Founded in 2010, NYC Media Lab is dedicated to driving innovation and ultimately job growth in media and technology by facilitating collaboration between the City’s universities and its companies. Comprised of a consortium including New York City Economic Development Corporation, School of Visual Arts, New York University, Columbia University, The New School, CUNY, IESE, and Pratt Institute, NYC Media Lab's goals are to include generate research and development, knowledge transfer, and talent across all of the city’s campuses.

The Lab is built on corporate membership. Current member companies include A+E Networks, Audible, Bloomberg LP, ESPN, Hearst Corporation, MLB Advanced Media, NBCUniversal, News Corp, Publicis Groupe, Charter Spectrum, Verizon, Viacom, and The Weather Company. Associated Press, Rogers Communications, Singtel, and Tenfore Holdings are affiliate members. Member companies participate in roundtable events on technology issues; connect with one another and with faculty, students, and other university resources; and direct seed research projects on areas of interest to them. Companies choose between three levels of membership; more information can be found here.

Seed projects take a variety of forms. NYC Media Lab brokers these projects; member companies have access to the results.  Browse our prototyping projects by area of interest.

Contact us at info@nycmedialab.org to schedule a meeting to discuss how NYC Media Lab can help your company advance its technology projects and achieve its innovation goals.


Justin Hendrix
Executive Director
(646) 251-4929


Kate Danho
Program Operations Manger
(401) 545-0321

Amy Chen
Director of Entrepreneurship Programs
(914) 602-9420

Alexis Anais Avedisian
Communications Manager
(347) 687-0368


Kate Daly
Senior Vice President
New York City Economic Development Corporation
Center for Economic Transformation

Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures
VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer, Columbia University

Paul Horn
Senior Vice Provost for Research, NYU
Senior Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Shiv Panwar
Director, Center for Advanced Technology in Telecommunications Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering


Chaki Ng
Head of New Experience Team, Viacom

Chris Jason
Director of Platform Products, ESPN

Dan Levine
Managing Partner, Tenfore Holdings

Dirk Van Dall
VP, Multimedia Technology Development, MLB Advanced Media

Evan Silverman
Senior Vice President, Digital Media, A+E Networks

Francis Shanahan
Vice President, Engineering, Audible

Gideon Mann
Head of Data Science, Bloomberg LP

Jim Kennedy
SVP Strategy and Enterprise Development, Associated Press

Josh Reif
Director, Innovation & Business Development, Rogers Communications

Ken Bronfin
Senior Managing Director, Hearst Ventures

Michael Wiley
Managing Director, Publicis Groupe

Mohamed El-Zohairy
Director, Product Engineering, News Corp

Peter Brown
Vice President, UX Design, Charter Spectrum

Punit Chiniwalla
Senior Director, Singtel Innov8 Ventures

Sanjay Macwan
Chief Technology Officer, NBCUniversal Media Labs

Christian Guirnalda
Director, Open Innovation, Verizon



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