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Massive two-day technology, futurism festival in Greenpoint this weekend

From Worlds Fair Nano 2016 in New York / Photo: Worlds Fair Nano on Facebook

Sept. 14, 2017 By Nathaly Pesantez

A weekend festival dedicated to technology, futurism, and interactive art is coming to Greenpoint on Saturday.

“Worlds Fair Nano” is the name of the festival that will be held at the Brooklyn Expo center on 72 Noble Street. Doors will open at 10:00 am on Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 to an array of ongoing, simultaneous activities, including panels, interactive exhibits, artwork, and more until 6:00 pm on both days.

Panels begin at 10:20am and last 20 minutes each until a little after 5:00pm on both days. Topics include vertical farms, flying cars, ethical technology, and the intersection of society and tech, with appearances by the co-founder of Foursquare, the president of the New York Public Library, Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, and members of StarTalk radio, the satellite radio program created by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The festival will also feature close to 60 interactive exhibits ranging from virtual reality safaris, an AI personal trainer, and a bionic boot that allows people to reach running speeds of 25 miles per hour.

Large interactive art exhibits will be scattered around the expo center, with one piece allowing for attendees to collaboratively “paint” light on a canvas and another that allows for art to be experienced in augmented reality.

Common festival food staples, like food trucks selling lobster rolls, pizza, and ice cream, will be surrounding the event. Less conventional food items include plant-based burgers, and samples of upcoming items like chewable coffee and cricket-powder protein.

“If Disney World, TED, and SXSW had an equal parts love child, it’d be named WORLDS FAIR NANO!”, reads part of the Facebook event posted by the organization.

Over 6,000 people have indicated they are “going” to the event posted on Facebook, and another 55,000 said they are “interested” as of Thursday afternoon.

Tickets start at $55.00 for Sunday-only access, and go up to $65.00 for Saturday-only. All-access two-day passes are set at $105, and a limited number of VIP tickets are up for $350.

Worlds Fair Nano is an initiative by Worlds Fair USA, an organization that started in 2015 that aims to bring back world expos globally. The organization points to world expos as places of inspiration, including the 1964-65 New York fair which introduced the iconic Unisphere in Flushing.

For event information and ticketing, visit the Worlds Fair Nano website.

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