Event Recap: Ultra Light Startups Pitch Night @ Microsoft

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 11:00am.
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Last night I attended Ultra Light Startups pitch event at the NEW Microsoft headquarters off of Times Square (here is my original post). While the setting was new (and very beautifully designed) the pitch format was classic Ultra Light with a panel of venture capitalists offering feedback to presenting startups, followed-by the audience voting on the top three presenters and top 2 panelists. (see full list of presenters/panelists listed below) Overall, the event was a fascinating chance to step inside the mind of a VC and the classic, startup pitch process. Some presenters failed to meet the high expectations of the panel, while others, like the two winners, Shareswell and LessonFace.


We ♥ It Continues to Takeover the Social Networkverse

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 9:42am.
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The Interwebs Grow Even More Image-based
Yes, "social networkverse" is not a real world, but it just might become a part of the netymology very soon. Regardless, We ♥ It the 30 Million+, image-based & Pinterest-like startup that is taking over said "networkverse" just might be the next big thing. While Pinterest skews over 25 y/o, We ♥ It is decidedly younger. With 80% of users under 25 & over 70% female.

Pinterest, only Pinker?
Perhaps, like Facebook, Pinterest just isn't young & hip enough for the Millennial set? Regardless, it is interesting to watch this network as a potential source of social media marketing, content dissemination and from a sociological perspective, a sign that the "collaborative economy" is indeed well under way. My big question, if young women and girls are rapidly flocking to this platform, where are young men going?


Outreach Event: The Value in the Vault, 05.20.14

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 2:25pm.
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Friends of EdLab, NYC Media Lab, is hosting an upcoming panel discussion, "The Value in the Vault" @ Shutterstock HQ on Th. May 20th from 6-7:30 during Internet Week. The evening will focus on the future of sharing archival materials (multimedia, images, articles etc.) across digital devices & multiple platforms. The panel looks outstanding (& includes a Columbia U Data Sciences/Engineering Prof) and well worth the FREE price tag! ;) I am hoping to dig-up more NLT leads (profiles etc.) and to meet new potential readers of NLT and users of our tools.

Panel Includes:
-Jim Chou, CTO at Shutterstock
-Marc Frons, CIO at The New York Times


Introducing the 3 Second Intro

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 9:45am.
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YouTube just announced a new option for content creators to add a 3-second intro dubbed "channel branding intro." Although, the intro is for individual vids & not the channel as a whole. What do you feel could be possible benefits of these short content "teasers?" Pitfalls? Imagine if we lengthened #GroundBREAKERS and added a 3-second trailer?


#NYTechDay 2014 Recap

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 04/25/2014 - 11:00am.
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Yesterday, I ventured down to the 92nd Street Piers in Midtown for this year's #NYTechDay (see this post covering last-year's event). While not ideally situated for public transit, the event space is always an exciting opportunity to venture down to NYC's port.

Upon arrival, I was immediately struck by Columbia Business School's branding of the large freight elevators you must take to get to the event floor (see image below). I vote yes on elevator decals! Once inside, I quickly checked-in, grabbed a wrist band and entered the show. Columbia B School was one of the first booths I encountered and it was great to see Friend of EdLab, Zak Schwarzman.


Will Social Media Help Train Better Writers?

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 04/23/2014 - 10:13am.
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(Image source: Flickr user Jessica Spengler "Book Vending Machine Gatwick Airport")

This is the unique suggestion made by producer, actor and writer B.J. Novak highlighted in this Mashable.com article. As Novak describes:

"I think there’s a chance we’ll have a better generation of writers than we’ve ever had because of the social media age, " [...] “When you write on social media, there’s an audience. It could be people who’ve heard of you or it could be your seven best friends but you are very conscious of writing for an audience,"


Disrupting Disruption: Disrupt Magazine

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:16pm.
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I discovered Disrupt Magazine, a digital *magazine, movement and media platform founded by, Houdan Ibrahim, via Twitter and the auto-generated message I received via email alerting that they were now a follower. However, I usually ignore these messages (usually), what stood out for me and caused me to dig deeper is their @DISRUPT_MGZN description:

DISRUPT Magazine
The Freshest and Most Provocative Magazine in Social Innovation. Creatively Destroying Ideas That Don't Serve Humanity. Issue 02 is out now.

Moving further along, their site, while overly stark in black and white contrast, has a really interesting mix of text, video and commercial resources. Also, their "About" description (excerpted below), is intriguing and hard to ignore:

Merge intellectual rigor, passion to lay the foundations for a 21st century enlightenment with attention to aesthetic and you get Disrupt Magazine. We are an army of visionaries.We are in the business of breaking things and breaking systems. We believe in doing so through entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.


Americans Predict the Future

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:43am.
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(Sortie de l'opera en l'an 2000Albert Robida [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, circa 1882)

Pew Research (Internet Project) recently released a fascinating study focused on American's views of future tech advances. Although technology and scientific innovation are overwhelmingly viewed as potentially positively impacting future life, Americans still have doubts about certain advances (designer babies, drones etc.). Interestingly, education and learning are not mentioned. Will "learning" be so ubiquitous as to make traditional learning obsolete? Will the brain implants predicted become an augmented learning device? Only time will tell. Most surprising to me is the negative view of wearable devices (& implants) that provide constant "information about the world around them." Not surprising, if you are keeping abreast of the disturbing "upskirt" debacle, but women are the most skeptical of these devices.


EdLab GroundBREAKERS in the NEWS

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:44pm.
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This has been a big few weeks for EdLab GroundBREAKERS (& Seminar/Demo Night) alums!

Domi Enders who presented an EdLab GroundBREAKERS interview, seminar and corresponding Spring Demo Night performance is a finalist in the prestigious (& prodigiously funded) Penn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Contest.

Also, language learning platform, Busuu, whose founder, Bernhard Niesner, was one of my VERY FIRST GroundBREAKERS interviewees, was just awarded an exclusive deal with Pearson to support TEFL. (Note the paper backdrop in the last interview and amateur directorial efforts in the vialogue below - all me!). It is great to see companies and people who have been a part of the EdLab LaunchPad ecosystem find success!


Potential Lighting Inspiration for the 4th Floor

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:58pm.
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I came-across this industry-focused lighting blog (High 5 research can take you in interesting directions!) full of innovative lighting case studies. Perhaps we can draw inspiration from the featured projects for our work redesigning the 4th floor?

What are your thoughts on some of these (mostly LED-based) "lightscapes?" What is the future of lighting? How might tools and apps like Hue from Philips help us to create an even more powerful experience with the 4th floor space?

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