Digital Lab 2016: Overview 

Co-produced by the French Embassy and Business France, the French-American Digital Lab is a 10-day exchange program of workshops, conferences, and seminars with leading tech and cultural companies for budding international culture-focused start-ups. A program of French Tech New York and part of Paris - New York Tandem 2016, the Digital Lab aims to lead the digital transformation of cultural industries by supporting and lending resources to young creative leaders—the undeniable drivers of global competitiveness—who are transforming the way we engage with culture. The Digital Lab  seeks to nurture innovative, creative minds in France and the US that place culture and innovation at the heart of their work.

In 2016, the Digital Lab will focus on two primary themes:

-          Storytelling & VR: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and 360 video are redefining the way we experience art performances, films, games, and more. This year’s Digital Lab explores the disruptive technologies that are transforming traditional narrative forms, including storytelling, transmedia, digital media, performing arts, video games, journalism, print, and digital publishing.

-          Fashion & Design: These industries wield powerful economic, aesthetic, and cultural influence in France and the US. The impact of fashion innovation offers new opportunities that designers are just beginning to explore, including wearable technology, smart textiles, connected clothing, and 3D printing. New technologies are bringing fresh inspiration and previously unimaginable possibilities to designers in a range of fields, including sound design, interior design, graphic design and sensorial design.

Our host incubator and original programming partner in New York, the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, brings local expertise to this vast network and help tailor the program to each participant’s needs. To support and empower the selected Fashion & Design Tech startups of the 2016 edition, Digital Lab is also partnering with acutting-edge incubator: the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, funded by the Pratt Institute in New York.

By bringing established business leaders together with pioneering entrepreneurs from both countries, Digital Lab will illuminate how technological advances are shaping and reimagining our society.

The French-American Digital Lab is supported by the City of Paris, the Institut français, the FACE Foundation, Flipboard, 18Havas.ios and Orange.

The French-American Digital Lab is part of Paris - New York Tandem 2016, a program organized by the City of Paris and the French Institute, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Embassy of the United States of America in France, and the City of New York.

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