NYC Mayor Bloomberg Announces 8 Initiatives to Strengthen City's Media Industry
The initiatives are:
Fostering and Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation
NYC Media Lab: NYC Media Lab, a research center for media companies and universities, will create a collaborative environment for innovation by connecting companies looking to advance new media technologies with academic institutions undertaking related research. New York City is home to 10,000 media companies and more than 100 universities and colleges, many of which independently pursue media-related research. Like similar initiatives at StanfordUniversity and MIT, NYC Media Lab will maintain a database of projects to facilitate the interaction between academic and other nonprofit researchers and corporate partners, serve as a physical hub for networking events, and provide space for industry lectures and workshops. NYCEDC will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) in July to select partners to develop the lab and create a framework for the services it will offer. It is expected to be in operation by January 2010. Interested parties should email: MediaRFPs@nycedc.com.
“New York City remains a global center for knowledge and culture, media and communications precisely because creative people thrive by living and working together in a vibrant city,” said Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger. “Our research universities continue to attract great minds and generate new intellectual capital in New York by bringing together scholars and practitioners in diverse fields – from journalism and business to engineering and computer science – whose collective innovations and ideas shape our media future. We are delighted to support the Mayor’s newest initiative to encourage this vital industry.”
“Providing media and tech entrepreneurs and the academic and not-for-profit communities with access to companies looking to conduct innovative research, will ensure that New York City maintains its role as a leader in the global media and technology industries. Creating a Media Lab will enable the City’s businesses to capture the growth in the digital and new media marketplaces,” said WPP’s Chief Executive Sir Martin Sorrell.