Sept 2020: Andrew Yang to Keynote NYC Media Lab Summit Plus 3D journalism, the social dilemma, & the future of tech View this email in your browser
Welcome to fall 2020. It will most certainly go down in the history books. Remote working with a chill in the air. Education and our partner programs learning to adapt and grow in a virtual world. And, big complicated questions about how technology impacts our lives, our communities, and our democracy. October 7th, 8th, and 9th, we’re excited to have all of you join us — virtually — for an event that we think will be provocative and inspirational. We’re excited to convene, converse, and collaborate with you. Please sign up here and join us. We’ve got some surprises in store.
Steve@NYCMediaLab.org NEW & NOTEWORTHY Just Announced: Andrew Yang to Keynote NYC Media Lab Summit 2020
We are thrilled to announce that Andrew Yang will keynote our biggest event of the year: the NYC Media Lab Summit 2020. From Oct 7–9, our 100% virtual conference will bring together 1,000+ executives, investors, entrepreneurs, university faculty, and students to explore the future of media and tech in New York City and beyond.
This year’s speaker line-up features some of the brightest minds in media and tech, including Tristan Harris, Andrew Yang, Nina Jankowicz, Cory Doctorow, and Jay Rosen. Through thought-provoking discussions, engaging workshops, and innovative demos, attendees will be at the forefront of change as we delve into the most pressing issues of this pivotal moment in history. Reserve your FREE tickets today! #BuildTheFuture2020 Watch The Social Dilemma on Netflix
The Social Dilemma trailer
We can’t wait for Tristan Harris to kick off the NYC Media Lab Summit 2020 with his opening keynote on October 7th. If you’re not already familiar with the Center for Humane Tech Co-Founder’s work, we highly recommend checking out The Social Dilemma — the documentary-drama hybrid that explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations.
The provocative doc is currently trending in the US as a Netflix top 10. And no, the irony is not lost on us. Consumer Reports Data Privacy Challenge Kicks Off
After months of planning, the NYCML x Consumer Reports Data Privacy Challenge is officially underway! Director of Partnerships Erica Matsumoto has been enjoying working with these brilliant prototyping teams from NYU, Columbia University, The New School, and the University of Waterloo.
Throughout the fall 2020 semester, while working alongside and receiving guidance from the Consumer Reports’ Digital Labs, these 6 teams will explore real solutions, aiming to make privacy policies and terms of service more useful to average consumers. We can’t wait for Demo Day in early December 2020! Experience a Setting Just as a New York Times Journalist Did
What if readers could break free from 2D representation (e.g. photos) and experience a setting the same way a journalist did? Instead of just looking at a photo of a space, what if we could move through it?
The New York Times R&D team made a tool for reconstructing 3D scenes that helps readers see what journalists see on the ground — from anywhere. They’re essentially 3D photos readers can navigate.
Test out the 3D scenes for yourself here. And take a moment to imagine the possibilities this new technology creates for journalism and beyond! VIRTUAL EVENTS SEPT 16: Conversation + Q&A w/ Arlan Hamilton, author of It’s About Damn Time
Join Tech Ladies for a conversation and Q&A with Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, and author of It’s About Damn Time.
Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She’s the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that’s dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBTQ+. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now raised more than $10 million and invested in more than 130 startup companies led by underestimated founders.
Arlan was featured on the cover of Fast Company magazine in October 2018 as the first Black woman non-celebrity to do so, and her new book It’s About Damn Time was released on Penguin Random House’s business imprint Currency in May 2020.
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.
Use code NYCMediaLabVIP for a 20% discount.
SEPT 30-OCT 2: Diversity + Media Career Summit
Join the Center for Communication for 3 days of inspiration, motivation, and connection at their 3rd Annual Diversity + Media Career Summit. Presented virtually this year, the Summit is designed to help students and recent grads break into the business and be successful in their early careers.
You’ll hear wisdom and actionable advice from trailblazers across the industry, and have the opportunity to network with recruiters from leading media organizations, including Hearst, Discovery, BuzzFeed, Nielsen, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and more. Register now!
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