2020 Digital NY Summit

March 19, 2020  
Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Event Description


City & State's 2020 Digital New York will convene New York's information leaders from government and industry for a day-long, dynamic program of candid discussion and thought-provoking presentations on the innovative ideas being used to improve the delivery of services to both citizens and government agencies.



Jessica Tisch
Commissioner, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications
Assemblyman Clyde Vanel
Chairman, Internet and Technology Committee
Assembly member Clyde Vanel serves the 33rd Assembly district of Queens, New York, encompassing the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, St. Albans, Hollis, Queens Village, Bellerose and parts of Floral Park. Clyde Vanel is an attorney, entrepreneur, private pilot and community advocate for Cambria Heights, New York. Clyde is also chair of Subcommittee on Internet and New Technologies. He is the owner and operator of Vanel Law Firm, P.C. where he focuses on intellectual property law, business law and wills and estate planning. Clyde is also an Internet entrepreneur. He is the owner and operator of TrademarkReady.com which provides trademark filing and protection services. Additionally, Clyde is the founder of the New York Metro chapter of the Black Pilots of America, Inc. The organization trains and exposes the community and youth to the field of aviation. Through the organization, many youth and community members have been trained in pre-flight of an aircraft and aviation-related trainings. He holds a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Science and Technology Law. Clyde Vanel was raised in Cambria Heights, New York, with nine siblings. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Cordell Schachter
Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation
Cordell Schachter serves as the Chief Technology Officer/CIO for the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). He leads IT & Telecom and agency innovations that match cutting edge information technology to 21st century urban design principles for safer and more livable streets. Under Cordell’s leadership teams create, enhance, and maintain systems that increase safety and mobility; create smart, accessible, and sustainable infrastructure; create and follow best practices in software development, mapping, communications, public data, and customer service. Cordell tames high-risk, high-value projects and leads service management to deliver high customer satisfaction. He was named among the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for 2018 by Government Technology magazine. He received the 2017 Transportation Advancement Award from the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Metropolitan Section of New York and New Jersey. IT & Telecom has been recognized for outstanding performance over many years by the Center for Digital Government, ACT-IAC American Council for Technology - Industry Advisory Council, Amazon Web Services, and InformationWeek Magazine. He is a certified project manager by the Project Management Institute and IBM. He serves on the board of directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America and is a member of its autonomous vehicle and cybersecurity task forces. Cordell speaks and writes about the need for regulation to protect personal information, data security for digital systems, and the need for more transparent risk management of autonomous vehicle use on public streets. He teaches "Technology for Civic Innovation" as an adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Center for Urban Science + Progress and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and was a lecturer at Saint Peter’s University Master of Public Administration program in Jersey City, NJ.
Tariq Habib
Chief Information Security Officer, MTA
Tariq Habib is the Chief Information Security Officer at New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) where he's responsible for all aspects of MTA Information Security strategy and Operation. He brings a unique perspective of someone who is experienced in Intelligent Transportation Systems programs as well as has broad experience in the Security strategy and operations. With many years of Information Security experience, he's promoting an evolution of the security and risk management models. He has strong understanding of threat landscape, public policy and critical infrastructure systems security. Prior to his role as the CISO of MTA, he worked as the Chief Technology Officer for MTA Bridges & Tunnels.
Richard T. Jacobs
Assistant Special Agent In-Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI
Richard T. Jacobs is the assistant special agent in-charge of the Cyber Branch in the FBI’s New York office. The branch investigates national security and criminal cyber matters and responds to cyber incidents in the New York metropolitan area. In 2014, Mr. Jacobs helped establish the Financial Cyber Crimes Task Force, a multi-agency initiative targeting cyber crime and technology-based fraud schemes. Following graduation from the FBI Academy in 1999, Mr. Jacobs was assigned to New York where he investigated a variety of securities fraud matters. From 2002 to 2005 he played the role of a corrupt stock broker in a market manipulation undercover operation which resulted in the conviction of 49 individuals. In June 2010, he was selected to lead a Manhattan-based securities fraud unit which handled the Bernard L. Madoff and the Galleon Group insider trading investigations. He transitioned from financial crimes to cyber investigations in June 2013 as the acting assistant special agent in-charge of the Cyber Branch, and was named assistant special agent in-charge in October 2014. Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Jacobs was a risk manager on Wall Street. He holds a CISSP certification, a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in finance, and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in information technology at Carnegie Mellon University.
Deanne Criswell
Commissioner, New York City Department of Emergency Management
Deanne Criswell was appointed Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department in 2019. She is responsible for oversight of the City’s efforts to plan and prepare for emergencies, educate the public about preparedness, coordinate emergency response and recovery, and disseminate emergency information. As NYC Emergency Management Commissioner, Deanne has managed the City’s response to emergencies including extreme summer heat, power outages, and large fires. She has also coordinated the City’s readiness for planned events including the 2019 Ticker Tape Parade honoring the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. Prior to joining NYC Emergency Management, Deanne served as the leader of one of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) National Incident Management Assistance Teams (N-IMAT) and as a federal coordinating officer. In this role, Deanne was the primary Federal representative responsible for leading the agency’s response to and recovery from emergencies and major disasters, from severe flooding in North Dakota to hurricanes in South Carolina to fires in Colorado. She also served as the head of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Aurora, Colorado, where she led strategic change in the city’s emergency and disaster planning. During her tenure there, Deanne coordinated transitional housing and family reunification efforts in response to receiving 2000 evacuees from Hurricane Katrina. As an executive in the homeland security sector of the Cadmus Group LLC, Deanne served as a principal for clients at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as the private sector, providing exceptional technical expertise and the experience necessary to help her clients achieve their critical missions. As a member of the Colorado Air National Guard, Deanne served 21 years as a firefighter and Deputy Fire Chief. In 2001, she deployed to Kuwait to serve as a fire officer in crash fire rescue efforts, and in 2010, she deployed to Qatar, Afghanistan and Iraq to advise senior leadership on fire protection requirements for new and existing military bases. Deanne is a graduate of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education and Training and holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver and a Master of Science in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
