NYU’s Skirball center was at capacity last night as roughly 850 people crowded into the once monthly New York Tech Meetup to celebrate the defeat of SOPA and PIPA, and check out some startup demos.
Last night was also special (and started late) because the meetup was simulcast on Livestream for the first time in many months, so everybody at New Work City and New York General Assembly could join the NYTM remotely.
The big news: NYTM announced two new sponsors: Bloomberg and Nasdaq. Nasdaq has apparently been “shooting awesome video of the tech startups that are being built here.”
The New York Tech Meetup, now 19,524 members strong, is holding an election for one of the 13 positions on its board of directors. Last year, Anil Dash and Evan Korth were elected by members; so far, 28 people have been nominated for this election’s spots. The nominees are not official candidates until they accept their nominations.
It’s the Jessica Lawrence era! Since the New York Tech Meetup hired a managing director, we’ve noticed upgrades to the website, including the fact that NYTM is now posting agendas before the event with the names of apps and their presenters, an improvement over the paper agendas we used to get at the door. There’s also now a video archive, although the Livestream is still not working.
Demos on deck range from food, drinks, stories, tasks and an “open source framework for creating machine vision appliances.” Sweet! We’ve written about some of them before–Gojee, CalorieCount and Onepager–but others are news to us. Full lineup is below.
The lucky companies demo’ing at New York Tech Meetup during Internet Week next week are:
Blip.tv: Web television.
GetGlue: TV check-ins.
Zaarly: Mobile, real-time person-to-person Craigslist.
SleepsWithFishes: Assassin-type game played over Twitter, hacked together by three high school students doing it to teach themselves to code.
Yackit: Video chat.
HowAboutWe: Activity-based online dating.
SkillShare: Crowd-sourced classes.
VHX.tv: Social graph-curated video.
At Wednesday night’s New York Tech Meetup, Jessica Lawrence took the stage for the first time as the organization’s first employee.
This is a big deal. There will be much talk of the significance of her hire, in particular the fact that, yes, she’s a woman running an organization dominated by men. But it goes deeper than that.
New York Tech Meetup has named recent SoCal transplant Jessica Lawrence as the group’s first managing director, tasked with coordinating day-to-day “behind the scenes stuff” for the massive organization and supporting executive director Nate Westheimer. Ms. Lawrence’s first day was Friday, but the announcement was delayed until today to avoid any April Fool’s Day confusion.
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