Internet Week is here, and it's helping to show why the Big Apple deserves to be thought of as one of the premier technology hubs of the world. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
When you think of high-tech communities, chances are you think first of places in California. But each year, the Big Apple tries to remind you that it, too, should pop into your head. To help reinforce that argument, it hosts Internet Week New York.
"We're in our sixth year now," says Caroline Waxler of Internet Week New York. "It's a festival that brings together culture, business and technology, all in the great city of New York. Forty-five-thousand people come to our city from all over the world. Keynotes, panels, talks, debates going on all day. We have a tactical classroom, where people can learn to become more digital. And then also, around the city, we have hundreds of events."
Some big names show up to remind the world of their big presence here, but there's also an area for the little guys, called Startup City. The mayor's office likes to brag that for companies looking to become the next big thing, there are few places that have so much to help them literally right around just about every corner.
"There are a lot of different sectors that are here," says Katherine Oliver of the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. "We've got the financial world, we've got the advertising world, we've got the media world and and the creative community. So it's wonderful to have a week like this where we can focus and really put the spotlight on new businesses that are growing in New York and taking advantage of what's at their fingertips."
To help serve as motivation to some of those startups, a company that was in a similar position not too long ago made a significant announcement to help kick off Internet Week, an announcement that helps prove how a small tech company from here can become not so small in a relatively short amount to time. Of course, that refers to Tumblr, bought up by Yahoo for over $1 billion just about six years after it launched.
"Tumblr spoke here last year," Waxler says. "We don't know who here is going to be the next acquisition, but if it's going to happen, they're going to be speaking at Internet Week."
For more on what's happening during the week, or to catch up on some of the stuff that's already happened, go to InternetWeekNY.com.