It’s no secret that Mayor Bloomberg has been working to grow the NYC tech community; challenging the city’s technology community to overtake Silicon Valley as the number one hub for innovation in the country. Now that initiative has a place to call home in the form of Brooklyn’s Made in NY Media Center.
The Center itself is a 20,000 square foot facility located in DUMBO, and will play host to “innovators in film, video, gaming, technology and more through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship and content creation.”
New York City is already home to 10 similar incubators, with the Made in NY Media Center becoming the 11th, and arguably most ambitious to date. Mayor Bloomberg, along with partner the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), are hoping that the space will foster collaborative creativity within the city’s media scene.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, IFC and Mayor Bloomberg announced that Questlove, of Roots fame and the Tonight Show Band, is to become the center’s first artist-in-residence. In a rather unusual (and undeniably innovative) move, Questlove himself cut the ribbon using his mind rather than his hands – controlling the scissors with a brain-wave-reading device.
Applications are already pouring into the center, ranging from fresh startups to established names in various media disciplines. IFC and the mayor hope that the future of the center is guided by the members themselves and that their collaborative, rather than individual, efforts help set the incubator project apart from any other in the nation.