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internet week 2015 takes over new york city with parties, panels, exhibits, meetups and more

The Webby Awards, behind-the-scenes Met tour & Internet of Fashionable Things among highlights of citywide festival from May 18th – 24th


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

New York, NY (May 11, 2015) - Dozens of parties, panels, exhibits, meetups and more, including The Webby Awards, a behind-the-scenes, selfie-friendly tour of the Met, and a fashion-forward look at the Internet of Things, will bring the Internet to life across New York City during Internet Week 2015

Taking place from May 18 – 24, Internet Week is a citywide festival exploring how today’s tech-based economy is reshaping business, entertainment and culture. Now in its eighth year, Internet Week is expected to draw more than 25,000 people to over 250 panels, meetups, exhibits, screenings, parties and more taking place across the city. Internet Week HQ, the nerve center of the festival at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, will host the week’s premier speakers including Chelsea Clinton, Al Roker, Nate Silver, Bill Bratton, Coca Rocha, Marc Ecko, Alex Blumberg, and social-media superstars Chester See and Franchesca Ramsey.

"With technology integrated into almost every aspect of our lives, the diverse lineup of events happening across New York City during Internet Week offers an opportunity to celebrate the digital present and preview our tech infused future,” said Allison Arden, Managing Director of Internet Week. “From the speakers and installations at Internet Week HQ to the now legendary 5-word speeches at the Webby Awards to a cutting-edge take on the Internet of Things, this always-on city becomes even more alive during the festival.”

Highlights of Internet Week’s Citywide Events include:

  • The Webby Awards: Kicking off this year’s festival, the star-studded gala hosted by Hannibal Burress will feature winners like Ellie Kemper, Titus Burgess, Chelsea Peretti, Jerome Jarre, and the founders of Tinder delivering the Webbys’ famous 5-word speeches in the tradition of past victors like Al Gore ("Please don’t recount this vote."). (May 18, Cipriani Wall Street)
  • Official IWNY HQ Closing Party: Join Internet Week and Protein to celebrate the close of the IWNY 2015 HQ with DJ’s, interactive films, and cocktails. (May 21, Redbull Studios)
  • Protein Forum: Disruption in Music: Technology has irrevocably altered music production and distribution. Find out how, after years in digital limbo, key industry players are tackling the situation. (May 21, Redbull Studios)
  • Gawker Media rooftop BBQ: The Gawker Media advertising team invites their media clients, creative vendors, and ad partners to join them for a roof top BBQ. (May 20, Gawker Media HQ)
  • Selfie-Friendly Tour of the Met's Digital Highlights: The Met’s Chief Digital Officer Sree Sreenivasan takes visitors on a private morning tour of the museum's cutting-edge digital initiatives before the museum opens to the public providing endless selfie possibilities. (May 22, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  • Internet Week at Yankee Stadium: See the Yankees v. Texas Rangers game at a specially rated price to celebrate the week! (May 22,Yankee Stadium)
  • Advance Screening of Walt Disney Studios' TOMORROWLAND: Experience the future with two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney that takes viewers on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. (May 22, Regal Union Square)
  • Visions of the Connected Home: An Internet of Things Science Fair: Startups, media companies, and university research labs will examine the emerging technologies and trends that are defining the future of the Internet of Things. (May 21, Civic Hall)
  • Parsons MFA Design & Tech Exhibit: The graduating class of the MFA Design and Technology Program at Parsons presents a selection of dynamic-media art and design projects that explore the relationship between humans and technology. (May 18-22, Parsons)
  • Finnish Tech, Design, Art + Music Exhibition: A multi-content exhibition including the most interesting up-and-coming Finnish designers, artists, moviemakers, musicians and tech innovators. (May 18-19, NOoSHPERE Art)
  • Cannabis & Technology: the Digital Side of an Expanding Industry: As marijuana enters the legal and economic mainstream, come find out how technology is influencing this new multi-billion-dollar market. (May 22, ImpactHub NYC)
  • Black, Brown, and Digital Internet Week Dance Party @ the DUMBO Bridge Archway: Get down with #bbdigital and meet and greet web series creators at their outdoor party celebrating music, art and tech. (May 23, DUMBO Bridge Archway)
  • Internet of Fashionable Things: Ready Set Rocket hosts Internet of Fashionable Things for NYC's fashion-tech startups, enthusiasts and industry experts, featuring one-on-one demos and displays in a fun and friendly environment. (May 22, Ready Set Rocket)
  • TECHmunch NYC: Blogger Conference: TECHmunch, the food blogger conference sweeping North America, serves up tasty strategies for food blogger success while offering bloggers of every level a chance to mix with brands and PR/marketing pros who want to connect and form partnerships. (May 21, Home Studios)
  • Mobile Media Summit: Mobile advertising and media’s key decision-makers come together for the sixth-annual Mobile Media Upfront, giving attendees the scoop on what every major holding company and media agency has in store for the year ahead. (May 18, IAC)
  • May 2015 Bronx Tech Meetup: Technologists, students and community members based in the Bronx and beyond are invited to an evening of live demos, tech education opportunities and networking. (May 18, Fordham High School for the Arts)
  • Connecting Wirelessly to the IOT; Your Business, Customers and Data: This event combines networking and refreshments with interactive demonstrations and one-on-one advice on how companies can make the most of cellular wireless technology. (May 19, Verizon Wireless)
  • MediaPost's Appy Awards Ceremony: Join the big party and industry celebration at the Metropolitan Pavilion as many of the biggest and brightest stars of digital media and app creation come out for the 2015 Appy Awards ceremony. (May 19, Metropolitan Pavilion)
  • OMMA Programmatic Display: In-depth panels, keynotes and case studies will examine how to use DSPs, exchanges, trading desks, sell-side platforms and other tech tools to build brands and relationships. (May 20, Metropolitan Pavilion)
  • #techdrinkup Internet Week: #techdrinkup was started in NYC and has connected 30,000+ tech founders, innovators, investors, and creators across the world over the last four years. It's not a networking event. It's not a meetup. It's a party. (May 20, Sky Terrace at Hudson Hotel)


Confirmed sponsors and partners of Internet Week include CBRE, Oracle Social, Fiverr, Eyeview, YP, The Trade Desk, Mediaocean, Gannett / USA TODAY, DataXu, Mondelez, Chiefgood, Media Post / OMMA, New Co, Swash, Uncharted Play, Ringly, Muse, River, Rothenberg Ventures, The Webby Awards, Made In NY, Digital.NYC, Made In New York Media Center by IFP, Mashable, Design Within Reach, Refinery29, Food To Eat, Advertising Age, Crain’s NY Business, The New York Times, New York Magazine, TimeOut, The Village Voice, KITE, Coursehorse, Splash, Big Screen Plaza, WNYC, General Assembly, NY Yankees, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Morgans Hotel Group and What’s Trending.

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