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Make the Stage at Internet Week New York

Internet Week is being held on June 6 - 13, 2011 at the Metropolitan Pavilion plus other IWNY-logo2venues around New York City.

Noting that Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently called for New York City to be "the #1 digital city in the world," Internet Week New York chair David-Michel Davies said "the festival’s line-up reflects how the city is well-positioned to make that goal come true."

"There has been a groundswell of energy and activity in the New York technology industry over the past few years," said Davies. "The festival has become a draw for people looking to exchange ideas and explore and experience where the Internet might be taking us next."

Senators Chuck Schumer, keynote speaker, and Kirstin Gillibrand will be in attendance. iwn-SchumerSome of the other thought leaders and innovators include:

  • Rachel Ray
  • Jane Pratt
  • Kevin Jonas
  • Tyra Banks
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Craig Newmark, Craigslist founder
  • Rachel Sterne, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer
  • Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
  • David Karp, Tumblr founder
  • Tim Westergren, Pandora founder
  • Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist 

The week is packed with events every day, including:

  • Digital Archaeology Exhibit – The first-ever archaeological dig of the Internet, Digital Archaeology brings 28 of the Internet’s earliest and most influential websites back to life. Visitors have the opportunity to surf the lost sites on the vintage hardware and software of their era. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a display of The Project (1991), which reunites the first-ever website created by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, with the pioneering NeXT Cube and the Nexus browser.
  • Can You Draw The Internet? – The challenge: capture the spirit of the Internet’s billions of pages in a single image. Members of the public, New York City middle and high school students, and renowned designers and artists will attempt to draw what the Internet looks like. The funny and surprising results will be on display and available for auction
  • Speed Show – Speed Show is an exhibition series in which artists take over an Internet Café, rent all the computers during normal business hours, and run an art show on them for one day. For Internet Week New York, Speed Show will take over the Internet Garage café in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
  • Nerd Nite NYC – Nerds convene for a trivia contest followed by presentations on such geeky topics as how the quest for barbecue shaped today’s timekeeping technology and the physics and software of modern sports bikes.
  • Ignite NYCBrian Stelter (New York Times’ media reporter) and Amanda Peyton (founder of MessageParty) are among the presenters who must make a compelling case on the topic of their choice with just five minutes and 20 slides rotating automatically. The challenge: Enlighten, but make it quick.
  • Flavorpill's Internet Week Culture Hunt – New Yorkers will follow clues on their iPhones, searching for objects throughout venues across NY. At the end of the hunt, participants will unlock an invitation to a secret Flavorpill party.
  •’s Crowdsourced Fashion Show – The first-ever crowdsourced runway show will feature fashions inspired by styleboards created by members of the Kaboodle online community modeled by NYC‛s top fashion and tech bloggers, editors and influencers.
  • The Yahoo! Provoke SummitSteven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From, Everything Bad is Good for You) keynotes this event featuring creatives and developers exploring how new innovations and technology are evolving the digital media environment

The kick-off lecture is Mobile Engagement 101 held in the Metropolitan Pavilion.  The talks discusses how to leverage the mobile/social channel to engage and grow an audience. Real-world case studies and interactive demos of successful campaigns for major brands and publishers such as YouTube, NBCUniversal, and Wyndham will be provided. Presenter: Tony Jacobs, VP of Technology, Gloto.

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Conferences and Panels:

