NY Tech Meetup - February 2024

Come join us on Monday, February 12, for the upcoming NY Tech Meetup. Experience firsthand as founders from cutting-edge gaming companies unveil their latest innovations. After the live demos, mingle with the founders and network with all during the after-party.

We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Monday, February 12, 2024 at 5:30pm ET (Doors Open) 
Where: Civic Hall Union Square, 124 E 14th Street (@Irving Place by Union Square)

5:30 PM - Doors Open
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome and Tech Demos   
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - After Party & Networking

To register, please click on the "Buy Tickets" button below. All ticket purchases are final and tickets may not be exchanged or refunded. 


Urban Arts designs and implements educational programs rooted in the arts and technology for underrepresented students. 

Matthew Taylor, Professional Learning Specialist 

Dr. Amy Patterson, Chief Program Officer 

Dr. Amy Patterson (she/her) is Chief Program Officer at Urban Arts. Amy’s work focuses on educational arts and technology programs, and she oversees two U.S. DOE grants that bring Urban Arts’ computer science and game design programs to schools in NYC and beyond. Amy has worked in education for more than 15 years, including in educational leadership at a community college, where she spearheaded initiatives to offer new STEM programs, enhance digital learning, and provide study abroad opportunities for students underrepresented in international education. An award-winning Career & Technical Education (CTE) educator, Amy is the author of Real World Communication and has also been published in Computers and Composition Digital Press, the Journal of Civic Commitment, and Kairos Praxis, among others. Amy holds a PhD in Information Design from Clemson University, an MA from Northwestern University, a BA from Missouri Univ. of Science & Technology, and certificates in Sound, Haptics, & Wearable Technology from Univ. of Victoria’s Digital Humanities program


NYC Public Schools / Minecraft Education is a game-based learning platform set in the Minecraft universe. Unlock new ways
 to teach across the curriculum, build skills for the future, and inspire creative, inclusive learning through play.

Anthony Q. Casasnovas, Ed Tech Program Manager/Teacher Team Leader, NYCPS Division of Instructional & Information Technology

Anthony is an experienced Education Technology Program Implementation Manager and Career Technical Education teacher with a demonstrated history of working in public education with an English Language Learner population. Proponent of authentic experiential and project-based learning; design thinking; and getting students to explore the world outside of their classroom. Skilled in working with Nonprofit Organizations, Educational Technology, Journalism, Adobe Photoshop, and Magazines. Strong community and social services professional with a Master of Science in Education focused in Instructional Technology from Touro College.


Gamr is an all-in-one monetization platform for gamers to connect, compete and get paid!

Seyi Fakoya, Co-founder and CTO

Seyi Fakoya is the co-founder and CTO at Gamr, an all-in-one platform for gamers to connect, compete, and build a thriving career in gaming. He is an MBA graduate from Pace University Lubin School of Business. Seyi has over 10 years experience with technology product development and business process automation in B2C and B2B capacities having previously worked for high-growth startups like Andela, a global engineering outsourcing company valued at $1bn. A certified Scrum Master and has cross-functional skills in product management, software, and startup experience. Seyi is an entrepreneur at heart, having worked on multiple startup ideas and has raised a total over $1,000,000 in funding from external investors. Seyi is from the city of Lagos, Nigeria, the nation’s economic epicenter and Africa’s largest megacity. He is fluent in Yoruba and has intermediate knowledge of Mandarin.


BEDLAM is a platform for gamers to share their gaming scores and gaming status.

Michael Paris SVP Product, Head of Bedlam

Product Management and Design Leader with 7+ years of experience building and scaling technical solutions and businesses with a user focused and data-driven approach. Spearheaded product strategy, development, and growth to launch impactful products in Blockchain, Gaming, AdTech and AI related fields. Successful founder having led and built a team and business towards a startup acquisition by Live Current Media. Forbes 30 under 30 2021 “Games” Honoree, Techstars alum.

Chris Madison, Chief Blockchain Officer, EVP Technology, Everyrealm Inc.

For over 20 years, Chris has been at the forefront of technological innovation, specializing in engineering, cloud services, and blockchain. With his expertise in steering complex projects and a deep commitment to blockchain technology, Chris is dedicated to advancing the industry, ensuring his company remains a key player in the evolution of web3 and beyond.


Heard It All Before - We drive people connection and music discovery through music sample themed game experiences.

Kristen Daniel, Founder, Heard It All Before

After a daydream about her broken turntables during the early lockdown in 2020, Kristen Daniel created Heard It All Before to help players discover the history of music through their favorite music samples. Friends and family began to play throughout the quarantine era of the pandemic. They started sending messages and song links every time they would recognize music samples throughout their daily life, sharing the game with their circles as they continued to play. Kristen began to see how sample-themed game experiences can become a powerful source of musical discovery for music lovers and learners alike. With early feedback in tow from prototyping and testing, Kristen shifted from tinkering with a passion project to leveraging her history working across multiple disciplines and industries to execute her vision, turning the project from prototype to product in less than a year.
Kristen’s work experience touches nearly every point in the value chain of this venture. Daniel spent her early career selling specialty retail packaging to multinational brands. Traveling and working internationally, she then spent a decade developing skills in technology and startups, working at MailChimp during its rapid growth stage and founding two award-winning social enterprises–becoming one of the first female founders to receive an investment from Sarah Blakely, inventor and founder of Spanx. In recent years, Kristen worked as a business model and design strategist for multiple brands including The Honey Pot Company, one of the fastest growing plant-based femcare wellness brands in retail. Her current work includes enterprise digital transformation in the energy & utilities sector. Through her experience developing launch and growth frameworks for her clientele using product strategy and experience design techniques, she was able to supervise the design, creation, and production of the physical components of Heard It All Before in addition to managing the engineering partners for the game’s digital component. Kristen has an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida A&M University.


OMNIC.AI is a self-service platform that uses computer vision, deep learning techniques and large language models to help gamers replace hours of manual work and anecdotal theory with automation and personalized data driven insights.

Francis Thai, Chief Marketing Officer, Omnic

Francis is a veteran of the digital marketing, media, and advertising industry for the past 17 years and has spent the majority of that time specializing in early stage startups.
Prior to joining Omnic, Francis was the VP of Digital Marketing for esports infrastructure company Vindex, where he helped build grassroots gaming experiences across the US and spearheaded their entry into enrichment programming for kids using Minecraft and Roblox. Francis also served as the Head of Marketing for NYXL, where he led marketing and growth initiatives for the NY Excelsior (Overwatch League) and NY Subliners (Call of Duty League) brands – two of the most popular professional esports teams in the world. In addition, Francis was an early employee at digital media companies Bustle Digital Group and BuzzFeed where he pioneered the development of branded content and sponsored digital video.


About NY Tech Meetup
NYTM is our signature event that has been a staple for the NYC tech ecosystem since 2004. It's the world’s largest meetup group of its kind with members who have a common interest in learning from and helping one another. At each event, entrepreneurs, founders, CEOs, and their teams demo cutting edge and transformative tech, answer questions from attendees and network with all in a welcoming, fun-filled space. Since its creation, over 1,000 companies have participated and have been a driving force of innovation and job creation in NYC and the greater NY area.

This event is a perfect place to start if you are new to tech, to New York City, or to the New York tech ecosystem.  It’s all about meeting people and having a "front row seat" to learn of the latest innovations that address market opportunities.

Registration for future meetups will go live closer to meetup dates.


  • February 12, 2024 at 5:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Civic Hall Union Square
    124 E 14th St
    New York, NY 10003
    United States
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  • $20.00 USD
  • Doug Binette

Will you come?

$20.00 General Admission