EXPERIENCE THE CREATIVE POWER OF STUDENTS (& PLAY WITH ROBOTS)!

Join NYC FIRST on May 20 for our Igniting Ingenuity Benefit, honoring Michael Dubno and David Siegel. At this unique Benefit event, you’ll tinker with robots, enjoy great food and cocktails, and engage with students who are changing the world at our STEM Centers and robotics leagues.

You’ll support our vision for a new STEM-based civic infrastructure that empowers young people from every background and from every part of this great city, advancing excellence and equity.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you.
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Join Us In Honoring
Michael Dubno and david siegel

Michael Dubno

Inventor and Entrepreneur
Retired, Goldman Sachs


Michael Dubno serves as co-chair of NYC FIRST, alongside David Siegel, but he has manytitles and wears many hats, such as inventor, maker and explorer. He is known to many as a Wall Street legend and tech prodigy.

Dubno began his career in computer programming as a student at the Bronx High School of Science, where he taught himself how to program on the school computers. In 1982, he founded Megasoft and released the video game “Megalegs” for Atari computers.

In 1985, Dubno was hired by Fischer Black at Goldman Sachs, who recruited him specifically for his adept programming skills. Within the company, he developed trading systems and utilities, and started their Securities DataBase (SecDB), which helped position Goldman Sachs as thepioneer in the tech-integrated trading sector. Dubno went on to create the Goldman Sachs Financial Workbench, one of the first sophisticated financial analysis websites. He retired from Goldman Sachs in 2002 as Chief Technology Officer. In 2010, Dubno was hired by Bank of America as CIO of Global Markets Technology, where he launched Quartz, a system mirroring the triumph of Goldman Sachs’ Securities Database.

Today, Dubno runs Gadgetoff, an organization he co-founded alongside his brother, which convenes leading innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs in an annual event that combines fun with a serious discussion of business and the future.

David Siegel

Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Two Sigma
Chairman, Siegel Family Endowment

David Siegel is a computer scientist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Two Sigma, a financial sciences company, where he currently serves as co-chairman. Inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, David was drawn to computer science at a young age and developed a deep interest in programming. This interest sparked a life-long passion for building intelligent computational systems, reflecting his belief in technology’s potential to improve virtually every human endeavor. 

David’s philanthropic efforts underscore his conviction that education, science, and technology are the keys to a better world. In keeping with this vision, he founded Siegel Family Endowment in 2011 to support organizations and leaders that will understand and shape the impact of technology on society. David’s interest in robotics brought him to a competition hosted by NYC FIRST, and seeing kids become excited and engaged about science and engineering through building robots inspired him to become more deeply involved. David serves as Co-Chairman, along with Mike Dubno, of NYC FIRST.

Board Of Directors

Armen Avanessians
Gilda Barabino
Michael Dubno
Ulrike Hoffmann-Burchardi
Ann Kirschner
David Siegel
Karl Sprules
Michael Zigman
Tribeca 360
10 Desbrosses Street New York, NY 10013
For more information, please contact Michelle Sharkey, Director of Development: michelle@nycfirst.org