Keynote Speech at REMIX NYC 2018

Last updated: January 18, 2023

I gave a speech and led a discussion workshop at the REMIX NYC 2018 event, held aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City.

The USS Intrepid is a large aircraft carrier docked in Manhattan

See my notes here for more about this event: REMIX Summit 2018 NYC: Raw Notes

Keynote Speaker on R&D + Innovation for Culture


It was described thusly:

Since its launch, Museum Hack has reimagined the museum tour and found new audiences in some very hard-to-reach places. In this talk, Founder Nick Gray reflects on the entrepreneurial journey of building a cultural enterprise from scratch. He also considers other opportunities to innovate across the museum’s value chain, and identifies some of the transferable lessons from his experience for both aspiring creative entrepreneurs and arts institutions.

Me on stage speaking at REMIX 2018 in New York City on the USS Intrepid

During my talk, I highlighted three main things:

  1. How my company Museum Hack got started,
  2. What makes our renegade museum tours totally different than other museum tours, and
  3. Why museums matter.
Another one of me speaking on stage

I also shared with the audience slides and ideas for the cultural sector, including stories about my own experience with creativity and innovation.

Discussion and Workshop

After my talk, a group of attendees and I spoke about challenges and opportunities in the cultural sector.

Nick Gray and museum executives on the USS Intrepid
Me and a roundtable discussion group of museum executives aboard the USS Intrepid

This group included attendees from MoMA, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Getty Leadership Trust, Cornell, and more.

My Speaker Bio for REMIX

Nick Gray is the Founder and CEO of Museum Hack and is based in New York City. He loves museums and thinks people should visit them more often. Nick loves museums but dislikes how most museum tours are delivered. He founded Museum Hack, a company of renegade tour guides offering unconventional museum tours in New York City. Nick lives in New York City, with his favorite places being the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Sheep Meadow in Central Park.

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