By Lance Weiler, March 16th, 2010

We are looking for volunteers to be a part of our logistics team.  Volunteers will be needed to greet and register attendees and speakers, direct traffic between our spaces, maintain time for sessions, prep speaker presentations, and generally be ready to attend to other logistical issues as they pop up.

Our friend and talented writer/director/editor Raffi Asdourian had some nice words to say about DIY Days today on his blog.  Follow up with here him if you’re interested in helping us shoot the event!

We’re also still seeking  photographers to help capture the event.  If you’re interested in joining us, please email Julia  [at] workbookproject [dot] com.

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  • Speaker Highlight: Noah Harlan
    Noah is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, producer and co-founder of 2.1 Films (film & media) and Two Bulls (mobile apps & mixed reality). His features… read more
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    In a little more than a year and half we’ve held 6 DIY DAYS events (LA-twice, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia and New York). All of… read more
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    Ted Hope, co-founder of This is that & Good Machine, has produced close to sixty films, including three Sundance Grand Prize winners and the first… read more
By jim, March 15th, 2010

michael lastMichael has combined his passions for entrepreneurship, technology, and fun into his startup Intellitoys.  Intellitoys is using toys as a new platform for distributing traditional media such as songs and stories, as well as interactive media, such as games and interactive stories.  Michael is seeking to disrupt the business model of the toy industry to focus on downloadable content rather than static hardware.  With its unique Internet-enabled toys, Intellitoys offers consumers unprecedented choice and value, while also enabling new possibilities unthinkable with traditional toy technology.

Q & A:

What excites you about the future?

Personally, I think Intellitoys is going to change the way kids interact with toys and media over the next 5 to 10 years and I’m excited to see what the digital revolution does to our industry.

What is on your playlist, reading list, or movie queue?

I’m overdue to see Avatar.  I normally prefer to avoid the mega-phenomenon movies (I didn’t see Titanic until it aired on basic cable), but it is fast becoming required viewing in the toy industry.

Oh, and, of course, I’m looking forward to Toy Story 3.

What are some of your favorite sites and / or blogs?

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  • DIY DAYS NYC schedule
    DIY DAYS NYC 30+ speakers 8 workshops 11 talks 2 think tanks 23 open sessions ***ALL FREE FULL PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS COMING SOON SATURDAY APRIL 3rd 9:30 AM to 10:10 AM Registration WOLLMAN HALL 10:10 to 10:15 Opening remarks 10:20 to 10:40 Opening Keynote – TED HOPE 10:45 to 11:05 A Look at Innovation – BRIAN NEWMAN 11:10 to 11:40 Transmedia… read more
  • DIYDays NYC – Brian Chirls [vid]
    In the media industry, gatekeepers traditionally wield extraordinary power over creatives, as they hold artists’ dreams in their hands. This imbalance has led to a bizarre set of standard deal terms and practices that would seem absurd in any other industry. Now that artists have the power to reach their audiences directly, these old ways are obsolete. Before entering the… read more
  • DIYDays NYC Michael Margolis [vid]
    Michael Margolis of GetStoried gave a presentation on personal branding to a packed room at DIYDays NYC. The following vid captures the presentation – please excuse the camera mic. THE REAL YOU: PERSONAL BRANDING, SOCIAL MEDIA & STORYTELLING Hello, is this microphone on? As an artist or creative, it’s easy to talk about your passions. Sure, everybody has a story… read more
By jim, March 13th, 2010

Brian David McTearBrian is a musician, record producer and the owner of Miner Street Recordings, the Philadelphia recording studio where he has worked since 1996. In 2008, along with high school friend Bill Robertson, McTear launched Weathervane Music, a revolutionary non-profit organization to support and advance the work of select independent artists. With the music and video series “Shaking Through”, Weathervane is rearranging roles in the business while showing how careers in music can be funded by community.

Brian is currently navigating the turbulent and transitioning times of music industry with innovation and will be joining Jesse Von Doom to discuss the “Future of Music”.

Q & A:
What excites you about the future?

Morale among many in the music industry is at an all-time low, and many people have concluded that prosperity is all but a thing of the past. But I believe a revitalized music industry will happen much sooner than people think. The past several decades has seen many strains on the relationship between people who love music and the people who make music. Now, in 2010, the time is right and the parts are in place to let the healing begin!
What’s on your playlist?

  • REM: “Life’s Rich Pageant”
  • Dr. Dog: “Shame, Shame”
  • Danielson: “Ships”
  • Smiths “Strangeways, Here We Come”

What are some of your favorite sites and / or blogs?

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By lw, March 6th, 2010

The WorkBook Project and the New School are proud to present DIY DAYS NYC

Registration for DIY DAYS opens – space is limited.
Register for DIY DAYS NYC 2010 in New York, NY  on Eventbrite

Saturday, April 3rd 2010

9:30 AM attendee registration opens

10:15 AM Opening statements

10:15 AM to 5 PM Conference

5:30 PM to 8 PM After Party and mixer

The New School
66 W 12th St.
NY, NY 10011

We have an exciting lineup of speakers for the event… With more to come.

Ted Hope (producer of over 60 films – 21 Grams, Adventureland, American Splendor)
Cyndi Stivers (founding editor of Time Out New York and managing editor of EW)
Brian Newman (former CEO Tribeca Film Institute and founder of Springboard Media)
Jeff Gomez (CEO of Starlight Runner)
Molly Crabapple (award-winning artist, author, and the founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School)
Bre Pettis (co-founder of NYC Resistor and co-founder of MakerBot)
Jason Bitner (co-founder Found Magazine and Cassette From My Ex)
Dan Rollman (co-founder of the Universal Record Database)
Eclectic Method (groundbreaking Audio/Video DJs)
Lance Weiler (founder of the WorkBook Project, story architect of films, tv and games)
Michael Last and Theresa Loong (CEO and CCO of Intellitoys)
Jesse Von Doom (founder of CASH Music)
Brian McTear (founder Weathervane Music)
Anita Ondine and David Beard (CEO and CTA of Seize the Media)
Alex Johnson (co-founder of WBP LABS and co-creator RADAR)
Thomas Allen Harris (creator Through a Lens Darkly)
Chuck Wendig (game writer / designer and author of 80+ gaming books)
Noah Harlan (producer and mobile app developer)

- How to create a mobile application
- Developing and Deploying Transmedia Storyworlds
- How to write stories for games
- Social Media for Storytellers
- Working with Augmented Reality and Geolocational Storytelling

We’re proud to announce a new section at DIY DAYS called the INCUBATOR. Our goal is to create a think tank of experts (legal, funding, biz dev, branding, design, tech dev) to help TWO media service startups flush out their business concepts while tapping into the true potential of their ideas. At the close of DIY DAYS the two startups will make presentations in front of a live audience that detail their vision, biz model and goals. The best presentation will win a startup package that includes a variety of services and / or cash prize to help them achieve their goals.

“What are you working and what do you need?”

Drinks, food and DJ

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    WBPLabs has partnered up with 3rd Ward for our latest series, Inside Design (to be released). 3rd Ward is a member-based art and design center for creative professionals in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Workbook Project is a big fan of 3rd Ward as it’s an innovative business space that is fueling the creative community. As part of our partnership, 3rd Ward… read more
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    I’m pleased to introduce a new contributor to the Workbook Project. Kfir Pravda is a marketer, content creator and blogger. His blog “Media, Technology and Rebel Filmmaking” is read and quoted by investors, venture capitalists, CEOs of technology companies, content creators and bloggers. Kfir reports – In the past things were clear – broadcast television required a specific level of… read more
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