Today we announced the six finalists of New York’s Next Top Makers, a competition to promote innovation in New York City. The finalists – Nautilus Bowl, The Power Clip, MYBELL, Tangeez, Bonus Table and Slide Table – were chosen by a panel of judges and by a public, online vote.
New York’s Next Top Makers is a program that encourages innovation and local manufacturing in New York City. Next Top Makers increases New Yorkers’ access to new technology, technical knowhow and other resources; assists a cohort of selected Fellows to establish and grow their product businesses in NYC; and connects the surge in prototyping and production activity with New York City’s existing manufacturing and industrial capabilities that already provide well-paying jobs to almost 500,000 New Yorkers.
The Industrial Business Advisory Council, a cornerstone of the Bloomberg Administration’s initiatives to support the industrial sector, is set for its first meeting on August 1. This advisory body will ferment the working relationship between industrial businesses and the City agencies and policies that support them.
The heat of a mid-June day in NYC couldn’t stop groups of business owners, developers, non-profit workers and city employees from filing into the old Pfizer building at 630 Flushing Ave in Williamsburg. They were all there to hear about Demystifying Industrial Development from an expert panel of industrial business owners and representatives from development agencies that have worked to retain and expand industry in NYC.
On Wednesday, May 23, 2012, the BMW i Ventures incubator held the first maker mixer hosted by NYCEDC's Industrial Team, bringing together thought leaders from New York City's design, fabrication, and business worlds to discuss the changing production landscape.