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internet storms new york city: nearly 250 events across city slated for internet week new york, june 6-13, 2011

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Lisa Kudrow, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, IBM’s Watson, Rachel Ray, and Will.I.Am among headliners at festival celebrating digital culture and NYC tech industry

New York, NY (June 03, 2011) – Nearly 250 crowd-sourced events, including panels, exhibits, meetups, conferences, and parties, will bring the Internet to life across New York City during Internet Week New York 2011 from June 6 – 13.

A complete schedule released by organizers today reflects how Internet Week New York, now in its fourth year, has become one of the world’s top festivals celebrating digital culture, as well as a global showcase for New York City’s thriving technology industry. The full schedule for Internet Week New York, presented by Yahoo, can be found at

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand,, Rachel Ray, Jane Pratt, Kevin Jonas, Tyra Banks, Isabella Rossellini, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, Tumblr founder David Karp, and Pandora founder Tim Westergren are just a few of the thought leaders and innovators participating in Internet Week panels and conferences such as The Personal Democracy Forum, The NewFront 2011, and the Conversational Marketing Summit.

The diverse roster of citywide events also includes NY Tech Meetup, the week’s largest public event where over 800 people will see demos from New York’s hottest start-ups, The Webutante Ball, a sold-out “prom” for New York’s tech scene, a digital art exhibition that will take over all of the computers at an Internet café in Williamsburg, and Walkabout NYC, where New York City’s most exciting digital companies and start-ups will host open houses. The week will culminate with The 15th Annual Webby Awards, hosted by Lisa Kudrow, at the Hammerstein Ballroom and streamed live on Facebook.

Serving as a hub for festival-goers, Internet Week New York Headquarters at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion will also host a jam-packed line-up of events – from a keynote with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to an exhibition of the Internet’s earliest Websites displayed on vintage computers to the “Can You Draw the Internet” gallery, where school children and renowned artists attempt to capture the spirit of the Internet’s billions of pages in a single image. The Yahoo! Provoke Summit, IAB Innovation Days, and the first ever crowd-sourced fashion show presented by will also take place at the festival’s headquarters.

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.”

Highlights of the festival include:

Conferences and Panels

  • Internet Week New York Fireside Keynotes – Senator Chuck Schumer, The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, Lauren Cornell of The New Museum, and Bob Bowman, CEO of MLB Advanced Media,are among the thought leaders participating in the series (June 6-9, IWNY HQ)
  • 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 speaking at this one-day event (June 9, Skylight Soho)
  • Conversational Marketing Summit – Rachel Ray,, David Karp (Tumblr), and Tim Westergren (Pandora) are among the speakers at this two-day conference on interactive marketing.
  • Personal Democracy Forum - Senator Kirstin Gillibrand, Craig Newmark (Craigslist), and Lawrence Lessig headline this two-day conference exploring how technology is changing politics and government. (June 6-7, NYU’s Skirball and Kimmel Centers)
  • 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. (June 8, New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute)
  • Yahoo! Provoke Summit – Steven 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. (June 7, IWNY HQ)
  • 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. (June 10, Samsung Experience, Time Warner Center)
  • Everyone’s a Comedian – Judah 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. (June 8, Internet Week NY Headquarters)
  • 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 (June 6, General Assembly).
  • TECHmunch Conference – Chef Jacques Torres leads a one-day conference for food bloggers. (June 11, Astor Center)

Start Ups
  • Time Inc. 10 Start Ups to Watch Party - Time Inc editors will recognize ten of New York City’s most exciting digital start-ups in areas from retail to entertainment to social media. (June 8, Time & Life Building)
  • Get Social. Build Apps. Meet IBM Watson - IBM 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. Come learn about developing social applications with IBM technology or learn about the IBM Smart Camp program, all while trying to stump Watson (June 9, IBM Briefing Center, 590 Madison Ave)
  • NY Tech Meetup – New York Tech Meetup (NYTM) has been integral to resurgence of New York’s Silicon Alley, with nearly every notable new company, including Foursquare and Tumblr, making their debut at a NYTM demo. At Internet Week New York’s largest public event, more than 800 people will gather to see live demos from NY’s hottest and most interesting startups. (June 7, NYU Skirball Center)
  • 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 (June 9, The Paley Center)
  • 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 New York City. (June 10, citywide)
  • Internet Week Kickball Tourney - A kickball tournament for New York City-based startups. (June 10, Marta Valle High School Yard)

Digital Culture
  • 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 will 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. (June 6-9, IWNY HQ)
  • 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. (June 8, Internet Garage, Williamsburg)
  • 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. (June 10, Galapagos Art Space)
  • Ignite NYC - Brian 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. (June 8, Tishman Auditorium at the New School)
  • 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. (June 11, NYC)
  •’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. (June 7, Internet Week New York Headquarters)

Special Events and Parties
  • 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)
  • The Webutante Ball – A celebration of the New York tech scene, including the crowning of the Webutante King and Queen. (June 7, Marquee)
  • 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 full schedule of Internet Week New York 2010 events can be found at

Festival Passes, which provides full access to the HQ at Metropolitan Pavilion from June 6th to June 9th are $25 ($15 with a Tweet) and now on sale at A limited number of Insider Passes, which get holders access to a handful of invitation-only official Internet Week New York events, parties and special Event Partner offerings, are also available at Media can now apply for press credentials at

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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