  • Internet Week New York Fireside Keynotes
    • Senator Chuck Schumer
    • Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times
    • Lauren Cornell of The New Museum
    • Bob Bowman, CEO of MLB Advanced Media
  • The NewFront 2011 – Kevin Jonas, Tyra Banks, Tori Spelling, Isabella Rossellini, and Jane Pratt are among the innovators, provocateurs, and thinkers from the fields of technology, entertainment, media and content
  • Conversational Marketing Summit – Rachel Ray,, David Karp (Tumblr), and Tim Westergren (Pandora) are among the speakers on interactive marketing
  • Personal Democracy Forum – Senator Kirstin Gillibrand, Craig Newmark (Craigslist), and Lawrence Lessig headline a conference exploring how technology is changing politics and government
  • Future of Media: 2011 – David Carr (New York Times), Remy Stern (Gawker) and Edward Felsenthal (The Daily Beast) are among the panelists debating how the Internet and other digital media are transforming the traditional media landscape
  • Open Government through Technology – Rachel Sterne, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer, participates in a panel discussion on whether open data can drive innovation in government
  • Everyone’s a ComedianJudah Friendlander (30 Rock) and Michael Ian Black (WitStream) look at how Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube has made everybody -- and they mean everybody -- feel like they're now comedians
  • Online = Offline: Conversation with Fred Wilson and David Lee – Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, known for its investments in startups such as Twitter, Foursquare and Kickstarter, and David Lee of SV Angels discuss the convergence of online and offline in a panel moderated by Chris Dixon, founder of
  • TECHmunch ConferenceChef Jacques Torres leads a conference for food bloggers.

Start Ups:

  • Time Inc. 10 Start Ups to Watch PartyTime Inc editors will recognize ten of New York City’s most exciting digital start-ups in areas from retail to entertainment to social media
  • Get Social. Build Apps. Meet IBM WatsonIBM Watson, the artificial intelligence computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, will be on hand at this special event for New York City startups to learn about developing social applications with IBM technology or learn about the IBM Smart Camp program, all while trying to stump Watson
  • NY Tech Meetup (NYTM) – Nearly every notable new company, including Foursquare and Tumblr, have made their debut at a NYTM demo. At Internet Week New York’s largest public event, more than 800 people gather to see live demos from NY’s hottest and most interesting startups
  • The Next Big Thing @ The Paley Center – Up-and-coming digital entrepreneurs present their start-ups to a select audience of industry leaders and investors
  • Walkabout NYC – New York City’s most exciting digital companies and start-ups, including Kickstarter, Etsy, Meetup, and host a citywide open house. The public can check out the workspaces and meet the people leading the technology charge in NYCiwn-IBMWatson
  • Internet Week Kickball Tourney – A kickball tournament for New York City-based startups

An additional event is the Make the Stage event where anyone can "Make the Stage."  Twelve slots have been set aside for panels covering subjects like Social Media, Technology, Entertainment, Start-Ups, Mobile, and Advertising Creativity.  Public voting will decide what groups get to present in each of the categories.

Special Events:

  • My Damn Channel 5th Anniversary Party – The network behind hit Web series like Wainy Days with David Wain and Easy To Assemble starring Ileana Douglas host its fifth anniversary party (June 6, The Delancey)
  • The Webutante Ball – A celebration of the New York tech scene, including the crowning of the Webutante King and Queen. (June 7, Marquee)
  • The 15th Annual Webby Awards – Concluding Internet Week New York, the star-studded awards gala, hosted by Lisa Kudrow, will feature winners, including IBM‛s Watson and Dan Savage, delivering the Webbys' famous five-word speeches. (June 13, Hammerstein Ballroom, Invite Only and streamed live on Facebook)

In conjunction with is event, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is hosting Innovation Days. Their sold-out Future of Display -- IAB Innovation Days @ Internet Week conference started with a bang as IAB President and Chief Executive Officer Randall Rothenberg issued an industry call to ignite creativity in display advertising.iwn-IAB

Expressing a provocative point of view, he challenges attendees to drive a true creative revolution in display advertising by moving the dialogue away from clicks and toward personal, memorable, breakthrough marketing experiences that have the power to change the hearts and minds of consumers.

Creative teams must now include technologists along with writers and designers, he said, to engage the intellect and emotions of audiences across all channels, and create brands that endure.

IAB is comprised of more than 500 leading media and technology companies who are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB is dedicated to the growth of the interactive advertising marketplace, of interactive’s share of total marketing spend, and of its members’ share of total marketing spend.

The IAB educates marketers, agencies, media companies and the wider business community about the value of interactive advertising. Working with its member companies, the IAB evaluates and recommends standards and practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City with a Public Policy office in Washington, D.C. 

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Internet Week New York 2011
June 6 - 13, 2011

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th Street
New York City

The Altman Building
19 West 21st Street
New York City

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