On Tuesday March 21 2017 at 6:30pm EDT the Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) will host a meetup – Tales from the Trenches: Stories of NYC Community Networks – at RISE New York. ISOC-NY is pleased to be the fiscal sponsor of NYC Mesh, a fast-growing Community Network that is providing an open alternative to traditional ISPs in NYC. It is driven by a mostly youthful cadre of keen hacktivists, who are learning as they go. It has been said that if we don’t remember our mistakes we are condemned to repeat them. With that in mind, and also to celebrate their successes, we have invited some pioneers of NYC community networks to visit and share their accumulated wisdom. SPEAKERS: Charles Rawls – Dorsai Embassy; Bruce Lincoln – Silicon Harlem; Dana Spiegel – NYCwireless; Tony Schloss – Red Hook Initiative.