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 follow him at @garysguide and reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.
Internet Week (also known as New York’s answer to SXSW) is less than a week away (May 14 to 21). And there is already an amazing but quite overwhelming list of events posted on the site. The events cover the entire gamut of panels and classes and conferences and meetups and summits and startup tours and hackathons and awards and mixers and parties. Definitely overwhelming (even for me!) So I thought I’d help you guys and gals out and compile a list of THE 16 events that I think you really, really don’t want to miss out on. You’re welcome! :)
The Art of Apps
Hosted by Peter Rojas (gdgt). Featuring the work of Dave Morin & Dustin Mierau (Path), Matias Corea (Behance), Andrew S. Allen (Paper by FiftyThree), Khoi Vinh (Mixel), Jon Slimak & Robin Raszka (Piictu), Andy Thompson (Cameo) and Mark Jardine (Tweetbot).
Monday (May 14), 10 a.m. @ Soho Gallery For Digital Art, 138 Sullivan St
A Panel of Founders Discuss: How Fashion Tech Startups Get Funded
With Brooke Moreland (CEO & Founder, Fashism), Tara Hunt (CEO & Founder, Buyosphere) and Vivien Weng (Director of Fashion, Fab.com).
Monday (May 14), 6:30 p.m. @ Wix Lounge, 10 W 18th St
Official Internet Week NY Opening Party
In collaboration with music partners RCRD LBL & Thrillist. The event will feature a DJ set from Michna and live performances from Wild Belle & MNDR.
Monday (May 14), 7 p.m. @ Internet Week HQ, 82 Mercer
FoundersCard Signature Event: New York
Passport to the entrepreneurial lifestyle. FoundersCard provides unprecedented access to the world’s hottest brands and business opportunities.
Monday (May 14), 7 p.m. @ Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
AppNation TV 3.0 Summit
With Somrat Niyogi (CEO, Miso), Scott Kveton, CEO (Urban Airship), Brian Wong (CEO, Kiip), Jon Vlassopulos (CEO, skyrockit), Vivian Rosenthal (Founder & CEO, Goldrun), Noah Brier (CEO, Percolate) and more.
Tuesday (May 15), 9 a.m. @ 82Mercer, 82 Mercer
The Prince Building will be hosting a HackNY fundraiser and happy hour for Internet Week, with support of many of the NYC user groups: The New York Python User Group, NodeNYC, NYC Nodejs and the NYC Perl User Group.
Wednesday (May 16), 7 p.m. @ foursquare HQ, 578 Broadway, 10th Floor
The 2012 Unruly Webutante Ball
3 Hour Open Bar + Dancing + The Crowning of the King and Queen of the Internet!
Wednesday (May 16), 8 p.m. @ Marquee, 289 10th Ave
Geoweb Summit Spring 2012
With Scott Lindenbaum (Broadcastr), Nick Brachet (Skyhook), Joe Meyer (HopStop), Scott Rafer (Lumatic), Puneet Mehta (MyCityWay), Eli Portnoy (ThinkNear) and more.
Thursday (May 17), 3 p.m. @ The Dumbo Spot, 160 Water St, Brooklyn
NYC BigApps: Civic Hacking, Startup Success
With Rachel Sterne (NYC Chief Digital Officer), Kristy Sundjaja (Senior Director, Head of Industry Transformation, NYCEDC), Joel Natividad (Cofounder, Ontodia), Andrew Rasiej (Chairman, New York Tech Meetup), Robert Richardson (Director of Strategic Technology Development, NYC DoITT), Dan Robinson (Head of Product, Roadify) and Steve Rowe (Chief Revenue Officer, MyCityWay).
Thursday (May 17), 5:30 p.m. @ The Space, Inc. at Chelsea Market (6th Floor), 75 9th Avenue
Obliterati: Internet Week 2012 (Sponsored by: MeetMoi)
Congregate at Sweet & Vicious’s back garden to drink margaritas in a jar (aka Jargaritas!) while networking and/or flirting with New York’s most glittering, self-obliterating literati under the gently darkening skies :)
Thursday (May 17), 6 p.m. @ Sweet & Vicious, 5 Spring St
Finnish Design + Technology: a party
Finnish people are insanely smart and talented. So are New Yorkers. Come ready to drink tasty Finnish drinks, eat yummy Finnish snacks, and network with Finnish designers and developers!
Thursday (May 17), 6 p.m. @ Projective Space SoHo, 447 Broadway
Hungry? Thirsty? Broke? Get Some.
Join Seamless, Etsy and Lot18 for a panel discussion about how each company has transitioned their traditionally off-line industries to online.
Thursday (May 17), 6 p.m. @ Seamless Headquarters, 1065 Avenue of the Americas, 15th Floor
I ♥ NY Dating Services
With Daniel Buelhoff (COO, Smeet), Mike DiBenedetto (Head of Product, Nerve.com), Johnny Du (CEO, 51taonan.com), Alex Harrington (CEO, MeetMoi), Cliff Lerner (CEO, SNAP Interactive), Beverly May (CEO, MiniDates) and Aaron Schildkrout (CEO, HowAboutWe). Moderated by Marc Lesnick (Founder, iDate).
Thursday (May 17), 6:30 p.m. @ WeWork Lounge SoHo, 154 Grand St
TECHmunch NYC | Food Blogger Conference
A blend of networking, panels, tastings and culinary and technical demos that will inspire even the most seasoned food blogger!
Friday (May 18), 10 a.m. @ Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St
A citywide open house event for tech companies. Curious New Yorkers can stop by and check out their workspaces, see how they work, and meet the people leading the technology movement in NYC. With Betaworks, Gilt Groupe, Sonar, Artsy, hunch/eBay, Livestream, Knewton, Tumblr, SecondMarket, Codecademy, Behance, Gawker, Aviary, Spotify and more.
Friday (May 18), 12 p.m. @ NYC Startups, All Across Town
Future of Media 2012
With James Cooper (Executive Editor, Adweek), Greg Clayman (Publisher, The Daily), Jessica Coen (Editor in Chief, Jezebel), Anthony De Rosa (Social Media Editor, Reuters), Ben Lerer (CoFounder & CEO, Thrillist) and Jonah Peretti (CoFounder, BuzzFeed).
Friday (May 18), 1 p.m. @ Arthur L. Carter Journalism Inst @ NYU, 20 Cooper Square