Yes, as the calendar turns from May to June, a whole wealth of talented Internet professionals are now making plans to gather in New York City for what’s becoming a yearly tradition called Internet Week NY. I ended a bunch of events last year at the first one, and had a great time and met countless amazing people many of whom I consider to be good friends and confidants today.
So, I’d like to share with you events that I’d recommend attending based on the people presenting, and the topic and audiences, and cost (with an emphasis on free or cheap). All are a great chance to get out and see people, and take your online social media experience offline.
Monday June 1
If you’re looking to party and network, check out The TechSet Bubbles Up Innovation with PepsiCo at the Bubble Lounge. The event is FREE.
If you’re looking for awesome and cool technology, check out Ignite NYC 4 at New World Stages. This event is also FREE.
Tuesday June 2
Check out a wide array of amazing NY-based tech startups demoing their wares at the NY Tech Meetup Showcase at FIT. This event is FREE for exhibitors and guests.
After the Showcase, drop by the NY Tech Meetup all-star edition, where more than 700 of NY’s best and brightest Tech Professionals gather for demos, and networking in the largest public event during Internet Week. This event is also at FIT and is $10 (payable at time of registration).
If you’re a Facebook fan or app developer, or interested in the OpenStream API or adding Facebook Connect to your site, check the Facebook Developer Garage event at the Sullivan Room downtown. This event is FREE.
Wednesday June 3
Just getting started in Social Media? Start your day with GreaterThanOne’s Social Media Seminar (FREE) and then check out Steve Rubel of Edelman and Pete Cashmore of Mashable at Mashable’s Next Up: Social Media Marketing 101. Tickets are $20/$25.
After the Mashable event there’s chatter about a TechKaraoke event – honestly, never a better way to meet stranger than singing rock music … often badly. Good times. These things happen last minute, so follow @techkaraoke on Twitter for details.
Thursday June 4
Social Media Club spreads the gospel with their all day Social Media Camp all-day at the home of our good friends at the Roger Smith Hotel. If you’ve been to a BarCamp before, it’ll have the same sort of format. It’s an unconference, and the knowledge shared and gained is priceless. This event is $25.
I’m humbled to be appearing on a roundtable with Allison Palmer, Rachel Sklar and Soraya Dorabi at NY Social Media Roundtable’s first event, Social Media for Non-Profits. This event is FREE.
If you’re into the music scene, check out the SoundCtrl launch party at the Rock and Roll Annex downtown. Tickets are $10.
Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6
I’m sure there are a whole bunch of parties I’m not aware of, but among the parties on the Internet Week NY schedule is the Iconoclast Media Open House in Brooklyn. DJs, beer and networking served with style.
Sunday, June 7
I’m part of a team working on putting together a Wiffle ball tournament for some teams and players in NYC. I’m finalizing details now, but if you’d like to be involved, pop over to http://twiffleball.pbworks.com. UPDATE: We’re confirmed to play Wiffleball all day on Sunday June 7 on the west side of Manhattan. Sign up here!
This by all means is not a comprehensive list of events, so if you know of more that I haven’t called out here, leave them in the comments! I hope to see you all at many of these events!