We are proud to announce the addition of three dynamic creators to our Fahrenheit Fellows program - Amy Blackman, Samir Goel & Tyler Pridgen.

Amy Blackman

Amy brings brand, business development, integrative marketing, and partnerships strategy all into one role and mission, which she calls being an ‘Idea Sherpa.’ Until most recently, Amy was VP of Contend Immersive— a digital art and design collective based in Los Angeles and Moscow. Amy and her team specialized in Inverted Reality, an experience that removes the lines between human, digital, gravity and space to create mind-bending multisensory immersion. Prior to Contend, she served as CEO of Sila Sveta USA, Russia's largest interactive media and conceptual design company.

 

 

Before she segued into Immersive media, Amy had a long career in the music industry, founding AmyBMGMT and serving as CEO from 1996-2013. She managed Grammy award-winning international touring artists/producers, directing their brand strategies and global business affairs. During her tenure as artist manager, Amy was named a U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassador under both the Bush and Obama Administrations. In this capacity, she helped bring the first Western musical artists to perform free public concerts in Nepal, Madagascar, Burma and Mongolia.

 

Amy is a Brooklyn native, Los Angeleno for 23 years, channel swimmer, twice daily meditator, and solo traveler. Amy received her Bachelor’s of Arts from New York University and her Executive MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.

Samir Goel

Samir is a social entrepreneur, writer, and connector committed to bridging the public and private sectors by bringing together diverse communities to eliminate the access gap. Samir co-founded and is now dedicated full-time to Esusu - a platform designed to empower users to better save, access capital, and build credit through community savings.

 

Prior to Esusu, Samir co-founded Transfernation, a nationally recognized 501(c)3 non-profit which uses technology to ensure excess food from events goes toward underserved communities across New York City. For his entrepreneurial endeavors Samir has been recognized as a WEF Global Shaper, Global Good Fund Fellow, Dalai Lama Fellow, Resolution Fellow and was the recipient of the Jefferson Awards Foundation National Public Service Award. In addition to his work as a social entrepreneur, Samir has worked for LinkedIn, The United Nations, Venture for America, and various non-profits in the New York City area.

 

Outside of work, Samir enjoys baking & cooking, staying active, travel, writing, and spending time with his family and 4 younger siblings. Samir received his Bachelor's of Science from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Tyler Pridgen

Tyler is an immersive technology strategist and producer who focuses on planning and executing high-quality VR, AR, and 360 video productions. Currently, Tyler is creating his own immersive art performance and installation titled "Luxury Escapism : The Oddly Satisfying Spa."  The tongue-in-cheek reinterpretation of elitist wellness culture features VR treatments and premieres in late May.  He is also advising the final development push and festival premiere of "Lux Sine," a VR documentary.

 

Last summer Tyler produced a multi-user VR experience for Diplo and the Museum of Sex in New York, as well as a six headset VR art installation partnering with Sarah Meyohas and Red Bull Arts New York.  In 2017, he represented The Ink Factory as a virtual reality consultant on the film, Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster and Jeff Goldblum. In early 2018 Tyler produced a record breaking AR activation for Royal Caribbean that lead 150 individually tracked users through 5 augmented reality portals using OptiTrack motion capture technology.  His projects have been widely covered by press outlets ranging from CNET to Forbes and Artforum.

 

In his free time, Tyler is an avid rock climber and traveler. Tyler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

About the Program

The Fahrenheit Fellow program is a forum for exchange. Every 6 months, we invite a new class of ~3 individuals driving new thinking and transformational innovation in the real world into our space. Our fellows come from the worlds of design, academia, social innovation, science, entrepreneurship, tech, the arts, and more. They are equally likely to be just starting their careers as they are to be well established in their fields.

 

For our fellows the program offers an opportunity to access Fahrenheit’s office resources and to tap into our expertise in delivering outcome-based innovation. In exchange, Fahrenheiters and clients gain access to fresh insights into Fellows’ field of focus.

 

Fahrenheit 212 was built at the intersection of Money + Magic. Experience has taught us the power that lies at the point where different disciplines, points of view and areas of expertise meet. The Fahrenheit 212 Fellow Program is simply a continuation of this legacy.