NEW SERIES NYC 2.0 EXPLORES THE BOOMING LOCAL TECH SCENE
First of Its Kind Series Premieres Sunday, September 18 on NYC life
September 16, 2011 - NYC 2.0 – a new series premiering on NYC life beginning September 18 – follows New York City’s tech sector. In NYC 2.0, host Rick Karr, a veteran reporter for outlets PBS and NPR, takes viewers on a fun and informative tour of what’s fueling the rise of the local tech industry with more startup firms in the City now than there were at the height of the dot-com boom of the ’90s.
NYC 2.0 airs Sundays at 8:30pm on NYC life (channel 25), beginning on September 18. NYC life is available in the New York tri-state area on broadcast, cable and satellite channels, Channel 25 on most systems and Channel 22 on Cablevision. The series will also be available to watch online on the NYC Media Video on Demand player – nyc.gov/vod – and through the NYC Media app, available to download for free from iTunes. New episodes will be added each week.
ABOUT THE EPISODES
The Hackers (Air date: Sunday, September 18, 8:30pm)
The bad ones steal, but the good ones – like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates back in the day – invent. Host Rick Karr visits Brooklyn’s NYC Resistor and talks to a hacker and inventor. Karr also turns his own video game console into a home media center, then visits a Manhattan startup that hopes to turn that hack into a multimillion-dollar business.
The Travelers (Air date: Sunday, September 25, 8:30pm)
New York’s bustling with new technologies that make it easier to get around. Host Rick Karr profiles the inventor of an app that helps you find parking, then talks with a cyclist who’s building a better bike-share system. Karr also looks under the hood of a new MTA bus tracking system and interviews a Wall Street millionaire who’s funding tech for smarter cities.
The Smartest Place on Earth (Air date: Sunday, October 2, 8:30pm)
Nerds aren’t the only ones inventing new technologies in New York. Host Rick Karr talks with a theatre director who built a digital brass band and interviews the ex-music critic who co-created the fundraising site Kickstarter. Also included in the episode are visits to an innovative NYU program that churns out new ideas and Google’s huge NYC facility.
The Problem Solvers (Air date: Sunday, October 9, 8:30pm)
Some inventors in NYC aren’t in it to make a buck, but purely to solve a problem. Host Rick Karr meets some green activists who use technology to map every tree in the City and the Columbia professor who’s helping them do it. A SoHo startup whose technology is helping other inventors work smarter is profiled, and Karr sits down for a chat with Rachel Sterne, the City’s Chief Digital Officer.
The Border (Air date: Sunday, October 16, 8:30pm)
Some of the coolest technology in New York City is being developed by artists. Host Rick Karr visits a Chelsea space where one artist uses computers to analyze rap, then talks with an NYU professor about art and tech. A Brooklyn artist who makes crafts with high-tech touches is also featured along with the girls’ robotics team at the Bronx School of Science.
The Marketplace (Air date: Sunday, October 23, 8:30pm)
A lot of NYC tech brings people together – from buyers and sellers to like-minded individuals. Host Rick Karr looks at Brooklyn’s online craft marketplace, Etsy, and Manhattan’s high-fashion online destination, Ideeli. Also featured are a look at Meetup and a talk with tech journalist Josh Topolsky, who thinks NYC’s racing ahead of Silicon Valley.