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internet week unveils packed lineup of speakers, panels, classes and exhibits for festival headquarters at chelsea's metropolitan pavilion

Chelsea Clinton, Al Roker, Coco Rocha, Mark Ecko, Nate Silver, William Bratton to appear at festival’s HQ


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

New York, NY (April 23, 2015) - Internet Week’s HQ at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion will showcase talks with leading thinkers and innovators, classes led by top experts, interactive exhibits and panels exploring how today’s tech-based economy is reshaping everything from business to entertainment to culture.

Taking place from May 18th to 24th, Internet Week is expected to draw more than 25,000 people to over 250 events at Internet Week HQ and at venues across the city including the Webby Awards hosted by Hannibal Buress and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Met’s digital initiatives.

Highlights of the Internet Week HQ lineup include:

  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and Fathom Information Design's Ben Fry will discuss the recently released findings of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report, which compiles and analyzes data from more than 190 countries to identify the progress women and girls have made over the last twenty years and the gaps that still remain.
  • Featured talks by Al Roker, Coco Rocha, Marc Ecko, Nate Silver, William Bratton and more.
  • Internet Week's first-ever Developer Day, a daylong series of talks, demos, courses, networking and more led by chief technology officers including BuzzFeed's Mark Wilkie, AOL’s William Pence, DuoLingo's Severin Hacker and the City of New York's Minerva Tantoco.
  • A dancing drones performance showcasing the work of Flatiron School students hosted by Sara Chipps, Co-Founder of Girl Develop It, and Jewlie Bots.
  • A hands-on exhibit featuring the latest Internet of Things innovations including jump ropes and soccer balls that store up energy for later use from Uncharted Play, jewelry from Ringly that notifies the wearer about smartphone alerts, and brain-training sessions with Muse.
  • Debuting this year along with a very special meet-and-greet, the new Stars series invites entrepreneurs, actors, writers and producers from across the web to share how they rose to fame and how they’re making names for themselves offline. Speakers include Jerome Jarre (8M Vine followers), Franchesca Ramsey (Sh*t White Girls Say...to Black Girls), Chester See (1M YouTube Subscribers) and Mitch Lewis (The Kloons).
  • Talks from executives at brand giants Microsoft, Cisco and GE, startups like HotelTonight, Casper, and DANNIJO, top investors including Ben Lerer, Alan Patricof and David Pakman, renowned makers Mark Hatch, Ayah Bdeir and Jenny Lawton, and privacy experts Julie Brill, Nico Sell and Nuala O’Connor.
  • Classroom sessions offering crash courses on everything from cybersecurity tips, creating an Internet of Things device, and building your own digital game.
  • Watch some of the most promising connected-device startups pitch a panel of agency and brand decision-makers for a shot at a paid pilot with a major marketer at this special session hosted by Mark Silva, CEO of KITE.
  • Exhibitors will include: a Google Earth-based, interactive user experience created by CBRE, where visitors will be able to “fly” around New York City and visit some of the most sought-after buildings for tech tenants in Manhattan and Brooklyn; free professional headshots and tips for online profiles that catch recruiters’ attention from Mondelez International; a theater and café celebrating local New York City businesses hosted by YP.com; and an exhibit of the finalists for a subway ad competition highlighting how Code/Interactive’s helps at-risk youth thrive in the tech industry, sponsored by Fiverr.


“From talks with leading innovators to a meet and greet with some of the biggest stars of social media, this year’s Internet Week HQ promises to bring technology to life,” said Allison Arden, Managing Director of Internet Week.

Confirmed sponsors and partners of Internet Week include CBRE, Oracle Social, Fiverr, Eyeview, YP, The Trade Desk, Mediaocean, Gannett / USA TODAY, Chiefgood, Media Post / OMMA, New Co, Swash, Uncharted Play, Ringly, Muse, The Webby Awards, Made In NY, Digital.NYC, Made In New York Media Center by IFP, Design Within Reach, Food To Eat, Advertising Age, Crain’s NY Business, The New York Times, New York Magazine, KITE, Coursehorse, Big Screen Plaza, WNYC, General Assembly, NY Yankees, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgans Hotel Group and What’s Trending.

Passes for the festival can be purchased online here. 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 ($350) providing week-long admission to the Internet Week New York headquarters. The VIP Pass ($950) is also available.

About Internet Week New York Launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Internet Week 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 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 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 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 in August 2012, taking the reins of day-to-day management while working with the Internet Week team to grow the festival under a shared vision. The company's website is http://www.crain.com