The Urban Tech Hub of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech is a new venture in New York City that generates applied research, fosters an expanding tech ecosystem, and cultivates the next generation of leaders in urban technology. Our goal is to shape the field of urban tech with a human-centered approach that focuses first on the people that use the technology. We advance technology research and education to build a better world by increasing access and opportunity within the tech sector.

Based at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, the Urban Tech Hub leverages the resources of Cornell University and brings together researchers, engineers, scientists, urban tech companies, government agencies, and community organizations to address the challenges facing cities today.

What Is a Hub?

A hub is a center of activity that bridges the gap between academic resources and public needs, organizing strategic partnerships between academia, industry, communities, and government. Hubs leverage the convening power of a major university campus to bring people together and undertake leading-edge research to advance the application of digital technology. Unlike traditional academic departments, hubs are agile and flexible, able to adapt research to be responsive to changing public and industry needs. The flexibility of hubs enables the Jacobs Institute, and Cornell Tech by extension, to remain current even as industry and technology change in ways that are impossible to predict.