Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

Program ID:JacobsInstitute-FELLOW [#27829]
Program Title: Urban Innovation Fellow
Program Type:Fellowship or award
Program Location:New York, New York 10011-5204, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Urban Tech
Appl Deadline:2024/08/02 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2024/07/01, listed until 2025/01/01)
Program Description:    

Urban Innovation Fellows 

 The Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, in partnership with the City of New York is pleased to announce a call for applications for its inaugural Urban Innovation Fellows program. The Urban Innovation Fellowship is a result of the Mayor and Governors of New York’s “New” New York Panel and subsequent Making New York Work for Everyone Action Plan issued in December 2022. As part of that landmark report, 40 initiatives were identified to help support New York City’s recovery from the effects of Covid-19. One of the initiatives listed, Initiative 31, called for New York to become a center of urban innovation. Through a partnership between Cornell Tech and New York City Economic Development Corporation, Initiative 31 evolved into Pilot: New York City, a comprehensive plan to supercharge the adoption of technology in New York City government. 

The goal of the Fellows program is to act as a catalyst for developing more robust innovation processes in New York City. The program is administered by Cornell Tech to create a community of Fellows that will codify and share innovation best practices. Fellows will be employees of Cornell, giving them access to the University’s benefits package and other academic resources. 

The fellowship will recruit six elite Urban Innovation Fellows with a breadth of experience in both the public and private sectors to work directly in New York City government agencies to undertake projects that accelerate technology adoption in city agencies. Reporting to the Team Director, fellows will support city agencies innovative technology strategies, document progress in project implementation, and deploy data collection systems. Fellows will be responsible for rigorous management that accelerates project deployments and elevates best practices in government innovation. Urban Innovation Fellows will be responsible for helping run/develop at least one challenge-based procurement, which seeks to deploy a new technology in New York City (for example, the roll-out of micro mobility charging hubs in NYCHA apartment buildings). 

This fellowship will offer an unparalleled leadership opportunity that includes a hands-on learning experience supported by a national learning network and first-tier academic expertise. The program provides fellows a unique insight into government innovation coupled with access to senior leaders in academia and municipal government. The fellowship provides the opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking model that will bring positive change to New York City government. For this time-limited, 24 month appointment, each fellow will be hired by Cornell Tech and embedded in city agencies in person for a minimum of three days a week. 

Presently, it is anticipated that City agencies participating in the fellowship program include: 
*For an appointment with MOCS, The MOCS fellow will focus on improving/standardizing the City’s approach to, and implementation of, challenge-based procurement in addition to pursuing innovative technologies for agencies. 

Fellowship Components 



Timing and Compensation 
Urban Tech Fellows will be granted a two-year appointment at Cornell Tech, requiring in person work in city agencies up to four days per week and at Cornell Tech one day per week. Appointments are full-time positions as Visiting Scholars. Annual salaries range from $125,000-150,000, commensurate with experience, and are eligible for University benefits. 

Application Requirements 
For initial application consideration please submit the following: 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, for full consideration, please apply by 5pm EST August 2, 2024. 

Questions regarding the fellows program should be directed via email to urbantechhub@cornell.edu 

About the Urban Tech Hub 
The Jacobs Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech is a academic center in New York City that generates applied research, fosters an expanding tech ecosystem, and cultivates a new generation of urban technology leaders. The Hub bridges the gap between academic resources and public needs, organizing strategic partnerships between researchers, industry, communities, and government. We define “urban tech” as an emerging sector of technology encompassing innovations that make cities more connected, livable, efficient, and accessible for people and businesses alike. We bring a human-centered approach to urban tech focused on users by advancing technology research and education to build a better world by increasing access and opportunity within the tech sector. 

About the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute 
The Jacobs Institute fosters radical experimentation at the intersection of research, education, and entrepreneurship. Established jointly by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, our mission is to transform key industries through technological innovation, deep-tech startups, and uniquely skilled talent.

Application Materials Required:
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