Pitch Now

 EqualSpace (=SPACE) and Fownders are excited to launch their first collaboration Pitch Now, held on December 14, 2015 at 6:00pm. This event is the beginning of a new relationship between both companies which are focused on the success of New Jersey-based entrepreneurs. =SPACE and Fownders together, hope to set a precedent for other businesses to collaborate and create a progressive environment to push the agenda of strengthening the startup, as well as increase the opportunity for more black and brown businesses to obtain funding.

Pitch Now is a great opportunity for both investors and startups to connect with each other. The competition gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to make their businesses known in front of investors who seek to support early stage startups. However, unlike most pitch competitions, entrepreneurs are given immediate feedback, which allows them to gain more insight on how to better present their ideas from an elite group of investors. In addition, newpreneurs are welcome to attend to learn firsthand the process of pitching. This learn and apply method is necessary for entrepreneurs to gain the knowledge they need to effectively launch their businesses.

Pitch Now fills a much needed gap in the Newark tech/entrepreneur ecosystem. We needed a series that addresses and showcases our startup community in a way that provides them with exposure and coaching from season professionals in the industry,” said Medina, Co-founder of =SPACE.

Pitch Now will be held at =SPACE’s new headquarters, 2 Gateway Center, with light refreshments beginning at 5:45pm.

RSVP here for the event http://bit.ly/2eZaYpM.

Microsoft’s New Arena Feature

Here is a question for any hardcore gamers and maybe even some casual games looking for a great experience. Have you ever wanted to show some of your skills at a tournament or event but you just see no way in doing so? Well Microsoft is here to shine some light over your dreams with this new feature coming to The Xbox One and Windows PCs. Players will soon be able to participate or even create custom tournaments. This new feature is said to be compatible with some released games. Taking a look at some screen previews of the new feature, it seems like you can choose the start time of the tournament, the type of game mode, and it is confirmed that there will be tournament styles which the types of tournaments are unknown as of now. This seems like a great move for Microsoft, since Sony has been partnered with majority of the host for gaming tournaments.


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Women’s Safety Hackathon will give nationwide entrants three months to submit a prototype for a technology that makes women in safer in Newark – winner will get $15,000 to build prototype and $35,000 to maintain system for one year
Newark, NJ – November 9, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that he will launch the Women’s Safety Hackathon, a #HackNWK competition, to create a technology that makes Newark safer for women, at a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, November 10, at 1:30 p.m., in the City Hall Press Room. City Hall is located at 920 Broad Street. Essex County and Newark law enforcement dignitaries will attend the press conference.
The Women’s Safety Hackathon will give entrants three months to create a technology that will improve safety for women in Newark. Submissions will be collected through the internet with a formal show-and-tell scheduled for February 2017 at the Tech Academy. The winning entrant will receive $15,000 to build out their prototype for deployment on June 1, 2017, and then $35,000 to maintain the system for one year. The competition is open to entrants nationwide.
“Using technology to improve the lives of residents is what Newark 3.0 is all about,” said Mayor Baraka. “I am excited to see what kinds of solutions great minds can come up with.”
The Hackathon is being conducted in conjunction with the Department of Health and Community Wellness and the Department of Public Safety. The local tech community will be invited to the event for a conversation with the Mayor.
“The tech community is always innovating, here we are asking the techies to innovate for social good,” said Newark Chief Information Officer Seth Wainer.
Four “use cases” for the technology will be presented at the announcement tomorrow:
·         Safety on the Street – Women are often in danger simply by being present on the street. Bystander intervention and other proven methods could be applied through technology to help reduce street crime aimed at women.
·         Domestic Violence – Inside homes and families, women are at risk for violence from those closest to them. Incidents are often repeated and sometimes known to neighbors.
·         Teen Dating – Women and teenage girls are susceptible to violence while dating. With better awareness and training, technology could leverage the teen community in Newark to address this.
·         Evidence Collection – Many incidents of violence against women are not prosecuted successfully because of the lack of evidence that can be used in a court. Technology can be leveraged to improve evidence collection and prosecution rates.
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5 Reasons You Should Become A Space(r)*

1) Unlimited Coffee: It is the bane of your existence and your muse. Whether you are starting out your day or pulling an “all-nighter” to finish a client project. =SPACE will always have a Cup a Joe waiting for you!

2) Fiber Optics: No one loves high speed internet like a entrepreneur with a deadline. =SPACE has the fastest internet than any other sharespace on the East Coast. If that does not bring you to your knees, we have more coming your way.

3) Homely Space: =SPACE is dedicated to being your home away from home. We want you find your serene place, whether it is on the couch in the Huddle Space, at a desk in The Great Room, or sitting at the bar.

