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Techweek New York is a weeklong festival celebrating the innovation ecosystem in the Big Apple, with 7 days of exciting tech-related events culminating in a 2 day conference and expo.

Techweek is coming back for a second year to take another bite out of the Big Apple.


Main stage topics range from wearable tech to self driving cars. Choose from over 55 speakers


50 startups compete for all the marbles: $50K+ in cash and prizes at the LAUNCH Competition


Fashion and technology collide on the catwalk of the FashionTECH Runway Show


Tech’s latest innovative products and services first-hand in our world-class Expo Hall


A job in tech – or hire your next employee of the month – at the Techweek Hiring Fair


At Bar Techweek, the in-expo watering hole, or at one of Techweek’s famous parties




Stay ahead of the curve in rapidly evolving web languages, get your hands on newest tech toys and keep your edge in the hiring arena: the Dev Summit has it all.



Andrew Bolwell

Andrew Bolwell is Director of Innovation for HP’s Printing and Personal Systems Group. Responsible for defining HP’s long-term innovation and technology vision for printing and personal computing, Andrew is spearheading new markets, products and business models that will help shape HP’s future growth.

Todd Drake

As Chief Technology Officer at Organic, Todd Drake leads the agency’s technology and QA practices, enhancing delivery capabilities and developing leading-edge concepts and solutions that support diverse client needs. With deep expertise rooted in over 30 years of technology experience, he also co-leads the Product Development Team, which goes beyond typical agency Labs to be responsible for turning emerging technologies into meaningful opportunities for Organic’s clients, and building best practices and delivery capabilities for the agency.

Jason Fass

Jason Fass’ professional career is deeply rooted in the technology sector, having held positions in product management for tech giants including Cisco, Apple and Jawbone. At Apple, Jason was the senior product manager for the MacBook Pro line responsible for launching 10 unique models. Jason saw an opportunity to use his obsession with personal data to develop new sensor-based technologies and is proud to be leading the team at Zepp Labs. Zepp Labs empowers athletes and coaches with meaningful performance information that can help them discover ways to immediately improve their game.

Mark Lassoff

Mark Lassoff is a publisher, top technical trainer and author, providing software, mobile and web development training. Mark is a sought after video trainer, speaker and host. He is founder of LearnToProgram, Inc., a Connecticut-based company that publishes online courses that teach mobile, web, and game development. Loads of free tutorials and courses can be found at Mark’s twitter is @mlassoff.

Todd McKinnon

Todd McKinnon is the CEO and co-founder of Okta, a cloud-based service that empowers people to be more productive and IT to be more secure. Under Todd’s leadership, Okta has grown into a leading identity management solution with hundreds of enterprise customers and millions of users worldwide. He has spoken about enterprise software and entrepreneurship at events such as TechCrunch Disrupt and Fortune Brainstorm Tech, and contributed to publications such as Harvard Business Review, Fortune and Fast Company.

Ben Spear

Ben Spear is a strategy consultant in Boston, where he helps daring innovators succeed by transforming ideas into brands. His work with small- and medium-sized organizations embraces improvisation and rapid prototyping to prove brand-market fit. As cofounder of #brandhack, Ben has tested the limits of accelerated design-and-build sprints, and codified that knowledge into actionable methods for endeavors of any scale.

Hilary Topper

Hilary JM Topper MPA is the President/CEO of HJMT Public Relations. As a First Generation Google Glass Explorer, Hilary created Glasslandia, the first Google Glass reality show. Hilary Topper also hosts Wearable On Air and Tech New Now, programs dedicated to Wearable Technology. For more information, visit, follow Hilary on Twitter @Hilary25, or subscribe to Hilary’s personal blog,

Are Traasdahl

Tapad CEO and Founder Are Traasdahl has more than 15 years’ experience in mobile and digital content. He is a frequent contributor on mobile advertising technology for outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg News, and he has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and other major news outlets. He was recently named one of Business Insider’s “Most Important People in Mobile Advertising: 2013.” Traasdahl also currently holds several board positions and heads Spring Capital, an investment holding company.


Fluidity, fierceness and embracing the faces (or often facelessness) of financial markets and the modern money exchange.



Jay Edelson

Jay is the Founder & Managing Partner of Edelson PC, a law firm that focuses on cutting edge consumer tech & privacy issues. Federal courts have repeatedly recognized Jay as a “pioneer” in privacy & tech-related class actions, and for litigating––in the words of the courts––some of the “largest consumer class actions in the country.” Jay serves as lead counsel in the class action litigation against former Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox regarding the data breach that resulted in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars in Bitcoin and Fiat currency. The American Bar Association has recognized Jay as one of the “the most creative minds in the legal profession.”

