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Queens Tech Night Returns Wednesday at the Museum of the Moving Image

Queens Tech Night in November (Photo: Ben Guttman Digital Natives)

Jan. 31, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Queens Tech Night, a free networking and community-building event for techies, is returning for a winter meetup Wednesday at the Museum of the Moving Image.

The night begins at 6:30 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. on Feb. 5 at the museum, located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria.

Attendees will have the chance to network one-on-one with each other and learn about participating organizations tabling at the event.

The organizations will provide resources for entrepreneurs, students, tech workers and those interested in the field. The participating organizations include Digital Natives Group, Kaufman Astoria Studios, LIC Partnership, Plaxall, Capitol Foundry, LaGuardia Community College, NY Designs, Pursuit, Queens College Tech Incubator and Tech:NYC.

MOMI at 36-01 35th St.

The event will feature a keynote address from John Paul Farmer, the Chief Technology Officer of New York City who released the NYC Internet Master Plan with his office.

Farmer previously served as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology under President Barack Obama.

A Pursuit alum, Olimpia Compean, will also demo an augmented reality project that she developed with her team.

Queens Tech Night was set up to provide a space for creators to meet one another and showcase their work, said event co-organizer Ben Guttmann of Digital Natives Group. Digital Natives is organizing the event with Plaxall, LIC Partnership and Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The inaugural Queens Tech Night was held in November at The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City and had more than 200 attendees.

“Last meetup, we were thrilled to have over 200 attendees, and we’re looking forward to having a similar turnout at this winter’s event,” Guttmann said.
“We hope that Queens residents and innovators from all around the city can continue to join us in building a community here, and that in the process we can help showcase exciting things happening in and around our borough.”
Paula Kirby, managing director at Plaxall and an event co-organizer, expressed a similar sentiment.
“We are excited to once again bring the vibrant Queens tech community together for a night of learning, networking and sharing ideas,” Kirby said. “We have some of the best talent in the city here in Queens and this meet up series is designed to help strengthen those connections and advance the innovation and creativity our borough is known for.”
The event also has the backing of the LIC Partnership, which is also a co-organizer.
“We are excited to co-host another great Queens Tech Night, where our incredibly diverse Queens tech community gets to meet, mix and make great connections, including with friends from across the five boroughs,” said LIC Partnership President Elizabeth Lusskin.
“The Queens Tech community is the beating heart of tech’s future in NYC, and we’re proud to help foster and share it with all. Our co-hosts represent the many kinds of Queens tech that are driving innovation, and having a great time doing so together.”
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This is quite important because many immigrants come to Queens for better opportunities. Coding can be a fantastic opportunity for a newbie. Going to coding bootcamps instead of expensive 4 year colleges…


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