NY Tech Meetup

We're thrilled to announce that the next NY Tech Meetup will be hosted at Civic Hall Union Square, the new home of the NY Tech Alliance!

NYTM is our signature event that has been a monthly staple for the NYC tech ecosystem since 2004. It is the world’s largest meetup group of its kind who have a common interest in learning from and helping one another. At each event, entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, and their teams demo cutting edge and transformative tech, answer questions from attendees and network with all in a fun-filled, energetic space. Since its creation, over 1,000 companies have participated and have been a driving force of innovation and job creation in NYC and the greater NY area.

It’s all about meeting a broad range of people based on your needs and having a "front row seat" to learn of the latest innovations that address market opportunities. This event is also a perfect place to start if you are new to tech, to New York City, or to the New York tech ecosystem. 

When: Monday, December 11, 2023 at 5:30pm ET (Doors Open) 
Where: Civic Hall Union Square, 124 E 14th Street (@Irving Place by Union Square)

5:30 PM - Doors Open
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome and Tech Demos  
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - After Party & Networking 

To register, please click on the "Buy Tickets" button below. All ticket purchases are final and tickets may not be exchanged or refunded.



Vlad Shifrin, Founder, Ion Card

Vlad Shifrin, a distinguished IT professional with over 20 years of experience, has successfully led multiple startups, demonstrating an innate ability to navigate the complexities of the business world. Currently running his own IT consulting firm, Vlad actively contributes to the vibrant NYC tech scene, showcasing leadership, industry expertise, and a commitment to driving success. He recently founded ION CARD, an innovative digital business card startup, advancing professional networking with forward-thinking and eco-friendly technology.


Jason Van Anden, Founder, Quadrant 2/Jotto

Jason Van Anden is an artist, inventor, and the creator of Jotto, which taps into the collective wisdom of crowds and redefines how we collect public feedback. Jotto invites anyone to effortlessly share their thoughts with voice, video, or text upon scanning a QR code. This simple  process—scan, record, done—eliminates the hassles of cumbersome forms, email exchanges, or password requirements. Jotto transforms  this feedback into comprehensive reports, complete with sentiment analysis and key insights, providing both qualitative and quantitative data that seamlessly integrates with existing tools.

Beyond his role as Jotto's creator, Jason is the CEO of Quadrant 2, a software development company celebrated for three impactful public engagement mobile apps dedicated to connecting people and catalyzing social change. Noteworthy among them is "I'm Getting Arrested," a panic button app crafted for Occupy Wall Street in 2011, allowing individuals to swiftly notify loved ones and legal representatives in the event of an arrest. Another influential app, "Mobile Justice," developed for the ACLU in 2012, empowers users to document and report incidents of police misconduct. Additionally, "WorkIt," the pioneering mobile AI chatbot introduced in 2016 for OurWalmart, aids workers in understanding their rights and accessing relevant resources. Jotto's roots trace back to these groundbreaking social justice apps.

Jason's creative endeavors aspire to steer us towards our better selves and have received extensive coverage in prominent publications like Wired, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.


Sandra Nam, CEO & Co-Founder, Qiqo

Sandra Nam, Co-Founder & CEO at Qiqo Inc., a B2B SaaS technology company helping trade associations create dynamic online marketplaces to connect their sponsors and members.
Sandra began her career as a marketing manager in NYC’s beauty and fragrance industry working on branding and product development. She then earned a masters degree in landscape architecture and gained leadership experience through designing and managing world-class urban, institutional, and cultural projects across the United States and abroad from the ground up. Sandra’s deep respect for small business owners started at an early age by having a front-row seat on the entrepreneurial journey of her Korean-American parents. Sandra co-founded Qiqo with a focus on trade associations to help small and medium-sized businesses drive innovation across industries.


Lucas Cioffi, CTO & Co-Founder, Qiqo

Lucas Cioffi is a West Point grad, software engineer, entrepreneur, and combat veteran. He is CTO at QiqoChat which is a platform for online communities, events, and marketplaces.
Lucas first got excited about the power of hybrid online/offline communities when he co-organized the OpenGov Community Workshop Series in partnership with six federal agencies (NASA, EPA, USDA, GSA, DOT, and Treasury) from 2009-2011. He was hooked once he saw the power of loosely joined professionals to work together once they find a common interest. Lucas served on the board of the 2000-member National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation for three years where he learned techniques for groups to bridge divides and work across differences. Building this collaborative approach into QiqoChat software every day is what he finds to be the most motivating part of his work. He focuses on providing organizations with tools they can customize and combine to enable their members to achieve collective impact.


