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PICNIC Salon New York

29 June 2009 in New York City

With the support of the Mayor of Amsterdam and several partner organizations, PICNIC will be hosting a gathering of top American and Dutch creative and business leaders for a high-level networking event. We will also be commemorating the 400th anniversary of captain Henry Hudson's arrival on the shores of what is now New York City, on the Dutch ship the Halve Maen.

PICNIC Salon NY is a gathering of world-class creatives, brand innovators, thought leaders and city officials from both Amsterdam and New York. It is a great opportunity to reinforce current relationships and to make new contacts to further creative and commercial collaboration.

Program PICNIC Salon NY: 29 June 2009

Creative Workshop & Brainstorm: Dutch & NYC Creatives
Co-organized with Waag Society, Amsterdam

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Closed Session/Roundtable Discussions

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Open Presentations

What role do design and creative technologies play in the future of our cities? Augmented, ubiquitous, real-time, broadband and smart technologies are now shaping the lives of many. What future will this lead to and how can we put these technologies to work for us? What is the shared agenda for Amsterdam and New York? See the full agenda for the Creative Workshop.

General Seminar Kick-Off: Welcome & Introductions
Introduction to the Program

3:45 pm
Bas Verhart, Co-Founder, PICNIC and Founder, Media Republic
Nicolette Vink: Festival Director, PICNIC
Ferhan Cook, PICNIC '09 Program Director and Seminar Chair

Part 1: Collaborative
Bridging the Gap from Historical to Digital Collaboration

4:00 pm
Amsterdam as Europe's Creative Capital
Welcome Keynote: Carolien Gehrels, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam

Bridging the Gap from Historical to Digital Collaboration
Keynote: Russell Shorto, Author of "The Island at the Center of the World" and contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine

Part 2: Connected
City & Play: Participatory and Connected Cities

4:30 pm
Exploding & Connected Games: Creating Magic Through Defamiliarization
Kevin Slavin, CEO, Area/Code

Participatory Cities in a Digital Society; Amsterdam as a Laboratory for "City as Platform" Applications
Ben Cerveny, Strategist at Stamen & Founder of Vurb

Summary of the Creative Workshop Discussions
Waag Society Team

Part 3: Sustainable
Moving Toward Sustainable Design & Economy

5:00 pm
Breakthrough Innovations for a Green Economy
Judith Lingeman, The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
Eben Bayer, CEO & Co-Founder Ecovative Design, 2008 winner of the Green Challenge

Panel Chat: Sustainable Design
Renny Ramakers, Droog Design
Representatives from Eyebeam and Waag Society

Part 4: Creative
Creative Collaboration and Innovation

5:30 pm
The Creative Process at Pixar
Keynote: Michael B. Johnson, Moving Picture Group Lead, Pixar Animation Studios

Wrap-up and closing comments

Evening Festivities
Drinks, Food, Music, Fun and Networking

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Keynote: Russell Shorto
Russell Shorto is a contributing writer for the New York Times and director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam. His bestseller about the Dutch founding of Manhattan, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America, was published to international acclaim. It won numerous awards, including the New York City Book Award, and was name on of the top books of the year by the New York Public Library. Russell lives in Amsterdam and has two daughters.

Venue: New Museum, New York City
The main program will take place at the New Museum, a striking modern addition to Manhattan's Bowery neighborhood. The museum, a home for contemporary art and an incubator for new ideas, was designed by Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA. The Dutch architect Florian Idenburg was project architect of the New Museum.