08/29/14

Recap: Brooklyn Tech Meetup on 3D- Printing

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

Brooklyn Tech Meetup 3d printingBrooklyn, August 26, 2014 – I was a little early for the Brooklyn Tech Meetup at Huge’s offices in Dumbo.  So I had time to go to the waterfront and enjoy the view of the Manhattan skyline that gleamed in the sunset. With such a start I expected the Meetup to be a great event – and I was not disappointed. After a short pitch by Heatseek NYC, one of the Big Apps Competition winners, Maureen Coiro and Ben McCallum of the Brooklyn-based 3D – manufacturer MakerBot went on stage. Maureen began with an introduction about the company, and  how 3D- printing will lead into the next industrial revolution. Creative minds only need a desktop computer, tablet, smartphone and a desktop 3D- printer to transform the way we do business. MakerBot is setting up an ecosystem for the 3D-Printer community. So far they have built an app that allows 3D-printer users to monitor and control the printing process and among their online community MakerBot thingiverse, pioneers are freely sharing their blueprints and 3-D models.

3D-printing can be applied in a variety of fields, starting from architects and designers, who 3D- print their models, over to educational institutions that e.g. multiply dissection kits for students or do other amazing projects. For example, the MacArthur Barr Middle School built their own racing cars for their CO2 Drag Race with the help of 3D-printing. And of course there is a consumer side. Consumer use 3D-printers to build bird houses, personalize phone cases, and create jewelry and toys, among others. Continue reading

08/5/14

10 Must-Read Publications For Startups

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

Photo: Markus Spiske

Photo: Markus Spiske

Last week we published an article on “Books You Want To Read This Summer” and before that we recommended “A Few Sites To Follow The News And Get Ideas”.  This time we put together a few blogs and publications that we think every entrepreneur should read to stay ahead of the curve.

WSJ “The Accelerator” Column

In the Wall Street Journal column “The Accelerator”, startup mentors are discussing strategies and challenges of creating a new business. The blog shares different viewpoints and experiences of entrepreneurs, angel investors and venture capitalists. It’s a must-read for every aspiring and serial entrepreneur. @wsjstartup

TechCrunch

Every company we talk to wants to be covered by TechCrunch. It is one of the biggest news sites to cover disruptive IT startups and large companies, such as Google, Apple and Facebook. We call it “the daily bread” of the tech industry. @TechCrunch  Continue reading

07/25/14

How Wearable Tech Is Changing The Sports Industry

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

http://www.keswaab.com/Adidas

http://www.keswaab.com/Adidas

This week the Fitness & Sports Wearable Technology Conference FAST took place in New York, as part of the Wearable Tech Expo. With Pivothead and adidas two large brands in the wearable tech industry gave some insights of their products and on ways to use them.

Pivothead sells glasses that are equipped with an HD camera that is placed between the eyebrows, guaranteeing hands and distraction free recording and capturing during activities. In other words, you have the same effect as putting a GoPro camera on top of your head, only without looking goofy. Pivothead’s two models Kudu and Durango can be bought in different colors and are both connectable to the Pivothead mobile app. But Christopher Cox, founder and president of Pivothead, didn’t talk much about the technical details of his creations. Instead he focused on ways to use his product. He gave some amazing insights on how broadcasting, brands and companies in the sport industry could take advantage.

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07/1/14

The New Virtual P2P Incubator of St. Francis College’s Center of Entrepreneurship Supports Startups and Small Businesses in New York City

By Katja Schroeder, Expedition PR

 

Earlier this year, I joined the Advisory Board of the newly created Center of Entresfc-p2p-virtual-incubatorpreneurship at St. Francis College. The Center is an amazing initiative by the college to inspire entrepreneurial thinking among students and support New York based entrepreneurs with the school’s expertise and resources. Since its launch past September the Center has developed a cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship curriculum for students that already jump started the first business ideas by SFC students. The Center also brought together a network of partners that strive to help entrepreneurs and small businesses prosper in New York City.

To provide support for entrepreneurs that are not SFC students, the Center just launched a Person-to-Person (P2P) Virtual Incubator. To P2P Virtual Incubator addresses the need of many entrepreneurs: get advice in response to specific challenges the company faces.

