Berkeley College Professor Joins Panel on 'Why Gaming Matters to Brooklyn's Innovation Economy' during Tech Triangle U Week

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This year, Darshan Desai, PhD, Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, will join fellow panelists Nicole He of Kickstarter, James Heaton of the Tronvig Group, Charles Pratt, Assistant Arts Professor, NYU Game Center, and Jonathan Bowles, Center for an Urban Future and moderator, at the Entrepreneurship Symposium Panel Game On! Why gaming matters to Brooklyn’s innovation economy on Wednesday, March 4, during the 2nd annual Brooklyn Tech Triangle U Week.

“Brooklyn Tech Triangle U Week is an opportunity to showcase how academic institutions serve as incubators of innovation.  Berkeley College and all of the Downtown Brooklyn colleges play a valuable role in meeting dynamic workforce needs in Brooklyn and beyond,” said Dario A. Cortes, PhD, President of Berkeley College. “Berkeley College students and graduates are well prepared so they can be part of and promote the economic vitality of Brooklyn’s tech hub.”

Home to more than 500 innovation and creative firms, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle comprises Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard – and is a strategic effort to grow the tech and creative sectors through place-making, real estate, workforce development, and policy efforts.  As part of these efforts, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Coalition is working to cultivate a true innovation ecosystem that brings together the tech and academic communities.

The 2nd annual Tech Triangle U is a series of events that includes open office tours geared toward college and professional students, career panels, an entrepreneurial symposium, and mentorship hack-a-thon. These programs enable the area’s higher education institutions to highlight the talent of their faculty and students to companies in the Tech Triangle, while companies can learn about talent recruitment and collaboration opportunities with schools in their backyard.

Berkeley College, with its location at 255 Duffield Street in Brooklyn, is part of the downtown Brooklyn Higher Education Consortium that will develop a new employment pipeline between Brooklyn’s college and professional students and the area’s rapidly growing tech sector, engaging businesses, cultural institutions, and other community groups to launch innovative extracurricular experiences for students.

Darshan Desai, PhD, Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, will participate in the panel session, Game On! Why gaming matters to Brooklyn's innovative economy, on Wednesday, March 4 at 5:00 pm at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, 5 MetroTech Center.  The session will address how small creative agencies, indie gaming developers, and crowd-funding sites are all contributing to the growth of the video gaming industry in New York.  This panel will explore how companies can leverage gaming to grow their own businesses.

To see the schedule of events for this year’s Brooklyn Tech Triangle U Week, click here.

About the Brooklyn Tech Triangle
The Brooklyn Tech Triangle (DUMBO, Downtown Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard) has emerged as the City’s largest cluster of tech activity outside of Manhattan, with nearly 10% of the sector calling this home.  Over the next two years the Brooklyn Tech Triangle is expected to grow to support nearly 18,000 direct jobs and 43,000 indirect jobs.

Led by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the DUMBO Improvement District, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle Strategic Plan seeks to address the commercial space, office and human capital needs of Brooklyn’s burgeoning tech industry by providing a blueprint for nurturing the growth of this sector and ensuring New York can capitalize on the job creation of the industry.

About Berkeley College
Berkeley College provides traditional and online degree options and blended learning opportunities to prepare students for careers in some of today’s most in-demand professions. Berkeley College was recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2014 and 2015 as one of the Best Colleges in the Online Bachelor Degree category. Students at Berkeley College benefit from a supportive, flexible, diverse learning environment that connects them with workplace experiences in their areas of study and pathways to dynamic careers.  

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. The College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Woodland Park, Paramus, Woodbridge, Newark, Clifton and Dover. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. Programs are offered in more than 20 career fields in the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The website address is

Darshan Desai

Photo Caption: Darshan Desai, PhD, Professor, Management, Berkeley College Larry L. Luing School of Business, will serve on a panel on Wednesday, March 4, during the 2nd annual Brooklyn Tech Triangle U Week.

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