Propeller Adds Additional Speakers for Upcoming Innovation Festival, The First of Its Kind in the Northeast

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Propeller announces new keynote speakers including luminaries from the startup, technology and venture communities; along with musical performances by top national musical acts. Propeller will bring together thousands from the Northeast innovation ecosystem on May 20, 2016.

Today, Propeller, the first day-long event uniting innovators and technologists of the Northeast, announced the addition of new keynote speakers to the festival, slated to take place in Hoboken, NJ on Friday, May 20. With more than 5,000 attendees expected to attend, the day will consist of keynotes from the Northeast’s top influencers, a startup competition hosted by Techstars, recruitment lounges from sought-after technology employers and more than 50 exhibitor booths and product demos.

Among those taking the stage include best-selling author and VaynerMedia CEO Gary Vaynerchuk, EIR at Cornell Tech and Former CIO of Verizon Judith Spitz, City of New York CTO Minerva Tantoco, Angel Investor and Founder of Gotham Gal Ventures Joanne Wilson, Author, Investor and Entrepreneur, James Altucher, Co-Founders of Alley Jason Saltzman and Nsi Obotetukudo, Managing Partner at Flatiron Investors Laurel Touby, Managing Director of Techstars Jenny Fielding, Grind Co-Founder Benjamin Dyett and Work Market Founder and President, Jeffrey Wald. The speakers will discuss a range of topics at the intersection of technology, innovation and startup culture.

“Through my work as EIR of Cornell Tech, I have seen first-hand the growing excitement around the startup culture in the Northeast,” says Judith Spitz. “I look forward to speaking to others who share our vision for encouraging and supporting more young women to not only participate in but to lead the way in the digital innovation ecosystem in the New York and New Jersey area.”

"The New York area has been a key market for my investments,” adds Angel Investor, Joanne Wilson. “The Northeast deserves its’ own South by Southwest to showcase the volume of startup creation and growth that’s happening here, and I’m glad to participate in this kick-off event.”

Musical performances from top national acts will accompany the full day of programming. The day is designed to inspire, educate and celebrate entrepreneurs and makers.

“The level of talent and the strength of the entrepreneur and startup community on the East Coast is massive,” states Aaron Price. “Propeller creates a platform for these pioneering minds to showcase their accomplishments and celebrate the culture of innovation.”

Additional activities throughout the day will include a startup competition co-hosted with Techstars and Newark Venture Partners, over 50 exhibitor booths featuring the latest projects from technology’s brightest minds, the opportunity to network with like-minded innovators, in lounges sponsored by DigitalOcean and Justworks, Venture Capital “speed dating” session for entrepreneurs, and a Jet.com recruitment Bar & Lounge.

Interactive guest experiences will also include a virtual reality demo area presented by Audible, a drone competition, Human Digital Orchestra presented by Bell Labs, an Immersive VR Sound Chamber by Stevens Institute of Technology and a Hello & Demo Bar with live startup demos. Local food and drinks will also be served, with a portion of all proceeds going to charity.

General availability tickets are now on sale at propellerfest.com for $149.99. Propeller will take place at Pier A Park, 100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030 on Friday, May 20 from 9:00 am – 11:00 pm. For more information, directions, and tickets, please visit: http://www.propellerfest.com, and follow Propeller on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For media enquiries please contact Cari Sommer of Sommer Communications Group at cari (at) sommercg (dot) com.

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