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PDN PhotoPlus Expo '14 at the Javits Center


With an assortment of new recording devices emerging every day, you could strap on a Gopro to your forehead, go to the Manhattan super store B&H and film every camera there. On you could wander around blogging on your iPhone and still only see a fraction of the new devices and software available each day. 

There is an alternative that might offer far more updates in one short four-day period. That is The PDN PhotoPlus Expo and Conference (running from Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2014) at New York's Jacob Javits Center (655 W 34th St, NY NY) which brings together the latest emerging photography equipment, software and users alike.

Attendees range across a landscape of over an expected 22,000 photography experts, professionals, teachers, students, and enthusiasts, to see a wide range of exhibits and experience over 80 conferences.

Photoplus is the perfect event for those looking to learn and for experts to network with their peers. Hands on seminars let you try some of the latest technology and discussions demo how to use the array of equipment and digital tools.

The following are among the many companies with booths:

  • Hasselblad
  • Leica
  • Olympus
  • Nikon
  • Canon
  • Lacie

Speakers include street photographer Martin Parr and musician Ben Folds. As part of A Day Without News, David Friend, Lynsey Addario, Santiago Lyon, Ron Haviv, and Antonio Bolfo will sit on the keynote panel on photojournalists who have been harmed, kidnapped, or killed covering dangerous world events.

Portfolio reviews give you an opportunity to compare your work against the standards of pros, and The University panel offers a comprehensive lesson on photography techniques for beginners. 

The Photographers Resource Center also allows for you a chance to have your equipment evaluated and to get  professional care and maintenance while you wait.The PDN PhotoPlus Expo provides a great chance to learn about photography, meet with peers, and get tips from world respected pros.

To learn more, go to:

PDN PhotoPlus Expo and Conference
October 29 - November 1, 2014

Jacob Javits Center
655 W 34th St.
New York, NY 10001



The Day-Long WebCongress 2014

As consumers of all ages spend more and more time reading, watching, listening to, and engaging with digital media, whether online or on their tablets and smartphones, it’s ever more important that markets learn how to effectively engage digital audiences. To address this need the WebCongress conference and workshops events were originally started in Barcelona, Spain, to tour major cities in Europe educating and informing digital marketers on engaging with digital audiences.

After being acquired by CBCA earlier WebCongress is now touring major cities in the US and Latin America this year landing in New York City on June 25th, 2014. The day-long event takes place at Toshi's Living Room & Penthouse at the Flatiron Hotel at 1141 Broadway  and 26th Street.

It’s focused on digital marketing with leading digital marketing thinkers and practitioners speaking throughout the day. 

Among the conference speakers are: 

  • Nathalie Krup, Global Consumer Insights Manager at Microsoft
  • Simon Heseltine, Senior Director in Charge of Organic Audience Development at AOL
  • Theo Skye, Executive Creative Director and CoFounder at Medialets

The format is as follows: a conference in the morning starting at 8 am which then turn into focused workshops in the afternoon. It all finishes at 6 pm followed by an evening networking party.

Topics covered in the conference and workshops include:

  • The future of search
  • Social media marketing
  • Using Facebook to engage with Latin American Youth market in the US

More information on the WebCongress NYC conference and workshops can be found at 

Or, you can follow WebCongress on Twitter using hashtag #WebCongress

WebCongress NYC
Toshi's Living Room & Penthouse

Flatiron Hotel
1141 Broadway  and 26th Street.

BookCon Launches With The 2014 BookExpo in The Javits Center This Month

For a long time it has been suggested that Reed Exhibitions, producers of the BookExpo America held at the Javits Center from Thursday, May 29 - Saturday, May 31, 2014, drive consumer interest in the publishing industry and book culture. So to transform this trade-only event into a combined consumer/pro experience, Reed -- which also produces New York ComicCon -- has initiated BookCon as part of this year's Expo. 

The company has outlined details about a consumer-focused third day of the trade show, unveiling it as BookCon which is described as a "show within a show."

BookCon is being developed by ReedPop, a division of the company dedicated to pop culture shows including New York ComicCon (which drew 130,000 attendees in 2013). Lance Fensterman, one-time director of BEA who now oversees ReedPop as global senior VP, said his aim is to deliver “a massive audience of people interested in reading content” to publishers.

Fensterman said BookCon will have little resemblance to the “power reader” events that BEA ran on the final day of the trade show for the past two years.

“It will be a whole new ball game,” Fensterman explained, adding that ReedPop will use its experience building events that appeal to a younger, non-trade demographic--specifically those between the ages of 20 and 35--in crafting BookCon.

Amy-PoehlerBookCon takes place on the last day of BEA, May 31. Publishers who take part in BookCon will be assigned to one area of the Javits Center, while exhibitors who want only the trade to have access to their booths will be in another area.

