The Next Web NYC
This December I was fortunate enough to attend The Next Web’s New York conference. This is an annual conference put on for people in technology, communication and media businesses.
The idea of the conference is to provide a platform for startups to network, and to have industry leaders learn, discuss, and determine what the future of the web will look like. In an effort to make the conference more intimate and fruitful, TNW limited the number of attendees, and required people to apply for an invitation. I was beyond excited when my application was accepted.
This year marked the fifth edition of the conference, and they decided to try a new format this year. They had the typical stage program, with speakers throughout the day. They also had “Round Table” sessions, where an expert/leader in the industry would sit at a small table with at most 10 attendees. This allowed for very intimate discussions compared to most keynote or breakout sessions at conferences I’ve been to in the past.
My plan from the beginning was to share everything I learnt in a single blog post, but the amount of knowledge that was shared was immense. So over the next week or two, I’ll be sharing the highlights from each session I was privy to. I hope you guys enjoy. Here are the sessions I attended so you have an idea what to look forward to:
Talk: The Business Imperative for Creating A Culture Of Security
Christopher Young, CEO, McAfee
Round Table: Redesign Strategy 101
Jess Brown, Director of UX, VICE
Talk: Machine Learning for Personalization
Tony Jebara, Head of Machine Learning, Netflix
Talk: Dreams for Future Cities
David Rose, Entrepreneur, Author, and Researcher, MIT
Round Table: Mindfulness-Based Leadership
Cory Muscara, Mindfulness Coach, Google SIY
Talk: Cryptocurrency and the Future of Money
Galia Benartzi, Founder of Bancor
Talk: The Future of Emotionally Intelligent Machines
Pamela Pavliscak, CEO of Change Sciences