Events

The Columbia DSL consists of three core areas – programs, prototypes and labs. Since the fall of 2014, we’ve held over 40 events in NYC and more than 150 events around the world. We’re always looking for collaborators if you or your organization would like to experiment with story and code please contact us.

 

July 10th, 2017

Humanizing Data – creating an Escape Room for Good

What if we built an environment that modeled negative conversations and behaviors found on social media platforms? Inside of this environment, situations quickly escalate. But this time, we would be able to do something about it.

Imagine a space where a diversity of participants work together through story, play, design and collaboration to de-escalate situations that stem from misunderstanding and polarization. To create this “Escalation Room” we’ll harness emerging technologies, collaborative methodologies, and field research to design and build an innovative empathic simulation that is a learning environment that can scale. Join us for a special think & do session that mixes theory and practice.

For more details please click here.

 

June 10th, 2017

Building Simulations for Empathic Care – a special think & do session for 40 participants.

The future is uncertain and when it arrives, it can be strange and disorienting. Perhaps nowhere is this tension felt more fully than in regards to our health. Is this symptom important? Will I get sick like my dad?  How will this treatment affect me? What will better feel like? These questions and concerns speak to a desire to know where our health is headed and what it will look like when we get there.

For more details please click here.

 

June 5th, 2017

The Art & Craft of the Pop-up

Join us June 5th at 7pm for a special conversation with Piera Gelardi, Executive Creative Director and co-founder of the award-winning digital media company, Refinery29. Each fall, Piera, and her team transform a warehouse in Brooklyn into a massive immersive pop-up that mixes story, play, art, technology, fashion, and collaboration over three days. Entitled 29 Rooms, the temporary experience reaches tens of thousands in real life, and millions online. At our June meetup, Piera will pull back the curtain on the art and craft of designing and producing engaging pop-ups.

Our discussion with Piera, will be immediately followed by a special Frankenstein AI pop-up design session. This coming fall Columbia DSL will produce a special Frankenstein AI pop-up in NYC. Over the next 6 months we’ll be working together to design, build and produce the pop-up.

For more details please click here.

 

May 12th – 15th, 2017

Forward Slash Story – 20 storytellers, 5 days, 5 impossible problems and 1 beautiful location.

 

May 1st, 2017

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things – a kit for augmenting creativity

For over 2 years, we’ve been prototyping Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things. With 2,600 collaborators in 60 countries and 150+ self-organized events held around the world, the project has exceeded all our expectations.

On Monday, May 1st we’ll be taking the next step. After hundreds of prototypes, we’re ready to finalize a Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things kit. This kit will bundle a methodology, as well as a special IoT/AI/beacon, enabled Rotary Phone. The goal of the kit is to augment the creative process in an effort to bridge the physical and digital world through collaborative storytelling and play. The target date for completion is this coming fall when we premiere the kit at the New York Film Festival. After that, the kit will tour festivals and conferences around the world. It’s important to note that this kit will be released under a creative commons license so that others can remix and contribute to its growth.

For more details please click here.

 

April 5th, 2017

Join us for the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab’s second annual Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling awards, which will be presented at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 PM. The awards program is a celebration of innovation and creativity in storytelling of every sort, whether in advertising, art, fiction, film, games, journalism, television, or theater.

Chosen by members and associates of the Digital Storytelling Lab, a project of Columbia University School of the Arts, the Digital Dozen do not conform to any single idea about what the future of storytelling will be.

For more details please click here.

 

March 11-15th, 2017

Columbia DSL is launching two projects at SXSW this year.

First up is the Empathy Lab a collaboration between Refinery 29 and the Columbia DSL, the initiative works with a cohort of change-makers to accelerate empathy across media, tech, policy, education and health. At SXSW we’re presenting the Empathy Lab at an SXSW interactive panel. In addition on the 15th we’ll stage an emphatic conversation on the topic of anti-bullying with high school students, pop star Kesha and Gear Up an organization that works with 750,000 students across the country.

On March 12th we collaborate with our friends at the Future of Storytelling to run a special edition of Frankenstein AI at the Standard’s Austin Motor Inn. The evening will bring 50 people together in a collaborative storytelling experience that gives birth to an AI chatbot aka Frankenstein’s Monster.

For more details please click here.

 

February 27th, 2017

Our first meetup for 2017 focuses on the release of the lab’s newest prototype, an immersive adaption of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In addition to Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things which will continue throughout 2017, we’ll be piloting Frankenstein AI.

