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Verizon Innovative Learning

Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge Program

NYC Media Lab embarked on a journey with Verizon Innovative Learning to seek, cultivate, and scale cutting-edge 5G edtech AR and VR learning applications for schools nationwide. 

The Verizon 5G Labs, Verizon Foundation, and NYC Media Lab selected 10 university and nonprofit teams to participate in the 5G EdTech Challenge. From AR and VR experiences, to machine learning, AI, and mixed reality, the projects were chosen for their potential to demonstrate a compelling use case for 5G technology and ability to solve for student engagement, teacher preparedness, and special needs support.

5G EdTech 


Verizon Museum Initiative

black and white photo of woman with keyboard digital overlayIn partnership with Verizon, NYC Media Lab is thrilled to enter the next phase of the 5G EdTech Challenge program by launching the $1M Museum Initiative—a nationwide open call for museums and cultural institutions to develop and offer new educational content on the Verizon Innovative Learning HQ portal.

Museum Initiative 

Virtual Synesthesia Challenge

In collaboration with the Fragrance and Beauty and Film and Images teams and the Global Innovation Practice at CHANEL, the NYC Media Lab (NYCML) undertook the Virtual Olfaction Challenge to explore creative, cutting-edge concepts related to the sense of smell in virtual world interactions. 

Accordingly, CHANEL and NYCML identified six student, startup and university teams that are leveraging emerging technologies including artificial intelligence to design and build products that offer novel solutions to answer the question: 

How can one leverage scent and synesthesia to tell a story in bold new ways?

AI & Local News

AI & Local News is a new initiative and community that bridges people, ideas and tools from artificial intelligence and news to support sustainability and innovation in the journalism industry. 

AI tools are already here. We want news organizations to understand AI, ask necessary questions and help build tools that will sustain quality journalism. 

Bertelsmann Ethical Matrix Challenge

NYC Media Lab and Bertelsmann text logosBertelsmann, in collaboration with the NYC Media Lab at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (NYCML), is on the lookout for AI that not only dazzles but also dignifies across media, services, education, and healthcare. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the talk of the tech town, but it's not just about flash and number crunching – it's about responsible innovation, which this new challenge calls for.

ASCAP Music Challenge

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and NYC Media Lab (NYCML) sponsor an annual challenge to explore the intersection of technology, art and business to support music creators and fans into the next century. Each year focuses on a different theme that looks at solutions for challenges that face the music industry that ultimately benefit music creators.