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mayor bill de blasio to deliver first major address to city’s tech industry at opening of internet week new york 2014 on may 19th

Mayor de Blasio to deliver keynote address at kickoff of annual citywide festival celebrating tech’s impact on business and culture


Patrick Kowalczyk, patrick@pkpr.com
Marc Shatzman, marc@pkpr.com
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New York, NY (March 27, 2014) - Marking his first major address to New York City's thriving technology industry, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will kick off Internet Week New York 2014 on Monday, May 19th, festival organizers announced today.

In his remarks, Mayor de Blasio will present his vision for the role of the technology industry in New York City and will offer remarks about the unique nature of New York City’s technology community, and outline the administration’s plans to support and grow our city’s innovation economy.

“I am thrilled to participate in Internet Week New York. Our administration and the tech community share a central belief that by challenging the status quo, we can improve systems and people’s lives. I look forward to working closely with the tech community to make New York the global capital of innovation, to cultivate our local talent base, and to ensure that New Yorkers from every borough have access to the city’s tech ecosystem,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“It is an honor that Mayor de Blasio has chosen Internet Week to deliver his first major address to the city’s technology industry,” said Allison Arden, Managing Director of Internet Week. “Technology is the growth engine for every industry and sector. We look forward to hearing the Mayor’s vision on how the tech industry can work closely with him and his administration to expand tech's already tremendous impact on New York City’s economy to the benefit of all New Yorkers and beyond.”

In addition to Mayor de Blasio’s keynote address, NYC Digital, led by Digital Director Jessica Singleton, will host a series of discussions and workshops at Internet Week New York to further engage with the tech community. Housed within the Office of the Mayor, NYC Digital’s mission is to realize New York City government’s potential as the most digitally engaged city government in the world.

Now in its seventh year, Internet Week New York is a citywide festival celebrating the impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture and a global showcase for New York City’s vibrant digital economy. More than 45,000 people are expected to attend over 250 events taking place across the city from May 19-25. Internet Week New York HQ , the festival’s nerve center at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion, will host Mayor de Blasio, as well as the week’s premier speakers including Buzzfeed Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt and actor and investor Omar Epps.

Mayor de Blasio’s address at Internet Week New York 2014 builds on the festival’s record of working closely with New York City government to support, promote and advance the city’s technology industry. The festival was founded in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. In 2012, Internet Week New York in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, launched the Made in NY Digital Map, which visually tracks the growth of the industry and the employment opportunities it creates. The map currently boasts more than 1,000 companies and more than 1,500 job opportunities.

About Internet Week New York Launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Internet Week New York is a week-long festival celebrating Internet business and culture. In 2013, more than 45,000 people attended nearly 400 events throughout the city. Sponsors of Internet Week New York 2014 include CBRE (Real Estate Sponsor), Vitamin T, The Trade Desk (Classroom Sponsor), Telescope (Social Engagement Sponsor), Swissnex (Global Start-up City Sponsor), Neustar (Co-Presenting Data Sponsor), SheKnows, MediaCom (Live Feed Sponsor), Quantcast, MediaPost’s Omma, Yahoo, Oracle Social (Retail and Commerce Sponsor), Evolve Media LLC (Stage Sponsor) and 24Seven Inc. (Style and Design Sponsor). Partners include VICE (Content Partner), The Webby Awards (Content Partner), Mixcloud (Music Partner), GrandLife Hotels (Hotel Partner), Design Within Reach (Design Partner), Uber, General Assembly (Education Partner), CourseHorse (Education Partner), Refinery29 (Media Partner) and Tekserve (Technology Partner). Internet Week New York is co-presented by Made in New York, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment and Crain Communications. The official site for Internet Week New York is www.InternetWeekNY.com.