Tech training Mayor Bloomberg joined Cornell NYC Tech earlier this week to announce a new degree program: a two-year master’s in “connective media.” Cool kids Tumblr, WordPress, Facebook, betaworks, and Medium as well as old fuddies The New York Times and Hearst have all joined in collaboration with Cornell Tech to guide the tech innovation and entrepreneurship-centered Read More
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Livestream launches, mobile style Need to watch that annual dog show or all-important curling bonspiel, but can’t get to a TV or computer? Fear not—Livestream’s new mobile app for iPhones will let you stream live events into the palm of your hand (Livestream was previously only available on the web). The mobile app will Read More
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Cornell Tech’s coffers are a little fatter this morning. Yesterday, Qualcomm cofounder Irwin Mark Jacobs and his wife Joan announced they’re donating $133 million to the project. And so the joint program designed by Cornell and the Technion (a project within the Roosevelt Island campus, it’ll allow students to earn dual masters degrees) will now be known as the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.
That’s a useful data point if you’re trying to get your name on a major NYC landmark.
Silicon Alley U
Earlier this week, classes commenced for the inaugural batch of Cornell Tech masters students, of which there are eight. To get a sense of how the first week is going, we checked in late yesterday afternoon with vice president Cathy Dove, who sounded like a satisfied high school principal ready to prop her pumps on her desk: “I have to say, by far, this is the most rewarding and exciting milestone that we’ve hit,” she said.
Classes start in January, but unless Cornell Tech wants to live in Google’s spare bedroom forever it’s got to get cracking on that splashy Roosevelt Island campus. Last night, the campus plan got the official a-okay from Manhattan Community Board 8, clearing its first hurdle.
The Entrepreneurial Egghead
Of all Mike Bloomberg’s many initiatives to turn New York into the Silicon Valley of the 21st century, one stands out as the centerpiece of his master plan: the applied sciences campus. After a battle royale with other schools including Stanford, Cornell emerged the winner with its proposal to build a Roosevelt Island satellite. Now, with classes scheduled to start in January, the city’s techies are left watching and waiting for graduates to fill all their open jobs.
Cornell insists its campus is designed to boost New York’s tech sector, and the school’s choice of open-source advocate Deborah Estrin as its first academic faculty member shows that’s more than mere talk.