The Future Lab offers the clean tech leaders of tomorrow a space to grow and excel whilst being the host to the New York City’s premier clean technology exhibition space, where they showcase ground-breaking, NYC-bred clean technology innovations. Day two took us back to the Brooklyn Tech Triangle, to meet representatives from the acclaimed Urban Future Lab.
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle is all about working together to grow tech and creative.
Meeting the Urban Future Lab
We arrived at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Campus, and in the Metrotech 15-building we were warmly greeted by Camille Goulding, Community Manager of the Urban Future Lab. Having brought us to their offices at 17th floor, with fabulous outlook of the NY City, we were introduced to Erika Harris, Partnership Manager and responsible for projects such as the Danish Cleantech Hub and other European-related activities and partnerships.
Their core focus is on start-up businesses within the clean tech and sustainability environment. Currently they are the home of 21 start-up companies, and a few companies have left the incubator – standing firmly on their own feet as successful businesses. Their office space was cleverly compact and creatively designed, consisting of shared desktops, small video conferencing rooms, an exhibition area, a kitchen with a social meeting place – and possibly – a meeting room with the most spectacular view of NY from the Brooklyn side.
We had a long and very interesting conversation where we learned more about their organisation, the reasoning for doing what they were doing and how both NY City and commercial interests can team up to create something out of the ordinary.
Considering their focus on smart energy and clean tech, having built a functional ecosystem, with incubator operations – we see that this is not the last communication with the Urban Future Lab, as we have lots of mutual interests.
Brooklyn Tech Triangle
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle (DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard) is a NY City-managed initiative to establish the area as a magnet for the world’s pioneering, energetic, and creative entrepreneurs and has emerged as the City’s largest cluster of tech activity outside of Manhattan.
This Strategic Plan behind the Tech Triangle was developed over a six-month period by a civically engaged group of tech leaders, local entrepreneurs, government, the real estate community, tech firms, community representatives, and educators who recognized this as an incredible opportunity for Brooklyn and New York City.