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06/20/14

Northside Tradeshow 2014 Roundup

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

northside_stageOn June 12- 13, 2014 technologists, hackers, entrepreneurs and artists came together for the annual Northside Tradeshow, which was held as part of the Northside Festival in Brooklyn and featured tracks on innovation, music and film. A range of companies, from mobile apps to 3D printing companies, and vertical garden manufacturers, had set up a booth in the giant 50,000-square-foot tent in the McCarren Park. Expedition PR was also part of this year’s exhibitors, offering PR and marketing counsel to startups and free copies of its Startup Marketing eBook series.

Here are three cool companies that I spotted at the festival:

Ussemble, an app that lets you capture and share ideas for activities that you’re interested in doing with your friends and make plans around those ideas. The Ussemble team is still testing and perfecting their app, but you can already download it and give feedback.
Tiggly, a New York-based company that develops interactive toys and apps for the digital generation. Their debut product, Tiggly Shapes, combines physical objects with iPad technology and creates great learning games for children between 18 months and 4 years old. The app helps toddlers and preschoolers develop spatial reasoning, motor skills, language, and creativity.

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05/16/14

NYC BigApps Competition Wants Your Big Ideas to Improve Life and Work in New York City

By Katja Schroeder, Expedition PR

 

http://instagram.com/nycbigapps

http://instagram.com/nycbigapps

Wanted are technology solutions that help improve resource management, education, health and public safety, among other challenges

On May 6, a diverse mix of of developers, engineers, designers, marketers and content experts, gathered at the AppNexus office in Manhattan for the NYC BigApps 2014 kick-off.  New York City’s 5th Annual BigApps is a four-month competition that awards technology products that best solve major challenges affecting New York City residents, visitors, and businesses. Participants can win cash prizes, products, special recognitions, and the chance that their product will get adopted by a civic group or city agency.

 

By giving access to government agency data, NYC BigApps has helped launch nearly 300 apps designed to improve the life and work of New Yorkers since its creation in 2009. Last year’s BigApps Grand Prize winner was HealthyOut, an app that helps users find and order a healthy restaurant meal for delivery, takeout or browse for healthy dish suggestions when dining out. Since then, the app has expanded its geographic footprint outside of New York. Today’s HealthyOut users can order nutritious meals in more than 500 cities, choosing from more than 20,000 restaurants.

 

This year’s BigApps contestants are encouraged to submit projects that fit into one of the four categories:  Live, Work, Learn, and Play.  At the kick-off event 44 BigApps partners, including city agencies, private companies, civic organizations and educational institutions, had set up a booth to discuss projects needs, ideas and available data with the attendees. Projects can run the gamut from mobile and web apps, connected devices, data tools, games, and other technology products.

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05/9/14

Growable Meat Alternatives and Amphibious Recreation Vehicles for the Future – Brooklyn Research is Shaping the Future Out of a Small Lab in Brooklyn

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

 

http://brooklynresearch.org/

http://brooklynresearch.org/

On an ongoing bases we have reported about the Brooklyn tech evolvement over the last couple of years. But beside Brooklyn’s flagships such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard or DUMBO, smaller organizations also contribute to Brooklyn’s growing tech environment. One of them is Brooklyn Research.org, a co-research space for independent and privately funded researchers that build new technology in Brooklyn. Founded in 2012, Brooklyn Research offers prototyping facilities and workspace to a handful of full-time research members. I had the chance to talk to Alex Dodge, co-founder at Brooklyn Research and partner at the for profit consultancy Brooklyn Research, about Brooklyn, Tech and future projects:
ExpeditionPR: In a nutshell, what is Brooklyn Research about?

Alex Dodge: Brooklyn Research was founded in 2012 as a co-research space for independent and privately funded researchers building new technology in Brooklyn, NY.

Our lab offers prototyping facilities and workspace to a limited number of full-time research members. Membership is granted to applicants with compelling proposals for research in a range of areas and disciplines such as data analytics and visualization, machine learning, computer vision, robotics, fabrication, and wearable / textile-based technology. Brooklyn Research’s 501(c)(3) status is currently pending but we look forward to serving our researchers’ needs and our community more fully soon.

Brooklyn Research’s for profit arm is a full service research and development lab building specialized interactive systems. We work with a range of clients that have included Verizon, Samsung, Unicef, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Brooklyn Research is located at the former Pfizer pharmaceutical factory in Brooklyn, NY.

