Watch the “5x10” Talks recap here
Local community members flocked last week to BRIC Arts | Media House for the first-ever 5x10 Talks, an event organized by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to showcase innovation in the neighborhood.
Thanks to support from Popular Community Bank, BRIC, Building on Bond, Brooklyn Brewery, and Titan, the event also raised funds to support the Partnership’s year-round public programming, like the Performing the Streets series, curated with the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance, and our popular kids concerts every third Thursday at Albee Square.
The premise was simple: five leaders in culture and technology were asked to spend ten minutes answering the question, “What’s next?”
Their responses? As diverse as the industries from which they came.
Kicking off the series was Deborah Schwartz, President of the Brooklyn Historical Society, who spoke about how the past is inexorably linked to the future.
Ralph McDaniels, the founder of Video Music Box, a precursor to MTV, then discussed the ways local residents are still conceiving ideas that percolate throughout the world.
In her presentation, Katherine Isbister, Director of the NYU Game Innovation Lab Lab, introduced the crowd to the term “touchy-feely tech,” the idea of marrying high-concept, creative ideas that bring people together in real life with the technicians with the know-how to build them.
Finally, Bre Pettis, the CEO of MakerBot, gave his predictions about future trends like customization, sharing between individuals, community empowerment, automation, and in real life (IRL) engagement.
Unfortunately, Brett Yormark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center wasn’t able to attend at the last minute, though the reason for his absence was a fortunate one: he was traveling with the Nets to Miami for their playoff game against the Heat.
The night’s cultural performances more than made up for the lack of a fifth speaker, as you can see from the videos below.
American Opera Projects performed selections including, “I am from the Ghetto Brooklyn,” and “Rapid Transit.”
StoryCorps, a nonprofit that collects and archives stories, played an animated short of one of those stories entitled “Danny & Annie,” which told the touching 27-year love story of two lifelong Brooklynites, and Annie’s brave struggle to live on without her partner.
Convinced you miss out on a fabulous evening? We won’t dissuade you of the notion, but we do have some good news if you’d like to watch the show in its entirety.
Thanks to a partnership with Brooklyn Independent Media, a new channel brought to you by BRIC that features content by, for, and about Brooklyn, you can watch a special broadcast of this year’s 5x10 Talks for the next three weekends from 6-7:30pm: May 17th, May 18th, May 24th, May 25th, May 31st, and June 1st. Tune in on Brooklyn’s Time Warner Cable 756, Verizon FiOS 46 (all five boroughs), and online at BRICartsmedia.org/bkindiemedia.