At 9 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, March 9, we opened our registration counter for the Made in NY: Austin event held in the #FEED powered by Twitter space at the AMOA Arthouse. From the moment we began, a steady stream of people continued flowed in!
At 10 a.m. we began the Master Classes sponsored by Pearson and powered by General Assembly. The classes introduced attendees to the startup scene in NY. Matt Brimer, co-founder of General Assembly, provided an orientation of the New York Startup Community. With speakers like Dave Gilboa, co-founder of Warby Parker, and Rachel Haot, Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York, the classes were rich in content.
At noon, we opened the Main Gallery of the AMOA Arthouse where we created a showcase of about 40 companies. The crowd swarmed the space and within minutes, the venue was filled with an amazing cacophony of discussions, live demos and recruiting! Companies like Shapeways engaged the attendees with great 3-D printed handouts and Sherpaa provided medical assessments right from their tabletop. Popular Mechanics created a comfy lounge that proved to be a favorite spot to rest and recharge their many mobile devices. Cold brew coffee provided by Chameleon Cold-Brew, fueled the discussions at the HD Made Mini Meetups happening in the loft space of the venue throughout the afternoon. The New York tech scene definitely pulsed down in Texas!
American Express, presenting sponsor of the event, took center stage with 3 roundtable discussions. They covered the topics of VC funding, growing your startup and financial empowerment. Armed with leaders and experts in each area and with amazing real time illustrators capturing each discussion, the stage and area around it was very much the hub of activity.
As the clock sped toward 6 p.m., the crowd did not wane. In fact, a new line was forming outside the venue for access to the evening cocktail party hosted by American Express. The weather held, an amazing jazz band began and the sun began to set creating the perfect evening setting for the rooftop cocktail party.
As the cocktails flowed on the roof, armed with eager Task Rabbits, we transformed the Main Gallery space from our daytime exhibition to a nightclub party venue for the @Night event. Within less than 2 hours, the furniture was cleared and the vibe was set to party. Again, a massive line began to warp around the building and at 9pm, the doors once again opened and the party began. VITO & DRUZZI (THE RAPTURE DJS), MOON BOOTS and PERSEUS, added some last shots of adrenaline to the day and kept the crowd dancing until 2 a.m.
With the help of our hosting partners (Gust and Made in NY) and our collaborating partners (HD Made, Control Group and Learned Evolution) the pre-event planning came into being at the Made in NY: Austin in a big way! The NY Tech Community once again showed its support and made Texas feel just like home!
Below are a few resources about the event:
For a complete list of sponsors, visit the event website at http://www.madeinnyaustin.com/.
Excited Attendees through the doors: 3500
Total number of companies: 40
Cups of cold brew coffee poured: 500
Exhausted Task Rabbits: 14
Empty hours at Made in NY: 0
You can find photos of the event on our Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/16Fc7ps.
You can view the live video stream of tonight's NY Tech Meetup provided by MLB Advanced Media here.
Here's the lineup for tonight's event:
Aviary: The world's best photo editing SDK, providing developers with a robust, customizable photo editor that can be plugged into apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, HTML5 and Windows 8 in minutes.
Birdseye is the first email client built from the ground up for tablets. Birdseye is a finger friendly, visual overview of your inbox with intuitive actions for each email to cut through the overload.
Clarity: Making parent and teacher communication easy, regardless of language barriers or technical skills.
Foursquare is a free mobile application that helps you and your friends make the most of where you are.
iRescU - a cloud based crowd sourced open data CPR/AED support system to empower the bystander community to bridge current gaps in the chain of survival from sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest - bridging new tech, social and saving lives.
Moveline: A simple way to get organized, compare prices, and hire movers you can trust.
Ontodia: Helping build the Digital Cities of our Future through Big, Linked, Open City Data.
Shutterstock: A global marketplace for creativity, with over 24 million licensable photos, illustrations and videos.
Yext is the location information software company that lets businesses own and update their location data across 45+ search engines, listing directories and mapping applications.
Missed the February 2013 NY Tech Meetup? You can still watch the video here.
You can see the full list of presenting companies here.
Looking forward to our next NY Tech Meetup on March 19.
Can't attend the meetup in person? You can find the live video stream here.
Here are the demoers for the Feburary 5, 2013 NY Tech Meetup:
HowAboutWe is the first experience-driven dating and relationships company.
Combosaurus: Discover your next favorite interest or person
Shelby.tv is the best place to discover and share video.
Catchafire.org: Give what you're good at
Mortar Data: Open source framework and Hadoop-as-a-Service for engineers & data scientists.
SumAll provides a beautiful, interactive, easy to use business intelligence tool to small and medium sized businesses and marketers. Currently more than 28,000 businesses use the tool
Talos: The Personal Robot
MLB Advanced Media
A live stream look behind the live stream of NYTM.
Yext: Industry-leading location Information software to update your business info with just a click.
Tactonic Sensors enables Touch 2.0 pressure sensing multi-touch interaction on ANY size surface, either as components or as tiles: for mobile devices, peripherals, tables, walls, floors, and more.
Citia creates delightful digital places for entertainment, publishing and trans-media enterprises. Cross-device premium content platforms that put users first.