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internet takes over new york city: more than 150 events slated for internet week new york, june 7-14, 2010

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Third Annual Festival Celebrates NYC's Leadership in Digital Culture and Commerce

New York, NY (June 02, 2010) - The third annual Internet Week New York will host over 150 events between June 7-14 at the festival's first-ever headquarters at Chelsea's Metropolitan Pavilion and at dozens of locations throughout the City.
A complete schedule, released by organizers today, reflects both the rise of New York City as a new tech capital and the festival's emergence as a top annual gathering for Internet leaders. The diverse slate of programming for Internet Week New York, presented by Yahoo!, includes everything from panels, conferences, and educational events to art installations, live performances and parties.

Serving as a hub for festival-goers, the first-ever Internet Week New York headquarters will showcase technology demos, art exhibits, panel discussions, product launches, lounge spaces, and a host of other activities. The headquarters is hosted by presenting sponsor Yahoo! and official sponsors HP, Pepsico, Microsoft Expression Studio, IAC, Southwest Airlines and Aquent.

The headquarters will also host premiere conference events, including the Yahoo! Provoke Summit with a keynote by Ze Frank and IAB's Innovation Days with AoL’s Tim Armstrong. Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV, Josh & Chuck of HowStuffWorks, and other Internet personalities will also present live shows and conversations throughout the week.

Internet Week New York headquarters passes are available for purchase ($10 for Monday through Thursday access) at

Beyond the headquarters, organizations such Time Warner, IAC, The Onion, mediabistro, and Guest of a Guest, will present events at venues across the city, including The Times Center, NYU, CUNY, Galapagos Arts Space, the Jane Hotel Ballroom and The Knitting Factory.

The diverse roster of events includes NY Tech Meetup, the week's largest public event where over 800 people will see demos from New York’s hottest start-ups, The Webutante Ball, a "prom" for New York's tech media scene, an exhibition of Facebook portraits at the Art Director's Club, conferences for food and pet bloggers, geek speed dating, live dance music created by a Nintendo Game Boy, and a crash course in mastering Twitter. The week will culminate with The 14th Annual Webby Awards, a star-studded gala honoring the Internet’s best and brightest at Cipriani Wall Street on June 14th.

"There is a great sense of excitement, optimism, and energy in the New York community right now and that's reflected in the line-up for this year’s Internet Week New York," said David-Michel Davies, chairman, Internet Week New York. "The festival is an amazing opportunity to meet the innovators behind NYC's industry resurgence, share ideas, and find out where the Internet might be taking us next."

"Yahoo! is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Internet Week New York," said Mollie Spilman, SVP, Global B2B Marketing at Yahoo!. "There is a tremendous amount of positive momentum in the industry and this week of events is an important showcase of all the progress, innovation and creativity taking place in the market."

Highlights of the festival include:

