Countdown to CAT New York

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Set your brain on fry. We're just days away from another inspiring, and hopefully mind-numbing exploration of creativity and technology at the third annual New York CaT event, to be held on Thursday, June 9 at N.Y.'s New World Stages. Among the geniuses you'll hear from are Bre Pettis, co-founder of MakerBot, the company behind open source 3D printing technologies--or to put it in layman's terms, they make a robot that will build things for you out of plastic.

What MakerBot can do for you.
What MakerBot can do for you.

Also taking the stage will be Brian Wong, the founder of Kiip, who's figured out how to make gamers fall in love with advertisers with a new model that rewards players with free goods for their high scores. How about a bag of chips to go with that Gold Lancer?

BlueFin Labs' VP/Marketing Tom Thai will give the lowdown on his company, which has been trying to make sense of how media is received by audiences by merging viewing data with social media chatter. That technology, oddly enough, developed from insights founder Deb Roy gleaned from recording every waking moment of his newborn son's growth and language development. Check out Roy's astounding TED talk here.

Other presentations include creative engineers SyynLabs, who will showcase their works of art meets technology, Lisa Bettany, creator of Camera+, a fireside chat between Wired editor Frank Rose and Jeff Gomez, Founder & CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment and boutique digital publishing house The Atavist's Evan Ratliff.

Check out the CAT site for more info and to order tickets.