From Arts to Advertising: First-Ever Internet Week New York Announces Schedule of More Than 50 Events For June 3-10,2008

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Weeklong Festival Brings Internet to Life on Big Apple Streets; Presenters include Time Warner, Google, Nokia, Webby Awards, The Onion, Thrillist, and PaidContent.org

It's an amazing opportunity to experience the best of New York's Internet industry and meet the people behind the screens that are creating the future of digital media.

Celebrating the Big Apple's thriving digital media industry and community, an unprecedented coalition of business, entertainment, government, and arts leaders today unveiled a schedule of more than 50 events that will bring the Internet to life on the city's streets this June 3 - 10.

From powerhouses like Time Warner, Google, Nokia, The Webby Awards, Billboard, and Advertising Age to new generation stars like Mashable, Thrillist, Diggnation, PaidContent.org, Make Magazine, Channel Frederator, and the Huffington Post/IAC venture 236.com, the weeklong festival will showcase industry panels and conferences, mixers, teetups, exhibits, screenings, live performances, parties, and even sporting events.

Kicking off on June 3rd with an official proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg, the weeklong festival will culminate with the 12th Annual Webby Awards hosted by Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers on June 10th.

In between, New Yorkers can take their pick of activities including debating the future of online media with Time Warner, checking out home-made robotics at the Saatchi Gallery, taking in a live performance of comedy juggernaut 236.com, attending a screening of Internet video hits at The IFC Center, or participating in the world's first and largest Wii tennis tournament.

A full schedule of events can be found at: http://www.internetweekny.com/schedule/list.

The festival is organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

"The biggest names in digital media have joined together for a citywide celebration of all things Internet," said David-Michel Davies, chairman, Internet Week New York. "It's an amazing opportunity to experience the best of New York's Internet industry and meet the people behind the screens that are creating the future of digital media."

Highlights of the schedule include:

  • The 12th Annual Webby Awards Celebration - Ending Internet Week New York with a bang, the Webby Awards, called "the Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, celebrate online excellence with three days of events, including two star-studded awards galas hosted by Saturday Night Live's Seth Meyers and 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander.
  • Time Warner's Conversations on the Circle - A 3-day series of breakfast panels looking at the evolving way the Internet affects how we engage media, focusing on health, entertainment, culture and politics. (June 4th-6th, One Time Warner Center)
  • Internet and Film Collide: Watch - IndieGoGo, IFP, and TubeMogul screen the Internet's best films and videos. (June 5th, The IFC Center)
  • Conversational Marketing Summit - Joining Internet Week New York for its first East Coast edition, the Summit will bring together the most cutting-edge minds in the online marketing industry. Presented by Federated Media, which was founded by Wired co-founder John Battelle. (June 9th, Ritz Carlton, Battery Park)
  • Careers in Technology: Google New York - Google executives host a career panel discussion for college students moderated by New York City Commissioner Katherine Oliver. (June 3rd, 76 Ninth Avenue)
  • 236.com at UCB -- Comedy juggernaut 236.com, the love child of IAC and Huffington Post, host a live performance and video screening at the legendary UCB. (June 4th, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater)
  • Net Aesthetics 2.0 - A panel of leading artists, critics and curators that will take stock of the current state of Internet art and contemplate the challenges faced by a field that straddles contemporary art and creative technology. Presented by Rhizome.org and the New Museum. (June 6th, New Museum)
  • An Evening at Maker Faire - New Yorkers exhibit cutting-edge DIY projects based around robotics, electronics, new music, alternative crafts, and interactive art. Presented by Make and Craft Magazines with Institute for the Future, and sponsored by Saatchi & Saatchi. (June 5th, Saatchi Gallery)
  • Wii Tennis Tournament - Barcade in Brooklyn hosts the world's first and larget Wii tennis tournament. (June 7th, Barcade)

Internet Week New York is still accepting new event partners. In keeping with the Internet's spirit of openness, any and all individuals or organizations wishing to participate are invited to sign up at http://www.internetweekny.com. Participants will have their events showcased and promoted as an Internet Week New York Official Event Partner.

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 http://www.iadas.net

About The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & 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.

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