Gale A. Brewer
Manhattan Borough President
Gale A. Brewer is the 27th Borough President of Manhattan. Since she took office in 2014, she has successfully passed legislation to reform the deed restriction process, add ‘caregivers’ to the city’s anti-discrimination law, remove criminal history questions from initial employment applications (the “Fair Chance Act”), and enforce requirements for street numbers on buildings in Manhattan (to aid emergency workers). She has also spearheaded community planning initiatives at the South Street Seaport, in East Midtown, and in other neighborhoods to address development and zoning issues. In 2018, Brewer served as Chair of the Large Cities Council of the National League of Cities, and has been named a member of their 2019 Human Development federal advocacy committee, which advocates NLC policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity, and immigration reform. Brewer previously served on the City Council for 12 years, serving as the founding chair of the Technology Committee and leading the Government Operations Committee. There, the Council passed her legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for most hourly employees, requiring all City data be published online, and protecting domestic workers from abusive practices. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Ruth Messinger, NYC Deputy Public Advocate, Director of the city’s Federal Office, and Executive Director of the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women. Brewer has an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and did her undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College.
Hassan Adekoya
Chief Information Officer, New York City Department of City Planning
Hassan Adekoya serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the New York City Department of City Planning and leads the progressive IT organization which innovates IT services in the area of data management, geospatial mapping, and digital services. Hassan has over 20 years of experience in New York City government including 4 years at the Office of Emergency Management, where he was instrumental for the design of the award-winning Situational Awareness System for Field Response. He holds numerous industry certifications as a Project Management Professional-PMP, Geographic Information Systems Professional-GISP to name a few. He also holds both an MPhil and MS in Computer Science from CUNY Graduate Center and New Jersey Institute of Technology respectively and a BA in Computer Science from Hunter College.
John S. Shegerian
John Shegerian is a serial social entrepreneur who focuses on solving global problems through game changing innovation to build successful, socially responsible impact companies. As cofounder and Executive Chairman of ERI, he has played a significant role in paving the way for the electronic recycling, data protection and ITAD industries as a whole. Building ERI from the ground up, Shegerian has helped lead ERI to its current standing as the largest fully integrated IT and electronics asset disposition provider and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company in the United States. Under his stewardship, ERI now has the capacity to process more than a billion pounds of electronic waste annually at its eight certified locations, serving every zip code in the United States. Shegerian is also a sought-after speaker, panelist and electronic recycling and ITAD industry authority, presenting “state of the industry” analyses at events all over the world, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. He has also authored articles on the industry for Recycling Today, E-Scrap News and various business journals and regularly provides his expert knowledge to news media, including The Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Gizmodo and Wired, among others. Shegerian is currently a member of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business’ Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Advisory Board and was named the Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California by Ernst & Young.
Joseph Hemway
Vice President of Information Technology & CIO, Pratt Institute
A Brooklyn native, Joe Hemway was selected as Pratt Institute’s first Vice President of Information Technology & CIO in June of 2006. He gained over 35 years of experience in technology and higher education administration at five universities in New York City. Joe’s areas of responsibility include a wide array of Pratt’s administrative and academic computing efforts, including information and cybersecurity, networks, telecommunications, and operational support services. He oversees a variety of advanced labs and digital fabrication and output centers that include robotics, machine learning, AI, AR/VR, data visualization and digital transformation. Joe received his Master’s Degree in Information Systems from Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and a Bachelor's Degree from St. Francis College. He is passionate about the social role of technology in creating new models of education to broaden its impact, particularly for disadvantaged groups. Joe has served on the Alumni Board of Directors at St. Francis College since 2007 and was President of the Board for two terms from 2008 to 2014. His other philanthropic/humanitarian activities include a range of disaster relief response efforts and fundraising for children with severe illnesses. Joe views his work both inside and outside of Pratt as part of his lifelong mission to rehumanize technology and to reclaim the innate creative capacity we all have within us.
Cale Teeter-Greg
Vice President of Federal Sales, GoTenna
Cale has over 20 years of experience in homeland security, defense, and public safety. As the Vice President of Federal Sales at goTenna, he is driving the adoption of the company’s innovative, low-bandwidth mesh networking technology in the public sector. Prior to goTenna, Cale served as the Senior Strategic Homeland Security Planner for the Brazos Valley Region in Texas, where he supported emergency communications, mitigation, and response plans for six federally declared disasters. Cale holds two master’s degrees; one in Homeland Security with an emphasis on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection from the Naval Postgraduate School, and another in Biology with an emphasis on Bio-Warfare from Texas Tech University. He is also a graduate of the Department of Homeland Security National Emergency Management Advanced Leaders Academy.

