Once again the Northside Festival descends upon Williamsburg kicking off with three days of panels, discussions, and presentations on technology and entrepreneurship as part of the Innovation arm of the festival.
With so many events and overlapping options across The Wythe Hotel, The William Vale, and The Williamsburg Hotel, I thought I’d help narrow it down for you guys with some recommendations… here are my must-see talks and presentations at Northside Innovation!
Building Innovative Tech Products Through Collaboration
Wednesday, June 6th at The William Vale
12pm – 12:45pm
Kicking off the festival is a discussion with John Borthwick, Co-Founder & CEO of betaworks, and Daphne Kwon, Co-Founder and COO of betaworks Studios. Betaworks, as you may know, is the 10-year-old, Meatpacking-based tech stalwart responsible for products like bit.ly, GIPHY, Tweetdeck, and Dots. Betaworks Studios is their latest product, a membership club catering to the tech ecosystem providing dedicated space and programmed experiences for a curated community of Builders. This here is indeed “Future Making.” Lea Peersman Pujol, Chief Curator at SYPartners, moderates the conversation.
The Future of Now – Capturing and Captivating Your Audience Using Tech and New Media
Wednesday, June 6 at The Williamsburg Hotel
2pm – 2:45pm
If you’re into storytelling, content, new media, VR, and the such, this is the panel for you. This one has it all: Drew Arnold, a VR juggernaut; Graham Roberts, the NYT’s resident visual alchemist; Johanna Salazar, Chief Media Disrupter at Two Goats, Inc, and former VP at Viacom; and Layne Braunstein, an award-winning creative/futurist. The only problem with this discussion is that we need more than 45 minutes with these brilliant minds.
Finding our Future Sense: The Creative Fight Against the Failure of Imagination
Thursday, June 7 at The Williamsburg Hotel
12:15pm – 12:45pm
Jason Severs, Chief Design Officer at Droga5 delivers a presentation on how his work aims to develop culture and connectivity, leveraging the power and reach of brands, to battle our current cultural malaise, a “hopeless and impotent cycle of cynicism and blame.” Clearly a fun and uplifting talk!
The Future of Cultural Experiences
Thursday, June 7 at The Wythe Hotel Screening Room
2pm – 3pm
LaPlaca Cohen, a strategy, marketing, and design firm presents the results of their recent pro bono study of the behaviors and perceptions of cultural consumers, exposing trends across the vast landscape of visual arts, architecture, design, and more. Following the presentation, a panel featuring luminaries from Pioneer Works, the LAB at Rockwell Group, the Ghetto Film School, as well as the curator at The Wythe Hotel, will share thoughts on the future of cultural experiences and how we can proactively respond to the trends and currents presented in the study. What does the future hold for curators and consumers of culture?
How Creative Industries are Shaping Cities
Friday, June 8 at The Wythe Screening Room
12pm – 12:45pm
Well, ain’t this a can of worms! The Director of Investments at the fund manager for a series of private equity funds focused on office investments, the Associate Director of Real Estate for the nation’s largest hand paint outdoor advertising company, and the CEO of a growing startup connecting business owners to manufacturers all walk into a bar… ostensibly they’ll talk about the promising future of North Brooklyn as massive real estate developments replace the last semblance of industrial manufacturing and the last blank wall on Wythe Avenue is painted over as an advertisement. Should be fun!
Emerging Interfaces Reshaping the Media Landscape
Friday, June 7 at The William Vale
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Michael Mignano, Co-founder and CEO at Anchor, the powerfully democratic podcast platform and Sheel Shah, Executive Director, Growth & Innovation at Hearst Digital Media hash out the potential of new tech and the implications of new interfaces and platforms for users, consumers and publishers. If you’re into podcasts and magazines (duh), this is the one for you!