Smart companies know the answers aren't always in the room. That's where we come in. NYC Media Lab offers three levels of membership, ranging in depth of inquiry and engagement with the City’s universities. Contact us today to join NYC Media Lab to work with NYC university engineers, designers, and data scientists. 


This is your opportunity to shape the future of media. Are you a student, faculty member, or a researcher pursuing projects with emerging media technologies? Whether you are pursuing research, prototyping, or entrepreneurship in media and technology innovation, contact us today to tell us what you're up to.


Corporates and investors collaborate with universities and NYC Media Lab through two main programs:

The prototyping project program is NYC Media Lab’s prototype-driven program for industry-university interactions. Exclusive to NYC Media Lab’s corporate members, the program offers a way for corporates to immediately plug into the cutting-edge talent and research taking place across NYC’s universities. NYC Media Lab invites a high degree of participation from member companies, allowing them the ability to shape the questions and goals surrounding each collaborative project. The corporates bring their interest areas to the table —from virtual and augmented reality to data science to user experience design—with the goal of connecting and co-experimenting with engineers, computer scientists, creative technologists and designers from the universities.

NYC Media Lab structures the collaboration with the corporate member’s exploratory questions and experimental goals in mind. The projects generally take place during a Fall, Spring or Summer time frame and are short, ranging from six weeks to several months.

Corporate members also participate in NYC Media Lab Combine, the Lab's accelerator program for commercialization research and prototypes. There are opportunities for mentorship and for early-stage startup concept development through participating in the Combine.

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Student Recruitment
Tap into one of the City’s most valuable assets—its diverse and talented body of students. Members recruit students to join them for hackathons, as interns, or as full-time employees.

Interactive Demonstrations
See projects firsthand from NYC university labs and gain insights through discussions and debate.

Introductions Service
Receive introductions to top New York City researchers and practitioners in your company’s areas of interest

Brainstorming, Technology, and Product Review Sessions
Generate a new product concept, get feedback during product development, or help to re-imagine an existing product line.

Meeting Place for Company and Industry Collaboration
Engage with other members, opening the possibility for collaboration, or use events hosted by the Lab to organize collaboration with multiple divisions within your own company.


Priced annually
Opportunity to place an executive in residence at a universityX
Seed Project CommitmentXX
Advisory Panel SeatXXX
Invitation to Lab eventsXXX
Participation in NYC Media Lab Combine accelerator programXXX


NYC Media Lab offers project and program opportunities for university faculty, students, and researchers. These are often grant funded opportunities through the seed project program and through NYC Media Lab Combine. 

The prototyping project program matches university faculty, students and researchers to curiosities and challenges from NYC Media Lab's corporate members. The seed projects can take the form of a research working group, a hackathon or a design jam, or a fellowship. Prototyping projects have focused on topics from virtual and augmented reality to data science to user experience design. Outcomes of prototyping projects range from demonstration-ready prototypes to whitepapers. NYC Media Lab has also seen the prototyping project program lead to hiring outcomes.

Open calls for the prototyping project program are available throughout the year. 

For entrepreneurial faculty, students and researchers, NYC Media Lab Combine is set up to match new technologies emerging in university labs, studios, classrooms and dorms with a program and resources to commercialize them, via a Lean Launchpad-inspired curriculum and program. Key to the proposition is mentorship and market access from technologists and executives at NYC Media Lab member companies.