Joan Rivers, Randi Zuckerberg , David Rockwell, Bonin Bough Set to Headline Internet Week NYC 2013, May 20th-27th


This year’s focus: tech’s role in disrupting NYC’s flagship industries – from fashion and finance to entertainment and media.

Comedy legend and Twitter provocateur Joan Rivers, social media doyenne Randi Zuckerberg, and rock star designer/architect David Rockwell are among the speakers who will headline Internet Week New York 2013 (IWNY), which will take place May 20th– 27th, the event’s organizers announced today. They will be joined on stage by dozens of industry leaders, including Bonin Bough, NBC’s Lauren Zalaznick, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal, Airbnb’s Joe Gebbia, and Founders Fund’s Geoff Lewis and Brian Singerman. More than 45,000 people are expected to attend over 400 panels, Meetups, exhibits, screenings, parties, and more taking place at IWNY Headquarters at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion and at various venues across the city.

This year marks an ambitious new chapter for the festival, which is now being co-presented by Made in New York, the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and Crain Communications. As part of the Festival’s evolution, organizers announced a range of new programs, partners, and events that will showcase how technology is disrupting the city’s flagship industries.

“New York City stands apart from other cities in that it is the world capital of so many major industries,” said Caroline Waxler, the Festival Director. “This year’s festival will put an even brighter spotlight on how technology is reshaping where business, fashion, media, entertainment, advertising, finance – the City’s flagship industries – are heading next.”

New for 2013 at the Festival’s headquarters will be an interactive art group show curated by New York City’s celebrated Eyebeam Art & Technology Center; a Women in Tech Day presented by Meredith; and an expanded panel and classroom series curated by Vice, exploring hot-button topics like sex, drugs, drones, pirating, and social media reporting from conflict zones.  Other new tracks will focus on how technology is revolutionizing beauty, automobiles, sports, healthcare, law, real estate, and government.

Other highlights include:

  • The 17th Annual Webby Awards
  • The Webutante Ball
  • Time Inc.’s 10 NYC Startups to Watch
  • OpenCo NYC curated by Battelle Media, which will offer behind-the-scenes visits to New York City’s leading digital companies
  • The Moth, which will host an open mic storytelling competition for tech-themed tales
  • The People’s Improv Theater, which will explore the future of online comedy with CollegeHumor, Cheezburger, Ground Control, and more.

Reflecting IWNY’s mission to be the ultimate crowd-sourced event, the public is invited to help program panels across 13 categories being disrupted by technology as part of the Make the Stage competition. Voting closes on April 10th.

The full schedule of events and speakers will be announced in mid-April.

“As Internet Week New York enters its sixth year, the phenomenal growth of the festival reflects the technology industry’s expansion here,” said Rachel Sterne Haot, the City’s Chief Digital Officer. “We are honored to partner with Internet Week New York once again in celebrating the vitality, diversity and innovation of our technology community.  There is no better place on earth to launch a digital startup.”

Events and panels will fill up fast, so be sure to register early. AlleyWatch will also be bringing you full coverage of Internet Week as its happens in The Watch.


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