The New York City tech scene has always been overshadowed by so many other industries. Unlike Silicon Valley, which is known as the headquarters for the world's biggest tech corporations, New York is too much of a mixed bag of ideas to ever be taken seriously as a founding father of technology. And what is most strange about the city's lack of tech identity is how the nature of startups would appear to be the perfect fit for New York City's cutthroat personality.
Household names like Google, Twitter, and Facebook all originated in Silicon Valley in California. And what tech-based legacy does New York have left in its name? Apparently, the city is still working on its aptitude for technology. Manhattan is said to be the birthplace of AOL and Tumblr, but it's a truth that not many would know unless a search has been conducted. Tech industries in the city are running through a sludge of activity from so many other fields like fashion and media, so much so that the general public hasn't taken much notice in the technological breakthroughs that are happening in New York.
With a handful of new tech companies aiming to strengthen the platform of startups in the city, there is still a lot of catching up to do to match the likes of Silicon Valley.
Since the opening of the new 7 Line subway extension at 34th Street and Hudson Yards, city investors are counting on a whim that the move will import more advanced activity to the neighborhood from the ground up.
The new station leads to the Javits Center, which according to its annual report, attracts millions of visitors each year. Its upcoming events are a string of tech based exhibitions. The Javits Center will showcase a celebration of digital content creation at Stream Con on October 30th, a festival for sound engineers at the Audio Engineering Society, followed by the Ad Tech Expo on November 4th, which will feature over 200 technology startups and forums. Microsoft's Cloud Roadshow is scheduled to take place the following day, on November 5th.
Meetup groups continue to hold down the fort, with hundreds of tech-based meetups circulating in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It's the best evidence of how the city is genuinely aiming to generate a healthy pool of technological talent. It may not be as sophisticated as the current system that's working for Silicon Valley, but it is a start.