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Marissa Shorenstein
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Marissa Shorenstein, president AT&T New York, is responsible for the company’s regulatory, public policy and community relations initiatives across the state.
 


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Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

Posted by Marissa Shorentein on April 09, 2015

AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge

Marissa Shorenstein, New York State, President, AT&TDear Friends,

Last month, in front of more than 200 attendees of the Tech Valley Startup Meetup, AT&T launched the Tech Valley Civic App Challenge — a two-month challenge for local software developers, designers, and entrepreneurs to build smartphone apps that serve community needs.

AT&T partnered with University at Albany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, TechConnex (an affiliate for Center for Economic Growth) and local tech champions Tech Valley Center of Gravity, Saratoga TechOUT, Hudson Valley Tech Meetup, New York BizLab, Beahive, Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network, Accelerate 518 and Hack Upstate to bring this innovative challenge to the Tech Valley. 

You can click this video below to learn all about it

App Challenge Video
Coders participating in the challenge will compete for prizes totaling $18,000, and teams must include at least one member currently residing in one of the 19 counties that make up the Tech Valley or attend one of the region’s colleges or universities.

AT&T’s challenge has earned media coverage across the region including these highlights: 

 Ulster County Executive Invites Tech Companies to Participate in AT&T Civic App Challenge on Time Warner News
 University at Albany puts the call out that AT&T Tech Valley Civic App Challenge Seeks Mobile Apps to Address Region’s Social and Civic Issues
 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Inside Rensselaer describes how AT&T partners with area universities, businesses, and technology organizations to challenge local developers to create smartphone apps to serve the community
 Albany Business Review reports on how AT&T brings civic app challenge to Tech Valley 
 Troy Record shares Mobile provider, local tech hosting app contest

Submissions will be judged on their potential impact on the Tech Valley, execution and creativity or novelty. Among the judges are tech experts, community tech leaders and elected officials, including Senator George A. Amedore Jr., Assemblymember John T. McDonald III and New York State’s Chief Technology Officer, Kishor Bagul.

AT&T's commitment to the Tech Valley tech sector grows out of our company's multibillion dollar nationwide investment in the mobile communications network of the future.

By encouraging Tech Valley career technologists and students to explore smartphone software development the company spotlights the enormous demand for developers and engineers needed to create the software that will drive our mobile economy while keeping jobs in the Tech Valley.

You can get the latest updates on the challenge by following the hashtag #TechValleyATT on Twitter.

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Sincerely,

Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T

AT&T Pushes Mobile Tech Innovation in NYC

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on April 06, 2015
Dear Friends,

Marissa Shorenstein, New York State, President, AT&TAs New Yorkers, we rely on the city’s extensive transit system.

AT&T continues to push the envelope for what’s possible with mobile technology, challenging individuals to tap into their creativity to develop apps that will improve the travel experience for everyone in New York City.

Sincerely,

Marissa Shorenstein
President — AT&T New York 

YoTrain! Wins Grand Prize in AppQuest 3.0

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on April 05, 2015

An app that notifies you when the next train will arrive before you even reach the station won the $10,000 grand prize in AT&T’s most recent tech challenge.

YoTrain! uses voice alerts to automatically notify riders when the next train will arrive when they are within half a block of any station pre-set in their app.

AT&T, along with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Transit Wireless, and NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), announced the winners of AppQuest 3.0, the third technology competition of this kind.

AT&T pushes mobile tech innovation in NYCAppQuest 3.0 solicited the development of new mobile solutions designed to help improve commutes for millions of subway, bus and rail riders, with a specific focus on helping persons with disabilities.

The teams utilized newly available real time data from the MTA, as well as new beacon technology in developing the apps. Forty-three teams from 10 countries submitted apps, with eight teams winning $50,000 in prizes.

Other winners included NYC Accessible, an app which provides riders with real time information through email and/or text messages about subway station accessibility, including elevator/escalator locations and outages, and Departures NYC, which allows an individual to obtain bus departure information by simply pointing their mobile device at the direction of a bus stop to get departure times displayed on their screen.

AppQuest Winners 

Next Stop: Wireless Subway Stations

Posted by Marissa Shorenstein on April 04, 2015

In February 2015, 21 subway stations in Queens added wireless access, bringing nearly all of the borough’s 78 stations online. Transit passengers can make a call, send a text, or search the Internet from almost any station platform along their commute. The two remaining Queens stations, Jamaica-Van Wyck and Flushing–Main Street, are in the process of coming online. The Jamaica-Van Wyck station is expected to see the work completed by the end of March, and Flushing-Main Street station by the end of 2015. All 279 subway stations throughout NYC are expected to come online by 2017.

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