The Future of Creativity Roundtable

Neha Narula , DCI, MIT Media Lab and Panos Panay, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship

Insights into the collaboration between the MIT Media Lab and Berklee College of Music in the groundbreaking Open Music Initiative.

Neha Narula , Director of Research, DCI, MIT Media Lab

Neha Narula is director of research at the Digital Currency Initiative, a part of the MIT Media Lab where she teaches courses and leads cryptocurrency and blockchain research. While completing her PhD in computer science at MIT, she built fast, scalable databases and secure software systems, and she spoke about these topics at dozens of industry and research conferences.

In a previous life, Narula helped relaunch the news aggregator Digg and was a senior software engineer at Google. There, she designed Blobstore, a system for storing and serving petabytes of immutable data, and worked on Native Client, a system for running native code securely through a browser.

Panos Panay, Founding Managing Director, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship

Panos is the founder and current Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) as well as a passionate entrepreneur, educator, and startup mentor.

As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from over 100 countries. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its inception until after its successful acquisition in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.

Panos is also the co-founder of the Open Music Initiative, which has brought together over 140 leading music, media, technology industry organizations and academic institutions to create a blockchain-based open protocol for uniform identification of musical rights owners and creators.

Panos is a native of Cyprus, holds a Music Business & Management degree from Berklee College of Music, and lives with his wife Kimberly and twin daughters Zoë and Lydia in Watertown, MA.

Topics

Business Impact
How technology advances are changing the economy and providing new opportunities in many industries.

Connectivity
What it means to be constantly connected with each other and vast sources of information.

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