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NYC Media Lab Announces Inaugural Cohort for The Combine: Program for High Potential Media Startups from NYC Universities
Supported by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NYCEDC and NYC Media Lab member companies, the Combine matches faculty and students with industry mentors to advance new technologies and business concepts
NEW YORK -- NYC Media Lab, a consortium of universities and media and technology companies, today announced the inaugural cohort of teams for NYC Media Lab Combine, a new program to commercialize emerging media technologies from faculty and students at the city’s universities. The program is supported with generous funding from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and through the support of NYC Media Lab’s corporate membership. More information is at http://thecombine.nyc.
“The mission of NYC Media Lab remains the same as at its inception: to build a program of engagements between institutions of higher education and the digital media and communications industry to encourage the next generation of talent and technology innovation in New York City,” said Justin Hendrix, Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. “The Combine will match these talented entrepreneurs and technologists from the City’s universities with expertise from NYC Media Lab’s member companies to build companies that will change the way media is produced, distributed, consumed and monetized.”
“We are thrilled to support The Combine program and these talented teams of media and technology innovators,” said Luis Castro, Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “These kinds of investments in the future of content creation, distribution and consumption are vital to sustaining New York as a creative and media capital. We look forward to seeing some of the cutting-edge ideas developed here come to life.”
“NYC Media Lab has served as a vital link between our vast tech ecosystem and our most creative media businesses and educational institutions,” said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. “The new Combine grant program will encourage our world-renowned academic institutions and businesses to push the envelope of media-tech innovation and experimentation, helping to further establish New York City as a thriving technology and media capital of the world.”
Nearly 60 teams submitted concepts to the program, made up of faculty and students at 9 city institutions in disciplines ranging from design to computer science to engineering. NYC Media Lab, with input from member companies and advisors, selected 9 teams for the cohort that will advance into a market validation program. Each team is supported by an an initial grant of $25,000.
Throughout the Combine program, NYC Media Lab will match teams with industry mentors. At the end of the program, teams will pitch their concept to NYC Media Lab corporate member advisors and potential investors at a demo day April 8th. Successful program outcomes will include startup formation, technology licensing and hiring.
Cohort teams include:
News Rover: Search news video by who is in it and what they are talking about.
Joseph Ellis, Hongzhi Li, Dan Morozoff, Brendan Jou, and Shih-Fu Chang
SVRROUND: A mobile platform to create and consume Live VR experiences.
Marc Abbey, David Cihelna, Abhishek Singh and Gene Han
New York University
ERF: ERF - An Emotional State Recognizer with feedback.
Izidor Gertner, Bharat Rosanlall, Allen Kim and Klaudio Vito
City College of The CUNY
AMuSe: New wireless technologies for multimedia (e.g. video) content distribution to large number of users in crowded areas
Varun Gupta, Craig Gutterman and Gil Zussman
Brain-Deep AI Interface: Technology to connect Artificial Intelligence and the human brain
Sameer Saproo, Paul Sajda, Victor Shih and Sonakshi Bose
MusEDWorks: MusEDWorks designs technologies and playful experiences for music making, learning and engagement.
S. Alex Ruthmann, Ethan Hein, Marijke Jorritsma and Kevin Irlen
New York University
Dartboard: A mobile application designed to transform the painful experience of money management into a smarter, simpler one by leveraging behavioral science and big data.
Gabor Tankovics, Yuchen Zhang, and Namreta Kumar
Parsons School of Design
Post from the Past: Post from the Past is a mysterious monthly subscription-box service that personally connects you with spies, vikings, pirates and other historical humans - everyone from great leaders to everyday people from a different time.
Joanna Chin, Bryan Collinsworth, Shakti Mb, and Jaskirat Randhawa
Parsons School of Design
Data Selfie: Data Selfie is a Chrome browser extension that tracks yourself while you interact with content on Facebook and predicts your personality based on that data – thus it provides an innovative perspective on data mining, artificial intelligence and your online data identity.
Hang Do Thi Duc and Regina Flores Mir
Parsons School of Design
“We were impressed by the quality and quantity of applications,” said Hendrix. “Along with our member company representatives and stakeholders at NYC EDC and MOME, we look forward to seeing what emerges from the process in the next three months.”
NYC Media Lab
About NYC Media Lab
Founded in 2010, NYC Media Lab is dedicated to driving innovation and ultimately job growth in media and technology by facilitating collaboration between the City’s universities and its companies. Comprised of a consortium including eighteen member companies and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York University, Columbia University, The New School, CUNY, the School of Visual Arts, IESE and Pratt Institute, NYC Media Lab's goals include generating research and development, knowledge transfer, and talent development across all of the City’s campuses. More is at http://nycmedialab.org.
New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives. More is at http://www.nycedc.com.
About The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment is comprised of two divisions: the Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting, and NYC Media. The Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as a one-stop shop for the entertainment industry and promotes New York City as a thriving center of creativity, issuing permits for productions filming on public property, and facilitating production throughout the five boroughs. NYC Media is the City’s official broadcast network and media production group, with programming that informs, educates, and entertains New Yorkers about the City's diverse people, neighborhoods, services, attractions, and activities. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.