NYU Info Session: NYC Media Lab Spring Challenges (Music, Local News)

Information Session
For NYU Community

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Join us for a virtual info session for NYU students, staff and faculty on February 2 to learn more about two Challenges from the NYC Media Lab (NYU Tandon) that are now accepting applications

We'll go over the ASCAP: Music and AI Challenge and the AI & Local News Challenge and take questions about the programs and application processes.

If you're not available at this time, but you're interested in one of the Challenges please RSVP anyways and we'll keep you in the loop on any updates. 

Questions? Email Matt MacVey:

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and NYC Media Lab (NYCML) are launching the Music and AI Challenge, which is designed to identify creative, cutting-edge concepts at the intersection of music and artificial intelligence.

We're seeking startups and university teams that are leveraging artificial intelligence to build products that offer novel solutions for the music industry that ultimately benefit music creators. These innovative approaches might, for example, (1) create pragmatic efficiencies for back-end processes and infrastructure (e.g. pattern recognition, data processing), (2) help music creators complement and augment their creative process (e.g. collaboration tools, novel composition inspirational “seeds” like stems or patterns, production tools), or (3) enhance music experiences for fans (e.g. music discovery, connecting fan communities) and, directly or indirectly, create value for copyright holders.

Learn more about the Music and AI Challenge and apply:

NYC Media Lab–with the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation–are launching the second round of the AI & Local News Challenge, which is designed to support technologists in applying AI and automation to local news.

We're seeking startups and university teams that are leveraging artificial intelligence to build products that offer novel solutions for the local news industry that ultimately benefit news organizations, journalists and news audiences.

Here are the specifics of the AI & Local News Challenge:

  • Applications are open to university teams (faculty and graduate students), startup teams, and teams based at news organizations.
  • Each participating team will receive up to $7,500.
  • The program runs in Spring 2023 and includes guest speakers, one-on-one feedback sessions and Demo Day presentations.
  • The application deadline is February 12, 2023.

Projects and prototypes could address: reporting (newsgathering, analysis, sensor journalism); audience engagement (personalization, comment moderation, making subscribers happy); and other applications of AI for news (authenticating user-generated content, reducing costs, growing revenue, dynamic ad insertion, data privacy, transparency between platforms and news organizations, bias and diversity).

Learn more about the AI & Local News Challenge and apply: