New York City's first Chief Digital Officer, Rachel Haot, is a very busy lady. She's charged with managing the digital universe of one of the planet's most technologically advanced cities. Haot's most recent accomplishment was heading up the relaunch of NYC.gov, the digital face of New York City. And during her keynote speech this afternoon at Engadget Expand, Haot opened the show with a powerful statement about the Big Apple's tech sector: "Today more than any other time, we really are experiencing a golden age of technology in NYC."
In Haot's eyes, this "golden age" is being spearheaded by several factors. First, 3D printing. "New York City is arguably the 3D-printing capital of the world," she noted, with reference to MakerBot, littleBits and more. It's a trend that's emblematic of NYC's transformative history, reinventing itself repeatedly across the past 400 years.