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Justin Hendrix

Executive Director of NYC Media Lab, a public-private partnership between the City’s industry and its universities to drive emerging media and technology innovation and entrepreneurship. Launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, NYC Media Lab collaborates with NYU, Columbia, CUNY, The New School, the School of Visual Arts, and Pratt Institute and corporate members such as Bloomberg, the Associated Press, NBCUniversal, Hearst Corporation, Viacom and Verizon. The Lab’s interests range across disciplines from data science and design to virtual and augmented reality. Its programs include prototyping projects with member companies as well as The Combine, an early stage accelerator that encourages digital media startup formation and technology commercialization on the City’s campuses. Before joining NYC Media Lab, Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn.


All Sessions By Justin Hendrix

2030 Vision: Avoiding Dystopia
Masters&Robots Day 1
In the past three decades, technology has radically changed media, and with it business, culture and politics. From the PC to the web to mobile devices, advances in human-computer interaction have altered how we engage with information, with entertainment, and with one another. But a new decade looms- one that will see arguably more dramatic change as technologies such as artificial intelligence and augmented reality reach maturity. And yet, we are also in the dawn of a new era of misinformation, propaganda and information overload. Many see the end of reality, as new technology blurs what is fact from what is fiction. What must we do in the coming decade to avoid dystopia, and to build an information environment that supports liberal democracy and permits us to solve the world’s audacious problems, such as polarization, inequality and climate change?