4) Amazing Co-space(r)s: Everyone know that beauty is not everything. While =SPACE is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, we have so much more to offer. You have the ability to connect with other entrepreneurs who are as highly motivated as you. When you come to =SPACE prepare for some amazing conversation with top notch individuals.

5) You: We focus on the idea of intellectual diversity and love to see more minds being added to the mix. =SPACE believes that every person brings a different aspect or light. Why not add yourself to the melting pot?

So, are you ready to take your space?


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Tech Town Hall 2 Proves Newark Continues to be ‘Tech Progressive’

Thursday, October 6th, = SPACE hosted its second annual Tech Town Hall. The theme this year: Progression in Tech. The goal was to continue the conversation around Newark forging ahead as a leading tech hub, as well as expand how technology affects the city’s economic development.

Many many businesses, tech partnerships and programs have developed since the first Tech Town Hall, as well as the emergence of black, brown and women tech professionals. On this evening, everyone reconvened at the table to not only compare notes, but also share their latest ideas and advancements in innovation.

Hosted by Designer and Strategist Medina, Founder of =SPACE and parent company Medina = Citi, the agenda comprised of a Q&A session with Mayor Ras J. Baraka facilitated by Melissa Jackson, founder of Normel Solutions, coupled with simultaneous interviews conducted by Tech Correspondent Lindsey Holmes, Principal and Owner of Propel Media Group.

Additional highlights of the evening included power talks from Anthony Frasier, founder of The Phat Startup and author of the book Don’t Dumb Down Your Greatness, along with Sylvia Wandahwa, Co-organizer of Women Techmakers New Jersey, with a culminating keynote address by Rakia Reynolds, President of Skai Blue Media.

Affiliates from NJIT, Brick City Tech, and Code for Newark got the chance to hear about the progression in tech from Newark’s Chief Information Officer, Seth Wainer, Code for Newark’s Brigade Captain, Isaiah Little and representatives from Newark Venture Partners, the leaders in startup and business incubation in Newark. Moreover, companies such as Sociosmith, Fownders, and Blastchat spoke briefly about their businesses and the new programs they’ve brought to the city.

Have an idea and need capital? Steve Gomez from Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) gave brief tips on how to establish capital, clean up your credit, and additional resources that can be utilized through their offices.

“Tech is opportunity of social entrepreneurs…”

During the Q&A session with Mayor Ras J. Baraka, he discussed how to remedy the lacking access of tech for communities of color and women. He states, “we have to do better at democratizing ownership and access to technology and tech companies.” Continuing the discussion, he briefly spoke of new programming coming to the city, such as a tech academy/lab powered by Panasonic, as well as the success of current coding classes held at = SPACE and other vendor partners.

When asked how Newark is gauge the interest of other cities and companies to do business in the city, the Mayor referenced the city’s ideal infrastructure to enable tech, along with the ability to provide the fastest WiFi on the east coast and the nation. In addition to the infrastructure, Newark has developed a “new and bustling marketing for tech companies, startups, and incubator spaces.” And it’s not just commercial business that makes Newark the perfect city for tech advancement, its educational institutions NJIT and Rutgers, specialize in tech and social entrepreneurship.

Tech literacy is the newest language of the community

Mayor Baraka believes that tech literacy is the key to uniting the community and pushing forward in the tech age. To wrap up the Q&A, Mayor Baraka discussed using tech to create a safe environment for some of the city’s most vulnerable —women. His goal is to create an app that removes the onus of security on the individual and places it back into the hands of society.  There are investments on the table for such a tool, and he believes that this step in the right direction will set the precedent for similar technology to make Newark’s communities safer.

“I invest in people, not products…”

In the keynote address by Rakia Reynolds, she spoke of her humble beginnings as a media and tech professional and the difficulties she faced being a woman of color. It was through her frustration with restrictions and the need for creating digital content for PR, that she created her company.  With close to a decade in business, Skai Blue Media provides full-services media relations for tech companies, lifestyle brands, and social entrepreneurs. She’s even positioned herself to become an Angel Investor for tech startups. Her latest client Marley Dias, is currently Editor-in-Residence at Elle Magazine and the creator of Marley Mag housed within the Elle brand.

“If there’s a way you can be smarter, faster, better, you do that with technology,” says Rakia as she encourages participants to think outside of the brick and mortar concept.  During her brief Q&A, she broke down the importance of using high performing social platforms, no more than two, to implement storytelling, create an authoritative voice around products, and build communities.

The overall gain from the second annual Tech Town Hall is that technology in Newark is moving at a rapid pace. Black, brown and women techpreneurs are at the helm of digitizing the business world, changing the landscape of economic development, and creating opportunities to merge, grow and scale, multiple industries with the use of tech.

Newark tech is indeed progressing forward and continues to validate its seat at the table.  

