Apply to demo AT NYCML’19
DEADLINE: Rolling until Tuesday, September 10

Demos will be on view on Thursday, September 26, 2019 (1:00PM - 5:00PM)

NYC Media Lab will partner with faculty, students, and university labs from the CIty’s innovation ecosystem to bring 100 demonstrations of emerging media and technology prototypes to NYCML’19. Demo participants will receive complimentary admission to the event, which will host relevant discussions and ample networking opportunities with potential investors and corporate partners. If you are building new technologies on your campus, this is your opportunity to win $25,000 in awards and share your work to 1,000+ event attendees that can help accelerate your idea.

This opportunity is first come, first serve. Applying in early increases your chances of participating.

The NYCML’19 Demo Expo will Offer $25,000 in awards…

NYCML’19 Demo Expo Judges

NYC Media Lab has invited the following Member Representatives to serve as judges for this year’s NYCML’19 Demo Expo Awards. Leveraging their expertise in emerging technology and corporate innovation, judges will help select grand, first, second, and third prize winners that total $25,000 in awards.

FAQ, eligibility & Award Areas

What is the time commitment, and where will my demo be located?

  • Demos will be on view on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in multiple locations across New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn. You will arrive to set up your demo by 10AM. Demos will be on view from 1PM-5PM.

Your demo can include the below presentation styles:

  • Interactive, working, and completed prototypes

  • Research posters or engineering and computer science decks

  • Startup concepts and pitch decks

  • Prototyping concepts, design frameworks, or parts of larger prototyping concepts

To be eligible to participate, your team must be:

  • A current faculty member who teaches at an institution based in New York City.

  • A current student at the graduate, undergraduate, PhD, or Post Doc level who is attending an institution based in New York City.

  • A startup that is currently incubated within a university accelerator program based in New York City.

  • A recent alumni who has graduated no earlier than May 2019.

Your demo should focus on:

  • Prototypes that show how emerging media technologies can be applied within industries (media, entertainment, healthcare, education, advertising, sports, and city planning/urban development).

  • Technologies and innovations that have strong technical depth (computer science, data science, and engineering).

  • Creative use cases with a strong, considered approach to user interaction and user experience.

Your demo should fall into 1 of the 5 key award areas at NYCML’19:

  • Future Interfaces & Spatial Computing: VR, AR, 360 video, volumetric capture, motion capture, brain computer interfaces, human computer interaction, IoT, wearables

  • Data Science: AI, machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, voice technology, data visualization, cybersecurity

  • Enabling Technologies: 5G infrastructure, wireless, computer science, electrical engineering

  • Creative Technology, Journalism & Future of Storytelling: creative coding, immersive or artistic installation, UI/UX, speculative or civic concepts

  • Entrepreneurial Innovation: consumer and enterprise facing startups applying these core technologies

To be considered for an award:

  • Please select your award category on the application form. You will be judged against other demos in your selected category.

  • Please include a short video of your demo, or of you describing your project.

  • Your demo will be judged by leadership at NYC Media Lab and its member companies in an online review of your application. Please consider this when applying. Winning demos will be announced at the event on stage and in NYC Media Lab’s newsletter.

  • And importantly— you must commit to showing your demo at NYCML’19! In the event that you do not participate, we may issue an award to another team.

 Examples of Award Winning Demos


Spatial Computing

Relevant Motion
NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Integrated Digital Media (IDM)

Relevant Motion blends evidence-based rehabilitation activities with immersive and interactive technologies for in-home or in-clinic occupational therapy.


Data Science

Picat Language
CUNY Brooklyn College

Picat is a simple, logic-based programming language aimed for general-purpose applications. From games to AI, this demo showed relevant, real world use cases for the Picat language.


Future interfaces

Towards a Mind Controlled Hearing Aid
Columbia University, Electrical Engineering

An end-to-end system that amplifies voices while translating the neural signals of hearing impaired users. The proposal helps to isolate voices and suppress background noises in crowded spaces.


Creative technology

Enlightening Dark Matter
The New School, Design & Technology

A physical computing-powered dome that uses sensory experience to reveal hidden structures of the universe. The dome is suspended from the ceiling providing a 360 view of the experience.

The application to demo closed on Tuesday, September 10

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