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New Year brings new plans for Techweek!

Techweek is not only expanding to more cities, but we’re taking our conferences in each city to the next level!  During the Official Reveal Party on Dec. 5, Techweek released the plans for all 2014 festivals.  Here’s what’s new next year:
  1. We are coming to two new cities
    • Miami: Home of the Heat, both sports team and weather
    • Detroit: Automobile Capital of the world
  1. We are expanding LAUNCH: 100 contestants to take part in three competitions
    • LAUNCH Local Seed Stage – A competition for the earliest of startups
    • LAUNCH Local Growth Stage – A battle of already growing startups
    • Industry LAUNCH – An industry competition for each Techweek city
  1. We are taking over River North by adding a festival to our Conference and Expo
    • A major musical stage that will commandeer the Mart’s South Drive where attendees can dance and let loose
    • Our 2nd Annual Film and Television Festival, formerly known as Techweek at the Movies, will be even bigger and better
    • An extended Food Truck Face Off can only mean one thing: more delicious food that will keep your stomach satisfied
    • More parties and Happy Hours throughout River North 
  1. We are revamping the floor plan
    • With 50% more space there will be amplified buzz and energy for exhibitors and a bigger party zone for attendees to enjoy cocktails and food 
  1. We are overhauling passes to enhance every attendee experience: tickets will go on sale Jan. 15
    • Founder’s Pass – invitation-only, premium access to Techweek Partner Eventswith 5-star service including table service
    • Platinum Pass – sip cocktails in our exclusive Private Lounge, plus front row seats to FashionTECH Runway Show and VIP access at events
    • Summit Pass - all stages and summits are open to you, plus the FashionTECH Runway Show and all party access
    • Expo Plus Pass – see the Summit Stage and Techweek parties, plus you can relax in the Summit Lounge
    • Expo Pass – visit the Expo HallStartup City, and Hiring Fair, plus entrance to the LAUNCH Stage and Knowledge Bar
    • Festival Pass – access to Techweek festival events where you can drink, dine, and dance on the South Drive
  1. We have four new products for sponsors to drive engagement with customers
    • The new South Drive Stage is the place to party and get your brand in front of thousands at the Techweek Festival Stage on the Mart’s South Drive.
    • Techweek’s new User Summit is all about hosting a private user conference where you can mingle with potential customers and existing clients
    • At the Techweek Knowledge Bar key technology leaders will demonstrate their knowledge through hosted Q&A sessions with interested Techweekers looking to gain insight into the business world
    • The new Techweek Campfire allows you to gather a group of like-minded attendees for casual conversation on a topic of your choosing
Contact us for questions about new products or plans for 2014! And be sure to check out pictures from the Dec. 5 Official Reveal Party here.

Techweek Holiday Gift Guide – Day Three

giftguide_day3   You can find all of the tech gadgets in the links below. Nest Thermostat – The Nest Thermostat learns what temperatures you like and builds a personalized schedule.  You can program and teach it efficient temperatures for a few days and, within a week, it’ll start setting them on its own.  Nest will also save you money by turning on an energy-efficient away temperature when you’re gone.  If you forget to turn the air down, Nest will do it for you. Chromecast – With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV — movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome.  With Chromecast, users will no longer have to huddle around small screens and tiny speakers. Kymera Wand – The Kymera Wand is a buttonless remote control that can learn up to 13 infrared (IR) codes from existing remote controls and replay those IR codes when the user makes one of the 13 predefined movement “gestures.” Techweek Passes – Last, but not least, a pass to Techweek in one of our five cities.  Tickets for all five cities will be on sale soon! From the entire Techweek team we would like to wish you and your family a Happy Holiday!  See you all in 2014!

Techweek Holiday Gift Guide – Day Two

giftguide_day2   You can check out all of these great gifts by clicking the links below. Fitbit – Fitbit is a fitness tracker that tracks your everyday activity and continuously syncs your stats to your computer and smartphone.  Users can get real-time access to their progress and reminders throughout the day without having to plug in.  Users can also see their progress online through graphs and charts that will help you gain insights into your fitness trends. Moto G – This is a smartphone with a 4.5″ HD display, all-day battery, quad-core speed, Android 4.3 with a guaranteed upgrade, and colorful backs to customize your phone.  Its edge-to-edge display stretches to all four corners and enables users to watch, read, or browse on a big screen. Impossible Instant Lab – Never wait for photos again.  With Impossible Instant Lab you can transform any digital image to a real, one-of-a-kind analog instant photo via your iPhone or iPod touch.  Select a picture, place your iPhone on the Instant Lab and within seconds it ejects your analog instant photo, ready to develop in the palm of your hand. Myo – A motional control armband that lets you use the movements of your hands to effortlessly control your phone, computer, and so much more.  Myo armband senses gestures and motion control to seamlessly interpret what your hands and fingers are doing, and transmits that information over Bluetooth to communicate with your favorite digital devices. Stay tuned for day three of the Techweek Holiday Gift Guide!

