Growing up, I was always the kid who rooted for the villain. I wanted to watch those scenery chewing foils get away with their nefarious deeds, only to see them defeated by the hero time and again. The iconic baddies filled the screen regularly, but the more I watch modern movies the more I see a lack of them.

Growing up, Darth Vader, Hans Gruber, and other nefarious individuals filled our imaginations, but for some reason all of the newer villains are softer and lack the devilishness of the past. …


Welcome to The Creators Call podcast, where we explore technology and how it being used for education.

This we have Shreyans Bhansali and Lili Dworkin of Socratic on the podcast. We talk about the Socratic app, which is an AI homework helping application for the iPhone.

Music for The Creators Call is by Tobu. Tobu can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tobuofficial/ and on Spotify at open.spotify.com/artist/1feoGrmmD8QmNqtK2Gdwy8

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We discuss the uses of technology in education again with the latest episode of The Creators Call.

This week, I am joined by Corey S. Pressman, Partner and Director of Strategy at Neologic, creators of Cornbread, to talk about spatial-contextual awareness. We discuss how Cornbread app allows users to put content in real space with their mobile device and how other apps, like Pokemon Go, use it.

As discussed in the episode, Corey’s writings on technology can be found at bit.ly/20IpELm and his piece on situated media is bit.ly/2aeIuE8 .

And to learn more about the topic, my colleague Denis Hurley wrote a piece about the triad of technologies for location based mixed reality.

You can find and subscribe to The Creators Call onApple iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other podcatcher you may use.


We explore the uses of technology in education yet again with the fifth episode of The Creators Call.

This week, I interviewed Allison Vicenzi, the head of education for 3Doodler. We talk about how the 3Doodler has gone from an extruder liberated from a 3d printer to its current pen form and how it is now used in schools to let students create their own 3d prototypes. You can find and subscribe to it on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other podcatcher you may use.


Once again, we explore the uses of technology in education with the fourth episode of The Creators Call.

This week, I interviewed Laura Horak, the Director, Americas of the Startup Bus. We talk about the Startup Bus’ mobile hackathons and how hipsters, hackers, and hustlers built MVPs in 3 days at 60 miles per hour. So tune in and check it out. You can find and subscribe to it on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other podcatcher you may use.


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Last week, the NYC Media Lab had their IoT Media Mash, a conference held at the Viacom building in Times Square, to discuss the state of the Internet of Things and its societal impact.

The IoT Media Mash was made up of about 16 demos that were on display during the networking time prior to and proceeding the four hours of panels and speakers. The demos were predominantly experiential student projects that meld real world objects, like clothes and furniture that interact with the wearer/user via technology that is embedded into the project.

Over the course of the four panels…


In continuing the exploration of uses of technology in education, the third episode of The Creators Call has been released.

This week, I interviewed Filippo Yacob, CEO and co-founder of Primo Toys. We talk about Primo Toys’ programmable wooden robot Cubetto, how makerspaces are good for innovation, and using crowdfunding to support edtech projects. So tune in and check it out. You can find and subscribe to it on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other podcatcher you may use.


In continuing the exploration of uses of technology in education, the second episode of The Creators Call has been released.

This week, I interviewed Jonathan Gottfried, co-founder of Major League Hacking. We talk about the definition of hacking, hackathons, how participants learn by being part of hackathons, and how companies view and recruit from hackathons. So tune in and check it out. You can find and subscribe to it on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other podcatcher you may use.


In an exploration or education technology — or edutech, as it is sometimes called — I’ve launched the Creators Call podcast as a way to further explore the Future Tech foci (Experiential Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Maker Learning, and Biosyncing).

For the first episode, I interviewed Adam Williams, Lead Engineer at Sphero. We talk about eduction, robots, and BB-8. So tune in and check it out. You can find and subscribe to it on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, TuneIn, or any other podcatcher you may use.

Hope you like it, learn something, and tune in for future episodes from myself and the Future Technologies team!


NYC Media lab connects technologists from some of the top companies with students at NYC universities with cutting edge ideas. On Friday, April 8, some of these students displayed what they were working on as part of the Media Lab at the Hearst auditorium.

Watching the different presentations over the course of two hours, it was fascinating to see how the different ideas fell into the four Future Technologies foci — mixed reality, AI, biosyncing, and maker learning. …

Jon Lazar

Coder, Author, Lego Builder, Marathon Runner, Modder, Gamer, Blogger, Rabble Rouser

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