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internet week new york unveils winning panels selected by public and judges to appear on festival’s main stage

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The Onion, Michael Ian Black, BuzzFeed, HowAboutWe, Hashable among winning panelists; nearly 10,000 votes cast in crowd-sourced competition

New York, NY (May 09, 2011) - Leaders from New York City’s most buzzed-about digital companies, including The Onion, Michael Ian Black’s Witstream, Buzzfeed, BBDO, HowAboutWe, Adkeeper, Fashism, and Hashable, are among the winners selected by the public and a panel of expert judges to appear on Internet Week New York’s main stage this June 6 – 13.

Now in its fourth year, Internet Week New York is expected to draw over 20,000 people to more than 200 events held at Internet Week’s headquarters and venues across the city. Living up to its reputation as the ultimate crowd-sourced festival, the first-ever Make The Stage competition opened up the festival even further by inviting the public to submit panel ideas and vote on its favorites. Nearly 250 proposals were submitted and close to 10,000 votes were cast.

The winning panels cover a diverse mix of Internet trends and topics – from hyper-localization and mobile commerce to whether it is possible to buy viral success or fix online advertising to how to build a successful start-up or Web video series.

“The winning panels present a clear bellwether of what topics will be hotly debated and discussed throughout Internet Week New York 2011” said David-Michel Davies, Chairman, Internet Week New York. “The public and our guest judges clearly zeroed in on presentations that highlight and analyze current trends and forecast the next big thing”

Winners were selected in six categories—Startups, Social Media, Technology, Advertising & Creativity, Entertainment, Mobile. Two entrants in each category were awarded a one hour slot on Internet Week New York’s main stage, one chosen by the public and the other by a team of experts, which included Alex Blagg (A Bajillion Hits), Josh Harris (The Wired City), Suroosh Alvi (Vice), Jared Hecht (GroupMe), Soraya Darabi (Foodspotting), Ashley Granata (Fashism), Kris Kiger (R/GA), Sean Mills (, Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital), Anthony DeRosa (Reuters Media) and Scott Belsky (Behance).

Dubbed “seven days of Web geekery” by the Wall Street Journal, Internet Week New York has earned comparisons to everything from SXSW (by CNET) to Fashion Week (by The Economist).

The festival is sponsored by Yahoo! and presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and The Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment

The full list of Make The Stage winners can be found below and online. Here is the shortlist of the winners:


  • “The Onion's Team of Three” with The Onion
  • “The Evolution of Communication” w/ Krystal D'Costa (HRI)
  • “Rallying to Restore Sanity in the Digital Age” with Greg Kihlström (Carousel30 Interactive) and Caroline Cunningham (Trust for the National Mall
  • “The Neighborhood Experience (Beyond Hyper-Localization)” w/ Micki Krimmel (, Ann Baldinucci (, Jordan Cooper (, Richard Blakeley (, and Kathryn Fink (
  • “Can "Viral" Be Bought?” w/ Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed) and Jeff Greenspan (BBDO)
  • “Bringing Smart and Sexy Back: Pay-Per-Success Model in Social Media Advertising” w/ Octavian Mihai (Rock & Social)
  • “Online Advertising is Broken. Can We Fix It?” w/ Ari Jacoby (Solve Media), Oren Netzer(DoubleVerify), Scott Kurnit (AdKeeper), Cat Spurway-Hepler (PointRoll) and Andy Ellenthal (Peer39)
  • “Finding the Keys To the Kingdom: Getting People to Use Your Product” w/ Brian Schechter (HowAboutWe), Aaron Schildkrout (HowAboutWe), Michael Yavonditte (Hashable), Brooke Moreland ( and Russ D'Souza (SeatGeek)
  • “Everyone's a Comedian” w/ Michael Ian Black (Wit Stream), Sean McCarthy (The Comic's Comic), Alf LaMont (The Comedy Store), and Kambri Krews (
  • “Make It Happen! Creating a Successful Web Series - From Page To Screen and What Comes After” w/ Susan Miller (Anyone But Me) and Tina Cesa Ward (Anyone But Me)
  • “Monetizing a Social Audience” w/ Hill Ferguson (Zong)
  • “Mobile? We Have an App for That!” w/ Ethan Alexander (LivePerson)

Internet Week New York is produced by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Premier sponsors include Presenting Sponsor Yahoo!, Official Sponsors Ford, AOL, Meebo, Google and Microsoft, Official Registration and Wi-Fi Sponsor Southwest Airlinesand Official Career Partner Vitamin T.

About the International Academy of Digital Arts and 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, and R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg. Find more information at

About the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting; the Office of Digital Coordination and NYC Media; and the official TV, radio, and online network of the City of New York. The agency's mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government, and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City. Visit to learn more, or follow NYC Media on Twitter at
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