Yao Huang

Yao Huang is a highly entrepreneurial executive who works with businesses and start-ups, assisting with revenue and funding. Yao is Managing Partner at Pereg Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm affiliated with Nielsen. She is also founder of The Hatchery, a venture collaboration organization instrumental in developing the New York technology ecosystem with an enterprise incubator. Yao was named by Forbes as one of eleven women at the center of New York’s digital scene, and by Beta Beat as one of 25 Women Driving New York’s Tech Scene.

Lisa Xu

Lisa connects business with technology. She thrives in transforming disruptive technology into a profitable emerging security solution leader. Over the past two decades, Lisa advised Fortune500 enterprises on data security, privacy and technology risk management. Lisa started her career as a management consultant at Accenture (Andersen Consulting) and led many diverse teams at Ally Financial (GMAC), KPMG and Blue Cross Blue Shield.


From adtech, social media and online publishing, the avenues to extended your reach and power your message are growing at staggering speeds.



Maxine Bédat

Soraya Darabi (@SorayaDarabi) and Maxine Bédat (@MaxineBedat) are the co-founders of Zady (@Zady), a shopping platform and lifestyle destination, for the next generation of conscious consumers who care about the origins of the items they purchase. Zady, the “Whole Foods of fashion,” seamlessly integrates commerce, rich media content, and social media to provide customers with a dynamic shopping experience. On Zady, customers can purchase goods that were created with craftsmanship, a quality that has been sacrificed by fast-fashion.

Andrew Caravella

Andrew Caravella is vice president of marketing at Sprout Social, a leading social media management and engagement platform for business. He leads a rock star team that creates and delivers relevant, engaging content and conversations through multiple forms of media and technology. Andrew believes the heart of social media hinges on exceptional experiences and meaningful connections, and uses those principles to guide dedicated acquisition, brand visibility and customer growth efforts at Sprout.

Jean Ellen Cowgill

Jean Ellen Cowgill is president of Atlantic Media Strategies, Atlantic Media’s digital consultancy. AMS helps organizations apply cutting-edge practices in digital media, including those battle-tested across The Atlantic and Atlantic Media’s other leading publications. The AMS team builds websites, crafts share-worthy stories, and helps clients meaningfully engage their communities. Previously, Jean Ellen ran Atlantic Media’s corporate strategy projects, evaluating new ventures and building long-term plans for growth. In 2010, she was named one of “ten under forty” stars in media.

Soraya Darabi

Soraya Darabi (@SorayaDarabi) and Maxine Bédat (@MaxineBedat) are the co-founders of Zady (@Zady), a shopping platform and lifestyle destination, founded in August 2013, for the next generation of conscious consumers who care about the origins of the items they purchase. Zady, the “Whole Foods of fashion,” seamlessly integrates commerce, rich media content, and social media to provide customers with a dynamic shopping experience. On Zady, customers can purchase goods that were created with craftsmanship, a quality that has been sacrificed by fast-fashion.

Roman Karachinsky

Roman Karachinsky is the CEO of News360, a personalized news app that helps readers uncover high-quality, relevant articles from the world’s top headlines to niche interests. Roman brings to News360 a background in building platforms for reputation analysis and news monitoring for businesses, where he developed a passion for improving the personalization technologies that are now a part of everyday life. His mission at News360 is to change the way people discover and consume news.


There is no shortage of advice on how to start smart, but this summit will teach you how to stay smart and grow towards post-revenue glory.



Gihan Amarasiriwardena

As the CEO and co-founder of Ministry of Supply, Gihan Amarasiriwardena shapes the company’s products and brand, bringing his background in science and technology to create high-performance products for the modern man. After earning his S.B. in chemical and biological engineering from MIT and completing studies with design firms in the US and UK, Gihan co-founded Ministry of Supply to bring his high-tech vision for menswear to life.

Adora Cheung

The startup scene drew Adora Cheung to Silicon Valley where she worked at Slide, Inc., before joining the accelerator Y Combinator with her younger brother Aaron. The brother-sister team worked tirelessly for two years on failing ideas before literally running into the need for affordable, dependable home services themselves. They started Homejoy in July of 2012 and since the beginning of 2013 have grown the company to over 30 locations across North America (additional expansion coming soon). Having worked as a cleaner herself, and now working tirelessly for Homejoy, she knows how to use grit and dedication to get through anything.

Ken Deckinger

Ken Deckinger is the Co-Founder & CEO of Jess, Meet Ken, an online dating site where women can meet guys other women have recommended. Previously, Ken was the Co-Founder & CEO of HurryDate, the speed dating pioneer. Starting with one speed dating in NYC, Deckinger grew the business to as many as 150 events/month in 45 cities at its peak and also launch the company’s online dating platform. He led the company through its acquisition by Spark Networks, at which time he spent three years with the JDate team. Ken’s been in media around the world including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.

