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Betaworks Studios is first and foremost a community of builders who choose to gather in a single place where they can meet, connect, learn, and unwind with like minds.

Programming at Studios exists to provide an active layer to the membership experience, build relationships and promote new ideas.

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This Week

Wednesday

5:30 PM8:00 PM

Betaworking
Panel

Creating New Retail Experiences with Female Founders Fund

Join Female Founders Fund in conversation with Natalie Mackey of Winky Lux, Sarah Robinson of The Wonder, and Maryellis Bunn of Museum of Ice Cream.

While technology proves a powerful tool for online collaboration and digital community-building, female founders continue to build businesses that thrive due to the power of offline connection. Panelists will discuss the ways they foster community and connection at their brick-and-mortar locations, and share their views on where the future retail spaces is headed.

Schedule

6:30 -- Doors Open
7:00 -- Panel Discussion
7:45 -- Audience Q&A

8:00 -- Networking

Thursday

5:00 PM7:00 PM

Betaworking

Ask Me Anything Live: Susan Lyne of BBG Ventures

Join us for an evening with Susan Lyne, President and Managing Partner of BBG Ventures, as part of Betaworks Studios series, “Ask Me Anything Live”, featuring giants of the New York startup and investment scene, as they come on-stage to answer any and all of your questions about the who, where, what and why.

Friday

7:30 AM7:00 PM

Betaworking

Inside the Investment Committee: How Pitches Work with General Catalyst

This event is free to Betaworks Studios members. Tickets for non-members are available for $150.

 

Gain a unique insight into the inner-workings of a VC investment committee during this pitch event and discussion.

One founder will pitch their business to our panel of VCs, this month from General Catalyst, followed by a discussion with the VCs on their thoughts, suggestions, and what they look for in a pitch.

One Betaworks Studios member will be chosen to pitch their company.

IIf you'd like to submit yourself for consideration, please do so in the RSVP form.

Friday

11:30 AM12:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: September 6

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Join us every Friday for lunch and a deep dive into frontier technologies that betaworks ventures finds interesting!

Next Week

Monday, Sep 9

4:30 PM5:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Sh!t I'm Working On: September 9

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Start every week with some inspiration. Every Monday night we will bring you quick product demos from around our community. What are your fellow members working on? What are you building?

BEER WILL BE SERVED!

Monday, Sep 9

5:00 PM8:00 PM

Brain Wellness

Fantastic Fungi: A Film Screening

When so many are struggling for connection, inspiration and hope, Fantastic Fungi brings us together as interconnected creators of our world. Fantastic Fungi, directed by Louie Schwartzberg, is a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.


Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom offers us in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.

Tuesday, Sep 10

5:00 PM7:30 PM

Digital Citizenry

Indistractable: A Book Launch Party & Talk with Nir Eyal

This event is free for Betaworks Studios Members and $15 for non-members. A complimentary copy of Indistractable is included with your ticket to this event.

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention how do we stay productive and stay sane?

Nir Eyal, bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, wrote the book on the secret psychology behind products like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. In his new book, Indistractable, Nir provides the antidote to the current distraction crisis.

Indistractable goes beyond the common scapegoat of personal technology to reveal the root causes behind why we are so vulnerable to distraction. The book teaches a memorable four-part framework for becoming indistractable by: mastering your internal triggers, making time for traction, hacking back external triggers, and preventing distraction with pacts.

Steeped in academic research without any unnecessary self-helpy anecdotes, Indistractable provides science-based tactics to finally help you live the life you want.

On September 10th, Nir Eyal shares findings of his five years of research into how to master what he calls, "the skill of the century," the power to be "Indistractable." Arianna Huffington will also participate in a Q&A with Nir at this special event.

Wednesday, Sep 11

7:00 AM8:30 AM

Betaworking

Tech Ladies NYC Founding Member Breakfast

This event is for Betaworks Studios members and Tech Ladies founding members only.

