At last year's 2015 inaugural summit, we brought together Brooklyn's best minds for two reasons: to have a 300-person conversation about what it means to make it in Brooklyn and to connect those who are currently 'making it' to those who have already 'made it' here.
Our 2016 summit is set to be a bigger, better magic-making event.
To support the surge of startups here in Downtown Brooklyn, we also hold Make It in Brooklyn contests throughout the year. Need funding for your startup? Find out how to win a finalist spot at our pitch contests or grab a ticket to network. Check out our resource page for more great ways to make it in Brooklyn.
2015 MAKE IT IN BROOKLYN INNOVATION SUMMIT
On June 25th, 2015 the inaugural Make It in Brooklyn Innovation Summit brought together 300 of brooklyn's leading trendsetters, makers, modernizers, avant-gardists, pacesetters, pioneers, builders, and entrepreneurs to talk about what it means to make it in Brooklyn through Panels, Show + Tells, a Real Estate Breakfast, a Startup Pitch Contest, and cultural events.
Polonsky Shakespeare Center | 262 Ashland Place | Brooklyn
2015 SUMMIT PROGRAM
8:00am | Real Estate Breakfast + Networking | Presented by National Grid
Conference attendees sat down with some of Brooklyn's most successful real estate leaders for in-depth conversation.
10:00am | OPENING REMARKS
Alicia Glen, New York City Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development
10:15am | PANEL: First Brooklyn, Then the World | Presented by Airbnb
The Brooklyn brand is a world-wide phenomenon. Brooklyn's biggest brands, like Brooklyn Brewery and the Brooklyn Nets shared the stage with companies who have chosen to expand their presence in Brooklyn to talk about what's next and what advice they have for the next big Brooklyn brand.
Gail A. Grimmett | Delta Air Lines
Steve Hindy | Brooklyn Brewery
Irina Pavlova | Onexim Sports & Entertainment
Wrede Petersmeyer | Airbnb
Moderator | Carlo Scissura | Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
11:05am | CONVERSATION: The (Real Estate) Kings of Kings County | Presented by Delta Air Lines
This conversation between 'founding fathers' of Brooklyn Real Estate: Bruce Ratner and Maryanne Gilmartin (Forest City Ratner Companies) and David Walentas and Jed Walentas (Two Trees Management).
11:55am | SHOW + TELL | Presented by NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Presentation by Jeffrey Laut of Brooklyn Atlantis
12:05 | Food Truck Lunch
1:15pm | PANEL: Manufacturing in Brooklyn | Presented by WNYC
From 3D printers to artisanal chocolate, Brooklyn is truly a home to today's 'makers.' This panel was a discussion of challenges in scability, sustainability, and how to 'make it in Brooklyn.'
David Calligeros | Remains Lighting
Rick Mast | Mast Brothers Chocolate
Diana Pincus | MakerBot
Moderator | Charlie Herman | WNYC
2:05pm | SHOW + TELL | Presented by CityRealty
Tina Roth Eisenberg | Friends, CreativeMornings, TeuxDeux, Tattly
2:15pm | PANEL: Making a Place for the Arts | Presented by WNYC
Brooklyn's character owes a great debt to the artists among us. Innovative cultural institutions make up the heart and soul of our communities. Leaders of five Brooklyn arts organizations talk about building the City's next great cultural centers.
James Bartlett | MoCADA
Susan Feldman | St. Ann's Warehouse
Tia Powell Harris | Weeksville Heritage Center
Dorothy Ryan | Theatre for a New Audience
Moderator | Deborah Solomon | WNYC
3:15pm | PANEL: Disasters in Restaurant Management
André Dua | Gotham Space Agency
6:00pm | PITCH CONTEST | Superfine | 126 Front Street
10 entrepreneurs hustling to Make It in Brooklyn pitched to innovators from Bold Machines, F Cubed, TechCrunch, and Tanooki Labs for a $50,000 investment from the Co-Chairs of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership: MaryAnne Gilmartin and Bre Pettis.