Join us on Monday, February 27th for a special evening of thinking & doing entitled “When Stories Mutate.” We’ll be celebrating the work of Mary Shelley in a fun, playful and immersive way.

For more details please click here.

 

January 28th, 2017

Shared Reality: An exploration into best practices for designing and producing *Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality experiences as tools for Social Justice

How could incarcerated youth, artists, creative technologists, and policy advocates work together to transform the juvenile justice system? Join us on Saturday, January 28th as we explore how Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality can be harnessed as tools for social justice. We’re pleased to be partnering with the Columbia Center for Justice, the Empathy Lab and Refinery 29 for this special Think & Do Session.

WANTED: Storytellers, creative technologists, policy makers, data scientists, virtual/augmented/mixed reality creators, journalists, artists, game designers, activists, and change makers.

For more details please click here.

 

September 10th, 2016

Come join us as we reimagine the world of Sherlock Holmes! We’re pleased to partner with the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab, IBM and the Made in NY Media Center to present a day long Sherlock Hack that mixes storytelling, the Internet of Things & Artificial Intelligence. Together we’ll explore how to harness various Watson APIs and the Bluemix platform to create a number of enchanted objects.

This hack is the first in a series of events that will help to inform a special presentation during the New York Film Festival on Oct 1st & 2nd. Work done within the hacks and meetups will become part of a massive connected crime scene that transforms Lincoln Center into a collaborative story and play space. For more details please visit http://sherlockholmes.io

WANTED: Hackers, Makers, Storytellers & Game Designers

Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

August 20th, 2016

Come join us as we reimagine the world of Sherlock Holmes! We’re pleased to partner with the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab, IBM and the Made in NY Media Center to present a day long Sherlock Hack that mixes storytelling, the Internet of Things & Artificial Intelligence. Together we’ll explore how to harness various Watson APIs and the Bluemix platform to create a number of enchanted objects.

This hack is the first in a series of events that will help to inform a special presentation during the New York Film Festival on Oct 1st & 2nd. Work done within the hacks and meetups will become part of a massive connected crime scene that transforms Lincoln Center into a collaborative story and play space. For more details please visit http://sherlockholmes.io

WANTED: Hackers, Makers, Storytellers & Game Designers

Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

July 26th, 2016

On Tuesday, July 26th we’ll examine “The Physicality of Narrative.” Our relationship to the stories we tell and share is shifting. As storytelling spills off screens and into the real-world it becomes tactile in ways that were never possible before. Augmented Reality (AR), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are creating playful environments that transform the physical spaces in our lives into canvases for storytelling. But what lies beyond traditional running times, act breaks and mediums? What is the storytelling grammar of physical space and is it possible for narratives to learn and adapt to our surroundings, interests and needs?

After the talk/group discussion we’ll shift our efforts to the design of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things event. This session will include a special exploration of the play space at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as we continue to design and prototype the connected crime scene that will be staged at the New York Film Festival later this fall.

Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

June 28th, 2016

On Tuesday, June 28th we’ll be exploring “The Art of AI.” The evening will examine the opportunities and challenges presented when machine learning and storytelling collide. This is a unique conversation with leading experts working in the field of Artificial Intelligence. Together we’ll explore the impact of AI on narrative and the role that it can play in building rich immersive storytelling experiences.

After the talk/group discussion we’ll shift our efforts to the design of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things event. This session will include a special exploration of the play space at the Film Society of Lincoln Center as we continue to design and prototype the connected crime scene that will be staged at the New York Film Festival later this fall.

Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

May 31st, 2016

On Tuesday, May 31st we’ll be exploring “The Forensics of Storytelling.” The evening will examine the science of Sherlock Holmes and the lessons that can be applied to storytelling and experiential design.

Our special guests for the evening will be members from the global collective The Baker Street Babes. The all-female group of Sherlock Holmes fans is dedicated to approaching the fandom from a female point of view, as well as engaging in fun, lively conversations about the canon, film and television adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work, and associated topics.

Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

May 15th – 18th, 2016

Forward/Story
20 storytellers – 3 days of experimentation – 5 impossible problems explored – 1 report that captures the event is shared

 

April 26th, 2016

Join us as we explore the intersection between emotion and technology. Humans have continually created objects and tools to augment and enhance relationships. What happens when everyday objects begin to function as extensions of mental and emotional experiences? How do these enchanted objects end up influencing the people who interact with them and what stories are perceived and/or created in order to make sense of the world that surrounds us?

Speakers for the evening: Robin Stern, Ph.D associate director for the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Tucker B. Harding who’s work examines communication theory and digital humanities at Columbia University.

