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How Digital Fashion Will Entice People into the Metaverse with the French American Chamber of Commerce

When

October 19, 2022 6:00 PM
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About

Join us, in partnership with the French American Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion about fashions future as an entry point to the metaverse.

Could the next few years see digital fashion NFTs inspire mass adoption of the metaverse?In 2021-22 we saw Non-Fungible Tokens ("NFTs") become one of the mainstream ways that people adopted web3 and crypto technologies. Could the next few years see digital fashion NFTs inspire a similar mass adoption of the metaverse? Many new digital accessories and clothes are being designed as NFTs – so a whole new set of potential users will come for the fashion, and end up onboarding onto a whole new set of technologies.

About French American Chamber of Commerce

The French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC-NY) is the only bi-national organization of its kind. Our mission is to develop business relationships between France and the United States and their respective business communities. With a diverse member base—from manufacturing to legal, accounting, startups, food & beverage, tech, HR, luxury fashion & beauty, and beyond—we create the connections and networks that help your business grow.

When

October 19, 2022
6:00 pm

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little West 12th Street, New York NY 10014

Speakers

John

Borthwick

CEO
Betaworks
@Borthwick

John Borthwick has been a leader in the New York startup, technology business for over two decades. He is the Founder and CEO of betaworks, a New York-based startup platform that builds, accelerates & invests in early-stage consumer technology. Companies built by betaworks include Giphy, Dots, bitly, Tweetdeck, and Chartbeat. Investments & accelerated companies include Twitter, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Medium, Anchor, Gimlet and recently Hugging Face, RecRoom, Superplastic, and XMTP.

He serves on the boards of WNYC, New York Public Radio, Data & Society, and several DAOs. John holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.

Megan

Kaspar

Founding Member
Red DAO
@megan_kaspar

Megan Kaspar is a founding member of Red DAO, the world’s first digital fashion focused DAO. Red invests in the emergent opportunities arising from dematerialized fashion and apparel trends, powered by blockchain technology. To date, Red DAO holds the most valuable fashion NFT, the Dolce & Gabbana Doge Crown purchased for 423.5 ETH. She is also a co-founder and Managing Director at FirstLight, a privately held digital asset, blockchain agnostic investment and incubation firm.

Dennis

Crowley

Co-Founder
LivingCities
@dens

Dennis Crowley is a technology entrepreneur working at the intersection of the real world & digital world to create things that make the real world more fun. He's a Co-Founder at LivingCities ("reflecting the real world into the mirror world"), a Co-Founder at Street FC ("building the biggest football club on the planet"), and is the Co-Founder/Co-Chair at Foursquare, one of the world's leading location technology platforms. Previously, he founded Dodgeball, one of the first location-based mobile social services (acquired by Google in 2005) and PacManhattan, one of the earliest "big urban games" (2004).

Agenda

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
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How Digital Fashion Will Entice People into the Metaverse with the French American Chamber of Commerce

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October 19, 2022
6:00 pm

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little West 12th Street, New York NY 10014
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Event Details

Join us, in partnership with the French American Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion about fashions future as an entry point to the metaverse.

Could the next few years see digital fashion NFTs inspire mass adoption of the metaverse?In 2021-22 we saw Non-Fungible Tokens ("NFTs") become one of the mainstream ways that people adopted web3 and crypto technologies. Could the next few years see digital fashion NFTs inspire a similar mass adoption of the metaverse? Many new digital accessories and clothes are being designed as NFTs – so a whole new set of potential users will come for the fashion, and end up onboarding onto a whole new set of technologies.

About French American Chamber of Commerce

The French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC-NY) is the only bi-national organization of its kind. Our mission is to develop business relationships between France and the United States and their respective business communities. With a diverse member base—from manufacturing to legal, accounting, startups, food & beverage, tech, HR, luxury fashion & beauty, and beyond—we create the connections and networks that help your business grow.

