What We Learned at NY Tech Meetup

Jeffrey Hubbard

02.06.2013

There are a few things New York does right: moving people efficiently through the city, baking pizza, and organizing technology events. At the February New York Tech Meetup, there was a camera crew, a sold out venue with over 600 techies, and a volunteer team to keep the programming on time. This being a tech event, you can see what went down here courtesy of MLBAM and you can follow along on Twitter @NYTM.

We heard from a wide range of companies—from real time data crunching with MotarData to an OkCupid spinoff called Combosaurus. In short, there are a number of people doing the entrepreneurial hustle to bring us the latest technology to make our lives easier. A few of the presentations stood out, and I’ve highlighted them below.

MLB Advanced Media is doing phenomenal work in bridging the gap between broadcast media and technology adoption. In fact, with their technology, you can stream live events and even direct camera angles to curate your own viewing experience. Now, unless you know when to switch from camera 37 to camera 18 with a frozen rope to right field, you should probably leave it to the professionals.

In the past, you were able to donate money to advance the work of a charity, but with Catch A Fire you’re able to donate your labor. Let’s say you can code (If you can, click here) and care about animals. You may even use the internet to watch cat videos, but I digress. What you can do is search for charities that help kittens and have projects for developers. One example of a charitable opportunity could involve 10 hours a week for four weeks, building a new registration page that synchs with their database.

So you like kung-fu and music, especially together. What you can do is find people with that same interest with Combosaurus and connect with them. The wow factor comes when you are exposed to new films, music, and the undercurrent of that arrangement that serves up options to either preview or purchase those goods.

In the end, it’s good to know our problems are being solved or at least addressed by growing startup community in NYC. NJI Media will continue to keep tabs on the latest trends in technology so we can bring the best ideas to our clients.

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