To help draw consumers, BookCon’s headline event features a panel with media stars/comedians Amy Poehler and Martin Short. Best selling author John Grisham and Marvel Comics legendary founder Stan Lee are also scheduled. The full list of  participating authors can be found on the BookExpo website: or more directly

Aside from the new public-oriented events, BookCon will not look any different from the general BEA floor from previous years. This, however, is expected to change in 2015.

Reed hopes to draw 10,000 visitors to BookCon this year, with tickets priced at $30. During BookCon, publishers will be allowed to give away, and sell, titles from their booths, and from the autographing areas. 

May 31, 2014

Javits Center
New York, NY

Internet Week NY 2014 Expands The Brand

Internet Week NY is upon us again this year enticing delegates with a packed week of web-related events to represent the diversity of what is the internet in the city. The now firmly established annual festival/celebration/set of conferences in New York City kicks off May 19th, 2014, and runs until May 25th. With its HQ centered at the Metropolitan Pavilion in midtown Manhattan, the fest also has satellite events at various locations throughout Manhattan.

Perhaps more than any other city in the world can the diversity of the internet in terms of content, culture, commerce, technology, and utility be found offline as well as online.

In recognition of The Big Apple's prominence in digital and web-based businesses, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will outline his administration’s plans to develop NYC’s digital and technology start sector and reassure the sector that there is a positive way forward with opportunities for expansions and growth in New York City.

This is a year that sees the global media industry centered in New York make the transition from traditional media to a diversity of digital formats that are increasingly consuming smaller screens in mobile formats. The first generation of the digital media industry is scrambling to keep up or catch up as the digital media industry swiftly evolves towards new forms and formats.

This series of events continues to be a week-long charting of the development of the internet as it has evolved, building on a set of technologies that now connects almost everyone and, increasingly, everything.

The major themed days of the conference are: 

  • Monday: Media and Entertainment, plus Future of Marketing and Advertising
  • Tuesday: Retail and Commerce, plus Future of Money
  • Wednesday: Style and Design, Food and Tech, plus Transportation
  • Thursday: Social Good and Advocacy, Health and Wellness, plus Data

The four days of Internet Week can be a big commitment for anyone holding down a job, all be it in the Internet Industry, so this year Internet Week organizers have made the conference easier to attend on a selective basis with the availability of one day passes and by theming each day around one or two key themes. That makes it easier for a delegate to choose only one or two days rather than commit to attending all four days.

And if you are new to the technology and business of the Internet there are few such opportunities in the year to learn about it in one week. If you are already part of the industry this is a great chance to obtain a quick update of key areas and developing trends and discussions about new emerging opportunities.  

Among the list of technology  thought leaders and practitioners participating are:

  • Co-founder of hot Brooklyn media business Vice Suroosh Alvi
  • Lerer VenturesEric Hippeau
  • Current head of Americas for Yahoo Ned Brody 
  • Buzzfeed Co-Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti
  • Co-founder of NY 3D printer bureau/consultancy Shapeways Peter Weijmarshausen
  • Co-founder/CEO of crowd-funding site Indiegogo Slava Rubin

There is is greater emphasis on Internet Advertising in the content and also among the sponsors than in previous years demonstrating the still pivotal role and growing importance of Internet Advertising in monetizing the Internet keeping it alive and well and mostly free.

New York is an epicenter of internet advertising innovation and development -- at the intersection of media, advertising, and technology industries. Not surprisingly, this year’s internet celebration also has more to say about the development of the computerized, now called programmatic, execution of digital media buying and selling.

Programmatic advertising combines peer-to-peer online marketplaces connecting buyers and sellers, enabled with high levels of process automation replacing manual and outdated expensive buying and selling processes. However, this also means there has been an erosion of media buying built on relationships and trust that have been replaced by peer-to-peer markets that replace relationships with transactions and trust supplanted by technology.

This has created problems in the market structure and dynamics such as rampant fraud. No doubt it is a topic that will be hotly debated during the week alongside other developments such as mobile and video advertising, and the recent frenzy in buying attribution business.

However, Internet Week is not just about one theme or conference or grouping of events. As a festival of all things web it includes other conferences taking places as part of Internet Week including:

  • the GeoWeb conference
  • a series of OMMA conferences
  • the AdAge Marketing Tech conference

During the week, OMMA will be staging four conferences, one on each day addressing Native Advertising, Social Media Marketing, Mobile Marketing, and Video. An equally impressive roster of speakers, themes, and sessions nicely complements those of Internet Week itself.

More information on the OMMA conferences including prices and registration can be found at

For less than cost of many one day conferences Internet Week offers an impressive world class roster of speakers and events representing among th best value you can find to learn about and celebrate the Internet, and also also acquire valuable practical skills at the many workshops being put on as part of Internet Week.

Day Passes are $150 and all four day HQ passes are $450. Also available are Insider Passes at $695 and the full works VIP/All Access Passes can be had for $1295.

Even the most expensive $1295 All Access Pass is less than the ticket price for many a one-day conference.

More information about Internet Week NY can be found at

Internet Week NY 
May 19th-May 25th, 2014

Internet Week New York Headquarters
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St.
New York City

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