There’s much more to Facebook than its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., as the social network is following up the one-year anniversary of its Boston office Tuesday with a gathering at its New York office Wednesday evening, aimed at welcoming the local tech community.
Facebook New York is an official sponsor and participating judge in the fifth annual NYC BigApps 2014 competition, led by the office of New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Economic Development Corp. and aimed at spurring “the brightest minds in the New York tech ecosystem” to solve the city’s toughest problems with products including applications, hardware, and games.
Many buildings in Manhattan walk the fine line between maintaining their lush histories and upgrading their interiors and amenities to keep up with today’s needs, and Facebook’s new office at 770 Broadway is no exception, as many of the social network’s New York-based employees found out Monday, which was moving day into the Frank Gehry-designed space.
Serkan Piantino is keeping busy these days. The Facebook engineer who astonishingly took timeline from concept to rollout in half a year and gave news feed, the idea, legs to walk on is now charged with staffing the social network’s New York engineering wing, which opened in January with scads of new talent, Wired reports.
If Facebook can make it there, it’ll make it anywhere: The social network announced Friday that it will open an engineering office in New York early next year.