Presented by NYC Media Lab

Sponsored by Verizon


In 2015-2016, NYC Media Lab partnered with Verizon Open Innovation to champion 14 R&D projects across five New York City campuses in disciplines ranging from design to engineering. These projects considered topics such as augmented and virtual reality, the connected home, the future of citizen journalism, and the future of human computer interaction beyond the smartphone.

For the second year of the program, NYC Media Lab presents Connected Futures II, a new prototyping and talent development program designed to validate concepts from NYC university labs and studios and build closer relationships between NYC universities with Verizon Open Innovation.

NYC university teams are invited to apply to participate in Connected Futures II. Accepted teams will be awarded up to $25,000 to develop their prototype in specific challenge areas and will receive feedback and mentorship from Verizon leaders along the way. 

ChallenGe areas for prototyping

Internet of Things (IoT)

Seeking scalable market use cases - how can we utilize ThingSpace as a platform for development for new IoT experiences, devices and apps? How can we enable low-cost cellular connectivity (Cat1, CatM)?


Augmented and Mixed Reality

How can we empower person-to-person communication and enable interactive virtual environments? How can envrmt offer solutions and serve as a platform for experiments?


Conversational Interfaces

How can we leverage mobile contexts, IoT data and content behaviors to serve individuals in new and magical ways?


November 10, 2016 at 5:00pm     Application Due

November 21                                  Applicants will learn if they are selected as Finalists. All Finalists will attend Interview Day.

November 29                                 Interview Day with Finalists

December 1                                    Finalists will learn if they are selected to participate in Connected Futures II

Verizon Mentors IN THE PROGRAM

  • Christian Guirnalda, Director, Open Innovation
  • Lemu Coker, Senior Consultant, Open Innovation
  • Christian Egeler, Head of VR Product Development, Verizon Labs
  • More to be announced

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Campus information sessions

Representatives from Verizon and NYC Media Lab staff will visit NYC campuses this Fall to deliver information session about Connected Futures II. The target audience is faculty members and graduate students who are interested in applying to the program. 


Thursday, October 6 @ Parsons School of Design (Manhattan)

3:00 - 4:00pm

6 E 16th Street, New York NY 10003


Thursday, October 11 @ School of Visual Arts (Manhattan)

1:00 - 2:00pm

136 West 21st Street, 3rd Floor, New York NY 10011


Friday, October 14, 2016 @ NYU eLab (Manhattan)

10:30 - 11:30am

16 Washington Place (near Greene Street), New York NY 10003

Register to attend


Wednesday, October 19 @ NYU Media + Games Network (Brooklyn)

5:00 - 6:00pm

2 MetroTech, 8th Floor, Brooklyn NY 11201


Monday, October 24 @ Pratt Institute (Brooklyn)

12:30 - 1:30pm

Steuben Hall, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205


Tuesday, October 25 @ CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (Manhattan)

12:30 - 1:30pm

219 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, New York NY 10018

Register to attend


Wednesday, October 26 @ CUNY City College (Manhattan)

12:30 - 1:30pm

Zahn Innovation Center, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031


Thursday, October 27 @ Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Manhattan)

12:30 - 1:30pm

Room 414 CEPSR, 530 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027