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The New Yorker TechFest 2016 with Pilot Precise Pens #PowerToThePen #TNYTechFest

by Bill Sweeney
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The Pilot Precise pen is the Official Pen of the New Yorker TechFest 2016 and I was lucky enough to work with Pilot Pen during this event.


I recently attended the New Yorker TechFest 2016 in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, hosted a full-day program exploring the most compelling stories from some of today’s foremost thought leaders in technology . Business leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists, and innovators joined New Yorker Magazine’s writers and editors to discuss innovations that are shaping our world. The perspective was “big picture”, and the exceptionally-run event actually lived up to its billing!


Right off the bat, I found the venue to be perfect. I was immersed in a repurposed industrial space that exuded a modern-day tech vibe. Exposed brick and white work spaces set the tone. Breaks, meals, and a break-out session were all held in that the same space. All of the speakers were interviewed on stage in the room next door, one speaker at a time. Each 30-40 minute talk was perfectly timed, very free flowing, and thought provoking in their own way. There were no decisions to be made in terms of which talks to attend, so nothing was missed. There was one schedule and one presentation at a time for each and every attendee. This format and pacing were ideal, and perfectly curated by The New Yorker. This was a hot ticket, and I was pleased and fortunate to experience it.


The talks themselves were excellent. I mean, we are talking about a very diverse array of the best and the brightest in their fields. To name just a few – Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School (and one of the main mappers of the genome), Tan Le, CEO of Emotiv (turning brain waves into actions), and Sean Rad, CEO of Tinder. The schedule was packed with highly engaging speakers delivering compelling talks. Each was personable, informed, energetic, and interesting. To see the full roster, check out techfest.newyorker.com.


So, ‘What did I learn’? For one thing, I learned that you don’t have to think the same or have the same background as the other guy to be a fantastic success in technology or business. There are so many paths to achievement. Another point of importance for me was the essential nature of organizing your thoughts and managing them in an effective way. Absolute efficiency in putting ideas to use was a key driver of success for many of the speakers. It’s one thing to have great ideas, but it’s another to lay them out in such a way that they can be visualized clearly and implemented according to plan.


For me, the importance of getting ideas recorded effectively and precisely is always paramount. That need really came through during this event. It’s not every day a person has access to minds like these, so I was not about to miss anything! The ideas and conversations were flowing fast and I needed to be efficient, accurate, and on point. Even in today’s world, during a tech-focused conference, the importance of the written word was still highly relevant for me.

The Pilot Precise V5 and V7 (0.5mm and 0.7mm point sizes respectively) pens really were there to help me every step of the way. The juxtaposition of a PEN company sponsoring a conference focused on technology is brilliant! I loved the idea then and I love it even more now. And judging by the literal crowds of attendees checking out the pens from Pilot Pen, I know I am not the only one that feels this way!


I think it’s important for business and industry leaders, or  professionals of any kind, to carry the right pen. The reason for this is actually two-fold.

First, the neurological benefits to using handwriting with regard to data retention, organization, and spurring innovation have been proven time and time again. It has also been proven that most people retain information at much higher levels when writing something (instead of typing it or trying to commit it to memory). I know for sure that I am one of these people. I think this is the case because it takes more focus and engages more parts of the brain to write something by hand. That focus is there much more than if you’re just typing it. I mean, let’s be honest, it’s also a lot easier to be distracted with emails, notification alerts, internet surfing, and whatever else there is on a laptop than when you are just with pen and paper! Focus is so important.

Many people even feel more confident went they are using pens. For example, 68% of people feel more confident when they write their to-do lists (and my wife knows very well how to write those for me).


The second reason I prefer to use a Precise pen and paper when taking notes is the personalized nature of the final product. The fine lines, the tailored look, and the comfortable feel of the pen all make it a pleasure to use. The Precise pen is the perfect pen for those who delight in the details. That’s part of what makes writing fun, no? The incredibly smooth and precise writing experience just makes everything all the better. Sure, writing is like second nature for most, but the Precise pen turns a plain old “pen user” into a sophisticated, stylish writer who experiences writing as more than just a task. There’s a lot of art mixed in with the science, and I really appreciate that. There’s personality, too, and a precision writing instrument with a stylish appearance is something more than just a tool.

So, it seems to me that the Pilot Precise V5/V7  is the ultimate pen for passionately precise professionals. So much so that Ben Schwartz, cartoonist for The New Yorker, was at TechFest, with Pilot Precise in-hand, creating custom cartoons for some lucky attendees. Ben was really rocking and rolling that day, creating really impressive works at the Pilot Pen activation area! He’s an amazing artist, and if he uses the Precise pen…I think I should be using it too!


Ben’s drawing, and the entire event, were so awesome, I filmed it on Facebook Live. Here’s the link to check it out.

Throughout this event, I was able to try a number of Pilot Precise products, including the Precise V5 and V7, capped and retractable in a variety of ink colors. All amazing tools. My favorite… the iconic capped version of the V7 in blue. Perfect results every time.

Overall, the event was excellent, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I learned a lot and each speaker left me with something to ruminate on. There’s a big world out there, and there are so many issues that can be tackled with technology. It’s cliché, but we are only at the infant stages of what is possible. The future is bright and the reach of technology seems endless. I really hope all of these trailblazers carry a good pen with them.

To find out more about the Precise V5 and V7, and other Pilot products, please check out:

Here’s where you can purchase the pens I was able to try out:


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pilot Corporation of America.

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The New Yorker TechFest 2016 with Pilot Precise Pens #PowerToThePen #TNYTechFest was last modified: October 28th, 2016 by Bill Sweeney

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