We’re thrilled to reveal the first of this year’s Webby Sessions taking place at Internet Week New York! 

The Webby Sessions are a series of panels and discussions touching on the latest Internet trends and inspirations specially curated by us. Each day, we will bring you thought-provoking content and leaders representing the very best of the web.

The first Webby Session is taking place on Monday, May 20 at 11am and will feature the incredibly popular, engaging, uplifting, and Webby Winning photo blog Humans of New York.

Photographer Brandon Stanton will join Webby Executive Director, David-Michel Davies to discuss the Internet’s ability to foster altruism and build supportive community along with sharing the meteoric rise of his blog over the past couple of years. 

We look forward to sharing ideas from some of our most inspiring Webby winners, judges, and friends. 

Join us at Internet Week HQ. Tickets are on sale now


The official video of Lee’s interview at Internet Week New York is out now. :O)

A Few Quick Facts About Elio Motors

By Samantha Scott

Here at Internet Week, Elio Motors introduces what could be the new standard for American cars. Providing 84 miles to the gallon and boasting a $6800 price tag, the deal is almost too sweet. Made and manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana, the company hopes to do their part in replenishing the American job market.

Interested? They’ll be here all week!  

In case you missed the livestream and wanted to watch just the part with Grace Helbig. Michael Buckley, and Hannah Hart, I put it up on my dropbox.

EDIT 2012-05-17: The clip is finally up on YouTube on What’s Trending’s page here.

Parsons Design + Technology Senior Thesis projects were on display earlier this month. Below are my favorites from the pieces on display at the Kellen Gallery.

Endangered Sounds
When I think of vignettes of the past being captured, my mind jumps to old photographs. But this project taps into a different sense by memorializing obsolete sounds.

Blime Light
Neat lamp designed from modeling audio of friends gathered in a living space.

The Love Competition
Check out the video of Stanford neuroscientists judging MRI scans of people in love. The thesis project models the brain activity of participants.

Project DesignED
An extra-curricular program to enable professional graphic designers to teach high schoolers the basics of design.

Urban Speed Bumps
“Sidewalk interventions” : guerrilla-style experiences encouraging people to take it easy.

A network to inform residents about the state of the NYC sewer system. Alerts are sent through means such as Twitter or internet-enabled lightbulbs (white=good, red=bad).

An iPad/web interface that mimics a hand loom. Creative Internetters can design realistic patterns to be made by traditional weavers.

Mashup of graphic design, Twitter, and music.


Lookee here…the NYC Chinatown Dumpling Tour is an official event during Internet Week New York.  Now you might ask innocently enough what dumplings have to do with the Internet, so instead of taking you out back and smacking some sense into you, I will tell you why dumplings are VITALLY important component of Internet Week:

1) Highlights the growth of collaborative consumption - The dumplings will be overflowing and you may just succumb to Severe Dumpling Satisfaction Overdose.  The name of the game on this tour is consumption.

2) You are seeing the benefits of social networking at work - What is more social that walking around Chinatown with red Solo cups, taking in all the sights, and stuffing one’s face full of dumplings in the company of other like-minded techie food enthusiasts?  There will be much embarrassing Instagramming.

3) All the dumplings are made using 3D printers - Just kidding, but that would be kind of awesome is a nerdy sort of way.  As for drone-controlled killer dumplings, I have no knowledge of that.

4) Dumpling are fun than grumpy cat memes and animated GIFs - This is a scientifically proven fact, so please do not dispute this claim with your so-called “facts”.

5) Our company name Dumplr took its inspiration from Tumblr - David said its all cool.  A little known fact is that David was inspired to start Tumblr over a steaming plate of fried dumplings.

So there you have it, you are now REQUIRED to join this tour next Wednesday, May 22nd at 6 PM.  Sign up via my posting on Uniiverse.

On May 21st at 8pm JVTMcomedy is hosting, Watch, Reblog, Repeat - A Panel Discussion About Comedy Web Series’!

As a part of Internet Week New York, Johnny Velvet and the Moonbeams welcome producers of New York’s best online comedy content and will be discussing how they create material that people don’t just watch, but also share.

From CollegeHumor
Adam Conover, Paul Briganti

Morgan Evans
The Untitled Webseries That Morgan Evans Is Doing

From PERIODS. Films
Philip Quinaz, Giovanni P Autran, Charlie Porter

Jeremy Redleaf

Nate Williams
Sweet Misery, Actualized, Planet Awesome

When companies know a lot about you, should you be concerned with how they use that information?

In general, I expect that companies offering free services will collect and use data about me. Designers and programmers, servers, those all cost $ - and the company is out to make a profit as well.

At a recent Internet Week panel, I heard confirmation of this sentiment. Laura Salant from About.com said that (to overgeneralize) there is a generational divide. For example, if a company gives a recommendation based on the type of shampoo I use:

  • For those under 40 - I will recognize where the company got this information about me and see how the recommendation is useful.
  • For those over 40 - I will find it creepy.

This didn’t surprise me when I heard it.  What did surprise me was my actual reaction to such an example a week later.

I was on my computer, looking up information about an old game app. On the Google Play webpage about this app, a little green box (shown in the screenshot above) informed me that the app would be compatible with all of my devices. Clicking on the box revealed a list of my devices, namely my tablet and phone:

I was creeped out.

Now why is this? I know that all of my devices are signed in to my Google account. In fact, the integration among my devices and Google services is one of the reasons why I’ve been a loyal Android user. This little green note is also quite useful. I have sometimes been frustrated by searching for an app that I have installed on my phone, but not being able to find it for my tablet.

So why this reaction? Logically, I would think that this shouldn’t bother me at all. Perhaps these sorts of data-driven hints aren’t as common yet (or at least, aren’t as overt when they are used), and it’s just a matter of getting more familiar with the practice.

Want to Build a Startup in NYC? Here's How:

By Samantha Scott

Why do startups fail? Two reasons: either owners don’t posses necessary planning and management skills to succeed or underestimate the amount of money needed to run a business (or both). This afternoon, Carlos Guzman of NYC Business Solutions explored the ins and outs of creating a startup in The Big Apple, offering 10 tips to ensure success:

10 Steps to Starting Your Own Business

  1. Determine if you are an “entrepreneur”
  2. Develop your idea
  3. Develop your business plan
  4. Determine your legal structure
  5. Set up your bookkeeping.
  6. Get permits, licensing, and insurance
  7. Acquire real estate
  8. Your internet presence
  9. Put together your team (attorney, CPA, business banker, insurance)
  10. Get financing

For additional guidance, check out NYC Business Express and NYC Business Accelerations, both powered by NYC.gov