Innovation Square

  • This year our WOW section is comprised of urban innovation and maker technology. Our showcase will explore how anyone with the right tools can be an inventor/designer/visionary. Expect to see drone transit networks, soccer balls that power cellphones, off the grid light systems, and objects that self-assemble.

  • Bandwagon

    The Bandwagon App allows passengers to find compatible rides in real-time, so they can travel affordably without sacrificing time. By using existing infrastructure and vehicles, Bandwagon mobile and web-based software transforms urban transit through technology. We hope they’ll be able to help get you from one WSF event to another!

  • Lewis Dots

    Ever wonder how you make table salt? Lewis Dots is an iPad app that allows players to generate and manipulate chemical structures through Lewis dot diagrams. Start with individual atoms on the canvas and add more, matching lone electrons to other' lone electrons— great way to understand chemistry!

  • Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic

    Got the next greatest invention or app? Jonathan Askin will talk shop about the laws surrounding developing communications networks and Internet applications. On Saturday he will be on hand to walk visitors through the logistics of bringing their creative visions to life.

  • Mark Skwarek, Integrated Digital Media

    Why wait to travel to the moon? Augmented Reality artist Mark Skwarek will lead you on a tour of the moon right from Innovation Square! Skwarek is working to bridge the gap between the virtual and physical worlds with augmented reality.

  • Fixers’ Collective

    Fixers’ Collective NYC is a group of folks dedicated to working together to fix things – encouraging improvisational fixing and mending and fighting planned obsolescence. Fixers’ collective hosts a fixers session where people learn how to fix their own gadgets.

  • NYU Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program: How You See

    This interactive multi-screen display uses a camera to show how your brain processes and understands the things you see. Watch how the brain understands texture, color, dimensions, and more.


    In 2013 Dan Grushkin, co-founder of GenSpace Bio Lab, started a new project called “CUT/PASTE/GROW: Science at Play.” The project uses art to ask questions about aesthetics and our assumptions about life and death. At Innovation Square they’ll be showing off cool bio art.

  • Joshua Harker: 3D-Printing Artist

    A pioneer in 3D printed art and sculpture, Harker makes technically complex sculptures--- which he says can only be made by a machine. He’s most widely known for his skull sculptures, which he’ll be displaying at Innovation Square.

  • MakerBot

    A native New Yorker, Makerbot will be showing off the Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer and printing up some cool designs.

  • 3Doodler

    Founded in 2011, WobbleWorks is an emerging technology company with big ideas. Their 3Doodler is a different take on 3D printing. Using hot ABS and PLA they will show visitors how to draw in 3D instantly. Take part in an crowdsourced sculpture!

  • Skylar Tibbits - 4D Printing & Programmable Materials

    Trained Architect, Designer and Computer Scientist, Skylar Tibbits’ research currently focuses on creating objects and materials that literally self assemble. - See how his 4D technology is changing architecture.

  • Land Art Generator Initiative - LAGI

    The main goal of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) is to design and construct public art installations that create utility-scale clean energy. They’ll be showing off one of their winning sculptures from 2012.

  • Grid Off / Lights On

    Led by Lydia Kallipoliti in collaboration with Martha Giannakopoulou and Katerina Kourkoula, Grid Off/Lights On is a an environmental technology workshop at Cooper Union that addresses light and power issues in cities. The result is an experimental lighting structure that generates energy while remaining off NYC’s power grid. Cooper Union students will spend the day at Innovation Square building this giant light installation. Join us for a lighting ceremony at the end of the day.

  • SUNN

    SUNN designs and markets energy efficient lights that benefit human health. SUNN lights gradually change in color temperature over the course of the day to constantly match the quality of the sun. Learn how it works and why it can potentially help you sleep better at night.

  • Terreform ONE

    Get ready to be charmed by Terreform ONE’s lab-made-meat hut. This non-profit design group promotes green design in cities through creative projects and outreach efforts. One of their biggest goals is to make New York a cleaner more edible—er-—liveable city.

  • NYU Polytechnic Civil and Urban Engineering Solar Decathlon

    This year Weihua Jin’s students took part in the US Department of Energy’s biennial Solar Decathlon, a program that challenges college students around the world to design, build and operate, cost efficient solar-powered homes. Their contribution? Concrete that maintains temperature despite outside heating and cooling.

  • Agent Smartwatch

    If you were into invisible ink and decoder rings, you'll love this. Agent Smartwatch makes you feel like a secret agent. This next generation smart watch connects to all your mobile devices and more.

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