German Innovation Heads to Brooklyn for Northside 2016

Jun 6, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016 | Brooklyn, NY

Northside Enlarge image (© GKNY) Excellence is Driven by German Innovation

Northside Festival visitors can learn why “Made in Germany” is a world renowned brand and experience the best of the German startup scene at both the German booth on the Expo show floor and Innovation Pitch Night. German startups and performers will be part of the conference’s innovation, music, and art programs in Brooklyn from June 6-12, 2016.

German Companies Take Center Stage at the Innovation Pitch Night

On June 9, head to the iconic Brooklyn Brewery as a selection of Germany’s up and coming startups present their inventive ideas, many for the first time in the United States. The startups featured at the pitch event are part of the two New York-based German startup incubators, the German Accelerator New York and STEPNYC, of the German American Chamber of Commerce. Participants will have the chance to pitch to the audience along with a panel of business leaders including: Carly Strife (Co-Founder at Bark & Co.), Brian Smiga (Partner / Co-Founder at Alpha Venture Partners), Stephane Wyper (Global Lead at MasterCard Start Path).

The Event’s Featured German Startups Include:
Brandnew IO
Lebenswertes Wohnen
Cfturbo Software & Engineering
personal mattress

Experience the Best of German Music and Art

Malky, from the German city of Leipzig, will perform two shows in Brooklyn as part of the Northside Music Festival. Malky – which includes singer Daniel Stoyanov and keyboardist/producer Michael Vajna – started their careers writing music for others, including some of the biggest names in German pop music. They stunned music journalists and audiences with the release of their first EP “Diamonds” in 2013, which was followed soon after by a tour with German pop star Leslie Clio. Their first album “Soon” (2014) and subsequent solo tours have ultimately gotten the two artists with Bulgarian and Hungarian roots a loyal following in Germany and beyond.

Catch their soulful, modern electronic sound on Thursday, June 9, at The Knitting Factory at 8:00 p.m. or on the Bedford Avenue outdoor stage at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12.

“Make Your Mark” German Artist Cornelia Thomsen Goes Interactive

New York-based German artist Cornelia Thomsen, known for channeling inspiration from her childhood in East Germany into her thought provoking paintings, will be a part of Northside Festival’s “Williamsburg Walks” on June 11 and 12. In Thomsen’s project, the creation process relies on festival visitors’ participation: In an interactive way, visitors are invited to „Make Your Mark" on the canvas. Thomsen explains: “Through my project, I will enable the crowd to participate in an art project, to immortalize a moment in our time.” Six to eight large canvases will be placed on movable walls. To banish the imposing nature of the blank canvasses, the artist will start the project with marks of her own. Acrylic paint of different colors and paintbrushes of various thicknesses will be available for visitor artists to get a hands-on experience of visual art. The filled surface at the end of the installation will reflect the attendance and energy of the crowd. Each signature, drawing, splash, or mark is representative of those who attended the event. Each person's mark on the one hand stands for itself, and on the other, many individual signs create an all over whole. By inviting the amateur artists to share their experience on social media under #MakeYourMark, the interactive art process reaches another dimension, thus combining street art with online communication.

Follow along with German Innovation and Culture at Northside via Twitter @GermanyNY or join the conversation with #GermanNSide.

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