World Science Festival
The World Science Festival
I produced the World Science Festival's Innovation Square. Basically, I invited the coolest science and tech innovators to come hang out at NYU Polytech and let adults interact with their wares. It's a pretty unforgettable day of interactive video games, 3-D printed tchotchkes, and hi-tech installations—a showcase of the “best of the best” in the fields of science and technology. Notables include Virginia Tech's robotics guru, Dennis Hong and Paul Oh, founder of Drexel Autonomous Systems Lab (both of whom had robots competing in the 2013 DARPA Challenge); Bitcoin millionaire and CEO Avalon ASIC, Yifu Guo; TED Fellow and MIT computational architect, Skylar Tibbits; and all the way from the U.K., chemist David Glowacki, who uses dance and a light display to explain quantum dynamics in a truly compelling way. For those of you Burners out there, we also had William Close and his Earth Harp, not to mention a whole line-up of innovative musicians and DJ's like No Sir E. It was one of the most fun events I've ever planned.
Katy Clark, president and executive director of Orchestra of St Luke’s, recalls the evening in 2010 when St Luke's performed the premiere of Icarus at the Edge of Time, a multimedia adaptation of Brian Greene's children's book about a young boy who dares to challenge the might of a black hole.
In 1945 Buckminster Fuller erected a geodesic dome the size of large hut on the campus of Bennington College in Vermont. Built from aluminum aircraft equipment and vinyl, the structure was said to support its own weight and more. Supposedly, Fuller suspended a number of his students from the dome to demonstrate its superior endurance and weight bearing abilities. His unconventional design quickly gained notice, most notably from the U.S. government, which used it to create portable emergency shelters. The design has also served as a source of inspiration for many artists and designers. Argentinian-born Tomas Saraceno is one of them.