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04/29/14

Booth Marketing at NY Tech Day 2014

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

 

swag troll

Swag Troll

What makes a great trade show booth? Flashy signs? Free swag? Booth babes? While these all might seem like nice gimmicks, and might work at attracting eyeballs to your booth, to a certain extent…do they actually help you get the leads you came to the trade show for? While walking the floor at NY Tech Day 2014 I was able to see a little bit of everything, and took note on which hooks were producing leads, and which were just attracting the swag trolls (see photo and guard your giveaways when this attendee approaches your booth). Here are a few of the companies who got it right:

New York Tech Day attendees had numerous possibilities to get discounts, use promo codes and get free trials, as seen at UBER’s or at the Dash’s booth.

 

Seldon Marketing did a great job, with their mini basketball game, that would make you enter a raffle after shooting some hoops to win great prices. Zipmark also bet on physical activities to make people stop by and engage while playing a round of Cornhole.

Most visitors didn’t need to go out for lunch, since marketers and exhibitors were luring the people like the witch in “Hansel and Gretel” with candy, treats and beverages. And the classic trade show giveaways such as pens, mini footballs and can holder were not missing either.

Gilt Tech got attention by taking their Plasma Car for a ride through Pier 92 and directing visitors to their booth.

Pretzel Crisps was driving traffic to their social media channels with the chance to win a Pretzel Crisps party pack for all the Tech Day visitors who would retweet the message.

 

Pretzel Crisps

Kookopa, a fashion community where women can rent closets to and from each other, used walking human billboards for their booth marketing that day. Models actually walking around at Pier 92, showing outfits and holding a sign saying “Love my style? Rent it!” definitely created some buzz.

Some companies didn’t even need any specific booth marketing. Soolidoodle attracted visitors simply by their product, exposing their 3D printer and many people stopped by to see this groundbreaking innovation in action for the first time in their lives.

All in all we were astonished how great the booths looked and what can be done even with a small marketing budget.

 

human billboards

3d printer

 

04/18/14

Don’t miss these 4 Brooklyn Tech Meetups

By Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

Amanda Hesser Cofounder, Food52 and provisions (www.northsidefestival.com/innovation-meetup/)

Amanda Hesser
Cofounder,
Food52 and provisions at Northside Innovation

The tech scene in Brooklyn is thriving and has attracted a great mix of startups, established companies and incubators. While most of New York City’s tech events listed on Gary’s Guide still take place in Manhattan, don’t overlook the Brooklyn tech mixers.

Here are our top four picks for tech networking events in Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Tech Meetup: Founded in 2012, the Brooklyn Tech Meetup features Brooklyn tech companies and innovators in its monthly meetings.  Speakers share their views on new tech developments in Brooklyn or talk about their story as a Brooklyn-based business. In addition to meeting inspiring entrepreneurs, you can connect with organizations that can help you start and operate your business, such as the Brooklyn Downtown Alliance or New York City Business Solutions. At every meetup there is plenty of time for networking. There is a small admission fee of about $10. The monthly events are held at different locations. Check out the upcoming meetup here.

Northside Innovation Meetup: Started in 2013, the Northside Innovation Meetup is held monthly at the Brooklyn Brewery and brings together the most exciting and dynamic innovators from Brooklyn and beyond to discuss their ever-changing industries, ideas, challenges and more. Each event has a different theme, but the event format is the same: The events start with presentations by speakers who talk about their “aha”- moment, the moment that actually led them to start the company or find a better way to do business. The keynote presentations are followed by half-hour panel discussion and a Q&A with the audience. After the program ends, attendees stay for networking and food from Mable’s Smokehouse. This is an invitation-only event, with no admission fee. Early sign up is recommended.

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03/18/14

Marketing Planning: Watch Out for These 7 Events in Q2

by Julian Steinforth, Expedition PR

 

Andres Uribe at NY Tech Day in May 2013

Andres Uribe at NY Tech Day in May 2013

As the first quarter of the year is coming to an end, here are some of the key events (sorted by date) that should be on your radar for potential marketing and communications activities in Q2.

 

1. Earth Day, April 22, 2014, Worldwide

Hashtag: #earthday

With more than 1 billion people participating in Earth Day activities each year, the event is the largest civic observance in the world. Started in 1970 the modern environmental movement has achieved to pass among other landmarks the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. If you want to find out how you can take action and participate, visit http://www.earthday.org/

 

2. NY Tech Day, April 24, 2014, Pier 92, New York City

Hashtag: #NYTD

On NY Tech Day over 400 companies will strut their stuff to thousands of visitors, investors and reporters.  Exhibitors include tech startups from all over the world and across all industries.  The Expedition PR team will have a booth at NY Tech Day. The event is free to attend, so register now and don’t forget to stop by at our booth. Continue reading