Upcoming Events and Workshops

Through ongoing public events and workshops Brooklyn Research serves as a technology-driven hub for interdisciplinary research, innovation, and learning in the heart of Brooklyn. We support Research Groups working in a range of fields and problem spaces. Our workshops offer artists, designers, and engineers unique access to tools and knowledge that can extend and inform their practice in new ways.

New Forms of Interaction: Final Presentation

Brooklyn Research’s 2018 Summer Research Session is a 12 week intensive exploration of New Forms of Interaction. Join us for this year’s public presentation and showcase of new ideas and innovation carried out at Brooklyn Research.

This summer’s research group includes using screen-based game control as a basis for exploring new methods of physical interfaces. This year’s group has sought to build a functional bridge using familiar household appliances and tools as novel forms of game control and achieving functional interfaces that perform real physical tasks simultaneously. Examples include the passive sensing of kitchen appliances such as juicers that behave as game controllers for on-screen play while still making actual juice that the user can consume. While playful, the teams’ findings show the viability of highly accurate / low latency passive sensing of existing household appliances. Such work has applications in a range of “smart home” and IoT use cases.

This year’s research group will present their work, methods, and future applications along with a variety of fresh-squeezed juices.

Supreme Summer Fundraiser

Come to our party! Brooklyn Research is a nonprofit organization supporting interdisciplinary research, innovation, and learning in the heart of Brooklyn and we are having a party. The evening will be hosted by Mark Kleback of Death By Audio Arcade and our summer researchers from the New Forms of Interaction research group consisting of Nicole Cabalquinto, Huiyi Chen, Kathy Ching, and Nick Wallace. Come see their work and celebrate the beginning of a new educational season by helping us raise funds to support our programming and research!

Even if you can’t join us you can still donate.

* Music: Techno 90s / low bit electronic
* NFOI presentation and testing of devices
* Indie Arcade Games by Death by Audio Arcade
* Sponsored by Doc Herson’s Natural Spirits and Soylent
* Raffle prizes running an exotic gamut of goods
* Drinks and snacks will be available!
Attire: Staycation Casual

HOSTS: Death By Audio Arcade and New Forms of Interaction

Low Tech VR Starter Kit

This workshop aims to reduce the learning curve and required technology to create virtual reality projects.

We’ll cover building for VR in the browser using an easy to learn framework called A-Frame, and discuss other libraries in development.

We’ll also cover tangible VR such as drawing and modifying photos to create 360 images with perspective grid paper and look at examples of how artists are using physical objects to create VR experiences.

The first hour of the workshop will be spent showing examples of projects that have been created in these ways and short tutorials on these different methods. The last hour will be spent working on your own projects. We'll have VR headsets available, but please bring your own Google Cardboard headsets, or something similar, if you have them.


Leandra Tejedor is the product lead and co-founder of Vidcode, YC-backed award-winning software that's brought computer programming education through creativity to over 450,000 students. Forbes Magazine listed Leandra on its 30 Under 30 in Education list. Previously Leandra studied Design and Interactive Media at Ramapo College.

INTERchange - Season 2

Brooklyn Research is pleased to announce season 2 of the INTERchange talks series. The ongoing series continues to focus on artists working at the intersection of physical and virtual spaces. Through artist talks, discussions, and media we explore how new technologies inform and extend creative practice. We live in a world increasingly stratified by virtual layers of social, political, and economic culture. INTERchange hopes to understand how virtual and physical spaces are synthesized into new cultural forms.

INTERchange starts on Sept. 19th with a talk by Mika Tajima. Tajima’s work explores relationships between various virtual spaces and physical forms. Her work finds pathways that range from metaphysical and spiritual to real time data and computer simulation.

Other talks this season will include:

Toni Dove

Sara Ludy

Reed + Rader

Merche Blasco

Kevin Zucker

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the classes taught?

Classes are taught at Brooklyn Research facilities on the 6th Floor of the old Pfizer Building, right in the heart of Brooklyn. The address is 630 Flushing Avenue but the main entrance is at 28 Tompkins Avenue. The building is easily accessible from the G train (Flushing Ave station) and from the J/M trains (Flushing Ave station).

Do I need to bring anything?

For most classes, laptops will suffice. Each class has its own set of prerequisites listed in the course description, with instructions on how get setup prior to the the start of the workshop. There will be a half hour period before the start of each workshop that is highly recommended for anyone unsure if they are set up properly.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We unfortunately do not offer financial assistance or scholarships at this time. We are a small organization with limited resources at the moment and are actively looking for ways to create sponsorships both internally and with outside sponsors. As an organization, we want to encourage diversity within our workshops and in general, so please bear with us as we search for a way to make this work and check back with us on our site or our newsletter for when we are able to offer financial assistance for workshop attendees!

Can I lead a workshop or talk?

If you would like to teach or have a subject which you would like to present, we would love to hear from you! Fill out our form to tell us a little more about yourself and what you are thinking for your workshop or talk.