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Public Safety.

Improving quality of life for residents through technology-driven solutions.

We Are Open JC

Open JC is a local, woman and minority-owned, social enterprise whose mission is to improve the quality of life for residents through technology-driven solutions.

Made in Jersey City, our goal is to create, implement and manage self-sustainable civic programs that impact communities through the intertwining of technology, community engagement and partnerships.

Akisia Grigsby

Founding Partner and Co-Executive Director

Emmanuel A. Simon

Founding Partner and Co-Executive Director

Sharad Hegde

Director of Engineering

Our Programs

Committed to community development, our primary focus covers improving the efficiency of key government departments, and implement technology solutions that solve existing community issues. Our holistic approach also aims to increase career preparedness of youth and adults for employment and entrepreneurship.


A ‘smart’ crime alert system for Jersey City residents created in partnership with the City of Jersey City and Google Ideas. Through this pilot program, residents will receive public safety messages on their mobile devices based on crime trends spotted in the Jersey City Police Department’s 911 dispatch call data.

Code for JC

A program of Open JC and a Code for America brigade, this hands-on active local community volunteer group collaborates with the Jersey City Government to build open data, open source and open government. Members believe in public sector innovation and the value of digital-government projects.

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Open JC is a sponsor of both the Winter and Summer 2015 Youth Assembly at the United Nations (YA@UN). YA@UN is a unique platform created to foster dialogue and generate partnerships between exceptional youth, UN high officials and staff, private sector, and civil society.

In the Media

Every good cause deserves good coverage

Google grant helps kick off Jersey City program for public safety alert system

Mayor Steven Fulop & Open JC Announce Pilot "Smart" Crime Alert System For JC

Jersey City to launch mobile crime-alert system

Open JC Panel Discussion: Youth and Civic Tech