This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
Get ready for some boozing ‘n schmoozing, people! Its that time of the year again. That’s right. Internet Week, a week-long festival celebrating all things Internet (business + culture + media + tech) is back in New York City!
It’s our very own version of South by South West, and with over 45,000 folks expected to attend almost 400 events around town, it’s safe to say things are gonna get a little crazy. There’s tons of awesome events, but to make your life easier, here’s my selection of 11 that you really, positively, absolutely shouldn’t miss! (You’re welcome.)
Keynote by Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times
When Everybody’s a Reporter, What’s a Reporter to Do?!! Good question. Hopefully Andrew Ross Sorkin has the answer.
Tuesday (May 21), 10:30 a.m. @ HQ Metropolitan Pavilion (Stage B), 125 W. 18th Street
The 17th Annual Webby Awards
Hosted by Patton Oswalt. Hallmark five-word speeches from Jerry Seinfeld, Grimes and Ben Stiller!
Tuesday (May 21), 6:30 p.m. @ CW Cipriani, 55 Wall Street
Conversational Marketing (CM) Summit 2013: Bridging Data & Humanity
Rockstar group of panelists including Ben Silbermann (founder and CEO, Pinterest), Jonah Peretti (founder and CEO, Buzzfeed), Mike Lazerow (founder, Buddy Media and now part of Salesforce Marketing Cloud), Fred Wilson (partner, Union Square Ventures) and others.
Tuesday (May 21), 9 a.m. @ The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th Street
Will The Morning Shows Survive The Digital Age?
As consumer behavior shifts from the TV to the smartphone, will the network morning shows make the transition or die trying? With Brian Stelter (author, Top of the Morning).
Wednesday (May 22), 8:30 a.m. @ HQ Metropolitan Pavilion (Stage A), 125 W. 18th Street
Big Data In The Big Apple: Meet the New Faces of NY’s Tech Scene
Taking a look at New York’s budding tech scene. Moderated by Scott Denne (Dow Jones VentureWire). Panelists include John Cappiello (VP of product at Solve Media) Neil Capel (CEO, Sailthru), Sandy Steier (CEO of 1010data), Paul Martino (managing director at Bullpen Capital) and Ben Woo (managing director, Neuralytix)
Wednesday (May 22), 1:00 p.m. @ HQ Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street
Randi Zuckerberg (Zuckerberg Media) interviewed by Emily Steel (Wall Street Journal)
Randi Zuckerberg sits down to talk about her growing media empire, her vision for the future, and her passion for helping people untangle their modern wired lives.
Wednesday (May 22), 3:00 p.m. @ HQ Metropolitan Pavilion (Stage B), 125 W. 18th Street
A Discussion Around Content, Commerce & Curation
With Pete Cashmore (founder, Mashable), Paul Berry (founder, RebelMouse), Scott Kurnit (CEO, Keep Holdings), Christene Barberich (editor, Refinery29) & others.
Wednesday (May 22), 6:30 p.m. @ Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd Street, 10th Fl.
Keynote with Howard Lerman (CEO, Yext)
Yext CEO Howard Lerman will look at the layers of location, to see where companies you know well (like Yelp and Foursquare) are headed, and what’s coming from ones you don’t.
Thursday (May 22), 10:35 a.m. @ HQ Metropolitan Pavilion (Stage B), 125 W. 18th Street
Future of Media: 2013
How traditional media are being impacted by the rise of digital media. Moderated by Patrick Phillips (founder, I Want Media). Panelists include Henry Blodget (editor and CEO, Business Insider), Cindy Jeffers (CEO and CTO, Salon Media Group), Jonah Peretti (founder and CEO, BuzzFeed), Roy Sekoff (president and co-creator, HuffPost Live) and Mark Thompson (CEO, New York Times Company).
Thursday (May 23), 1:00 p.m. @ CW NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (Television Studio), 7th Fl., 20 Cooper Square
The 2013 Webutante Ball
The Internet’s famous party of the year is back for its fifth year of revelry! Come hang with New York’s hottest startup stars, media elite, venture capitalists, and agency spies. You can’t miss this!
Thursday (May 23), 8 p.m. @ Marquee, 289 10th Avenue
Official IWNY NY HQ Closing Party
Join IWNY, Storyhunter, Spreenkler, and Mass Appeal for a rooftop soiree featuring some of New York’s best DJ talent including Eli Escobar (Night People), Lauren Flax (CREEP), Blu Jemz (Night People), and DKDS (Dark Disco) or get your rap on in the hip hop karaoke in the Redroom.
Thursday (May 23), 7:00 p.m. @ CW The DL no. 95 Delancey Street
Until next time. Stay
thirsty social, my friends!