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internet week new york 2009 set for june 1st - 8th, 2009


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Chelsea's Metropolitan Pavilion to Serve as Internet Week New York Headquarters; Hundreds of Events Expected to Take Place During Weeklong, Citywide Festival.


New York, NY (November 18, 2008) — Organizers announced today that Internet Week New York will take place June 1 - 8, 2009, bringing the Internet to life once again across New York City.

In addition to offering Internet, media, and cultural organizations the opportunity to present events as official Internet Week New York partners, the festival will, for the first time, host an official headquarters at Chelsea's 24,000 square-foot Metropolitan Pavilion. The venue will serve as a hub where companies and organizations can showcase new ideas, products and projects to thousands of festival attendees.

The first Internet Week New York - a week-long festival of events saluting New York's thriving Internet industry held in June 2008 - drew an estimated 12,000 attendees at over 80 events held by such diverse partners as Time Warner, Tumblr, Google, the New Museum, Columbia Business School, NY Tech Meetup and The Webby Awards.

"The city's first Internet Week reaffirmed New York City's global leadership in online commerce, media and culture, and today that leadership is more valuable to the nation and city than ever before," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "New York City's internet industry is well-positioned to play a critical role in strengthening and revitalizing our economy. It also breeds the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that has always been the key to New York's economic resilience."

Space at Metropolitan Pavilion will be available for companies to program talks and presentations around daily themes that explore the latest trends in entertainment, Internet culture, design, and business. In addition, organizers expect hundreds of events, from conferences to parties to exhibitions, to be hosted citywide.

Companies who wish to participate as official partners at either Internet Week New York's Headquarters or at venues of their choosing should visit www.internetweekny.com for information. All participating organizations will have their events showcased and promoted as Internet Week New York Official Event Partners.

"We're excited to broaden the open-source nature of Internet Week in 2009", said David-Michel Davies, chairman, Internet Week New York. "The addition of a centralized, community-programmed headquarters will make it easier for companies big and small to share ideas and to facilitate discussion across our diverse and innovative industry."

Highlights of the first Internet Week New York included Time Warner's panels debating the future of online media and politics; MAKE Magazine's home-made robotics demonstrations at the Saatchi Gallery; live performances from comedy juggernaut 236.com; IndieGoGo's screening of Internet video hits at The IFC Center; and Wiimbledon, the world's first and largest Nintendo Wii tennis tournament.

The festival is produced by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the City of New York and the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY OF DIGITAL ARTS & 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 honor for Web sites and individual achievement in technology and creativity. 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. More information at www.iadas.net.

ABOUT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE OF FILM, THEATER & BROADCASTING

As the first film commission in the country, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting is the one-stop shop for all production needs in New York City, including free permits, free public locations and free police assistance. The agency markets NYC as a prime location, provides premiere customer service to production companies and facilitates production throughout the five boroughs. Whether production companies are shooting a feature film, a commercial, a television show or a music video, the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting serves as an invaluable resource on the New York City entertainment production industry. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/mome



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