The Week in Innovation: Aug. 20-26

How to film a ‘compelling and addictive’ pilot, 3D bikinis (!), and more bad news for BlackBerry
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Impact 2012: A Festival of Political Art | Through Aug. 26 | New York Designed to stimulate conversation around the political decision-making process, democracy, and the Constitution, the last week of this festival features screenings of Betrayed, George Packer’s 2008 play about Iraqi interpreters, and Stolen Seas, a documentary on Somali pirates.

Edinburgh International Television Festival | Aug. 23-25 | Edinburgh, Scotland More than 2,000 TV and media executives will meet for three days of keynotes, debates, and master classes on the evolution of the industry. Topics will include Netflix’s plans for original content, how to collaborate with Chinese TV programmers, and how to make the first 10 minutes of a pilot “compelling and addictive.”

Women’s Demo Night | Aug. 21 | New York Eight female-founded startups, including social-gifting site Gift Hit and 3D printing fashion company Continuum, will demo new ideas at Facebook’s offices. Read about Continuum’s 3D-printed bikini here.


Windows Phone to overtake BlackBerry Windows Phone users will outnumber BlackBerry users in the U.S. by November, according to an analysis by StatCounter. With 2 percent of the market, Windows Phone would be the third most popular smartphone in the country (behind the iPhone and Android-enabled phones), leapfrogging the device that defined the category in only two years.

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