NYC Center for Responsible AI

Submission Deadline
August 5, 2019 at 4:00 pm

The development of AI and the exponential growth of data promises smarter decisions and greater efficiencies. These advances can be used to strengthen communities, improve lives and lift business and government performance. At the same time, risks are emerging around responsible data and AI, including privacy and security, and the ethics of AI-enabled decision-making, such as bias, explainability and accountability. NYC can lead in the practice of responsible data and AI by creating an ecosystem that supports innovation with clear benefits for the public. NYC is home to large corporations investing in this technology, world-class academic institutions that spur innovation and train students, a burgeoning tech start up ecosystem, and an engaged and active civil society. There is a significant opportunity for public value to be created by driving innovation and convening these perspectives to ensure applied ethics in data and AI.

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is seeking an Operator, team of Operators, or multiple Operators to implement the NYC Center for Responsible AI. This includes a physical space that houses four activities: The Applied Research Lab, Data Collaboratives, Talent and Education Program, and the AI for Good Program. The NYC Center for Responsible AI is a holistic approach to advancing innovation and beneficial uses of data and AI, while ensuring the growth of this industry is done so in a responsible and ethical manner.

NYCEDC plans to select an Operator or Operators on the basis of factors stated in the RFEI which include but are not limited to: the quality of the proposal, the quality of the respondent team(s) and any subcontractors proposed and the operational and financial feasibility of proposed activities.

It is the policy of NYCEDC to comply with all federal, state and City laws and regulations which prohibit unlawful discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status and other protected category and to take affirmative action in working with contracting parties to ensure certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) share in the economic opportunities generated by NYCEDC’s projects and initiatives.

Respondents may submit questions and/or request clarifications from NYCEDC no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, July 15, 2019 Questions regarding the subject matter of this RFEI should be directed to [email protected] For all questions that do not pertain to the subject matter of this RFEI, please contact NYCEDC’s Contracts Hotline at (212) 312-3969. Answers to all questions will be posted by Monday, July 29, 2019 on this page.

Detailed submission guidelines and requirements are outlined in this RFEI, available as of Thursday, May 9, 2019. In addition to being able to download the document above, the RFEI is available for in-person pick-up between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from NYCEDC, 110 William Street, 4th floor Mailroom Bid Desk, New York, NY (between Fulton & John streets). Responses are due no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, August 5, 2019. Please submit  four (4) hardcopies and one (1) digital copy on USB  of your expression of interest to:

NYCEDC, One Liberty Plaza 165 Broadway, 14th Floor – Mailroom, New York, NY 10006
Attn: Maryann Catalano, Chief Contracting Officer

Optional Information Session

Please find date, time and location listed below. Those who wish to attend should RSVP by email to [email protected] by 5:00 pm on May 28, 2019.

Wednesday,  May 29, 2019
9:30 am
NYCEDC, 110 William Street, NY, NY 10038, 6th Floor

Companies who have been certified with the New York City Department of Small Business Services as Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (“M/WBE”) are strongly encouraged to apply.  To learn more about M/WBE certification and NYCEDC’s M/WBE program, please visit http://www.nycedc.com/opportunitymwdbe