:

Jimmi BrevilBrooklyn Community Board #16
Pernell Brice, III Dream Big Foundation
Lloyd CambridgeProgress Playbook
Anthony CollinsBloc Bully IT Solutions
Nakisha EvansCity University of New York
Duane KinnonThe Kinnon Group
Erica MateoBrownsville Community Justice Center
Daniel MurphyPitkin Avenue BID
Layman Lee Brownsville Partnership
Quardean Lewis-AllenMade in Brownsville
Johnnymae Robinson What About The Children
Mary TobinBrownsville Partnership

Additional partners include:

Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Office of Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
Office of NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton
Office of NYS Assembly Member Latrice Walker
Office of NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal
Brooklyn Public Library

Advisor Workshops and Community Forums

To support community advisors and strengthen their capacity to drive technology change in Brownsville, the Neighborhood Innovation Lab is kicking off with a series of advisor workshops and community forums aimed at expanding local knowledge of smart city approaches, urban data science, and technology prototyping.

The first 8-session workshop series for community advisors in Brownsville runs from late March to late June 2017.  The first community forum, with activities for all ages, is scheduled for early May 2017. Click here to sign up to receive email updates on these events.

Strategic Priorities for Brownsville

Community workshops and forums provide are designed to help Brownsville’s Community Tech Advisory Board in the creation of strategic priorities and focus areas where new technologies can have the greatest impact in Brownsville.  These priorities for Brownsville are scheduled to be completed in Summer 2017 and will help guide open Calls for Innovation (CFIs). CFIs are problem-based challenges driven by community and government needs to drive new technology demonstrations.   

The Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab will consider project proposals that align with the strategic priorities that are identified by the Brownsville Community Tech Advisory Board. To learn more about open CFIs, visit nyc.gov/cfi.

Osborn Plaza Anchor Site 

Osborn Plaza, a public space in the heart of Brownsville, will serve as the anchor site for the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab’s public programs and technology demonstrations.

The first set of technologies to be demonstrated at Osborn Plaza will include a trash bin that can alert sanitation crews when it is full, a bench that doubles as a cell phone-charging station, and an interactive digital kiosk with a variety of possibilities, including engaging Brownsville residents with neighborhood data and opportunities to participate in the Neighborhood Innovation Lab.