Kelz Bethel, Co-Founder & CEO, Recess Labs

Kelz Bethel is the co-founder & CEO of Recess Labs. She is a 3 time tech founder, who successfully sold her previous venture before starting Recess. Kelz is driven by her unwavering commitment to creating impactful innovations that revolutionize access to mental health for all. Her passion and expertise in mental health was acquired through her graduate studies in psychology and work in behavioral research.
Kelz has been honored with numerous prestigious awards like the IESE Barcelona Business School Future Female Leaders Award. Being from Trinidad and Tobago Kelz was recognized as one of the region's top entrepreneurs from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada by the US Department of State. She actively shapes the future of her region by advising and guiding other Caribbean start-ups, serving on their advisory boards.


Lisanne Fellinger, Co-Founder & CTO, Recess Labs

Lisanne Fellinger is the co-founder and CTO of Recess Labs, bringing a dynamic fusion of neuroscience expertise and a decade-long experience as a software engineer.

Lisanne’s expertise in mental health complexities and cognitive processes has been garnered through her published research on the brain’s functional connectivity in treatment-resistant depression as well as the role of dopamine in brain regions on cognitive flexibility. In 2013, she made a career transition to software engineering, where she later established and ran her own software development company in Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisanne’s background in neuroscience, coupled with her business experience and her passion for backend software engineering, form the ideal combination, empowering her to steer Recess towards a horizon where technology merges with mental health to catalyze positive global-scale impact and change.


Tim Lytle, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Single Stop USA, Inc.

Tim Lytle has served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Single Stop since August 2022. Tim's strategic leadership has fueled rapid expansion, scaling efforts, and recruitment initiatives, establishing the company's inaugural strategic partnerships team.  Tim has led Single Stop to establishing new partnerships with a foothold in Energy, Healthcare and Human Resources while continuing to scale Single Stop’s traditional sectors of higher education and community based organizations. These efforts culminated in an impressive year-over-year growth of 141%.

Before assuming his current role, Tim held the position of Director of Inside Sales at EverCommerce, where he oversaw the growth of various companies within EverCommerce, Tim implemented scalable processes that fostered cohesion across multiple business lines. Before that, he led Updox's explosive growth in Spring 2020, ultimately leading to its acquisition just 10 months later.

Tim began his career in politics and government affairs first as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio Senate as well as providing government relations services for multiple companies.


Adam Haber, Co-Founder Trellus

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Adam has real experience creating jobs, attracting capital, and managing complex budgets. He had a 22-year career as a commodity options trader, has owned three restaurants (one of which had a Michelin Star), and is a non-operating principal of ScanlanKemperBard, a Portland, Oregon-based commercial real estate merchant bank. Adam is also an active member of the Long Island Angel Network and has invested in and advised multiple startups.

In January 2021, Adam and his partners launched Trellus Same-Day Local Delivery & Marketplace. They recognized that the continued expansion of Amazon and big- box e-commerce giants on Long Island makes it increasingly difficult for local small businesses and downtowns to compete on a digital landscape. Meanwhile, the COVID pandemic has had lasting impacts on the retail industry. Consumers increasingly shifted to online purchasing as delivery wait times became shorter. Adam and his team designed Trellus in response to these challenges and prioritized the best interests of independent small businesses. Trellus provides local businesses the technology platform and reliable network of gig-drivers they need to offer on-demand, same-day delivery. These merchants are empowered to handle their own fulfillment, as the Trellus pricing model doesn’t cut into their profits per transaction and makes sense for their bottom line. In turn, local customers can get the items they need faster and more conveniently, from trusted local businesses in their community.

Currently, 90% of Trellus deliveries are completed in under two hours and 100% of deliveries are completed same day. There are more than 425 Long Island and Westchester merchants on the Trellus network, which is growing each day and they have successfully completed 85k+ deliveries. Trellus is planning to the rollout of a new Marketplace platform Q1 2024, where customers and merchants will transact directly.

As CEO at Trellus, Adam works closely with his team and embraces his role as a community developer. He enjoys spending time connecting with local entrepreneurs and looks forward to strengthening NY Metro’s small business community for the future.


To register, please click on the "Buy Tickets" button below. All ticket purchases are final and tickets may not be exchanged or refunded.

  • December 11, 2023 at 5:30pm – 8:30pm
  • Civic Hall Union Square
    124 E 14th St
    New York, NY 10003
    United States
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  • $20.00 USD
  • Doug Binette

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$20.00 General Admission