NEW Disruptive Event: Finding Positive Social Infrastructure for Disruptive Technologists

NEW Disruptive Event:  Finding Positive Social Infrastructure for Disruptive Technologists

Monday, October 27, 2014

Where: 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM

New York Institute of Technology: 16 West 61st Street, 11th Floor at the crossing of Broadway and 61st York


Partnering with the Internet Society of NY, this event will focus on “What positive infrastructure do Disruptive Technologists need?” This will be more of a discussion between attendees and panelists to find solutions for the problems and obstacles that are preventing Disrupters from doing the cool things that you want to do. This October event will be followed in November with a second session at Brooklyn Law, and later a hackathon based on the needs that were identified.

To uncover Disrupters infrastructure needs, the issues we will discuss include Legal, Software, Communities, Security, Government, building relationships, and Social Acceptance of New Currencies. We will also discuss trust relationships where there is no legal/ formal framework. Of course this is a very broad, but the discussion can continue at our happy hour bar.

This Event is free for all students, made possible by other members who RSVP with a nominal fee to PayPal before they attend the event. If you are a student, please RSVP for the event at this Meet up site and send an email to Must bring a valid student ID for the security at the door.

Donations from other attendees will go to cover the costs of the students and the interns.

We need the full name of the guests for security reasons. Send an email to with the full name of your guests and be sure to RSVP with your real full name for security reasons. Also, you must pay on PayPal before arrival. If you have a question about this, email Lauren at

First Panelist:

Timothy Karr, Senior Director of Strategy, Free Press

Timothy builds on Free Press’ grassroots and policy work to promote universal access to open networks and protect free speech everywhere. Free Press does a lot of Internet policy stuff on issues like Net Neutrality as well as addressing free speech and privacy issues. An open Internet is essential to innovation and positively disruptive technologies.  Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of and as vice president of Global vision New Media. He has also worked extensively as an editor, reporter and photojournalist for the Associated Press, Time, Inc., the New York Times and Australia Consolidated Press. Tim critiques, analyzes and reports on media and media policy for the Huffington Post.


Other panelists TBD.


6:15 to 6:45:  Networking, Chicken Tacos and other assorter Hors D’oerves, Soda, Coffee, Hint Water and more….

6:45 to 8:15:  Discussion with five expert panelists

8:15 to 8:30:  Q&A

8:30 to 10:30 Special Disruptive Happy Hour at the Empire Hotel Rooftop Bar around the corner.


Dana Stevens, member and Project Manager of Disruptive Technologists has this to ponder:

As a Disrupter, if you had one (or maybe two!) wishes, what would you ask for to make your plan, idea, product, service take off?  Do you want more technical support? More marketing support? Less regulation? Additional mobile capabilities? to find the right audience? More money and more time? Or?

One area in which Disrupters are working is Crypto Currencies.  Some of the big issues in this domain are the legal classifications and restrictions of crypto currencies, the social acceptance or apprehension of using crypto currencies, the security of electronic currencies, the prevalence of several hundred, competing currencies, the need for reliable exchanges, the continued funding by VC’s or Angel investors, and the ability to find the right partners.  Big Data and many other areas need specialized processors to manage huge amounts of data or to speed up the processes.  Some scientific researchers want to use our PC’s while we are sleeping and in order to increase participation they need increased transparency, trust, and security.  Other areas already have a lot of competition and we may want to partner with them.  How can we solve these problems?

We have arranged a group of panelists who will discuss with the audience, “What positive infrastructure do Disruptive Technologists need?”  This will be primarily a discussion between attendees and the panelists to find solutions for the problems and obstacles that are preventing Disrupters from doing the cool things that we want to do.   To uncover Disrupters’ infrastructure needs, we will prime the conversation by talking about legal issues, software issues, communities, security, government, building relationships, social acceptance of new currencies.  This is a long list of topics so we can continue the discussion at the nearby pub after the event!

This October event will be followed in November with a second session at Brooklyn Law.  After that, we will host a hackathon based on some of the needs identified in these two sessions.  We look forward to seeing you and jointly solving our most pressing needs.

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