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Nick Bilton

Nick Bilton
Design Integration Editor/Researcher, The New York Times R&D Labs


Nick Bilton is a Designer, User Interface Specialist, Technologist, Journalist, Hardware Hacker, Researcher, etc. etc.

Nick has worked in numerous different industries within the context of design, research & development, technology and storytelling. He is currently the Design Integration Editor for The New York Times and the User Interface Specialist & Lead Researcher for The New York Times Research & Development Lab working on a variety of research projects and exploring technologies that may become commonplace in the next 2-10 years. His work in the R&D Labs includes exploring and prototyping content and interaction on futuristic flexible digital displays, a vast array of mobile applications and devices, Times Reader (a collaborative project with Microsoft), Print-to-mobile SMS, Semacode integration, content in the living room and context aware sensors. He is also working on an explorative Data Visualization project with The Times looking at realtime user patterns, geographical context and historical content stretching back to 1851. Nick is also the co-founder, with Michael Young, of, a startup within The New York Times that helps people shift content easily between multiple devices, from web to mobile to TV, and vice-versa. Shifd recently won ‘Best overall Hack’ at last years Yahoo! Hack Day. Nick’s work has been profiled regularly in multiple books, magazines, newspapers and websites.

Outside of The Times, Nick helped co-found NYCResistor, a hacker space in Brooklyn which offers hardware and programming classes and allows people to collectively work on innovative open source hardware and robotics projects.


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Nick Bilton (The New York Times R&D Labs)
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We are currently in a time when sharing and social networks are changing the way we consume editorialized media and the definition of "'content" is increasingly blurred. In the R&D Labs at The New York Times we are exploring some of the questions around how we will consume information in the next 2 to 20 years. Read more.
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