Joan Rivers, Randi Zuckerberg, David Rockwell, Bonin Bough, Lauren Zalaznick Set To Headline Internet Week New York 2013

Festival expands with focus on tech’s role in disrupting NYC’s flagship industries – from fashion and finance to entertainment and media. Public can select speakers in crowd-sourced Make the Stage competition.

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New York, NY (PRWEB) April 01, 2013

Comedy legend and Twitter provocateur Joan Rivers, social media guru Randi Zuckerberg, and rock star designer and architect David Rockwell are among the digital trendsetters who will headline Internet Week New York 2013 (IWNY) from May 20th to 27th, organizers announced today.

Solidifying both New York City's and the festival's status as a global hub where technology, business, and culture meet, the keynoters 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. Over the course of the week, 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 venues across the city.

This year marks an ambitious new chapter for the festival, which is now 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, from finance, fashion and advertising to arts, entertainment, and media.

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, auto, sports, healthcare, law, real estate, and government.

Across the city, flagship events like The 17th Annual Webby Awards, The Webutante Ball, and Time Inc.’s 10 NYC Startups to Watch will be joined this year by a diverse roster of new partners participating in the festival for the first time. Highlights include: 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 at Housing Works Bookstore Café; and The People’s Improv Theater, which will explore the future of online comedy with CollegeHumor, Cheezburger, Ground Control, and more.

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

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

“As Internet Week New York enters its sixth year, the phenomenal growth of the festival reflects the technology industry’s expansion here in New York City,” said Rachel Sterne Haot, Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York. “We are honored to partner with Internet Week New York once again in celebrating the vitality, diversity and innovation of our technology community. The Festival attracts tens of thousands of participants every year, supporting local businesses and showing that there is no better place on earth to launch a digital startup.”

Reflecting IWNY’s mission as the ultimate crowd-sourced festival, the public can also help program panels across 13 categories being disrupted by technology as part of the Festival’s Make the Stage competition. The deadline to submit panel ideas is April 3rd and voting closes on April 10th.

Sponsors of Internet Week New York 2013 include: Premier Sponsors Google and AT&T Adworks, and Official Sponsors Vitamin T, Aereo, Sailthru, Buzzfeed (Premier Media Partner), MediaCom (Official Livestream Sponsor), Battelle Media, Criteo, Modern Healthcare, Meredith, Tekserve (Official Technology Sponsor) and UK Trade and Investment (Start-Up City Presenting Sponsor). Partners include: The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, The Webby Awards, VICE, Advertising Age, BtoB, Creativity, Crain’s Detroit Business, Crain’s New York Business, Modern Healthcare, Nielsen (Official Research Partner), Eyebeam Art and Technology Center (Official Arts Partner), Design Within Reach (Official Design Partner) , Mother, PKPR (Official PR Partner), Sound Ctrl (Music Tech Day Content Partner) , Vault49 (Official Creative Partner), GrandLife’s Soho & Tribeca Grand Hotels (Official Hotel Partners), General Assembly (Official Education Partner), Motherboard (Classroom Partner), Slalom Consulting. Media Partners include: The New York Times (Official News Partner), CBS Interactive, Advertising Age, Flavorpill, Financial Times, and Refinery 29.

About Internet Week New York
Launched in 2008 in cooperation with the New York Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, Internet Week NY is a week-long festival celebrating Internet business and culture. In 2012, over 250 events took place throughout the city, drawing nearly 40,000 attendees. Sponsors of Internet Week New York 2013 include: Premier Sponsors Google and AT&T Adworks, and Official Sponsors Vitamin T, Aereo, Sailthru, Buzzfeed (Premier Media Partner), MediaCom (Official Livestream Sponsor), Battelle Media, Criteo, Modern Healthcare, Meredith, Tekserve (Official Technology Sponsor) and UK Trade and Investment (Start-Up City Presenting Sponsor). Partners include: The New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, The Webby Awards, VICE, Advertising Age, BtoB, Creativity, Crain’s Detroit Business, Crain’s New York Business, Modern Healthcare, Nielsen (Official Research Partner), Eyebeam Art and Technology Center (Official Arts Partner), Design Within Reach (Official Design Partner) , Mother , PKPR (Official PR Partner), Sound Ctrl (Music Tech Day Content Partner) , Vault49 (Official Creative Partner), GrandLife’s Soho & Tribeca Grand Hotels (Official Hotel Partners), General Assembly (Official Education Partner), Motherboard (Classroom Partner), Slalom Consulting. Media Partners include: The New York Times (Official News Partner), CBS Interactive, Advertising Age, Flavorpill, Financial Times, and Refinery 29.

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 who took a majority stake in Internet Week New York in August 2012. Under the agreement, Crain Communications and the Internet Week New York team will grow the festival under a shared vision, with Crain Communications taking the reins of day-to-day management. The company's website is http://www.crain.com.

About the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment consists of the Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the Office of Digital Coordination and NYC Media, 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 nyc.gov/mome to learn more or follow NYC Media on Twitter at twitter.com/nyc_media.

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