Internet Week supports New York’s vibrant tech-based economy and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and global impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture. The festival highlights the innovators building the new economy and creating opportunity, while educating and empowering attendees to succeed. Internet Week New York is every week, and the festival is part of an always-on movement in support of the tech community and the industries so important to global competitiveness.
In 2008 David-Michel Davies and Neil Vogel, from the Webby Awards, and Katherine Oliver, the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, were talking about finding a way to celebrate the openness of the web and the digital community of New York. Then it hit them. With so many internet luminaries coming to the city for the Webby Awards, what better time and way to show off the wonderful tech city that is New York?
Internet Week has grown from a few events in 2008 to a bustling week of 45,000 people participating in over 250 events around the city — what we call Citywide Events. In addition, there is a festival headquarters that alone sees 10,000 people coming through it. It has grown into something amazing.
In the summer of 2012, Crain Communications made a strategic investment in Internet Week, taking a majority stake in order to expand on this amazing festival and shine an even brighter light on New York’s digital community.