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for fifth year, internet week new york to showcase nearly 250 events across city from may 14th - 21st


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Yahoo!, The Creator’s Project, Design Within Reach, General Assembly, TheWebby Awards, NBC 4 New York, The Webutante Ball, and Federated Media among early participants for 2012 festival


New York, NY (March 6, 2012) - Reflecting the city’s exponential growth in digital media, Internet Week NY announced preliminary participants in the fifth annual festival, and opened event registration to the city’s Internet community today. A wide range of companies including Yahoo!, VICE, The Creator’s Project, Design Within Reach, General Assembly, Time Inc., Refinery29, NBC 4 New York, Flavorpill, and the IAB, have already committed to participating in the expansive festival set for May 14-21st, 2012.

Living up to its reputation as the ultimate crowd-sourced festival, any organization – from artists and investment banks to startups and meet-ups – can host an event during Internet Week New York 2012. To register an event, visit www.internetweekny.com/events/new

Presented by Yahoo! for the third year in a row, Internet Week New York 2012 will welcome its growing ranks of attendees at the festival’s new headquarters, the recently- renovated 82 Mercer, a 50,000 square foot, two-story landmark building in the city’s Soho neighborhood.

Marking its fifth year, Internet Week New York has quickly 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. Internet Week New York 2012 is expected to bring more than 45,000 people from around the world to talks, exhibits, panels, and parties at the festival’s headquarters and dozens of locations throughout the city.

“Internet Week New York has become a must-attend event for anyone who wants to know what’s next in digital culture and commerce,” said David-Michel Davies, Chairman of Internet Week New York. "With New York City’s technology community growing at a rapid pace, our fifth annual festival promises to be our biggest and best yet.”

Other highlights of Internet Week New York 2012 range from conferences like IAB Innovation Days, Digiday, and Federated Media’s Conversational Marketing Summit to musical events presented by FlashFWD and Girls Who Rock, parties like The Webutante Ball and the Founderscard Signature Event, and celebrations like Time Inc’s 10 NYC Startups to Watch. A preliminary schedule of events will be announced in late March.

Early bird passes to Internet Week New York can be purchased for $30, with a $10 discount for those who tweet about it, at www.internetweekny.com/orders. The full program of Internet Week New York headquarters will be announced in late March.

The festival is organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Sponsors of Internet Week New York 2012 include: Presenting Sponsor Yahoo!, and Official Sponsors Vitamin T, AT&T AdWorks, Netmining, and NBC 4 New York, Demand Media. Partners include: Creators Project, VICE, Design Within Reach (Official Design Partner), Vault49 (Official Creative Partner), GrandLife’s Soho & Tribeca Grand Hotels, Roomorama and media partners the Financial Times, Flavorpill, and Refinery 29.

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 in addition to presenting Internet Week in both Europe and New York. 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, R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg. Find more information at www.iadas.net.

About the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Office of Digital Coordination and NYC Media, 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 nyc.gov/mome to learn more or follow NYC Media on Twitter at twitter.com/nyc_media.

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