It’s almost Internet Week! And for those of you who found this post by misspelling “weak” in a search on “the Google,” it means that for one week, June 7-14, the tech-media circlejerk will tear themselves away from backlit screens to take over this city. But don’t worry!
This year’s giant dweebfest has something in it for everyone — from the exclusive Webby Awards to a crash course in mastering Twitter, from the geeky New York Tech Meetup to a, uh, rock-climbing competition. With more than 100 events, from panels, conferences, and meet-ups to exhibitions and performances, Internet Week 2010 is bound to please some people.
For just $10, you, too, can participate in all the comp-sci glitz that is Internet Week. David-Michel Davies, chairman, Internet Week NY says of the entirely crowd-sourced festival, “Seriously though, it’s a lot of fun. There are lots of interesting panels, exhibits and performances every day, and you don’t even have to go to Austin.”
Headquartered at Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion with satellites at the Times Center, NYU, The Knitting Factory and more, the diverse roster of events will host Internet gurus and favorites such as Roger Ebert, Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley, Martha Stewart, and Arianna Huffington.
A coalition of Internet blue-chips, start-ups, and grassroots organizations will also make the rounds, including Time Warner, IAC, The Onion, Mediabistro, and Guest of a Guest.
The week’s largest public event, New York Tech Meetup, will show off demos of New York’s latest start-ups to a crowd of over 800 wide-eyed techies.”I’m particularly excited that the makers of the Baker Tweet are coming to town – Poke London,” said Davies, “it’s a robot that was installed in one of London’s best bakeries, Albion, and every time fresh cookies or rolls come out of the oven, the baker pushes a button and it tweets to Albion followers that there are fresh baked goods. Amazing. I’m really into pretzels and I’m hoping the Pretzel Tweet is the next New York food fad.”
But for a touch of glamour, there will be The Webutante Ball, a “prom” for New York’s tech-media scene where a King and Queen will be crowned. Nominees include Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Betty White and Kathy Griffin. Unfortunately, Bustin Jieber did not make the cut.
Other events include an exhibition of Facebook portraits, conferences for food and pet bloggers, geek speed dating, and live dance music created by a Nintendo Game Boy. The week will culminate with The 14th Annual Webby Awards, hosted by The Office’s BJ Novak, honoring the Internet’s best and brightest at Cipriani Wall Street.
Looking forward most to the Webbys, Davies remarked, “It’s been a year in the making, and we’re honoring Vinton Cerf, the inventor of the Internet and a personal hero. I can’t wait.”