On Saturday, October 23, The Verge wrapped up its two-day 10th anniversary celebration On The Verge at Spring Studios in New York City, an event exploring the future of technology, culture, and art. Main stage talks led by Verge reporters and editors included executives from Snap, Clubhouse, Eero, and Razer. The event kicked off Friday night with a live reunion recording of the Vergecast podcast with Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel, Executive Editor Dieter Bohn, Wall Street Journal Tech Columnist Joanna Stern, and Protocol Editor-at-Large David Pierce.
Live activations and art installations filled the rooms, including an indie arcade from Wonderville. Sponsors included Zelle, Bitdefender, and Taylor Creative.
Highlights and photos from On The Verge are below:
The entrance to our party tonight is so wild pic.twitter.com/fNW8KCZgnT— nilay patel (@reckless) October 22, 2021
Vice President of The Verge Helen Havlak welcomed guests ahead of the first panel discussion with CEO and Co-founder of Eero Nick Weaver, who shared that the company’s mesh routers could soon run your smart home with official Matter support.
Verge Deputy Editor Liz Lopatto moderated the panel discussion “What is Metaverse?” with Janet Murray, Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech; Vincent Diallo, Managing Partner at Interface Ventures; and Metakovan, Entrepreneur and Financier at Metapurse.
Alex Heath, Senior Reporter of The Verge, sat down with Ben Scherwin, Senior Vice President of Content and Partnerships at Snap Inc. and Jacques Slade, Snap star and content creator, for a conversation about the creator experience on the platform, human moderation, and more. “We’re really focused on the creator experience, building the right tools for creators, and helping them build an audience. And on the consumption side, we want to continue to make it relevant and personal no matter where you are in the world,” said Scherwin when asked about the future of Snap creators.
During a conversation with Verge Senior Reporter Ashley Carman, Clubhouse CEO and Co-founder Paul Davison and Head of Global Marketing Maya Watson announced that the company is launching a new feature that will allow users to share outside links and monetize their work on the platform. As The Verge noted in its report on the talk, “Clubhouse won’t take a cut of revenue from any transactions that occur through the link, although Davison said the team would likely share news in the upcoming months about ways in which the app itself will monetize.” “When we talk about monetization, it’s not Clubhouse monetizing—it’s helping our creators monetize,” said Davison.
Nev Schulman, TV host and Producer of Catfish, joined moderator Casey Newton in a live discussion about the pitfalls of online dating and how the show has endured.
The Verge's senior reporter @ashleyrcarman explores how creators are monetizing their work with @Clubhouse CEO Paul Davidson and Head of Global Marketing @mayawatson #OnTheVerge https://t.co/uc2h47pIeX— The Verge (@verge) October 23, 2021
On The Verge wrapped up its second day with the premiere screening of Springboard: The Secret History of the First Real Smartphone, produced by executive editor Dieter Bohn, followed by a Q&A with Bohn and Editor-in-Chief Nilay Patel. The documentary will be the first to launch on The Verge’s new app available on Roku, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV, and coming soon to Apple TV. An epic party including a live DJ completed the event in Verge fashion.