THE 5X5 HOST: VERGE
Verge is in the business of growing Indy’s tech scene. And they’ll be the first to tell you that the most innovative communities grow from great culture. Think San Francisco, Seattle, Austin. These places were all known for something before they became some of the biggest hotbeds of tech startups.
OK, they were known for a lot of things. But the music scenes, in particular, were HOT in each of these cities before they started pumping out some of the most innovative companies. And startups need this sort of fertile community and culture from which to draw their inspiration–and their talent.
Verge has been hosting pitch events in the city for over six years now, so they’re excited to bring their experience working with entrepreneurs to make this Indy 5×5 event extremely special.
THE THEME: START UP INDY
Research has shown that people with bigger ideas and bigger goals, consistently make a BIGGER impact—on their businesses, on their community, on their lives. Right now, the music scene in Indianapolis is exploding. The magic of thinking big is not a myth, and the people leading the musical movement in Indy are BIG thinkers. That’s why Verge picked music innovation to drive Start Up Indy.
Exponential innovation—the kinds of ideas, inventions, and actions that create explosive growth—is found at the intersection on industries and interests. Indy 5×5 is a brilliant mashup of different forms of art, business, and technology. And a result is the kind of energy that you have to be there to experience.
THE FINALISTS (AS SEEN ON 5X5INDY.ORG)
Mousiki- Art of the Muses, the Indy experience | Eric Hubbard
This film-based project will weave together music created by the diverse community groups from all around Indianapolis. It will succinctly capture the spirit of our city; the real life experiences of each of the contributors, presented in a rich multimedia educational experience.
The Retro-Hybrid Show of the Future | A. Paul Johnson
A project to bring multiple and diverse musical voices together into a unified whole with continuity. The format being a book-linked musical revue (or I sometimes call these “Cantatas” as they embody that older form) that encourages input from many source genres of music.
iTooLL: A Media Tool Lending Library | Sukie Conley
iTooLL: A Media Tool Lending Library will lend media-based, storytelling items like video equipment, tripods, & cameras; event production items like PAs, mics, audio recorders, & projectors; and practical items like canopies, tables, & chairs for as little as $1/week rentals for members.
PANEL: Indianapolis Band Development Seminars | Craig (Dodge) Lile
PANEL is a monthly, roving, showcase Q&A of music industry experts to help provide knowledge to Indianapolis musicians and bands. PANEL can move around Indy, and will educate, connect, and provide resources and expertise to Indianapolis musicians to help them make it to the next level.
Sonic Sandbox | Joshua Harris
The Sonic Sandbox is a computer-based tool for music teachers and students to explore sound and build their own sounds from scratch. Teachers can use it to demonstrate the physics behind our perception of sound, and students get to compose with pure sound not limited by preconceptions carried by instruments.