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nate silver, coco rocha, marc ecko, vine megastar jerome jarre, intel lab’s genevieve bell and new york city cto minerva tantoco to headline internet week new york from may 18th – 21st, 2015


Jenny Chang, jenny@pkpr.com
Mark McArthur, mark@pkpr.com
PKPR, 212-627-8098

New York, NY (February 11, 2015) - Nate Silver, Coco Rocha, Marc Ecko, Vine superstar Jerome Jarre, Intel Lab’s Genevieve Bell and NYC’s first ever chief technology officer Minerva Tantoco are among the wildly diverse group of digital innovators and trendsetters slated to headline Internet Week from May 18th – 21st in New York City, organizers announced today.

Now in its eighth year, Internet Week celebrates today’s vibrant tech-based economy and its impact on business, entertainment and culture. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend over 250 panels, meetups, exhibits, screenings, parties, and more taking place across the city. Internet Week HQ, the nerve center of the festival, will stage the week’s premier speakers at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea.

While more speakers and programming will be unveiled in the coming weeks, the initial roster of speakers announced today reveals how tech is reshaping industries - from fashion and entertainment to media and politics. Silver, who won acclaim for accurately forecasting the 2008 and 2012 U.S. presidential elections, is the editor in chief of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight. Rocha is a model, television personality, activist, and author (Study of Pose: 1,000 Poses by Coca Rocha), who boasts over 13 millions followers on social media and credits social media with making her a better model. Founder and Chief Branding Officer of Complex, a media platform at the center of convergence culture for today’s millennial generation, Ecko is a celebrated entrepreneur having built a billion-dollar media and fashion empire.

Other leading thinkers, doers, and makers gathering at Internet Week to explore major trends impacting the industry in 2015 and beyond include:

  • Jerome Jarre (8M Vine followers), Chris Carmichael (200K Snapchat friends), and Instagram canine diva Toast (164K followers) lead a curated look at the new stars of social media – and how they got there.
  • Intel Lab’s Genevieve Bell joins other industry giants in exploring how big companies stay agile and stay ahead.
  • Ben Lerer of Lerer Hippeau Ventures, which has invested in breakouts like MakerBot, Rap Genius, and Everlane, Venrock’s David Pakman and TechStar’s Alex Iksold are among the top VCs and investors weighing in on where they see growth headed.
  • FTC Commissioner Julie Brill and Wickr Co-Founder Nico Sell lead the roster of experts debating safety, privacy, and openness of the Internet.
  • Dollar Shave Club Founder Michael Dubin and DuoLingo Co-Founder Severin Hacker are among the disruptors looking at how industries are being transformed and created.
  • Tantoco and Paul Berry, Founder and CEO of Rebelmouse (former CTO at the Huffington Post), are among the leaders looking at the latest trends, tools and techniques shaping the world of developers and engineers.


Festival-goers can purchase passes for Internet Week New York beginning today at special Early Bird prices. New this year, developer and startup scholarships have been added to the pass options. The Festival passes include the HQ Pass – One Day Access ($150), HQ Pass Students ($45) and HQ Pass ($300) providing week-long admission to the Internet Week New York headquarters. The VIP Pass ($810) includes all of the benefits of the other pass levels, plus access to co-located events and conferences. Passes can be purchased online here.

"Internet Week is the one industry event that brings people together from business, entertainment, and culture to see, hear, and debate where technology is taking us next,” said Allison Arden, Managing Director of Internet Week. "Internet Week 2015 will showcase the energy and diversity of today’s vibrant tech-driven economy and celebrate the ideas that are shaping our future.”

Confirmed sponsors and partners of Internet Week New York 2015 include Oracle Social, The Trade Desk, The Webby Awards, Digital.NYC, Design Within Reach, Food To Eat, Advertising Age, The New York Times, the Morgans Hotel Group and What’s Trending.

About Internet Week 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 2014, the IWNY HQ had 9,000+ visits and more than 25,000 people attended nearly 250 events throughout the city. Previous sponsors and partners of Internet Week New York include Google, Yahoo, AOL, MLB, CBRE, BuzzFeed, About.Com, A&E Television Networks, Bloomingdales, LG Electronics, Live Nation, Microsoft Hotmail, Revlon, VICE (Content Partner), Webby Media Group (Content Partner), Mixcloud (Music Partner), Refinery29 (Media Partner), and Design Within Reach (Design 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 http://www.InternetWeekNY.com

About Crain Communications Inc An industry leader, Crain Communications Inc is one of the largest privately owned business media companies with 30 leading business, trade and consumer brands in North America, Europe and Asia. The company's 850 employees in 11 locations produce exciting publications, digital products, events, marketing services, custom publishing, lead generation and research and data products to help its millions of readers and clients succeed. Crain Communications took a majority stake in Internet Week New York in August 2012, taking the reins of day-to-day management while working with the Internet Week New York team to grow the festival under a shared vision. The company's website is http://www.crain.com