August 2020: We’re exploring old New York, 5G, & the future of retail
August 2020: We’re exploring old New York, 5G, & the future of retail Recent articles in Time Out New York and Untapped NY feature Metro ARchive — the augmented reality app that brings the streets and buildings of old… View this email in your browser
It’s August and that means many of us are in recharge our batteries mode. If you’re getting a bit of downtime, we’re sure it’s well deserved. As you’ll see, the Media Lab has been engaged and productive with lots to share. We’re excited to welcome Abran Maldonado as Associate Director of the Verizon 5G EdTech Program. He’s smart and super-cool, and you’ll meet him soon. Our ASCAP and Havas projects both wrapped with amazing teams. And our Machines + Media 5-episode series with Bloomberg was a smash hit. You can screen episodes here if you didn’t catch them all. We’ve got a BIG announcement coming up… next week… so watch your email. Till then, stay cool — busy fall season just around the corner.
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NEW & NOTEWORTHY
Time Out & Untapped NY Feature Metro ARchive App from NYTimes Spatial Computing Challenge
Recent articles in Time Out New York and Untapped NY feature Metro ARchive — the augmented reality app that brings the streets and buildings of old New York to life before your eyes. Created by NYU Tandon Integrated Digital Media (IDM) students Samuel Avery Levin and McCoy Zhu, the app was conceptualized and built for the NYCML x NYTimes Spatial Computing for News Challenge.
The app’s 3 modes unlock history through various mediums: “Immersive” mode uses augmented reality to show how a building or site looked in the past. Switching to “historic” or “contemporary” mode gives the user voiceovers, blurbs, and articles to provide some context about the building’s architecture, history, and current status. The hope is that the Metro ARchive can integrate itself with print journalism experiences in addition to being something to use on-site in the streets.
The app is still in development and Levin and Zhu say they still have a ways to go until it’s ready for a major rollout. But in the meantime, we highly recommend signing up to test the Metro ARchive app here. NYCML & Verizon Explore the Future of Education With 5G
Our first annual Verizon Innovation Learning (VIL) Labs 5G Summit is officially on the books! From August 13–14, winners of NYCML x Verizon’s 5G EdTech Challenge demoed their innovative ed tech applications to an expansive virtual audience of educators, technologists, and executives.
Chosen from over 150 nonprofits and universities, these 8 teams piloted their products in Cleveland and now look forward to heading out into schools across the country to connect with teachers and collaborate on innovative ways we can use 5G to increase engagement, increase achievement, and prepare students for the workforce of the future. Whether teachers are using augmented reality to write Black and Brown history into American curriculum, or student teams work in virtual reality to build planets and put them into orbit, the learning possibilities with 5G are endless! ASCAP Participants Present Final Demos for Future of Music Challenge
The NYCML x ASCAP Future of Music Challenge crescendoed in a virtual demo day on August 13 where 5 teams presented their final prototypes that aim to unlock new ways we create and experience music.
We’ll be rolling out video clips of each prototype over the next week, so be sure to look for #ASCAPDemoDay on our Twitter and Instagram. And in the meantime, huge congrats to the following teams on a job well done!
- Chillers: Dana Bevilacqua, Michael Mcphee, Claire Pelofi
- CnC: Cy Kim, Cezar Mocan
- CoCreative: Son Luu, Sachiko Nakajima, Chenhe Zhang
- MIDI: David Azar, Arnab Chakravarty, Dana Elkis, Matt Ross
- Octavia Immersive: Jess Chase, Douglas Goldstein, Pippa Kelmenson, MaryAnn Talavera, Marcel Truxillo
David’s Bridal Partners With On-Demand Insights Platform Perksy Following Win in Future of Retail Competition
In an effort to reimagine wedding preparation by innovating to meet the needs of consumers through virtual solutions, the nation’s leading bridal retailer — David’s Bridal — has announced a partnership with consumer insights platform Perksy after participating in the NYCML x Havas Future of Retail Challenge.
Dubbed “the future of feedback,” Perksy is an on-demand consumer insights platform that powers contextual, in-the-moment research with everyday people through an interactive and gamified mobile app that rewards users for answering brand questions. David’s Bridal selected Perksy as the winner of a grant and the opportunity to pilot a program to enhance its own consumer experience. The company will use Perksy’s solutions to continue its digital transformation. Congrats, Perksy — we’re excited to play a part in the future of retail! NYCML Welcomes Abran Maldonado as Associate Director of Verizon 5G EdTech Program
As the Associate Director of NYC Media Lab & Verizon’s 5G EdTech Program, Abran Maldonado is instrumental in expanding the program’s impact to students and teachers, and scaling solutions to dozens of schools across the nation.
Abran is a tech entrepreneur, scholar, and lifelong advocate for disadvantaged youth. He co-founded Create Labs Ventures, a social venture that creates new opportunities for the underserved community to enter tech and media industries. He’s also a Gates Millennium Scholar, an award given to future community leaders, and holds degrees from St. John’s University, Columbia University’s Teachers College, and reached doctoral candidate status at NYU Steinhardt. We’re thrilled to have Abran on board! VIRTUAL EVENTS
NOW AVAILABLE: All 5 Episodes of Machines + Media
In partnership with Bloomberg, we recently streamed our 5th and final episode of Machines + Media — the virtual summer series which examined how AI, machine learning, computer vision, and other emerging technologies are changing how media is produced, distributed, and consumed, as well as their inevitable impact on society.
In case you missed it, all 5 episodes are now available to stream via NYCML’s website and YouTube channel:
- Episode 1: AI & Emerging Trends in Media Technology
- Episode 2: State of the Art in Machine Driven Media
- Episode 3: Tech Ethics: Diversity, Bias, Inequality, & Privacy
- Episode 4: Emerging Tech & New Media Platforms
- Episode 5: The Disinformation Industrial Complex
SEPT 14: Ethics and Privacy: Terms of Usage, a Data Science Day 2020 Virtual Event
As part of the Columbia University Data Science Institute’s flagship annual event, this virtual session will bring together thought leaders who are driving discussions on ethics and privacy in data science and engineering.
Ethics and Privacy: Terms of Usage will feature conversations and lightning talks on a range of topics, such as ensuring the responsible use of data, exposing algorithmic bias, and the benefits and risks of data sharing. Reserve your virtual seat today (free for current Columbia students, DSI industry affiliates, and NYC government).
SEPT 22–25: DSS Virtual Salon on Media, Advertising, & Entertainment
Data Science SALON | Applying AI and ML to Media, Advertising & Entertainment is the only global industry conference that brings together the brightest leaders in media, advertising, and entertainment in the data science field to educate each other, illuminate best practices, and innovate new solutions. Learn from practitioners, technical experts, and executives how to solve real-world problems by harnessing disruptions in data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cutting-edge technologies.
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