Yahoo! Returns for Second Year as Presenting Sponsor of Internet Week New York With the Yahoo! Provoke Summit, Keynoted by Best-Selling Author Steven Johnson.

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Returning for a second year as the presenting sponsor of Internet Week New York (, Yahoo! today unveiled the lineup for the Yahoo! Provoke Summit, which serves as a thought-leadership forum to address how innovation and creativity impact and change digital media.

The keynote speaker will be interdisciplinary thinker and New York Times best-selling author Steven Johnson, whose books include Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You. Joining Johnson will be:

  •     Nathan Martin – CEO, Deeplocal
  •     Vivian Rosenthal – co-founder, Tronic Studio
  •     Andrew Zolty – co-founder and Creative Director, Breakfast NY
  •     Johanna Stein – manager, Worldwide Consumer Insights, Mattel
  •     Brian Levin –CEO, Innerscope Research
  •     Lauren Weinberg –senior director, Strategic Insights and Research, Yahoo!

"Internet Week New York has become one of the can't-miss events on the Web community's calendar, and we're proud to facilitate forward-looking conversations through the Yahoo! Provoke Summit and our presenting sponsorship," said Mollie Spilman, SVP, global B2B Marketing, Yahoo!. "The exchange of ideas that has become a staple of the Yahoo! Provoke Summit and Internet Week New York is key to moving our industry forward.”

The Yahoo! Provoke Summit takes place on June 7th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at festival headquarters in the Altman Building, located at 135 West 18th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).

Now in its fourth year, Internet Week New York has become one of the world's premier events promoting digital culture. In celebration of New York City's booming Internet community, more than 20,000 people are expected to attend over 250 conferences, meet-ups, exhibits, and parties. Highlights include the Personal Democracy Forum, Federated Media's Conversational Marketing Summit, Flavorpill's Internet Week Culture Hunt, and the Webutante Ball. The festival will culminate on June 13th with the 15th annual Webby Awards at the Hammerstein Ballroom, with the ceremony streamed live on Facebook.

"Yahoo!'s creative leadership and enthusiastic support of Internet Week New York have helped make the festival an exciting and important annual gathering for the industry's leading thinkers," said David-Michel Davies, chair of Internet Week New York. "The first Yahoo! Provoke Summit was one of the most talked-about events in 2010, and this year's program promises to be even more compelling."

Internet Week New York, presented by Yahoo!, is organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS), in cooperation with the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

About Yahoo!
Yahoo! is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. And Yahoo!'s unique combination of Science + Art + Scale connects advertisers to the consumers who build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit the pressroom ( or the company's blog, Yodel Anecdotal (

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About the International Academy of Digital Arts and 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 international award honoring excellence on the Internet.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, and R/GA Founder and Chairman Robert Greenberg. Find more information at

About the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theater, and Broadcasting; the Office of Digital Coordination and NYC Media; and the official TV, radio, and online network of the City of New York. The agency's mission is to streamline government communications by making information accessible, leveraging technology to aid in the transparency of government, and by supporting relevant media and entertainment industries in New York City. Visit to learn more, or follow NYC Media on Twitter at

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