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As Tim O’Reilly noted, government, at its core, is about doing together what we can’t do alone. In the past few years, New York City has positioned itself as a premier city for technology startups and technocratic government policy. In 2012, with 1 in 5 new jobs in America were created in NY State, New York led the nation in new job creation. At the same time, NYC further cemented its roots in innovation through a first-in-the-nation open data legislation and further expanding entrepreneurial opportunity for all. 2013 is a critical time for innovation and having businesses involved. This presentation outlined how NYC is using collective action to innovate and solve challenges (e.g. BigApps, Open Data, and Reinvent Payphones).