Techweek Holiday Gift Guide – Day One


 You can find these great gifts for you or your friends and family below! The Tile App - The Tile App on your phone makes it easy to find your Tile(s) anywhere, anytime.  Just attach, stick or drop your Tile into any item you might lose: laptops, wallets, keys, guitars, bikes — you name it.  Then get on with the fun. LIFX – LIFX is a multi-colored LED smart bulb that you control with your smartphone.  LIFX comes in several types of bulbs for you to choose. Coin – A card that is similar to a regular card, except it is connected to all of your credit cards.  You can choose what credit card you would like to expense to by tapping a simple button and selecting the card.  Coin also has a security feature that alerts you when your card is away from you phone so you never leave it behind. 180s – These ear warmers keep you nice and toasty while allowing you to listen to your favorite tracks.  Don’t choose between headphones or ear warmers, choose 180s and get both. Stayed tuned for more on the Techweek Holiday Gift Guide!    

Funding and PR info from Walker Sands

techweek-ad3 Did you receive a key (USB) from Walker Sands?  Check it out for information on venture capital fundraising for startups and more on what PR can do for early stage companies. As a follow up, our friends at Walker Sands are providing a link to their white paper “5 Questions to Ask Before Launching a PR Campaign for Startups” which you can download here.  When should you launch a PR campaign?  How do you know PR is actually working?  This five page informational document will give you the insight as to when PR will be most beneficial for your company. Any questions?  Looking for a key of your own?  Email Courtney Beasley at Walker Sands for additional information.

Techweek at the Movies!

tw_movies_dreamworks We’re kicking off Techweek New York the right way with a premiere screening of The Fifth Estate. VIP and conference pass holders as well as LAUNCH competitors are invited to see the film, based on the events surrounding the news-leaking website WikiLeaks, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.
  • WHERE: – AMC Loews Village 7, 66 3rd Avenue (at 11th Street)
  • WHEN: – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15
  • RSVP: Reserve your spot today!
Be sure to check out the Future of Media Summit, which features speakers such as Noah Robischon of FastCompany and Zack O’Malley Greenburg and Kelly Reid of Forbes. If you’re interested in attending the premiere but still need a conference pass, grab one at See you there and don’t forget the popcorn!

Sneak Peak of FashionTECH NYC 2013!

How best to cap off a great day of speakers, startups and networking with the who’s who of the New York tech community? By heading to the Techweek Fashion Show, that’s how. The runway show is one of a kind – an experience that celebrates the innovation that happens at the intersection of fashion and technology. It’s a full-scale fashion show, and attendees will enjoy a peek at the season’s hottest fashions. The show was a huge hit at Techweek Chicago 2013. Head over to our Facebook photo gallery to get a glimpse of what you can expect from the show in New York on Oct. 17. Also be sure to check out our FashionTECH Summit, featuring incredible speakers like Jon Czaja (CIO, Bonobos), Aliza Licht (SVP Global Communications, DKNY) and Shauna Mei (CEO, AhaLife). If you still need to grab a conference badge, pick one up at

It’s Techweek in New York City

Debuting this year, Techweek New York, Oct. 14-20 at 82Mercer in Manhattan, is quickly becoming a preeminent destination event complete with partner-sponsored and related events. The conference, Oct. 17, will feature speaking sessions, a launch competition for startups and a tech fashion show. We hope to see you there. Click here to check out the New York schedule!

Techweek NYC Conference Pass Giveaway

ny_socialmedia Listen up New York!  If you haven’t already picked up a conference pass, head on over to to sign up.  Techweek NYC is also giving away two pass, good for admission to the conference and LAUNCH competition – a $199 value. We’ve lined up some world-class speakers, a tech fashion show, and a LAUNCH competition that will see a roster of exciting startups compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes.  This is one event you don’t want to miss. Just retweet this to enter a drawing for Pass No. 1. If you want a shot at Pass No. 2, share this post on Facebook. Drawing will take place this Friday, Oct. 11. See you in New York!

First look: Techweek’s Future of Media Summit

Fresh Faces Techweek Hear from inspiring leaders who are reshaping modern media: Leo Resig, CEO, Chet Kanojia, Founder & CEO, Aereo Jeff Jarvis, Founder, BuzzMachine Alex Winter, Director, “Downloaded” Attend sessions to power the reach of your message: Changing the Channel: The future of TV content delivery Evolution of Blogging: From to micro-content. What’s next? Future of photo entertainment: Going viral with crotch shots and cute cats