BRIC Media Maker Weekend: AI-volution: A New Era of Innovation & Disruption will be a two-day event featuring career-enhancing workshops, networking mixers, and an epic ’90s inspired hip-hop after party that everyone will be talking about.
What’s the hot topic for 2023? Artificial Intelligence (AI), of course! AI-volution: A New Era of Innovation & Disruption will delve into the transformative impact of AI on the media industry and how it will potentially reshape or eliminate hundreds of media careers and opportunities as we know them today. BRIC Hip-Hop 50 is being celebrated all year long. You’ll see elements of hip-hop sprinkled throughout the entire weekend as we celebrate the 50th birthday of the game-changing genre.
Why you should attend!
You’re going to have a great time and make valuable career connections. Also, at BRIC we treat every guest like the star that we know they are.
Held at BRIC House, our 40,000 sq. ft. premier event and media space in the heart of the downtown Brooklyn cultural district, BRIC Media Maker Weekend is sure to exceed your expectations with varying taste, entertainment, and transportation options just a short walk away. Since 2015, BRIC Media Maker Weekend has served as a creative outlet and community resource for creators and artists in NYC, and beyond. So, what are you waiting for?
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
7 – 8:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Ballroom
We are beyond proud to announce that Datwon Thomas, Editor-In-Chief of VIBE Magazine and Vice President of Cultural Media for MRC will be the keynote speaker for BRIC Media Maker Weekend 2023.
As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop, Mr. Thomas’s profound expertise and remarkable journey as a voice for the culture will illuminate the vital role hip-hop plays in shaping media today and into the future.
No matter where you stand on your professional path, whether you’re an intern or a business owner, Datwon Thomas’s story is bound to ignite your spirit. As an immensely accomplished journalist, wordsmith extraordinaire, captivating voiceover artist, discerning editor, trailblazing entrepreneur, and visionary trailblazer, Datwon hasn’t just broken barriers but has graciously held the door open for others to follow.
Datwon served as Editor-in-Chief for XXL Magazine, Global Grind, and is the founder of King Magazine and Rides Magazine. His stature as a cultural amplifier is a testament to the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to dream and take bold steps towards their aspirations.
Exploring Augmented Reality
4:30 – 5:30 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio BIn this immersive session, you will delve into the captivating world of augmented reality (AR) and discover how this cutting-edge technology is revolutionizing the way we interact with media. Get hands-on with AR technology as you explore interactive demos and experiment with AR tools and applications.
Speaker: Daniel Kramer
Alternatives To Adobe
4:30 – 6 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | The Media Lab
Learn alternatives to Adobe’s popular four applications: Premiere, Photoshop, After Effects, and Audition
Speaker: Leo Jimenez
Street Photography: Hip-Hop Tour Edition
5 – 6:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Artist Studio + Outdoors
Learn on-the-fly composition techniques + photograph some of the most important hip-hop related landmarks on this extra special, bonus walking tour.
Speaker: Antonio Rosario
Jazzie Belle’s Journey: From Public Access To Podcast Superstar
5:30 – 6:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Stoop
Jazzie Belle, host of Revolt TV’s “Women of Hip-Hop” podcast, discusses the evolution of her acclaimed career. In this special discussion, Jazzie talks about her journey as a media maker, taking her from her native Detroit, to being a community producer at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, collaborator with Wendy Williams to her own podcast.
Special Guest: Jazzie Belle, REVOLT TV. Moderator: Matthew Allen
Art & Algorithms: Navigating AI’s Impact
5:30 – 6:30 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | TV Studio A
This thought-provoking panel discussion brings together artists, technologists, and cultural leaders to explore the impact AI is having on creators.
Speakers: Amy Andrieux, Executive Director + Chief Curator, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), Roderick Schrock, Executive Director, Eyebeam
How to Create a Pitch Deck
6 – 7 PM, 2nd Floor: BRIC Media Center | The Media Lab
This interactive workshop will guide you through the process of crafting a persuasive and visually engaging pitch deck that captures attention, tells your story, and conveys your message effectively.
Bonus Pitch Event: Attend Perfect Your Pitch on Thu, Oct 26
Keynote Address: Datwon Thomas, Editor-In-Chief, Vibe Magazine
7 – 8:30 PM, 1st Floor: The Ballroom
Datwon Thomas is the keynote speaker for the 2023 BRIC Media Maker Weekend. The founder of King Magazine and the current Editor-in-Chief of Vibe Magazine will deliver an engaging address as he discusses the ins and outs of hip-hop journalism and entrepreneurship.
8:30 – 9:30 PM, 1st Floor: BRIC Café / The Stoop
Description: After an inspiring and thought-provoking keynote presentation, the excitement doesn’t have to end there. Our post-keynote audience mixer offers you the perfect opportunity to unwind, mingle, and engage in stimulating conversations with fellow attendees, speakers, and thought leaders.