Breakfast & Registration


Keynote Remarks by Jessica Tisch, Commissioner, New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications and Citywide Chief Information Officer


Special Presentation by Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce


Keeping Up with Evolving Technology: Challenges and Opportunities for New York

New York City continues to grow as a worldwide leader and driver of technological innovation. However, this does not mean the city can always keep up with the ever-evolving landscape. Experts on this panel will assess how well government and the private sector are keeping up with rapidly changing systems, what opportunities exist for future growth, and how New York can remain a global leader in the technology sector.

  • Annie McDonough, Tech Reporter, City & State New York (moderator)
  • Assemblyman Clyde Vanel, Chairman, Internet and Technology Committee
  • Cordell Schachter, Chief Technology Officer, New York City Department of Transportation
  • Deshard Stevens, Chief Information Officer, New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • Hassan Adekoya, Chief Information Officer, New York City Department of City Planning
  • Joe Hemway, Vice President of Information Technology & CIO, Pratt Institute
  • Suri Kasirer, President, Kasirer

Special Presentation by Kamal Bherwani, CEO of GCOM Software


High Speed New York

Whether it be the internet, public transportation, or an online order, New Yorkers are always looking for one thing: more speed. How can New York continue to speed up processes across a variety of systems? This panel will look at expanding broadband access, implementing 5G networks, protecting net neutrality, modernizing transportation technology, accelerating infrastructure projects, and more, all in the service of moving things faster.

  • Sascha Segan, Lead Analyst, Mobile, PCMag.com (moderator)
  • Joshua Breitbart, Deputy CTO, New York City Mayor’s Office of the CTO  
  • Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, Sponsored Net Neutrality legislation
  • Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President
  • Ray Patalano, Senior Director Field & Channel Marketing, Americas Region. Ciena
  • Ana Rua, Government Affairs, NY City & State, Crown Castle
  • Joe Fasone, CEO, Pilot Fiber



21st Century Data Security

New York has made data security a priority over the last couple years. Our panelists will discuss next steps for data security in New York, recent threat trends, and how government agencies protect themselves and their data. In addition, the panel will highlight best practices to protect particularly sensitive data in areas including health care, education, cybersecurity and more.

  • Asha Abraham, Principal Architect, Cyber Security Strategies, HubSpire (moderator)
  • Tariq Habib, Chief Information Security Officer, MTA
  • Richard T. Jacobs, Assistant Special Agent In-Charge, Cyber Branch, FBI
  • John S. Shegerian, CEO, ERI
  • Anna Mercado Clark, CIPP/E, Partner, E-Discovery & Digital Forensics Practice Group Leader,  Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Das Nobel, Founder & CEO, MTX
  • René Aguero, Senior Manager Security Specialization Public Sector, Splunk



    Technology Partnerships for Resilient Infrastructure and Public Safety Services

    Because New York City is one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, it is also one of the most technologically vulnerable cities. Even with the latest innovations in place, the infrastructure and technology used to keep New Yorkers safe are never invincible in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. Our panelists will discuss how government agencies are balancing digital vs. analog, and how the public and private sector can work together to build resilient infrastructure and public safety services in the face of an emergency.

    • Jeff Coltin, City Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
    • Pat Murphy, Commissioner, New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
    • Deanne Criswell, Commissioner, New York City Emergency Management
    • Nicole Spina, Senior Project Manager, New York City Economic Development Corp.
    • Cale Teeter-Gregg, Vice President of Federal Sales, goTenna
    • Alex Jaimes, Chief Scientist & SVP of AI, Dataminr
    • Mike Krygier, Head of Digital Transformation Security for State and Local Government, Google Cloud 


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