Agenda

Speakers

John

Borthwick

CEO
Betaworks
@Borthwick

John Borthwick has been a leader in the New York startup, technology business for over two decades. He is the Founder and CEO of betaworks, a New York-based startup platform that builds, accelerates & invests in early-stage consumer technology. Companies built by betaworks include Giphy, Dots, bitly, Tweetdeck, and Chartbeat. Investments & accelerated companies include Twitter, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Medium, Anchor, Gimlet and recently Hugging Face, RecRoom, Superplastic, and XMTP.

He serves on the boards of WNYC, New York Public Radio, Data & Society, and several DAOs. John holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.

Megan

Kaspar

Founding Member
Red DAO
@megan_kaspar

Megan Kaspar is a founding member of Red DAO, the world’s first digital fashion focused DAO. Red invests in the emergent opportunities arising from dematerialized fashion and apparel trends, powered by blockchain technology. To date, Red DAO holds the most valuable fashion NFT, the Dolce & Gabbana Doge Crown purchased for 423.5 ETH. She is also a co-founder and Managing Director at FirstLight, a privately held digital asset, blockchain agnostic investment and incubation firm.

Dennis

Crowley

Co-Founder
LivingCities
@dens

Dennis Crowley is a technology entrepreneur working at the intersection of the real world & digital world to create things that make the real world more fun. He's a Co-Founder at LivingCities ("reflecting the real world into the mirror world"), a Co-Founder at Street FC ("building the biggest football club on the planet"), and is the Co-Founder/Co-Chair at Foursquare, one of the world's leading location technology platforms. Previously, he founded Dodgeball, one of the first location-based mobile social services (acquired by Google in 2005) and PacManhattan, one of the earliest "big urban games" (2004).

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  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app
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RENDER();

Tools
For
Thinking

How New Technologies are Changing How We Create, Share, and Build Knowledge

When

October 19, 2022
6:00 pm

Where

Betaworks, 29 Little West 12th Street, New York NY 10014
Proof of Full Vaccination Required

RENDER is Over, but Camp is just beginning

We had some great speakers and participants turn out for Render, and we all got to participate in very interesting conversations. You can find recordings of all of our sessions below. If you're working on a Tool for Thinking and want to participate in our upcoming accelerator program, you can learn more here.

Building Bicycles for the Mind

Join us, in partnership with the French American Chamber of Commerce, for a discussion about fashions future as an entry point to the metaverse.

Could the next few years see digital fashion NFTs inspire mass adoption of the metaverse?In 2021-22 we saw Non-Fungible Tokens ("NFTs") become one of the mainstream ways that people adopted web3 and crypto technologies. Could the next few years see digital fashion NFTs inspire a similar mass adoption of the metaverse? Many new digital accessories and clothes are being designed as NFTs – so a whole new set of potential users will come for the fashion, and end up onboarding onto a whole new set of technologies.

About French American Chamber of Commerce

The French American Chamber of Commerce (FACC-NY) is the only bi-national organization of its kind. Our mission is to develop business relationships between France and the United States and their respective business communities. With a diverse member base—from manufacturing to legal, accounting, startups, food & beverage, tech, HR, luxury fashion & beauty, and beyond—we create the connections and networks that help your business grow.

Speakers

Howard

Rheingold

Author
Tools for Thought
@hrheingold

John

Borthwick

CEO
Betaworks
@Borthwick

John Borthwick has been a leader in the New York startup, technology business for over two decades. He is the Founder and CEO of betaworks, a New York-based startup platform that builds, accelerates & invests in early-stage consumer technology. Companies built by betaworks include Giphy, Dots, bitly, Tweetdeck, and Chartbeat. Investments & accelerated companies include Twitter, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Medium, Anchor, Gimlet and recently Hugging Face, RecRoom, Superplastic, and XMTP.

He serves on the boards of WNYC, New York Public Radio, Data & Society, and several DAOs. John holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University.