Special Events and Parties
  • Five Year Anniversary Party - A celebration of NYC-based startup's fifth anniversary. (June 8, IWNY Headquarters)
  • IAC's dumbdumb Launch Celebration -IAC and CollegeHumor celebrate the launch of DumbDumb, the new digital-driven production company co-created by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in partnership with Ben Silverman's Electus. (June 10, IAC Headquarters)
  • The Webby Awards - Concluding Internet Week New York, the star-studded awards gala hosted by B.J. Novak of The Office will feature winners like Roger Ebert, Amy Poehler, OK Go, and Lisa Kudrow delivering the Webbys' famous five-word speeches. (June 14, Cipriani Wall Street, Invite Only)
  • The Webutante Ball - A celebration of the New York tech scene, including the crowning of the Webutante King and Queen. (June 8, Marquee)
  • Third Annual Internet Week NY Opening Reception - The week kicks off with cocktails in the first-ever festival headquarters at Metropolitan Pavilion. (June 7, IWNY HQ)
Industry Conferences and Panels
  • Future of Media: 2010 - Arianna Huffington and Dan Abrams are among the panelists debating how the Internet and other digital media are transforming the traditional media landscape. (June 8, New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute)
  • GCA Savvian Digital Media Summit -Leading companies and private equity firms in the industry will converge to engage in thought-provoking dialogue. (June 8, Westin Times Square)
  • HP@IWNY Kick-Off Event - HP helps commence Internet Week New York festivities with a news conference followed by a conversation, moderated by Mashable and featuring some of the Web's most innovative minds, about how companies are harnessing the power of the Internet. (June 7, IWNY HQ)
  • IAB Innovation Days @ Internet Week - AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and Lloyd Braun of BermanBraun are among the speakers at a two-day conference exploring branded content and the future of TV and online video. (June 8 & 9, IWNY HQ)
  • Mashable Media Summit 2010 - A one-day conference focusing on the impact of social media on the news industry, big brands and advertisers, featuring presentations by College Humor's Ricky Van Veen and The Onion's Baratunde Thurston. (June 8, The Times Center)
  • Twtrcon - Focused entirely on the business use of Twitter, this one-day conference features remarks by Martha Stewart and foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley. (June 15, New York Hilton)
  • Yahoo! Provoke Summit - Ze Frank keynotes this event featuring creatives and developers exploring how new innovations and technology are evolving the digital media environment. (June 7, IWNY HQ)
Social Media
  • The Art of Social Media - The Art Directors Club and The Social Media Society host an exhibition of Facebook Portraits by Matt Held, including cocktails and live music. (June 8, The Art Directors Club)
  • Mastering Twitter Seminar - Experts offer tips on how to jumpstart your social media presence and reveal new ways individuals and organizations are capitalizing on Twitter. (June 8, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism)
  • #Promise - The #Promise will explore how social & mobile media are empowering corporate citizenship to create social & environmental change. (June 10, IWNY HQ)
  • TechMunch - A one-day conference for food bloggers. (June 10, Roger Smith Hotel)
  • Social Media Roundtable on Pets - Kristyn Pomranz of I Can Haz Cheezburger and Jason Scott, the owner of Sockington (a cat with over 1.5 million Twitter followers) discuss the intersection of pets and social media. (June 9, The Center)
Start Ups & Technology
  • Microsoft Expressions Studio 4 Launch - Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft and author of the book, "Sketching User Experiences," unveils Microsoft Expressions Studio 4, design tools for the Web, the desktop, mobile devices, and Silverlight. (June 7, IWNY HQ)
  • NY Tech Meetup - NY Tech Meetup will be the largest event open to the public during Internet Week New York. 860 technologists will converge to see demos from some of the area's hottest, most interesting startups. (June 8, NYU Skirball Center)
  • Startup Weekend - Local developers, marketers, designers, and aspiring entrepreneurs gather to launch new business ventures in just one weekend. (June 11 – 13, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University)
  • VC and Angel Financing Bootcamp - Entrepreneurs seeking advice on venture capital and angel financing hear from leaders in the field about how to best position their company for a successful liquidity event. (June 9, NYU Stern School of Business)
Arts and Leisure
  • Area Mondays - The Onion and The A.V. Club kick-off of a monthly music series with Josh and Chuck from HowStuffWorks and live performances from Anamanaguchi and Home Video. (June 7, The Knitting Factory)
  • Gaming & The Arts - The Arts, Culture and Technology Meetup and NY Gaming Meetup explore the intersection of art and games. A performance by musician Luke Silas, who uses a pair of Game Boys to create dance music, caps the night. (June 8, Galapagos Art Space)
  • Kickball for Silicon Alley - A kickball tournament for New York City-based startups. (June 11, Chelsea Park)
  • Nerd Nite NYC - Nerds convene for presentations on such geeky topics as how to turn Nintendo's portable video game console into an all-purpose gadget and the history and future of downloading music. The night kicks off with a speed dating for geeks. (June 11, Galapagos Art Space)
  • Pop Everything -Bloggers like The Fug Girls, JustJared, and The Superficial go head-to-head in pop culture trivia at this party hosted by BUZZMEDIA and Ustream. (June 9, Pop Burger Midtown)
  • Social Climbing - New York City Web companies and start-ups compete in an indoor climbing competition. (June 9, Brooklyn Boulders)
The full schedule of Internet Week New York 2010 events can be found at
The festival is organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.
Internet Week New York Sponsors include: Yahoo!, Pepsico, HP, Microsoft Expression Studio, IAC, Corbis Images, Aquent, Southwest Airlines, .CO, Rackspace Hosting, AoL, and Motorola.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DIGITAL ARTS & SCIENCES The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences was founded in 1998 to help drive the creative, technical, and professional progress of the Internet and evolving forms of interactive media. An international organization, The Academy selects the Nominees and Winners for The Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. The Academy is an intellectually diverse organization that includes members such as musicians Beck and David Bowie, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, political columnist Arianna Huffington, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening, R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg. More information at

ABOUT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE OF FILM, THEATRE AND BROADCASTING The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting is the one-stop shop for all production needs in New York City, providing free permits, free public locations and free police assistance. The agency markets NYC as a prime location, provides premiere customer service to production companies and facilitates production throughout the five boroughs. Whether production companies are shooting a feature film, a commercial, a television show, or digital content, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as an invaluable resource to the New York City entertainment production industry.

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