Then stick around for a special Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things session. Step into a global storytelling experiment with over 1,200 collaborators from 60+ countries. This is a hands-on session with new technology and also an opportunity to co-create a special experience that will premiere in the Convergence section of the New York Film Festival later this fall. Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

March 28th, 2016

Join us on March 28th from 6pm to 9:30pm at Lincoln Center for an evening that explores the intersection of story and play. Nick Fortugno (co-founder Playmatics and world-renowned game designer) and Lance Weiler (storyteller and director of the Columbia University Digital Storytelling Lab) will hold a fireside chat on the art and craft of narrative play – an exploration into collaborative forms of story and the play spaces that nurture them. Then stick around for a special Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things session. Step into a global storytelling experiment with over 1,200 collaborators from 60+ countries. This is a hands-on session with new technology and also an opportunity to co-create a special experience that will premiere in the Convergence section of the New York Film Festival later this fall. Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

March 19th, 2016

Refinery29, Learn Do Share, Made in NY Media Center by IFP and the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab @ the School of the Arts are pleased to present a special Think & Do collaborative session. Together we’ll examine and explore what is needed to build a creative, supportive and sustainable industry for women working within the storytelling arts. RSVP here.

 

Feb 23rd, 2016

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things returns Feb 23rd to Lincoln Center for our first meetup of 2016. This special event will kickoff with a presentation of the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab’s Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling. A number of the creators featured on the list will be joining us. After the presentation we’ll move into a collaborative design session that will focus on plans for 2016 and the development of a Sherlock IoT kit. Space is limited so make sure to RSVP.

 

Feb 19th, 2016

Refinery29, Learn Do Share and the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab are pleased to present a special Think & Do collaborative session. Join storytellers working in various forms to examine and explore what is needed to build a creative, supportive and sustainable industry for women working within the storytelling arts. Space is limited to 30 participants.

 

Oct 24th & 25th, 2015 (all day)

On the 24th & 25th, we will be holding our first annual Sherlock Global Challenge. Events are being staged around the world that bring together storytellers, game designers, hackers, makers, academics and fans of Sherlock Holmes – for a special two days of storytelling and prototyping. We’re hosting a special event for 40 participants on Columbia’s campus on the 25th.

 

Oct 16th & 17th, 2015 (all day)

GSAPP’s MSAUD program and the Columbia DSL are pleased to present Urban Storytelling a special two day event that aims to share state-of-the-art work and ask how stories can transform urban culture.

 

Oct 13th, 2015 (all day)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things goes to London! On October 13th, Columbia DSL founding member and director Lance Weiler and game designer Nick Fortugno will present at Power to the Pixel, a gathering of media and tech innovators from around the globe. Weiler and Fortugno will open and close the event with a special presentation that transforms the banks of the Thames into a connected crime scene.

 

September 26th & 27th, 2015 (all day)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things heads to the New York Film Festival for two days of collaborative storytelling. Teams from four continents will guide festival goers at Lincoln Center through a reimagining of Sherlock Holmes that will transform Lincoln Center into a series of crime scenes. Together participants establish crime scenes, place objects/clues and work to craft collaborative stories that attempt to solve the crimes.

 

August 15th, 2015 (all day)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things MEETUP
For the last 10 months we’ve be holding Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things meetups in NYC. We invite collaborators to step into an open design space to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes. These meetups range from a few hours to a full day. Within them participants work to shape a collaborative project that will be presented at Lincoln Center during NYFF 53 in 2015. LOCATION: Made in NY Media Center

 

May 16th – 18th, 2015

Forward/Story
20 storytellers – 3 days of experimentation – 5 impossible problems explored – 1 report that captures the event is shared

 

April 30th, 2015 (all day)

Digital Storytelling Strategy
In partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education

Digital Storytelling Strategy puts you at the center of new media. Learn how the immersive digital experience can be used to engage customers and prospects in a whole new way. Storytelling has always been central to human experience – it’s how we explain and make sense of the world.

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March 27th, 2015 (7pm – 10pm)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things MEETUP
Over the next year Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things will hold monthly meetups. We invite collaborators to step into an open design space to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes. These meetups range from a few hours to a full day. Within them participants work to shape a collaborative project that will be presented at Lincoln Center during NYFF 53 in 2015. LOCATION: Lincoln Center

 

March 24th, 2015 (11am to 4:30pm) – Nashville

The Future of Public Media
Learn Do Share and the Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia partner with PBS to explore new forms and functions of storytelling. Through a series of collaborative design sessions a diverse group will gather in multiple cities across the country in an effort to imagine the future of public media. The first stop is Nashville. Later in April and May the effort will travel to Detroit and Austin.

