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About NYC Media Lab

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The NYC Media Lab is dedicated to driving innovation and job growth in media and technology by fostering collaboration between New York City’s universities and companies. The Lab intends to amplify media innovation, build pipelines between companies and academia; while at the same time ensuring that all of these technologies are available to as diverse a community as possible.

busy scene with people outside of medialab buildingComprised of a consortium including New York University, Columbia University, The New School, CUNY, School of Visual Arts, Manhattan College, and Pratt Institute, NYC Media Lab's goals are to generate research and development, knowledge transfer, and talent across all of the city’s campuses in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment.

The Lab is built on corporate membership. Member companies participate in roundtable events on technology issues; connect with one another and with faculty, students, and other university resources; and direct projects on areas of interest to them.

NYC Media Lab facilitates prototyping projects across a wide range of disciplines and programs. Browse our prototyping projects by area of interest and contact us at nycmedialab@nyu.edu to learn more.

Our Community

Media & Technology Executives

NYC Media Lab is built on corporate membership, and executives play a key role in the Lab’s events. Current member companies include: A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Audible, Bertelsmann, Bloomberg LP, Spectrum, Hakuhodo, Havas, Hearst Corporation, NBCUniversal, Publicis Groupe, Verizon, Viacom, Shutterstock, Associated Press, Tenfore Holdings and Universal Music Group.

Talented Faculty and Students

Leading faculty and student researchers that focus on engineering, design, and data science participate in NYC Media Lab programs. The Lab’s university consortium includes: New York University, CUNY, Columbia University, The New School, Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts.

Entrepreneurs and Investors

NYC Media Lab produces the Combine, an accelerator program for early stage startups emerging from NYC universities. Seasoned entrepreneurs and investors serve as Combine mentors, and attend the Lab’s events to scout new talent and learn new trends.

Our Team

Core Staff

Sayar Lonial

Sayar Lonial

Associate Dean, Communications and Public Affairs; Interim-Executive Director, NYC Media Lab

Student Program Assistants

Oversight Board

Kurt Becker

Kurt Becker

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Interim Department Chair; Vice Dean, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Karen Bhatia

Senior Vice President of Tech, New York City Economic Development Corporation

R. Luke DuBois

R. Luke DuBois

Technology, Culture and Society Department Co-Chair; Director, Integrated Design & Media; Associate Professor

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Eric Vieira

Director of Strategic Collaborations, Columbia University, Engineering

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