Internet Week sweeps through New York
New York's annual digital confab is set to kick off Monday, as Internet Week sweeps through the city, highlighting the Big Apple's leading role in tech and online culture.
The annual weeklong conference, launched in 2008, turns the city into a mecca for the digitally connected, with panels, speeches, demonstrations and more in online business and culture.
Headquartered at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 25 W. 18th St., this year's week is expected to bring some 45,000 Internet professionals and 10,000 attendees, and will feature events ranging from keynote addresses from the likes of New York Times business savant Andrew Ross Sorkin and Founder & CEO of Zuckerberg Media and Editor of Dot Complicated Randi Zuckerberg, to fireside chats with BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti.Rachel Haot, the city's chief digital officer, said the "momentum and growth of Internet Week reflects the growth of the tech industry" in the city.
"This year, we have a lot to point to. We will have our own booth. People who want to learn, launch or grow tech in New York can come there," she said, adding that she'll host a panel discussion with New York tech companies on Wednesday.
"In the beginning, it was more about rallying and crowd sourcing events about the Internet industry in the city," Haot added. "As the tech sector grew in the city, it made sense to have a physical space to convene."
For more information about Internet Week events, visit internetweekny.com.
Here are 10 can't-miss Internet Week events
Fireside Chat with BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and Jonah Peretti: News for a Social, Mobile World. (10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, stage B, 125 W. 18th St.)
Internet Week Opening Party (7:30 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.)
Keynote speech from Andrew Ross Sorkin (10:30 a.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, stage B, 125 W. 18th St.)
Webby Awards (6:30 p.m., Cipriani, 55 Wall St.)
Keynote speech from Randi Zuckerberg, (3 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, stage B, 125 W. 18th St.)
Healthcare in the Digital Age (9 a.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, Internet Week Theater, 125 W. 18th St.)
Future of Media: 2013 (1 p.m., NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute Television Studio, seventh floor, 20 Cooper Square)
Internet Week Closing Party (7 p.m., The DL, 95 Delancey St.)
Webutante Ball (8 p.m., Marquee, 289 10th Ave.)
Obliterati: Internet Week NY 2013 (6 p.m., Sweet & Vicious, 5 Spring St.)
*Most events require an RSVP or pass. For more information, visit internweekny.com.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified Randi Zuckerberg's title.