Internet Week New York will see several events and presentations on its main stage selected by the public as part of Make the Stage, an initiative announced Thursday by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.
Ideas for presentations can be submitted in six categories — startups, social media, technology, advertising and creativity, entertainment, and mobile — through April 8, after which voting will run through April 22.
Two winners in each category – one chosen by the public, and the other by a panel of experts – will receive one-hour slots on the main stage during Internet Week New York, which runs June 6-13 and will consist of more than 200 events.
The panel includes Alex Blagg (A Bajillion Hits), Josh Harris (The Wired City), Suroosh Alvi (Vice), Jared Hecht (GroupMe), Soraya Darabi (Foodspotting), Ashley Granata (Fashism), Kris Kiger (R/GA), Sean Mills (Nerve.com), David-Michel Davies (Webby Awards), Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital), Anthony DeRosa (Reuters Media), and Scott Belsky (Behance).
Internet Week New York chairman David-Michel Davies said:
Make the Stage is the logical evolution of Internet Week New York’s commitment to openness. This is the public’s chance to really set the agenda for this year’s festival by coming up with their own ideas to produce or selecting the ideas and issues most worthy of being showcased.