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ambitious lineup of art, music, panels, and parties set for internet week new york’s new two-story headquarters at soho’s 82 mercer


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Ambitious LIineup of Art, Music, Panels, and Parties Set for Internet Week new York's New Two-Story Headquarters at Soho's 82 Mercer


New York, NY (April 4, 2012)– Giving festival-goers an opportunity to experience the very best of digital culture and New York City’s thriving tech scene, Internet Week New York’s new Soho headquarters will showcase an ambitious line up of interactive art installations, classes conducted by top technologists and artists, nightly parties and concerts, and hundreds of panels and keynotes featuring the industry’s leading thinkers.

Taking place from May 14th – 21th, 2012, Internet Week New York 2012 is expected to bring more than 45,000 people from around the world to nearly 250 events at the festival’s new 50,000 square foot, two-story Soho headquarters at 82 Mercer and dozens of locations throughout the city, including such hot-ticket favorites as The Webby Awards hosted by Patton Oswalt, The Webutante Ball, Girls Who Rock, and Time Inc.'s "10 NYC Startups To Watch".

“Internet Week New York has become a must-attend event for anyone interested in experiencing digital culture at its best,” said David-Michel Davies, Chairman of Internet Week New York. "This year’s expanded Headquarters to be as fun, smart, entertaining, and social as the city’s vibrant tech scene.”

The final schedule of events at Internet Week New York Headquarters will be announced in late April. Initial schedule highlights unveiled today include:


  • Keynotes by David Carr and Brian Stelter of The New York Times, VICE Founder Shane Smith, and legendary music industry journalist and blogger Bob Lefsetz on Music:Tech Day in partnership with SoundCtrl.

  • Daily classes presented by General Assembly showcasing the best of New York tech.

  • Daily sessions onstage from VICE and The Creators Project, a collaboration between VICE and Intel, which recently produced Björk’s acclaimed “Biophilia” residency at the New York Hall of Science.

  • Interactive art and technology installations, including a collaboration between acclaimed multimedia artist Ivan Depeña and ITP/NYU artists, Jack Kalish Jack Kalish, Gabriella Levine Gabriella Levine and Catherine McCurry Catherine McCurry.

  • Buzzfeed's Jonah Peretti and Jon Steinberg and Federated Media’s John Battelle, will be among the innovators interviewed in The Webby Sessions, a series of interviews taking place each day at HQ.

  • Panels exploring a wide range of trending topics including: the evolution of the Internet artist with Paola Antonelli of the Museum of Modern Art, Ivan Toth Depeña, and Welcome to Company CEO CJ Follini; The Science of Spread with The Next Web’s Courtney Boyd Myers and Know Your Meme co-creator Kenyatta Cheese; the rise of the “anti-lady mag” with Jezebel’s Jessica Coen; the intersection of branding and gaming with Gold Run’s Vivian Rosenthal;.and Why Being a CEO has Nothing to do with Being a Woman with Artspace’s Catherine Levine, Nestio’s Caren Maio, and CNNMoney’s Laurie Segall.

  • Nightly parties and special events, including the festival’s Opening Night Party with music artists to be announced.


    • Passes to Internet Week New York Headquarter can be purchased for $40, with a $5 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 April.

      The Internet Week New York Headquarters Theater will also host major all-day conferences, including OMMA Mobile, OMMA Social and APPNATION NYC. Tickets to these conferences are sold separately through the conference organizer’s websites.

      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, A+E Networks, Uber, ATT AdWorks, Netmining, NBC 4 New York, Slalom Consulting, Juicebox, .Net, LG Electronics & Google TV, Microsoft Hotmail, About.com, Buddy Media, IAC, Aereo, Crowded Room, Elephanti, Mobli, Bundle, Revlon, Bright Box, Stella Artois, Bushmills, Evian, Event Farm, Campalyst, Roomorama, MCDM, Digital Brand Architects, Frienthem, Picksie, Postano and Demand Media.

      Partners include: Creators Project, VICE, Design Within Reach (Design Partner), Vault49 (Official Creative Partner), GrandLife’s Soho & Tribeca Grand Hotels, General Assembly, Roomorama and media partners The New York Times, Flavorpill, Financial Times, The Next Web, 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. 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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