Early Bird Tix Now Available for Summit 2021: Future Imperfect

Early Bird Tix Now Available for Summit 2021: Future Imperfect Plus, NYCML Welcomes Matt MacVey as Community & Project Lead View this email in your browser

Welcome to the August edition of the NYC Media Lab newsletter.

We’re excited to welcome Matt MacVey to the Media Lab. Matt has been a longtime member of our community, and now he’s going to lead our AI for Local News initiative we’ll be launching in the fall. Matt’s enthusiasm and passion for innovation is infectious, and we’re looking forward to doing great things together.

We’re all working on planning the upcoming NYC Media Lab Summit 2021: Future Imperfect. It’s our 6th annual Summit, and this year, more than ever, technology is at the center of a world of amazing possibilities and difficult conundrums. So grab a discounted early bird ticket and get ready for an exciting fall.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon, virtually or in person.


Steven Rosenbaum
Executive Director
NYC Media Lab
steve@nycmedialab.org NEW & NOTEWORTHY Purchase Your Discounted Early Bird Tix for “Summit 2021: Future Imperfect”

New York City’s tech and media sectors have been fielding many curveballs. And yet, in the face of disruption we continue to innovate, no matter how uncertain the future may seem at times. In the spirit of endless innovation and exploration, NYC Media Lab is thrilled to host “Summit 2021: Future Imperfect” from October 6–7, 2021.

Our two-day online conference will once again bring together 1,000+ virtual attendees from NYC Media Lab’s core community — including executives, university faculty, students, investors, and entrepreneurs — to explore the future of media and tech in New York City and beyond.

Discounted early bird tickets are now available through September 15 (they’ll save you $10 per ticket). Are you a current student, faculty member, or friend of the NYC Media Lab? Go ahead and reserve your free ticket (and be sure to register using your .edu email address). Register here.

NYCML Welcomes Matt MacVey as Community & Project Lead, AI for Local News Initiative

We’re thrilled to welcome Matt MacVey as the Community & Project Lead for the AI for Local News initiative, supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Most recently, Matt worked on the launch of the Journalism Creators Program which teaches journalists to start their own niche publications. And previously, he was an Academic Program Specialist at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism (CUNY) where he ran the Emerging Tech lab, created programming and resources about storytelling with AR &VR, and started the CUNY AR/VR group.

Matt has led workshops and presentations at ONA, WAN-IFRA, Civic Hall, the Latino Media Summit, and Allied Media Conference. He holds an MA in Journalism from the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism (CUNY) and a BA in Economics from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. Watch the Immersive Music Studio Demos via ASCAP Experience 2021

Twelve weeks ago, four university and startup teams set out to answer the following question: How can emerging tech help artists and fans reimagine how we make and interact with music?

We’re now at the culmination of the ASCAP x NYCML Immersive Music Studio Challenge and we’re proud to report that the results are extraordinary. From AI music to BCIs, these cutting-edge prototypes blew our minds, and we’re confident they’ll do the same for you.

You’ll be able to watch each demo via the ultimate music creator community and event series — ASCAP Experience 2021. Sign up to watch the demos for free during the “Algorithm Nation” session on August 12th, then share your thoughts on which project has the most potential for a positive impact on the music creator community.

APPLY NOW: The New York Times NLP/CV + Journalism Researcher Fellowship

NYC Media Lab & The New York Times R&D team are seeking university researchers to explore applications of natural language processing (NLP) and computer vision (CV) in journalism.

Project Concept: NLP, one of the most active fields within AI, seeks to help machines understand human language. Advancements in NLP now power everything from voice assistants and automatic voice transcription to intelligent text analysis and new tools that can generate text. The New York Times R&D team is interested in the potential these breakthroughs may hold for journalism.

Interested in applying for the fall 2021 fellowship? Submit your application. (And please note the August 13, 2021 deadline!)

For additional questions, contact erica@nycmedialab.org or info@nycmedialab.org.

We Experienced Arcadia Earth — And You Should, Too

Earlier this year, we welcomed Arcadia Earth to our inspiring Verizon Innovative Learning cohort. And just last week, we got to experience, firsthand, Arcadia’s immersive AR journey through planet Earth.

Born out of a 2017 promise to inspire positive environmental change, Arcadia Earth’s interactive art exhibition leads awestruck visitors through a series of rooms that highlight the most pressing environmental issues of our time, from coral reef decline and overfishing to carbon emissions and plastic pollution.

With a borrowed iPad in hand, we were able to unlock AR triggers on the floors and walls while quizzing ourselves on harrowing climate crisis-related facts like “How much plastic does the average person unintentionally eat?” (The answer is one credit card per week. Gross.)

But the exhibition isn’t all doom and gloom. Throughout each themed room, the curators thoughtfully weave in individual calls to action. For example, did you know that a single drop of chemical sunscreen is enough to contaminate a coral reef environment the size of 6.5 Olympic-sized swimming pools? Here’s how we’re trying to help: We vow to choose reef-safe sunscreen like Raw Elements’ mineral-based products. Thanks for the easy, actionable tip, Arcadia Earth. ✌️🌎🌊

Watch Movers & Shakers Co-Founder Idris Brewster Talk With Will Smith & Trevor Noah

Movers & Shakers co-founder Idris Brewster talks with Will Smith & Trevor Noah

“Black and Brown narratives are being systematically erased from our public spaces and classrooms.”

Don’t miss Movers & Shakers co-founder Idris Brewster talk with Will Smith and The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah about the innovative ways he’s working to make America more inclusive. Hint: Through the NYC Media Lab x Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge.

Watch Idris on “Amend: The Fight for America.” EXPLORING THE FUTURE OF NYC NYC, Berlin, London, & Paris Announce Collaboration to Support Economic Recovery in Cultural & Creative Sectors

NYCEDC joined Berlin, London, Paris, Bloomberg Associates, Nitrous, and Microsoft to form the Global Innovation Collaborative — a partnership to reignite and strengthen businesses as they recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

On June 1, 2021, the Global Innovation Collaborative announced the launch of the Creative Cities Challenge, a competition designed to develop innovative solutions to speed economic recovery in the cultural and creative sectors. The Challenge sought proposals to pilot innovative solutions from technologists, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, data scientists, researchers, designers, architects, and creatives that will support the growth of creative production.

Innovators will be selected by partner cities and given access to city systems, services, and staff to pilot ground-breaking new programs in local government. One winner from each city will be announced on December 1, 2021. As proud New Yorkers and mindful global citizens, we can’t wait to see the fruits of their labor!

NYCML Exec Director Steve Rosenbaum Featured in NYC Future Report

How do we spark a lasting and inclusive recovery in New York City? The Center for an Urban Future set out to answer this question by sourcing 250 ideas from over 175 New Yorkers to revive NYC’s economy, spark good jobs, and build a more equitable city — all featured in their July 2021 report titled “Re: New York City.”

NYC Media Lab’s executive director Steve Rosenbaum weighed in with idea number 190: Launch a startup culture card to retain and grow startups and tech talent. Check out the full list of 250 ideas.


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