THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2016 | 8 AM - 6 PM


AGENDA at a glance

September 22, 2016 | 8 AM - 6 PM

NYC Media Lab 16 is NYC Media Lab’s fifth annual summit. The full day event is a snapshot of the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media from universities in NYC and beyond. This is an opportunity for media executives, technologists, and decision makers to explore interesting technologies and applications related to the future of media. Through thought-provoking discussions, faculty-led workshops, and 100+ innovative demos, attendees will explore pressing issues related to digital media innovation. See full agenda.


8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome & Announcements

  • Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures
  • Euan Robertson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NYCEDC
  • Kai Falkenberg, First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
  • Justin Hendrix, Executive Director, NYC Media Lab

9:30 am Industry Keynote: Jim Bankoff, Chairman and CEO, Vox Media
10:00 am NYC Media Lab Research & Prototyping Showcase

  • Paul Horn, Senior Vice Provost of Research, New York University
  • Christian Guirnalda, Director, Open Innovation, Verizon
  • Amy Chen, Manager of Partnerships, NYC Media Lab
  • Robert Ruffler, Senior Director, Viacom NEXT
  • Rahel Jhirad, Director of Data Science, Hearst
  • Joe Inzerillo, Chief Technology Officer, MLB Advanced Media

11:20 am R&D Announcement: Winslow Burleson, Director, NYU-X Lab

11:30 am NYC Media Lab Combine: Five Startup Pitches

  • Satish Rao, Associate Director of Physical Sciences Licensing, Columbia Technology Ventures

12:00 Noon Lunch, Demo Expo & Workshops
3:30 pm Virtual Reality: The Next Three Years

  • Adaora Udoji, Angel Investor; Adjunct Professor, NYU
  • Kai Bond, General Manager, Samsung Accelerator NY
  • Ken Perlin, Professor of Computer Science, NYU
  • Jake Zim, Senior Vice President, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment

4:15 pm Faculty Keynote: Emily Bell, Founding Director Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School
4:45 pm Awards Ceremony
5:00 pm Cocktail Reception
6:00 pm End

Keynote Speakers


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Virtual Reality

the Next Three Years

VR is a new medium that draws from the best of many disciplines and techniques, such as art, engineering, animation, and game design. NYCML16 will host a panel discussion about its creative and commercial potential, to be moderated by the Lab's Executive Director Justin Hendrix.


Adaora Udoji, Chief Storyteller, Rothenberg Ventures; Adjunct Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Kai Bond, General Manager, Samsung Accelerator NY

Ken Perlin, Professor of Computer Science, NYU

Jake Zim, Senior Vice President, Virtual Reality, Sony Pictures Entertainment



Demo Expo


The Demo Expo at NYCML16 is an opportunity for students and faculty to meet representatives from the tech industry, potential investors and collaborators. With 100+ demos on view, the Expo Hall will be the year’s biggest pan-university media showcase in New York City. The NYC Media Lab will also award more than $25,000 in prizes to honor the most technical, impactful and creative projects.

Taiwan Startup Stadium

NYC Media Lab welcomes Taiwan Startup Stadium to NYCML16. 10 startup teams have travelled to present their startups. Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) is a hub that coaches Taiwan startups to go global and rock the world through intensive programs, strong leadership, and a broad network of global partners.

The future of media

NYC Media Lab connects technologists in digital media and technology companies with bright minds in New York City's universities in order to drive innovation and talent development. A public-private partnership launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Columbia University and New York University, the Lab hosts events and seed projects to foster collaboration across a range of disciplines core to the future of media. 



Columbia University in the City of New York

Alfred Lerner Hall 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Entrance to Lerner Hall is on Broadway