Internet Week New York Appoints Mayor de Blasio as Keynote Speaker

March 27, 2014 Updated: March 28, 2014

The seventh annual Internet Week New York (IWNY), which starts on May 19, has invited the city’s Mayor Bill de Blasio to be a keynote speaker.

De Blasio plans to outline the city’s plan for handling and further promoting the technology industry. In a release he acknowledged the city as a global center for technology innovation. 

“…My administration stands ready to ensure that we lead the world in technology growth, and that we’re developing and feeding the 21st century talent pipeline in New York City,” de Blasio said in a release.

The week will be an accumulation of discussions, panels, workshops, and presentations. IWNY attracts business professionals who are looking to learn about the latest developments in the industry and internet enthusiasts or entrepreneurs. Basic admission tickets start at $325. To purchase tickets click here.

This year, the festival will also feature keynote addresses by internet gurus like Coca Cola SVP Jonathan Mildenhall, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt, BuzzFeed co-founder Johan Peretti, and others.

Digital Director at NYC Digital, Jessica Sigleton, will also host a series of discussions and workshops. The agency’s mission is to realize New York City’s potential as the most digitally engaged city government in the world.

In 2012 IWNY launched the Made in NY Digital Map in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The map visually tracks the growth of the industry and the job opportunities it creates in and around the city.