5th Annual NYC Summit – The New Tech Currency: Culture x Creativity

By 2020, creativity will be the third most valued skill set–up from tenth place in 2015—and, thereby, one of our most precious and powerful resources in the digital age. *

We Are At A Tipping Point.

Technology and business model disruptors, coupled with Demographic shifts and other socio-economic factors, will have a profound impact on the employment landscape –potentially creating more income disparities, inequality, and societal tensions.

Culture, coupled with the power of Creativity and enabled by Technology, will constitute our new Currency. This combo will be essential to mitigating the impact of digital transformation; ensuring inclusion; and optimizing opportunities for sustainable economic and social impact. How will we leverage them to win?

*Source:  World Economic Forum 2016 Future of Jobs Report


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Creative genius was on full display at Digital Diversity Network’s 5th Annual NYC Summit, The New Tech Currency: Culture x Creativity, hosted by Galvanize on Thursday, October 19. Diverse experts from the realms of digital media and advertising; tech; AI; VR; entertainment; the arts; sports; academia, diversity and inclusion, philanthropy; and advocacy shared strategies, tactics and solutions for leveraging creativity, technology and genius to evolve our culture, the workplace and society at-large.

The four-hour agenda included panel discussions, as well as lighting talks on Esports from Akshay Khanna, Vice President of Strategy, Philadelphia 76ers; and A Primer to Understanding Crytocurrency from Anora Gaudiano, Markets Reporter, MarketWatch.

Conference sessions and speakers included:

Creating an Inclusive Culture From the Inside Out moderated by Kedma Pognon Brown, SVP, Operations & Project Management, Zenith &Chair, DDN Board of Directors. Panelists included: Kymber Lim, Co-founder I Chief Creative Officer + Head of Studio, Holor Media; Michael Rubenstein, President, AppNexus; and Janet Crenshaw Smith, President, Ivy Group Planning.

The Intersection of Tech, Pop Culture & Social Justice was presented in partnership with Pop Culture Collaborative and moderated by Darian Harvin, News Curation Editor at BuzzFeed News. Speakers included: Jesse Moore, CEO, Common Thread Strategies & Chief Communications Strategist, Pop Culture Collaborative; Dr. Travis McPhail, Staff Software Engineer, Google Maps; Yamilee Toussaint, Founder & CEO, STEM from Dance; and

Daniel Alejandro Leon-Davis, Co-Founder & Senior Creative Director at SOZE Agency/Social Media Director to Russell Simmons.

AI/Machine Learning: Implications for Inclusion & Equality featuring Paolo Gaudiano, Executive Director, Center for Quantitative Studies of Diversity & Inclusion, City College of New York; and Founder, Aleria, in conversation with Micah Brown, CEO, Centiment, i.o.; Katie Dixon, Principal Solution Specialist for Data & AI, Microsoft; Diego J. Medina, VP, Products, Platforms, and Partners, Viacom Advanced Advertising; Adelyn Zhouh, Co-founder & CMO, TOPBOTS; and Lauren Washington, CEO & Co-founder, KeepUp & Co-founder, Black Women Talk Tech.

Gentrifying Genius: Urban Creators Stripped Bare was presented in partnership with I’mPOSSIBLE and moderated by Simone Bresi-Ando, Founder, I’mPOSSIBLE. Speakers included: Tatiana Holifield-Arthur Senior Director, Social Media Marketing Strategy, BET Networks; Manushka Magloire, Community Affairs & Culture, Afropunk LLC; Ngozi Odita, Co-founder/Executive Director, Social Media Week Lagos; and Jessica Rodriguez, Co-founder, LLERO.com, a lifestyle site for Latino men.

In addition to DDN’s annual corporate sponsors, Comcast NBCUniversal, HBO, The New York Times Company, Viacom and Warner Bros., event sponsors included Google, YouTube and Galvanize. Event collaborators included: I’mPossible, Pop Culture Collaborative, Black Women Tech and The Walter Kaitz Foundation.

Visit the Event Gallery to view conference photos.


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