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5 cool media projects that just got money to become real

NYC Media Lab and Verizon teamed up to fund promising innovations coming out of the city's universities.

Ideas, they’re a dime a dozen. But when about a dozen get lots and lots of dimes — say, to the tune of $250,000 in total — the ideas stand a much better chance of reaching their telos.

Brooklyn’s NYC Media Lab, based in the Metrotech, and Manhattan-based communications companyVerizon teamed up to source promising projects being worked on in New York colleges and give them money and consultation from Verizon executives to help them along.

In all, 14 projects were awarded money from colleges across the city.

We’ll focus here on the Brooklyn projects.

From Pratt comes Auteur, “gestural system that offers the most sophisticated, friendly, empowering, and progressive response for re-empowering users to be directors of their digital/curated lives.” Auteur is the work of Gaia Scagnetti, Jillian Lea Barkley, Kiran Puri, Ryan Schoenherr and Jennifer Sclafani.

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