Broadway Tech Accelerator

Hackathon

A 1-week VIRTUAL bootcamp focused on accelerating live entertainment technology solutions during a time of social distancing

Class runs Late July, 2020. Exact dates coming soon. 

About the Hackathon

As we look to meet the challenges of live entertainment in our current environment, now more than ever we rely on technology to help our industry remain creative and financially stable. From staged readings to full productions, virtual galas and audience engagement, the theatrical world must rethink how to proceed putting innovation center stage.

Leading-edge technological innovation is a key component in achieving a scalable model for the ongoing health and expansion of the live-performance sector. Virtual collaboration and performance, live streaming experiences and OTT driven distribution models are a few of the paradigm shifts dramatically shaping the entertainment industry in today’s environment. Beyond social-distancing driven cultural shifts, security, transferability, immersive engagement and XR are just a few among many radical transforming factors influencing current and future audiences. Industry-championed innovation is the only way for Broadway (and the larger live entertainment space) to not only adapt to challenges like social distancing, but also – and perhaps more importantly – effectively leverage transformative future opportunities.

The Hackathon is a new program that provides a truncated, one week version of the full 13 week curriculum of BTA. This shortened version is focused on working with ideation stage entrepreneurs to help them create a framework for turning an idea into a product, and a product into a business. On the final day of the hackathon participants present live to industry veterans, investors and artists via a virtual pitch day.

Participants finish with:

1) A laser focused pitch geared at solving current and ongoing problems faced by the live entertainment industry

2) An ongoing support group from your mentors and peers as you implement solutions

3) A chance to pitch a solution to investors

4) Some good laughs while you learn

Participant Requirements:

1) Willing to explore and embrace new technologies in a positive and collaborative environment

2) Internet speeds that support video conferences

3) Commitment to all 5 days of the course and the pitch event.

 

Our Team

Kyle Wright

Digital Projects Director – Shubert Organization

In his role as Digital Projects Director at The Shubert Organization, Kyle works on using technology to build inclusive, relevant and delightful experiences for ALL audiences regardless of background or ability. He is responsible for overseeing strategy, data integration, analytics and partnership development for digital marketing and emerging in-venue technologies. In service to this focus, Kyle recently launched Broadway Tech Accelerator, a boutique startup accelerator aimed at fostering innovation in the live entertainment sector.  Kyle serves on the board of directors at CO/LAB Theater Group, a non-profit organization offering individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts.

 

Tim Kashani

Founder – IT Mentors

As co-founder of IT Mentors and of Apples and Oranges Studios/Arts with his wife, Broadway actress Pamela Winslow Kashani, Tim creates work environments where people with diverse artistic and technical skills unite to create innovative and entertaining products in business and the arts. Tim treats artists as entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs as artists, empowering them with the resources to succeed.

With IT Mentors, his global technology training company, Tim travels all over the world training and designing systems for some of the world’s largest technical and financial corporations. With Apples and Oranges, Tim produced the Tony Award winning Broadway productions of HAIR, Memphis and An American in Paris. Apples and Oranges recently released two feature film musicals, EMMA and No One Called Ahead that Tim directed. 

Hackathon Mentors

We’ve gathered the best talent in theater and technology to get your ideas through the “rehearsal” process.

Candi Adams

David Andrews

Jim Augustine

Tory Bailey

Dawn Barber

Deborah Barrera

Paul Bausch

Damian Bazadona

Alex Birsh

Pat Blute

Matt Britten

Kristin Caskey

Drew Cohen

Alisa Cohn

Charles Flateman

Deeksha Gaur

Jim Glaub

Deadria Harrington

Susan Hobbs

Micah Hollingworth

Ciera Iveson

Rich Jaffe

Frank Kavanaugh

Tero Kuittinen

Susan Lee

Ken Lesnik

Alexander Libby

Tom Melcher

Shani Peled

Ian Philp

Jonathan Rebell

Lauren Reid

Doug Reside

Stephanie Riggs

Einar Saevarsson

Jim Scheinman

Howie Singer

Brisa Trinchero

Adaora Udoji

Steve Yanovsky

Randi Zuckerberg

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the crucial dates for Broadway Tech Accelerator?

May 10th: Applications open
July 10th: Applications close
TBD: Cohort Start Date
TBD: Virtual Demo Day

Q: What are the terms?

We are offering this cohort completely free of charge and we are not asking for any equity. 

Q: Why would I choose Broadway Tech over any of the hundreds of other accelerator programs out there?

Seems like a new accelerator launches each day. Some prove fantastic; others may not be the best fit for either party. Broadway Tech focuses exclusively on technology companies working in the live performing arts. We educate and navigate through both charted and uncharted waters in our ever-evolving landscape. We face head on the myriad quirks and challenges by empowering founders with an asset toolkit that massively accelerates growth potential. In addition to industry-specific educational content, participants engage with an extraordinary professional network in the performing arts. Perhaps most importantly, participants in Broadway Tech have opportunities to test or pilot their products with the Shubert Organization and its unique assets, including 17 Broadway theaters, Telecharge, and more.  

Q: What happens after the program?

Fame and fortune, of course! Actually, we can’t promise that, but we can promise to get your company in front of some pretty influential people, both throughout the program and especially on Demo Day. We help you make the most of those opportunities, but it’s ultimately your journey. With respect to Broadway Tech itself, after the program the three partner organizations (Shubert Organization and IT Mentors) remain investors in your company.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the crucial dates for Broadway Tech Accelerator?

May 10th: Applications open
July 10th: Applications close
July TBD: Cohort Start Date
TBD: Virtual Demo Day

Q: What are the terms?

We are offering this cohort completely free of charge and we are not asking for any equity.

Q: Why would I choose Broadway Tech over any of the hundreds of other accelerator programs out there?

Seems like a new accelerator launches each day. Some prove fantastic; others may not be the best fit for either party. Broadway Tech focuses exclusively on technology companies working in the live performing arts. We educate and navigate through both charted and uncharted waters in our ever-evolving landscape. We face head on the myriad quirks and challenges by empowering founders with an asset toolkit that massively accelerates growth potential. In addition to industry-specific educational content, participants engage with an extraordinary professional network in the performing arts. Perhaps most importantly, participants in Broadway Tech have opportunities to test or pilot their products with the Shubert Organization and its unique assets, including 17 Broadway theaters, Telecharge, and more.  

Q: What happens after the program?

Fame and fortune, of course! Actually, we can’t promise that, but we can promise to get your company in front of some pretty influential people, both throughout the program and especially on Demo Day. We help you make the most of those opportunities, but it’s ultimately your journey. With respect to Broadway Tech itself, after the program the three partner organizations (Shubert Organization and IT Mentors) remain investors in your company.

​Have a new idea to make Broadway even better through technology? 
Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to “audition” your great idea to make Broadway even better.

Applications for the BTA Hackathon are now open!

​Have a new idea to make Broadway even better through technology? Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to “audition” your great idea to make Broadway even better.

Applications currently closed.
New applications opening September 10th.