Technology, storytelling to merge at Tribeca Innovation Week

The Tribeca Film Festival's inaugural 'Tribeca Innovation Week' is set to merge the spheres of technology and storytelling with a slate of six events, taking place from April 21-26.
February 12, 2014

The Tribeca Film Festival’s (TFF) inaugural ‘Tribeca Innovation Week’ is set to merge the spheres of technology and storytelling with a slate of six events, taking place from April 21-26.

Anchoring the week will be the fifth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, which will celebrate innovators, pioneers and game-changers across various disciplines. The theme for the April 25 event is “From Outer Space to Inner Space: a New Sputnik Moment?” and the awards will honor leaders across all fields “who are living laboratories for innovation and disruption.”

Some of the honorees include Pencils of Promise founder Adam Braun, AIDS activist Mary Fisher, dry erase company IdeaPaint, Malala Fund CEO Shiza Shahid, and inventor and TEDMED chairman Jay Walker, who is receiving a lifetime achievement award.

The remaining events include the Future of Film Live panel series (April 21-24), which includes a discussion with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin; Storyscapes, a showcase of transmedia projects; Tribeca Hacks <Mobile> (April 25), the culmination of a two-day hackathon; the day-long TFI Interactive summit (April 26), which assembles prominent figures in film, media, gaming and technology; and the Games for Change festival (April 22-24 and April 26), one of the largest gaming events in New York.

“Tribeca Innovation Week will bring together the ever-merging communities – creators and innovators – to explore this unique time of convergence in media, movies, art and technology,” said Jane Rosenthal, TFF co-founder and CEO, in a statement. “As the digital and analog worlds continue to blur there has never been more of an opportunity to create and tell stories.”

TFF will offer wide-access passes and single event tickets for Innovation Week events.

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