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Record Turnout for Third-Annual #StartupColumbia Festival (Video Recap)

Video Recap

The crowds came out in record numbers for the April 28th and 29th #StartupColumbia Festival.

Day one was the culmination of the $250,000 Columbia Venture Competition. More than 200 alumni judges from Brooklyn to Beijing helped narrow down a field of 160 Columbia startups to just 30 finalists. The winners were  announced on day two during the Festival conference that featuring some major names and notable alums.

More than 700 people attended on day two of the Festival to hear an impressive list of speakers, including Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, Venmo founder Iqram Magdon-Ismail, PBS FRONTLINE executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath ’95JRN, and MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group founder, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal.

20 different Columbia-founded food startups provided a catered lunch at the Festival Food Pavilion.

Finally, the winners of the Columbia Venture Competition were announced.  15 Columbia startups split a prize pool totaling  a$250,000.

Check out the videos!

Introductions and Founders Story by GroupMuse, founded by Sam Bodkin ‘12CC  [Video] 11:29

CVC Winner Announcement SIPA Dean’s Public Policy Challenge [Video] 5:37

Robotics Panel Innovations in Consumer Robotics Full Video 44:22

Excerpt: Jibo CEO Steve Chambers talks about why 2016 is a Pivotal Year for Consumer Robotics. [Video] 2:00

Excerpt: Jibo, founder Dr. Cynthia Breazeal talks about imminent changes in social robotics. [Video ] 1:25

Excerpt: Columbia Engineering Robotics Professor Matei Ciocarlie talks about how humans relate to robots — and vice versa. [Video ]3:00

Mini Keynote PBS FRONTLINE Executive Producer Raney Aronson-Rath ‘95JRN, talks about how virtual reality technology is changing storytelling and Journalism. [Video] 11:05

CVC Winner Announcement Technology Challenge sponsored by Columbia Engineering [Video] 3:33

CVC Winner Announcements Global Technology Challenge sponsored by Columbia Engineering [Video] 1:59

Shark Tank alumna Sarah Ribner ’16BUS, co-founder of PiperWai and Laura Kornhauser ’17BUS give a shout out to student group Columbia Entrepreneurship Organization. [Video] 5:38

Keynote Iqram Magdon-Ismail Co-founder of Venmo, the mobile payments company that is crushing it among college-age users [Video] 24:00

Founders Story: Neuroscience Meets Baseball: de Cervo co-founders Jason Sherwin, Ph.D. and Jordan Muraskin ’15SEAS very fast decision making with Vince Gennaro. [Video] 15:10

Founders Story Danielle Chang ’97GSAS, Founder of Lucky Rice Explores Asian Cultures Through Food [Video] 4:39

CVC Winner Announcements #StartupColumbia Challenge presented by tempCFO [Video] 6:51

Founders Story Josh Avner ‘15MFA and Lindsay Magdid ‘15MFA Run Away to Hideaway Circus [Video] 13:48

CVC Winner Announcements Undergraduate Challenge sponsored by Columbia College [Video] 4:45

Virtual Reality Panel Sylvio Drouin from Unity Labs, Samuel Lerer from General Atlantic, Andrew Feinberg COO at TimeLooper, and Lyman Missimer from Google prognosticate on the Virtual Reality market. [Video] 39:46

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