CUNY to Host Annual Public Interest Technology University Network Conference

The City University of New York (CUNY) will host the annual Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Convening on Oct. 28-29 at the CUNY Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island St. George.Cuny

The two-day event – in partnership with the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden – aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, designers, computer and data scientists, and those interested in using technology for the public good.

The event will focus on climate justice, food justice and racial justice. Journalist Julian Brave NoiseCat and activist Ingrid LaFleur will be keynote speakers.

“CUNY is so proud to host the national convening of PIT-UN. Ensuring that technology can deliver solutions for the public good is crucial, and interdisciplinary research, curriculum development and demonstration projects are core to this mission. The results will be a positive catalyst for social justice in vital areas like climate, health and economic mobility,” said Dr. Tamera Schneider, CUNY associate vice chancellor and university vice provost of research. “CUNY shows how innovative research and curricula can elevate student voices to solve challenges in their own communities. We are eager to help model this approach for leaders throughout higher education, in cooperation with PIT-UN and its member schools.”

PIT-UN – a partnership of 48 colleges and universities convened by New America, the Ford Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation – intends to develop and expand the field of public interest tech. Last year, $3.61 million in PIT-UN Challenge Grants were awarded to 31 recipients.