Thursday, January 14, 2010

LucidNYC January event - As interesting and entertaining as I expected it to be!

Last January, on Gaurav Mishra's invitation, I attended the Lucid NYC January 2009 event. It was an informal presentation set-up, with four people from different fields presenting about their work to predominantly young crowd. The event was in a loft-like empty space in mid-town Manhattan; The entry fees of $10 (I think) was collected at the door, and there were snacks and drinks, and a tips jar to go with it. The presentations were very interesting - the one talk that still stands out for me was from a last minute presenter talking about the curiosities of Video game pricing. In addition to learning new stuff, the event also allowed for meeting some great people.

At that time, the impression I got was "This is a great event organization; and New Yorkers should benefit from it before Lucid grows too big and too impersonal". For many reasons, I haven't been able to go to any event since then.

Yesterday, I was at the Lucid NYC Jan 2010 event, and it lived up to my expectations!

The event itself had a much more organized feel to it than the last one I attended. The tickets for the event were pre-sold on EventBrite. There was live jazz music to begin with. The presentations were short - around 15 minutes - and interesting, with a bit of quirkiness thrown in. Each of the presenters had some new stuff to offer:
  • Leo Bonnani of Sourcemap.org talked about mapping and displaying in a visual manner the sources for various components of various items- example a Laptop, or restaurant menu item, etc. We could be seeing more of this everywhere soon.
  • Ji Lee of Google talked about 'high-jacking' of concepts - with examples from his work including The Bubble Project. I particularly liked the New Museum ad campaign example and its ads in Subway stations.
  • Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men gave an introduction to the work they have done so far, and some ideas about what they want to be doing next. I should watch the movie The Yes Men Fix the World soon. By the way, The Yes Men are looking for investments to expand their operations; if you are interested in making a contribution, write to them on their web-site.
All together, I spent a little over two hours on a weekday evening for this event; it is a great way to learn new things and meet new people! So the next time I attend a Lucid NYC event will not be in 2011 - as my past history would predict. And I reiterate with emphasis "New Yorkers should participate and benefit from it before Lucid grows too big and too impersonal"

2 comments:

sriks7 said...

Do you know if there are any plans to post the videos/presentations to the web ?

sriks7 said...

Do you know if there are any plans to post the videos/presentations to the web ?