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Justin Hendrix is the Executive Director at NYC Media Lab, a public/private partnership between the NYCEDC and a number of universities in the city (SVA, NYU, Columbia, The New School, CUNY, IESE, and Pratt) that connects leading media and technology companies to universities to foster entrepreneurship and talent development. Under Hendrix's leadership, The Lab has been able to draw several marquis corporate partners that include A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Audible, Bloomberg LP, CharterSpectrum, Hakuhodo, Havas, Hearst Corporation, NBCUniversal, Publicis Groupe, Verizon, and Viacom that are looking to invest in and serve as a catalyst for innovation in emerging media across data science, engineering, R&D, and frontier applications.
The Lab also operates an accelerator called the Combine for new media entrepreneurs in several of the city's universities. In addition to his responsibilities to Lab, Hendrix has found time to serve as the Interim Executive Director of The RLab, the first city-funded physical space that focuses on virtual and augmented-reality, spatial computing, and other emerging media technologies located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The RLab also operates its own accelerator where the companies receive $100K in investment from Super Ventures.
Hendrix is also an Adjunct Instructor of Integrated Digital Media at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Prior to receiving his Master of Science in Technology Commercialization, Hendrix spent several years at The Economist. This foundation has served the city well ensuring that the media has a vibrant future in the city's economy.