Tribeca Film Festival 2016
New York City
Ronnie McGregor, Web Developer
Jatinder Sidhu, Software Developer
Jordan Potter, Product Manager
Noa Ben-Mazi, Barista
Watch For It
April 19-30, 2017
Eventbasers Take Over The Big Apple
New York’s Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2001 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craigh Hatkoff following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Their goal was to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. The Festival is known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors with over 3.5 million attendees.
But, the Tribeca Film Festival isn’t just a popular event for film goers, it’s also popular as part of our Ticket To Ride (TTR) initiative that offers each of our team members the chance to attend an event of their choice that we developed the app for. Four Eventbasers chose the 2016 Festival as their TTR - Ronnie, an Eventbase Web Developer; Jatinder, one of our Software Developers; Jordan, a Product Manager; and Noa, our in-house Barista (yes, we have an in-house barista). Together they hit up the Big Apple to take in the Festival, gain insight into the impact our apps have in action, act as Eventbase ambassadors, and do a bit of sightseeing.
They chose the Tribeca Film Festival as their TTR of choice, for reasons ranging from wanting to see New York in the spring to loving the Vancouver Film Festival and being excited by the opportunity to have the chance to check out a film festival in New York.
All four Eventbasers enjoyed seeing John Oliver interview Tom Hanks. “The interview was amazing and provided so much insight into the film process and the history of Tom Hanks’ successes and failures,” says Jatinder. Noa added, “In addition to the Festival we visited the MOMA, The Museum of Natural History, One World Trade Center, Central Park, the Comedy Cellar, a bunch of different local pubs and restaurants, and we got to see Book of Mormon on Broadway.”
Coming back to Vancouver and back to their regular work life, all four found their TTR experience translated to a new understanding of the real world impact of what they do each day:
Ronnie: “Being an attendee at an event showed me how useful our apps actually are. The maps and directions were particularly helpful in an unfamiliar city. I also found a couple things about the app that could be improved for next year.”
Jatinder: “It was inspiring, we saw NYC, the new World Trade Centre, the 9/11 Memorial and amazing actors and people. It's hard not to be inspired by their fortitude and successes. Ultimately it makes me happy to work at a place that cares enough to give us these opportunities! That alone motivates me daily.”
Jordan: “It was a beneficial experience to attend an event with so many interesting sessions available, and it shined a light on how we can improve on our apps' ability to suggest the right content to attendees based on their personal tastes.”
Noa: “Tom Hanks said something that resonated with me: 'You learn more from your failures that from your successes. True thing.' "