DUMBO Innovators Meet-Up: HappyFunCorp

Lounge 6:30–8pm
  • Regular FREE

The DUMBO Innovators Meet-Up is a monthly series highlighting innovative companies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. At this lively mixer event, meet your neighbors and experience the vibrancy this community has to offer first-hand.

Free beer will be provided courtesy of Sixpoint Brewery.

Our free sandwiches provided by:

DUMBO has long been home to individuals and companies with equal parts creativity and business acumen. Each month, we’ll be shining a spotlight on the vanguard, cutting edge companies and people who call DUMBO their home. During a brief moderated discussion, industry leaders in storytelling, media, and tech will share their philosophy around innovation: what it means for their company, and how to approach innovation in business as well as in life. 

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Networking / Free Beer + Food!

7:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Q&A discussion with HappyFunCorp's Holly Zappa and Alanna Dukes

7:30 PM – 8:00 PM: Networking / Free Beer + Food!


HappyFunCorp is a Brooklyn-based product development firm that focuses on design driven engineering. We bring the technical expertise to our Client’s vision and turn it into working technology. Building an attractive and dynamic web and mobile product is not an easy task and we work with Clients throughout the entire product development process, including business strategy, idea generation, user experience, branding, front and backend development, and operational support to help our Clients create something amazing. 

Taking an idea from the blank page to a working technical artifact is complicated and subtle; we solve that problem.

We work with an extensive network of senior engineers and designers throughout the world to build sophisticated web and mobile applications for Clients looking to solve difficult problems. Our team consists of 70 professionals, many of whom possess more than 10 years of industry experience.

More information here: https://happyfuncorp.com


Holly Zappa: Executive Director of Client Services

Holly Zappa serves as the Executive Director of Client Services at HappyFunCorp. After starting her career as an attorney in NYC, Holly developed a keen interest in startup ideation and business development. She began working closely with HappyFunCorp CEO Ben Schippers to understand and assess clients’ business needs and identify solutions that fit within their parameters. Having worked with a wide range of companies, from startups to Fortune 500s, she can navigate between entrepreneurs, technologists, procurement and other key stakeholders to bring projects to fruition and deliver creative solutions. Holly now has a decade of experience under her belt and is passionate about creating actionable plans for both her clients and her team. Outside the office Holly loves to travel, attend music events in the city, and foster her newfound interest half-marathon running.

Alanna Dukes: Executive Director of Operations

Alanna Dukes is the Executive Director of Operations at HappyFunCorp, a product-focused engineering firm founded in 2009. Focusing on company growth and inclusivity, she ensures that projects are well staffed and supported throughout the course of the project lifecycle. Working directly with the founders at HappyFunCorp, Alanna continues to successfully scale the business and set processes to encourage growth. In her free time, Alanna serves the community as a channel and energy healer.


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The DUMBO Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Improvement District showcases DUMBO as a world-class destination, advocating on behalf of DUMBO's businesses, property owners and residents. The organization provides supplemental sanitation services, marketing, economic development, neighborhood programming and long-term planning.

Website: http://dumbo.is.


Entrances & Restrooms are Fully Accessible at the Made in NY Media Center, by IFP.  To request additional accommodations, please email programming@nymediacenter.com at least 72 hours before the event.

If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing and need personal assistance in order to attend this event, please contact programming@nymediacenter.com to request personal assistance at a minimum of 10 days before the event date.

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