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internet week to host first-ever developer day on may 21st

Girl Develop It’s Sara Chipps, CTOs from BuzzFeed, AOL, Duolingo and City of New York to headline talks, demos, courses, networking and more

Internet Week launches Developer Scholarship offering $100 4-day pass for all qualifying developers

Jenny Chang,
Mark McArthur,
PKPR, 212-627-8098

New York, NY (April 07, 2015) - Internet Week will host its first-ever Developer Day on May 21st, a series of developer-focused talks, demos, courses, networking and more led by Girl Develop It founder Sara Chipps and chief technology officers from the world’s top organizations including BuzzFeed, Duolingo, AOL, and the City of New York.

Taking place from May 18 – 24, Internet Week is a citywide festival exploring how today’s tech-based economy is reshaping business, entertainment and culture. Now in its eighth year, Internet Week is expected to draw more than 25,000 people to over 250 panels, meetups, exhibits, screenings, parties and more taking place across the city. Internet Week HQ, the nerve center of the festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, will host the week’s premier speakers including Al Roker, Nate Silver, Bill Bratton, Coca Rocha, Mark Ecko and social-media superstars Jerome Jarre and Franchesca Ramsey.

Organizers said the day’s programming is designed to benefit not just developers, but industry professionals who regularly work with developers or just want to deepen their understanding of this field.

Highlights for Internet Week’s Developer Day include:

  • CTOs of the world’s most influential companies, including BuzzFeed’s Mark Wilkie, AOL's William Pence and Duolingo’s Severin Hacker will discuss scaling challenges and strategies.
  • Minerva Tantoco, the first-ever CTO of the City of New York, will discuss the nature of her newly established position and how it is helping to shape the city's future.
  • Sara Chipps, co-founder of developer education non-profit Girl Develop It and programmable jewelry startup JewlieBots. Chipps’ students will bring drones they programmed to dance to music for an on-stage performance.
  • Internet Week Classroom sessions will host crash courses in both advanced- and intermediate-level topics led by leading developers.
  • Five-minute lightning talks with top developers highlighting a specific area of expertise, a new technology, a little-known hack or an interesting side project.

For the first time ever at Internet Week, professional developers seeking to enhance their knowledge and expertise can apply for a Developer Scholarship, which provides a steeply discounted four-day pass for all qualifying applicants to Internet Week HQ, including access to all talks, panels, classes and other content, for $100. The brief online application can be found here.

“Development and engineering are the driving force behind today’s tech-based economy,” said Allison Arden, managing director, Internet Week. “Our first-ever Developer Day is a unique opportunity not just for developers, but for marketers, entrepreneurs and anyone else who is seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the trends, issues, and challenges facing this critical field.”

Confirmed sponsors and partners of Internet Week New York 2015 include Fiverr, CBRE, Eyeview, YP, The Trade Desk, The Webby Awards, Digital.NYC, Design Within Reach, Food To Eat, Advertising Age, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Coursehorse, Big Screen Plaza, WNYC, Morgans Hotel Group and What’s Trending.

About Internet Week New York Launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Internet Week New York is a week-long festival celebrating Internet business and culture. In 2014, the IWNY HQ had 9,000+ visits and more than 25,000 people attended nearly 250 events throughout the city. Previous sponsors and partners of Internet Week New York include Google, Yahoo, AOL, MLB, CBRE, BuzzFeed, About.Com, A&E Television Networks, Bloomingdales, LG Electronics, Live Nation, Microsoft Hotmail, Revlon, VICE (Content Partner), Webby Media Group (Content Partner), Mixcloud (Music Partner), Refinery29 (Media Partner), and Design Within Reach (Design Partner). Internet Week New York is co-presented by Made in New York, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Crain Communications. The official site for Internet Week New York is

About Crain Communications Inc An industry leader, Crain Communications Inc is one of the largest privately owned business media companies with 30 leading business, trade and consumer brands in North America, Europe and Asia. The company's 850 employees in 11 locations produce exciting publications, digital products, events, marketing services, custom publishing, lead generation and research and data products to help its millions of readers and clients succeed. Crain Communications took a majority stake in Internet Week New York in August 2012, taking the reins of day-to-day management while working with the Internet Week New York team to grow the festival under a shared vision. The company's website is