We're excited to host a breakfast for Tech Ladies NYC Founding Members and Betaworks Studios members. Coffee and light bites provided by Tech Ladies. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Wednesday, Sep 11

11:30 AM12:30 PM

Think Lunch: September 11

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Think lunch sessions are a Betaworks ritual. For the last five years every week around 15 curious individuals have gathered together to talk about a range of subjects. We have covered diverse topics ranging from Crypto, Immigration, Fake News, whether Elon Musk is good or evil, and brands you love versus brands you need.

Thursday, Sep 12

11:30 AM1:00 PM

Brain Wellness
Workshop

Get Sh*t Done in The Cave: A Deep Work... shop

Caveday is committed to improving your quality of life by improving your quality of work. Come learn how to work smarter in The Cave.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the concept of Deep Work and how to get more done in less time. We’ll begin by talking about “flow,” the science of productivity, and all of the distractions that get in the way. Then, we’ll actually do a deep work sprint, where you’ll get more done in 20 minutes than you have in most entire mornings. (I know, crazy, but you’ll see). Finally, we’ll leave you with clear takeaways about being more productive at your desk and office every day.

Bring a laptop and project to work on– that thing you’ve been putting off or that thing that needs to get done. Once you leave The Cave, you’ll never work the same way again.

Lunch will be served.

Thursday, Sep 12

5:00 PM7:00 PM

Betaworking

Plant-Based Startup Pitch Night with VEGPRENEUR

This event is free to Betaworks Studios Members, non-members should purchase a ticket and RSVP here.

Come see NYC's finest plant-based businesses pitch to a panel of investors, advisors and others!

Investors:
Abby Lyall, Program Director, Big Idea Ventures
Jay Karandikar, Venture Partner at New Crop Capital
David Benzaquen, Founder and CEO at Ocean Hugger Foods

Interested in pitching? Apply here!

Schedule:
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Networking + Drinks
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM - Pitching
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM - More Networking

Friday, Sep 13

11:30 AM12:30 PM

Frontier Technology

Frontier Tech Deep Dive: September 13

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Join us every Friday for lunch and a deep dive into frontier technologies that betaworks ventures finds interesting!

Sep 16 - Sep 22

Monday, Sep 16

4:30 PM5:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Sh!t I'm Working On: September 16

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Start every week with some inspiration. Every Monday night we will bring you quick product demos from around our community. What are your fellow members working on? What are you building?

BEER WILL BE SERVED!

Monday, Sep 16

5:00 PM8:00 PM

Frontier Technology
Panel

Why is Design More Important in an Age of Smartphones?

Good design is more important today both online and offline due to the wide use of digital platforms as well as their distraction. This is seen from the ease of shopping on Amazon, which has pushed retailers from Walmart to Macy's to improve their online displays; the ability of Apple and Dyson to charge premium prices for their products; Hermes holding art exhibits in their physical stores to attract new, younger customers; and the increasing competition for admission to the top art & design schools.

These issues will be discussed by a Silley Circuits panel:

- Nancy Fire, founder of Design Works International

- Tiago Estrada, head of Customer Experience at Atmosphere Proximity, a digital marketing company

- Benjamin Williams, founder of Arsome Technology

- Janet Esquirol, who is creative director at TEDxFultonStreet and teaches at CUNY, as moderator.

Tuesday, Sep 17

5:00 PM8:00 PM

Digital Citizenry

One Child Nation: A Social Cinema Screening

First-time mother and filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China's One-Child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Wednesday, Sep 18

8:30 AM7:00 PM

Betaworking

Inside The Creative Committee: September 18

Inside the Creative Committee brings together a panel of leading creatives, designers, and brand strategists with our official creative partner, Grey Group, for an intimate and honest review session of one startup’s branding and creative assets.

Attendees get a unique insight into the inner-workings of an elite agency’s creative and design review process in an open yet helpful format. The panel will share their knowledge and provide feedback to a Betaworks Studios member presenting their startup’s creative strategy, branding, or design assets, followed by a discussion and Q&A with the entire room.

