Techweek New York Concludes 2014 Event Highlighting Innovation and Technology

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Second annual event experiences notable growth as it celebrates the city’s booming tech ecosystem

Techweek, the nation’s leading technology conference and festival showcasing and enabling innovation ecosystems, successfully concluded its second annual Techweek New York event on October 5, 2014. With marked growth from the inaugural year in 2013, the conference and expo saw 2,677 attendees pass through its doors to celebrate New York City’s technology community.

Techweek New York brought entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders together to engage and collaborate, sparking new ideas and inspiring action. Throughout the conference and expo, unique intersections in technology were explored, including those in the fields of education, finance, entertainment, fashion, gaming and more. Highlights from this year’s event include:

  • High-Profile Speakers: Techweek New York gathered the foremost leaders and influencers in technology for dozens of sessions involving discussion social innovation and impact, net neutrality, entrepreneurship, inclusion in tech, the future of media, and everything in between. Notable names included: Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder, Reddit; Jonah Peretti, CEO, BuzzFeed; Karen Sumberg, Diversity Pod Lead, Google; Neil Vogel, CEO, About.com; Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code; Michael Waxman, CEO, Grouper; Kathryn Minshew, CEO and Founder, The Muse; Will Porteous, General Manager and COO, RRE Ventures; and Michael Slaby, Managing Partner, Timshel.
  • Startup LAUNCH Competition: Over 40 pre-qualified startups competed for cash and sponsor-donated gifts valued at $50,000. Participants were judged by a panel of top tech and business leaders which included: John Frankel, Founding Partner, ff Venture Capital; Karen Griffith Gryga, Managing Partner, DreamIt Ventures; Mark Josephson, CEO, Bitly; Vince Ponzo, Director, The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School; and Jeff Wald, Co-Founder, Work Market. This year’s NYC winner is Shodogg, a next generation content mobility platform for enterprise businesses. Shodogg turns mobile devices into cloud remote controls, allowing users to access and distribute digital content to any other connected device in the world.
  • FashionTECH Runway Show: The Techweek New York runway was filled with the latest styles supplied by notable e-commerce brands and showcased the latest in wearable technology and innovative manufacturing. The show featured influential tech entrepreneurs, including Blake Menefee, Co-Founder, Dell Center for Entrepreneurs, Elly Bethune, Co-Founder, 9th & Elm, and Katie Anderson, CEO, Save Water Co., who showed off fashions supplied by: Continuum Fashion, Cindy & Johnny, Mary Mendwz, Burkman Bros., Gilbert and Lewis, 9th & Elm, Mizzen+Main, Sock101.com, The Laser Girls, Onassis Clothing, American Retro, Nour Hammour, and more.
  • Hiring Fair: The Hiring Fair was all about matching talented people with the right jobs with interesting and innovative New York companies. Top businesses in NYC, including NBC Universal, DirecTV, Uber, and Thrillist, were in attendance to recruit and hire talented new employees for new and exciting roles in technology.
  • Hackathon: On Saturday October 4th, Techweek New York’s Hackathon, presented by General Assembly and additionally sponsored by Interoute, Inbox, Uber and ChallengePost, featured area developers, designers, and entrepreneurs working to create the next big web or mobile app built around the theme of “daily disruption.” This year’s NYC winner is Haus The Bott, a collaborative list generator designed to help roommates purchase necessities for their apartment. The app allows people to add and remove items with a simple hashtag, allowing more effective collaboration with roommates, coworkers, and peers.

“In its second year, our mission was to grow Techweek’s footprint in New York and position it as a leader in the celebration of technology and innovation,” said Iain Shovlin, Chairman of Techweek. “We succeeded in bringing together entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators to celebrate the unique ecosystem and technology community in New York City, spurring meaningful conversations, and reaching a larger audience than ever before. We look forward to next year’s event, which will be even grander.”

Top sponsors of Techweek New York include: Yelp, American Airlines, Uber, Dell, Ketel One Vodka, DirecTV, T-Mobile, and Interoute. To learn more about Techweek New York, please visit http://www.techweek.com/newyork.

Next up for Techweek is the Los Angeles event, set to take place on the Santa Monica Pier on November 17 – November 23, 2014. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.techweek.com/losangeles.

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ABOUT TECHWEEK
Techweek is a seven-day conference, expo and festival where entrepreneurs, tech visionaries and thought leaders gather together to enable the innovation ecosystem in the cities of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Techweek curates compelling programming that allows a global spotlight to shine on each ecosystem and its leaders. Past speakers include Rahm Emanuel (Mayor, Chicago), Travis Kalanick (CEO, Uber), Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist), Dan Gilbert (Founder, Quicken Loans), Peter Diamandis (Founder, X PRIZE) and Pitbull (World renowned musician). The Techweek expo has gathered more than 200 sponsors, including companies such as Google, American Airlines, Microsoft, Motorola, Redbox, Uber, Yelp and Wordpress.

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