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PICNIC Salon New York was a great success

PICNIC Salon New York sparked collaboration between innovators from Amsterdam and New York City on 29 June 2009.

Check out the photos from PICNIC Salon New York on Flickr.





For videos of this event, see below or visit the PICNIC YouTube channel.

On Monday, 29 June PICNIC hosted the first-ever edition of PICNIC Salon New York. The event was attended by 150 of New York’s creative elite and digital media leaders, as well as a small but influential Dutch delegation which included the Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam and other City officials.

The theme of the day was “A Special Tale of Two Cities, New York and Amsterdam”. The objective was to both celebrate the 400th anniversary of Dutch arriving in New York and to discuss the future of digital cities, and the future creative collaboration between these two creative cities.

The 2-hour plenary seminar organized and chaired by PICNIC’s programme director Ferhan Cook featured Ms. Carolien Gehrels, the Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam, and author Russell Shorto as the opening keynote speakers who both gave great perspectives about Amsterdam as a creative city, and the historical connections between New York and Amsterdam. The speakers who participated in the following segments: Connected, Sustainable, and Creative, all gave thought-provoking and entertaining presentations. The seminar ended with an entertaining account of Pixar’s creative Process, given by Michael Johnson, Advisor for PICNIC and lead for PIXAR's Moving Pictures Group in the Studio Tools Division.

See the full programme for PICNIC Salon New York

View the Island video from Russel Shorto's presentation.

The Creative Workshop roundtable conversations were also vibrant with brainstorming that kicked off valuable collaborations and connections between the participants that are sure to continue during the summer months, to result in follow-up meetings and workshops at PICNIC '09, September 23 - 25 In Amsterdam. The Augmented City workshop leader Ronald Lenz from Amsterdam’s Waag Society commented:

"During every aspect of the Salon - creative workshops, presentations and networking cocktails - people were very much looking forward to future collaborations. The discussions I had did not stop at the theoretical probability of working together but got specific very quickly. Especially leading the "Augmented Cities" table at the workshop I was impressed not only with the number of strong creatives present but also the ease with which the group agreed on three future scenarios in a short period of time. I'm looking forward to the follow up at PICNIC '09"

View Ronald Lenz's presentation at PICNIC Salon New York.

At the end of the day, there was so much energy and excitement in the room that the cocktails and the dinner that were served on the beautiful roof terrace of the New Museum lasted until late in the evening, and provided a fabulous opportunity to build new creative discussions and business relationships that will surely continue during September 23-25 PICNIC 09 in Amsterdam.

One of the workshop participants and a new-comer to PICNIC, summed it up as follows:

"Honestly, it has been a long time since I got to sit and brainstorm with such intellegent, innovative and fun collaborators. My brain is still bubbling days later," said Brian Seth Hurst, Second Vice Chair of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Primetime Emmys) and CEO, The Opportunity Management Company.

We would once again like to thank all the partners, sponsors and participants that helped make PICNIC Salon New York a success. Please check back in a few days for a full report of PICNIC Salon New York and the video blogs.

Videos

Michael B. Johnson of Pixar on working digitally, creating software for artists and the creative process itself


Kevin Slavin of Area/Code on augmented cities


Ken Hertz gives on how the digital landscape has changed the game for his clients in the music industry


Josh Rubin gives on how the site started, how they find stories and what interests them at Coolhunting.com

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Suzanne Stefanac on the work American Film Institute has done with sustainability, mentoring at the Digital lab at the AFI, and European influence in America


Michael Tchao on Nike Plus, his PICNIC experience in Amsterdam, the future of technologies in Augmented cities and fashion


Joris Aperghis, CMO of G-star, on how G-Star is becoming more sustainable, the future of the brand and what G-Star's values are at the PICNIC Salon in New York City


Ronald Lenz and Frank Kresin introduce the creative workshop hosted in New York City for the PICNIC Salon on: Augmented Cities, Connected Cities and Sustainable Cities
  • PICNIC Salon New York - 

    PICNIC Salon New York was not only about interesting content but also about powerful networking as PICNIC is a platform for creative conversation and collaboration.
    (more photos of PICNIC Salon NY here)

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