Internet and tech lovers, this month’s for you. From the monthly NY Tech Meetup to yearly events like Internet Week New York, opportunities to learn, network, hack and have fun are abundant. MetroFocus will be taking part in many of these events, and we hope to see you there!
Wednesday, May 9 at 9 a.m.,125 West 18th Street
This social media conference brings together brands, publishers and advertisers to make sense of what is no longer a new trend. Companies are using social media to find new customers, and the Benchmark conference aims to further that goal. Hear success stories about building online communities from UNICEF and PepsiCo and learn about the social web from people that know it best.
NY Tech Meetup:
Wednesday, May 9 at 7 p.m., NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place
NY Tech Meetup is the preeminent venue for start-ups or tech companies with new products to debut. The event at Skirball sells out every month, and many more pay $10 to watch a live simulcast in two Manhattan locations. Tech Meetup began in 2004 and now boasts more than 22,000 members.
On May 9, technology companies including Square, which provides a mobile platform to make payments from smart phone, and DISQUS, which provides commenting services on websites, will “demo” their new products or applications.
Read more about the group in our piece on how Tech Meetup fosters growth within the tech community.
Investor Feedback Forum and Pitch Throwdown:
Thursday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., Microsoft, 1290 Sixth Avenue, 6th floor
Hosted by Ultra Light Startups, this event is similar to NY Tech Meetup except presenters are targeting a specific audience: investors. On Thursday, tech companies like Jauntlet, a social-network enabled travel story sharing site and MiniDates, an online dating site that makes the dates for you, will present their work to investors like Brian Cohen from New York Angels and Laurel Touby, the founder of MediaBistro and a start-up advisor.
NYC Tech Picnic:
Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m., near the Mineral Springs Pavilion and the Sheep Meadow, Central Park
The tech scene is all about networking. In the spring, what better place than Central Park to rub shoulders with future co-workers or competitors? Hosted by amusemi, a club for designers and entrepreneurs that hosts breakfasts and brunches, this fun event is less formal than a meetup but potentially just as fruitful.
Internet Week New York:
Monday, May 14 – Monday, May 21, citywide; headquarters at 82 Mercer Street
Since 2008, Internet Week New York has hit the city with the promise of a big names, important events and bold ideas to hundreds, if not thousands, of attendees. This year’s Internet Week features keynote speakers such as New York Times columnist David Carr and the founder and CEO of Tumblr, David Karp. There are many panels, parties and networking events but most importantly, the week will shine a spotlight on the tech scene in the city.
Some highlights include a panel on the making of Viral Television, an interview with the founders of BuzzFeed and a session with the NYC Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications’ Strategic Technology Development team, who will present on the city’s push to unlock government data for the use of developers.
WATCH VIDEO:Internet Week New York brings together innovators, celebrities and the people behind some of your favorite websites and apps. Last year’s attendees include Judah Friedlander and Anna Wintour, among others. Video courtesy of Internet Week New York.
New York: Tech City:
Wednesday, May 16 at 8 a.m., 851 Sixth Avenue
A conversation led by the attorney and former City Councilmember Kenneth K. Fisher of the firm Cozen O’Connor, and Elizabeth Spiers, editor-in-chief of The New York Observer, will cover New York as a new leader in the technology industry. Guests include Seth Pinsky, President of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Rachel Sterne, Chief Digital Officer for the City of New York; Daniel Huttenlocher, Cornell Vice Provost and Dean of Cornell NYC Tech and Craig Gotsman, Director of Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute.
Plans for the tech campus, officially called Cornell NYC Tech, were announced in December. MetroFocus spoke with Cornell University President David Skorton and the Technion Institute President Peretz Lavie in a special on-air episode, Tech Campus NYC.
Tech Crunch Disrupt New York:
Saturday, May 19 – Wednesday, May 23 at Pier 94, 755 Twelfth Avenue
Tech Crunch’s annual Disrupt NY is sure to be a major event, with one start-up competitor in the Startup Battlefield, which offers new companies a chance to present in front of leading venture capitalists and angel investors, winning as much as $50,000. The event begins on Friday with a 24-hour Hackathon, and continues through the weekend with discussions, panels and networking. Speakers include Michael Arrington, founder of Tech Crunch and an early member and cheerleader for Silicon Alley (aka New York City), Roelof Botha of Sequoia Capital and Dennis Crowley, co-founder of Foursquare.
The Webby Awards:
Monday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street
The culminating event of Internet Week New York, the 16th annual Webby Awards will be handed out at a gala event not open to the public. A live stream will be available for all who want to catch host Patton Oswalt and a glimpse of the people behind Instagram.
Read more about the Webby’s and some of this year’s winners on MetroFocus.