Tech Town Hall 2.0

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Progression in Tech is the theme for the second installment of EqualSpace’s (= SPACE) Tech Town Hall series.  The cornerstone of the first installment centered around reintroducing Newark as a leader of tech in the community, as well as sparking the conversation around Newark being fashioned as a Tech Hub and how it affects the city’s economic development. This year’s theme of progression, discusses the businesses, partnerships, and programs birthed since the first Tech Town Hall.

The Honorable Mayor Ras J. Baraka and some of Newark’s finest in the tech community will lead the discussion. Tech community influencers and thought leaders confirmed for the event include: Rakia Reynolds, President of Skai Blue Media; Anthony Fraiser, Co-founder of The Phat Startup; Sylvia Wandahwa, Co-organizer of Women Techmakers New Jersey; Isaiah Little, Brigade Captain of Code for Newark; Medina, Chief Creative Strategist of Medina=Citi; and Seth Wainer, Chief Information Officer for The City of Newark.

Anthony Fraiser, co-founder of The Phat Startup, will also speak on Tech & Power, followed by a book signing for his latest novel, Don’t Dumb Down Your Greatness: A Young Entrepreneur’s Guide to Thinking & Being Great.

The event will be on October 6th from 5pm-8pm. We hope to see you there and we appreciate the support! RSVP: http://bit.ly/2aWhmby


=SPACE and GATEWAY PROJECT SPACES have announced an exciting, new collaboration to create premium co-working space in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts and Business district, The Gateway Center. =SPACE Downtown will be nexus of the two collaborators yielding an environment that fuses amenitized, technology-driven workspace and a creative, nurturing environment, both affordable and accessible. Join us as the space opens to the public Friday, September 9th, with a launch party from 5 – 7 pm.

Friday, September 9th, 5 – 7 pm

Craft Brews & Coffee Bar
Live Beats & Membership Info
Membership Give-A-Way

Gateway Project Spaces
2 Gateway Center | Newark, NJ

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Equal Space Downtown



Newark, New Jersey (Monday, August 15th, 2016)  =SPACE and GATEWAY PROJECT SPACES have announced an exciting, new collaboration to create premium co-working space in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts and Business district, The Gateway Center. =SPACE Downtown will be nexus of the two collaborators yielding an environment that fuses amenitized, technology-driven workspace and a creative, nurturing environment, both affordable and accessible.  The space will open to the public Friday, September 9th, with a party from 5 – 7 pm.

=SPACE Downtown will live on the storefront level of Gateway Project Spaces in Gateway 2, directly connected to Newark Pennsylvania Station (NJ Transit, PATH, etc.) Gateway Project Spaces is a 30,000 sq.ft. creative hub that is comprised of a non-profit gallery, additional event spaces, an art supply store and 56 rentable workspaces. The 24/7 facility has carved out a 2,000 sq. ft. space that will host membership based desk space, creative meeting space and private conference rooms with tech equipment and a design aesthetic to greet users with comfort, convenience and resources.

=SPACE Downtown will be the perfect workspace for creative professionals, freelancers, writers, techies, startups, small non-profits, commuting students and more.  “The joint venture is an opportunity for = Space and Gateway Project Space to create an ecosystem of creatives of all types with the goal of growing within the city of Newark.” said Medina, Founder of = SPACE

“We’re thrilled to bring another level of participants to our space. Gateway Project Spaces is currently the home to over 50 visual and performing artists from the surrounding areas. Developing a larger, diverse group of on-site creative professionals and cultural practitioners will continue to make Newark a destination to work, network and live.” said Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol, Founders of Gateway Project Spaces

In addition to the memberships and new space options, the partnering organizations plan to work together on a series of programs that cater to the community and onsite audience.


About EqualSpace

=SPACE is a magnet for intellectuals, techies and entrepreneurs of New Jersey. It will be headquartered in the City of Newark a share space and incubator = SPACE will provide resources for startups, coaching for tech companies. We believe providing access and resources will equal space for opportunities. Our = SPACE(r)s are the risk takers, the pushers and game changers, and the next wave of innovation will be born from them.

About Gateway Project Spaces

Founded in 2012, Gateway Project Spaces is a hub for multidisciplinary creative engagement. The three-level facility is split between a highly competitive and curated residency program, a project-based gallery in collaboration with Project For Empty Space, and rentable artist studio/ work spaces.


The Fold- Enough is Enough

Why you should make your web precise and concise?  The human race is lazy. I don’t mean that in a negative way, I’m just being honest. You, me, your mother… we’re all lazy. The physical act of scrolling is unlikely to wear you out but the mental power required to comprehend the information entering your visual cortex is worth considering. Work with the system by clicking here.


June EqualSpace Calendar

We want to make the best of your summer and keep you from being a couch potato. So pack your bags and prepare for the plethora of events that the beautiful city of Newark has in store for YOU.

June EQUAL SPACE Calendar Click link to download)