The mayor of New York City has just launched two major initiatives that were created to help the city maintain its position as global media capital. Mayor Bloomberg announced the opening of the Made in NY Media Center and the Cornell NYC Tech degree program in Connective Media.
The Made in NY Media Center, located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, will provide incubator space for creatives, storytellers, and entrepreneurs from various disciplines to collaborate and create new opportunities. The center is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Connective Media is the first degree program to be offered by the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute or JTCII at Cornell Tech. The program is a dual-degree program and graduates will receive a degree from Cornell University and from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
In a press release, Mayor Bloomberg stated that NY shouldn’t take its position as media capital for granted since the way media is produced and consumed is changing constantly.
Media creators and tech companies have a lot to gain from a strong, collaborative working relationship – and New York City will reap the benefits of that partnership in the form of job creation and global competitiveness.
The JTCII is now accepting applications for students who will begin their Connective Media studies in 2014. The program was designed to help train more technologists and entrepreneurial engineers for the media sector. JTCII will be collaborating with the likes of The New York Times, Facebook, Hearst, Medium, Tumblr, WordPress, and Betaworks for the curriculum of the new degree.
The Made in NY Media Center houses over a hundred dedicated desks and 40 work spaces and classrooms. The center also includes editing rooms, conference rooms, a screening room, an art gallery and even a café. The Media Center offers memberships to creatives, entrepreneurs, and media and corporate partners. Membership will give them access to the desks and work spaces to help them generate ideas and create new business opportunities. The Media Center will work with them to help them bring their ideas to life. The Media Center will also house educational sessions and workshops.