Noted rapper GZA joined Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal at a panel discussion at Moogfest. Photo by Dominque Benjamin
Duke’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) played a prominent role in Durham’s first hosting of Moogfest last weekend. More than 4,000 artists, entrepreneurs, futurist thinkers, musicians and engineers came to downtown Durham for four days of an eclectic variety of musical acts, panels, workshops and fun activities.
From the Bullpen in downtown Durham, just a block from the heart of the festivities, I&E was host to nine panels and workshops in the David M. Rubenstein Classroom. They ranged from artist talks to hands-on sound and video development workshops. Nearly 300 guests from all over the country and world participated in programming in the Bullpen.
Notable guests to the Duke I&E space included: CEO of the American Association of Independent Music Richard James Burgess, Steven Marks (Chief, Digital Business and General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America), Aly Khalifa of SPARKcon, Matthew Ganucheau of the Gray Area Foundation, Jennifer Juniper Stratford of Telefantasy Studios and Undervolt & Co., the global design firm IDEO, and artist Ed Bear. Duke alumnus and I&E coach Jake Stauch, founder and CEO of NEURO+, was a panelist on “Found the Future Of…,” a panel presented by ExitEvent.
Duke University and the Durham community joined together to support the festival’s first year in Durham. Moogfest, listed as one of the top summer music festivals by Rolling Stone magazine, has previously been held in Asheville and New York City.