Megan

Kaspar

Founding Member
Red DAO
@megan_kaspar

Megan Kaspar is a founding member of Red DAO, the world’s first digital fashion focused DAO. Red invests in the emergent opportunities arising from dematerialized fashion and apparel trends, powered by blockchain technology. To date, Red DAO holds the most valuable fashion NFT, the Dolce & Gabbana Doge Crown purchased for 423.5 ETH. She is also a co-founder and Managing Director at FirstLight, a privately held digital asset, blockchain agnostic investment and incubation firm.

Dennis

Crowley

Co-Founder
LivingCities
@dens

Dennis Crowley is a technology entrepreneur working at the intersection of the real world & digital world to create things that make the real world more fun. He's a Co-Founder at LivingCities ("reflecting the real world into the mirror world"), a Co-Founder at Street FC ("building the biggest football club on the planet"), and is the Co-Founder/Co-Chair at Foursquare, one of the world's leading location technology platforms. Previously, he founded Dodgeball, one of the first location-based mobile social services (acquired by Google in 2005) and PacManhattan, one of the earliest "big urban games" (2004).

Schedule

11:30 AM
Doors Open
12:00 PM
Welcome
with MC
12:10 PM – 12:20 PM
How Do We Define Tools for Thinking and Why Do They Matter?
Join Jerry Michalski and John Borthwick as they talk about their interest in tools for thinking, and what excites them the most about the future of the category.
12:20 PM – 12:50 PM
Inflection Points for Tools for Thinking
What are the key inflection points that will supercharge Tools for Thinking in the near future? How will new technologies, user metaphors, and funding models change how people build these tools? John Borthwick will be discussing how the landscape is changing with the co-founders of Readwise, Daniel Doyon & Tristan Homsi.
12:50 PM – 1:00 PM
Q+A
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Demo: Protocol Design for Tools for Thinking
Gordon Brander will be presenting a brief demo on Subconscious and the Noosphere, products he and his team are working on to allow Tools for Thinking to become interoperable and better connected.
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
Lunch and Networking
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
The History and Future of Software as Tools for Thinking
Some of the earliest examples of software explored by pioneers like Doug Engelbart, JCR Licklider, Alan Turing, and others were at their core technologies that help magnify, inspect, and spread our ideas. Jerry Michalski will be sitting down (virtually) with Howard Rheingold, author of Tools for Thought, to explore the history and future of "mind-amplifying technology".
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM
Q+A
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tools for Thinking Product Demos
We’ll hear from builders and thinkers deep in the space and get to take a look at what they’re working on. We’ll be checking out Plexus, Re:Collect, Jerry’s Brain, Subconscious and more. 
4:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Leveraging AI and ML in Building New Tools for Thinking
Alice Albrecht and Linus Lee will be sitting down with Chris Pedregal to discuss their work in leveraging AI and Machine Learning for creating new kinds of tools for thinking.
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Q+A
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Idea Dimensionality and Representing Semantic Meaning
How do ideas - and the human brains that make and hold them - interact?  Get prepared for meta! Esther Dyson and Jerry Michalski, will discuss the idea of how people work together to shape, compare, intertwine and ultimately produce multi-faceted ideas and multi-dimensional idea spaces.  As David Waltz (Thinking Machines) once said, “Words are not in themselves carriers of meaning, but merely pointers to shared understanding.” Watch and lob questions as the two of them try to build and share the idea of how better ideas can be developed through collaboration.
5:30 PM – 5:45 PM
Q+A
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Closing and Happy Hour

Proof of Full Vaccination Required

Betaworks requires all visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter. No exceptions. Two ways that you can show proof:
  • Official vaccine card with at least 2 weeks having passed since the date of the last required dose (1 dose for J&J/AstraZeneca, 2 for Pfizer/Moderna)
  • An active digital pass such as the NY State Excelsior Pass or the CLEAR app