Brownsville’s Osborn Plaza First Installment of The Innovation Lab Program

Osborn Plaza, a public space in the heart of Brownsville, will serve as the anchor site for the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab’s public programs and technology demonstrations.

The first set of technologies to be demonstrated at Osborn Plaza will include a trash bin that can alert sanitation crews when it is full, a bench that doubles as a cell phone-charging station, and an interactive digital kiosk with a variety of possibilities, including engaging Brownsville residents with neighborhood data and opportunities to participate in the Neighborhood Innovation Lab.

This initiative is overseen by Brownsville’s Tech Community Advisory Board.

Brownsville Community Justice Center serves as the lead community partner for the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab, and has led the formation of a community tech advisory board consisting of residents and civic leaders, including community organizers, local entrepreneurs, and social service professionals.

In the months ahead, these community leaders will play a critical role as strategic advisors involved in the local governance of the initiative, including helping to shape public programs and technology demonstrations in Osborn Plaza and throughout Brownsville.

Community advisors include:

Jimmi Brevil – Brooklyn Community Board #16
Pernell Brice, III – Dream Big Foundation
Lloyd Cambridge – Progress Playbook
Anthony Collins – Bloc Bully IT Solutions
Nakisha Evans – City University of New York
Duane Kinnon – The Kinnon Group
Erica Mateo – Brownsville Community Justice Center
Daniel Murphy – Pitkin Avenue BID
Layman LeeBrownsville Partnership
Quardean Lewis-AllenMade in Brownsville
Johnnymae RobinsonWhat About The Children
Mary TobinBrownsville Partnership

Additional partners include:

Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Office of Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
Office of NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton
Office of NYS Assembly Member Latrice Walker
Office of NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal
Brooklyn Public Library

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