Join us for breakfast, discussion, and a look in the mirror at how today’s startups should ultimately be approaching design and branding.

Interested in receiving feedback on your branding? Let us know in the RSVP form.

Friday, Sep 20

4:00 PM7:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Nordic XR Night: Demos & Networking

Betaworks Studios, Consulate General of Finland and Consulate General of Estonia will host an evening of bleeding edge XR solutions from Nordics on September 20th at 5pm.

Stop by to see demos from a variety of companies, including:

ZOAN: leading Nordic VR studio with ambitious, award winning projects such as Virtual Helsinki

Arilyn: globally operating, Nordics biggest AR company just upgraded their offering with Browser AR solutions and is presenting their latest campaign with a major European retail customer

Pikseli: Number 1 VR arcade chain in Scandinavia is unveiling its high-end VR Module for brands and event organizers

3DBear: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pick for one of Top 8 Edtech solutions in the world

WeAR Studio: Top 10 AR/VR solution provider globally; for retail, brands and industrial solutions

XR Gaming: using the Realified XR Engine turns any regular game into an immersive VR experience, in real time, at high quality

Sep 23 - Sep 29

Monday, Sep 23

4:30 PM5:00 PM

Frontier Technology

Demos & Sh!t I'm Working On: September 23

This event is for Betaworks Studios members only.

Start every week with some inspiration. Every Monday night we will bring you quick product demos from around our community. What are your fellow members working on? What are you building?

BEER WILL BE SERVED!

Wednesday, Sep 25

5:30 PM8:00 PM

Betaworking
Panel

Building a Restaurant Startup

Since 2013, more than $9.5 billion has been invested into food & beverage startups globally, with a huge increase in investment funds and accelerators dedicated to launching and growing companies in the F&B space.

A big factor in this has been the rise of “fast-casual” restaurants, most notably Sweetgreen, which recently became the first ever restaurant unicorn.

With the recent attention and growth of new fast casual restaurants, VCs and consumers have been watching out for the next big restaurant chain, while savvy entrepreneurs are figuring out the pillars that will put their restaurant startup a notch above all the others.

Building a restaurant startup isn’t easy. Restauranteurs have to be insanely obsessive over their brand, product, and team to edge out their competitors. Add to that they face unique challenges in their industry: the retail component, adherence to food & labor laws, and short-life-cycle inventory, just to name a few.

But for those that figure it out, they’ll find themselves among giants in the restaurant world, with beloved brands that make our hearts (and stomachs) full.

Join us on September 25th as we discuss what it takes to restaurant startup with some of the smartest entrepreneurs and restauranteurs in NYC.

We’ll discuss:

- Hiring a team for a restaurant startup
- Launching new locations
- Leveraging technology for your restaurant startup
- Marketing strategies for restaurants
- Fundraising options
- Building a scalable and unique brand

Agenda:

6:30 - 6:50: Drinks & Networking
6:50 - 7:50: Panel
7:50 - 8:15: Audience Q&A
8:15 - 9:00: More Drinks & Networking

Thursday, Sep 26

5:00 PM8:00 PM

Digital Citizenry

How to Regulate Big Tech: A Live Roundtable Discussion

The assumption of this roundtable of experts is that Big Tech now needs to be responsibly regulated by government. The question now, then, is not if but when?

This live roundtable lays out the social and political problems created by Big Tech - particularly the undermining of democracy and privacy. It then focuses on regulatory strategies designed to both protect and strengthen democracy against the most disruptive elements of the digital revolution.


Speakers to be announced.

Friday, Sep 27

8:00 AM7:00 PM

Frontier Technology

RENDER: Hearing Voices

Join us at Betaworks Studios on Friday, September 27th for Hearing Voices, the third iteration of our new RENDER bimonthly conference series exploring new areas of frontier technology.

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