 

Feb 24th, 2015 (7pm – 9:30pm)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things MEETUP
Over the next year Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things will hold monthly meetups. We invite collaborators to step into an open design space to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes. These meetups range from a few hours to a full day. Within them participants work to shape a collaborative project that will be presented at Lincoln Center during NYFF 53 in 2015. LOCATION: Lincoln Center

 

Feb 15th, 2015

Hacking the American Narrative
Hacking American Narrative will explore and interrogate cultural narratives of America as part of BLK SHP’s upcoming cross-country bus tour, America’s True North. The purpose of the Lab is to craft our narrative and refine our intervention for our summer road trip. We’ll aim to explore themes of American authenticity and agency through storytelling. The structure of the Lab will be a blend of meditative inquiry and rapid prototyping.

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Jan 30th, 2015 (7pm – 9:30pm)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things MEETUP
Over the next year Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things will hold monthly meetups. We invite collaborators to step into an open design space to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes. These meetups range from a few hours to a full day. Within them participants work to shape a collaborative project that will be presented at Lincoln Center during NYFF 53 in 2015.
@ Made in NY Media Center by IFP

 

Jan 25th, 2015

The Rise of the Creative Entrepreneur
Together a diverse group of storytellers, producers, technologists, data researchers, creatives and entrepreneurs will gather to explore the opportunities, pain points and realities of an ever shifting digital landscape. Insights from the session kickoff a 3-month research project that will stage collaborative sessions in the United States and Europe. The goal of the think and do session is to explore some of the most pressing issues that are facing those working in and around the entertainment industry. This special session has space for 30 participants. Come and be part of an R&D project who’s findings will be published by Columbia University and Filmmaker Magazine.

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Nov 21st, 2014 (7pm – 9:30pm)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things MEETUP @ Made in NY Media Center
Over the next year Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things will hold monthly meetups. We invite collaborators to step into an open design space to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes. These meetups range from a few hours to a full day. Within them participants work to shape a collaborative project that will be presented at Lincoln Center during NYFF 53 in 2015.

 

Nov 15th, 2014

Narrative Medicine Digital Storytelling Lab
On Saturday, Nov 15th a special Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia will be held on the subject of Narrative Medicine. The day long lab will examine how storytelling can improve care and aid communication between those working in health care as well as the families of the patients that they treat. The goal of the day is to explore what a Narrative Medicine / Storytelling tool kit could and would contain. How can we create the start of a resource that could be used by health care workers as well as families that are dealing with loved ones suffering from mental health issues?

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Oct 27th, 2014 (7pm – 9:30pm)

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things MEETUP @ Lincoln Center
Over the next year Sherlock Holmes and the Internet of Things will hold monthly meetups. We invite collaborators to step into an open design space to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes. These meetups range from a few hours to a full day. Within them participants work to shape a collaborative project that will be presented at Lincoln Center during NYFF 53 in 2015.

 

Oct 21st, 2014

Digital Storytelling Strategy
New seminar in Digital Storytelling Strategy to be presented by Digital Storytelling Lab @Columbia – Columbia University School of the Arts, in partnership with Columbia Business School Executive Education, will offer an innovative, high-level, day-long seminar on October 21, 2014: Digital Storytelling Strategy. Led by best-selling author Frank Rose and marketing and communications expert Paul Woolmington, the program is designed for executives of all levels in brand marketing, corporate strategy or media and entertainment who want to understand the immersive potential of digital storytelling.

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Sept 28th, 2014

Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things
Join storytellers, game developers, makers, creative technologists, and experience designers in a special FREE one day story lab. An experiment in co-authorship – Sherlock Holmes and the internet of things invites 25 participants to step into a collaborative design space. Together participants will lay the ground work for a storyworld that will play out globally through a series of connected objects that become conduits for a re-imaging of Sherlock Homes.

 

May 16th – 18th, 2014

Forward/Story
20 storytellers – 3 days of experimentation – 5 impossible problems explored – 1 report that captures the event is shared

 

February 21st – March 1st, 2014

Bit by Bit – Experiments in digital storytelling
Special week long event entitled Bit by Bit focused on storytelling, data and code. The digital storytelling lab is thrilled to partner with the Brown Institute, AOL, Seven on Seven and Reboot Stories.

 

November 13th, 2013

What could a Digital Storytelling Lab at Columbia look like?
An evening of Speed Talks & Collaborative Design

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