Helmuth Ludwig

As chief executive officer of the Industry Sector, Helmuth Ludwig is responsible for all business activity and executive management of the Siemens Industry Sector business in the United States. In his 20 years with Siemens, Ludwig has held a broad range of strategic leadership positions. In 2010, Ludwig became responsible for the global communications activities of the Industry Sector’s Industry Automation division. He was named CEO for the Industry Sector in October 2011.

Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian is a startup founder and investor in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from UVA in 2005, Alexis and his co-founder Steve Huffman started reddit, a top 50 US website. Now a reddit board member, Alexis focuses on social enterprise Breadpig, publishing authors like xkcd and SMBC — with profits donated to worthy causes. Alexis helped launch hipmunk and ran marketing/pr/community before becoming an advisor and joining the fight against SOPA & PIPA. He invests and advises over seventy tech startups. He’s Y Combinator’s Ambassador to the East, co-founder of the non-profit IHAS, and wrote a national bestselling book, Without Their Permission.

Adam Quinton

Adam Quinton is Chief Financial Officer of NopSec Inc. He is Founder/CEO of Lucas Point Ventures and an active investor in and advisor to early stage companies. His investments include The Muse, Rapt Media, VenueBook and Snaps and he is a Board member at Thrive Metrics. Adam is a member of and/or advisor to several angel groups including Astia Angel where he is a founding Angel and sits on the Astia Global Advisory Board. Additionally he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs.

Laura Sherbin

Laura Sherbin is executive vice president and director of research at Center for Talent Innovation (CTI). She is an economist specializing in workforce issues and international development. She is also an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She has led CTI research projects including “Off-Ramps and On-Ramps” in Japan and Germany and is coauthor of several Harvard Business Review articles and reports including The Athena Factor and The Sponsor Effect. She is a graduate of the University of Delaware and earned her PhD in economics from American University.

Charlie Sidman

Dr. Sidman was elected Board Member (Investors Seat) & President of the Crowdfunding Professional Association in October 2013. He is Managing Partner of ECS Capital Partners LLC, a Venture Fund investing in early-stage and growth enterprises, & is a retired Professor in the Medical and Business Colleges of the University of Cincinnati. He remains an active member in the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and also founded and leads the organization Crowdfunding Investment Angels.

Ethan Song

Independent and determined, Ethan has launched and collaborated on an array of creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. As co-founder, CEO, and Creative Director of menswear e-tailer Frank & Oak, Ethan enhances everything customer-facing, including the product, marketing campaigns, and online shopping experience. His vision of creating a simple and innovative company at the nexus of fashion, technology, and retail makes him an inspiration to his team and those around. Originally from China, Ethan has traveled and worked on most continents, including more pronounced stints in Shanghai, Paris, and Vancouver.

Karen Sumberg

Karen leads Diversity Strategy and Implementation for the Tech Function. Prior to joining Google, Karen was executive vice president at the Center for Talent Innovation and a principal with the CTI’s advisory services practice Hewlett Chivée Partners. She coauthored two Harvard Business Review articles, as well as two Harvard Business Review Research Reports including The Athena Factor: Reversing the Brain Drain in Science, Engineering and Technology and The Sponsor Effect. Prior to CTI, Karen worked in publishing and marketing in the U.S. and Australia and she taught English in Japan.

Neil Vogel

Neil Vogel is CEO of, assuming the role in April 2013. Before, Neil served as the CEO of Recognition Media, launching, acquiring and growing media and awards properties such as the Webby Awards, Internet Week NY and Europe and The Telly Awards. Neil co-founded Recognition Media in 2004. Prior to Recognition Media, Neil was part of the senior management team at Alloy Media + Marketing, a digital content and marketing services company focused on the teen and youth market.

Paris Wallace

Paris is the CEO of Ovuline, a health IT company that uses machine learning and big data to help women become pregnant and have healthy pregnancies. Ovuline has raised $1.4 million to date and its investors include Lightbank, the venture capital firm founded by Groupon co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkosky, as well as TechStars founder and CEO David Cohen. Ovuline has helped 100,000 women to date, and has collected over 10 million data points to improve women’s fertility and pregnancy health. The company is launching a pregnancy app later this year, and plans to expand their app suite to help women throughout motherhood.

Michael Waxman

In July 2011, Michael Waxman moved to New York to start his post-college life. Wanting to meet people and have adventures, but not satisfied with shopping for people at bars or online, Michael started Grouper as an experiment, building the prototype in a week.Hundreds of thousands of drinks later, Grouper is just getting started.Michael serves as Grouper’s CEO. Before Grouper, Michael both dropped out of and graduated from Yale University, working on other startups along the way.



Techweek builds a more complete experience by connecting the topics that are explored on stage to what is happening at the expo hall and the gatherings that are hosted throughout the event.


  • 75+ companies pack the floor with innovative products & insights to give Techweek attendees an unrivaled peek into the next wave of technology
  • New business, new clients and new perspectives — all at one of the nation’s most anticipated trade shows.

New Amsterdam shave lounge at Techweek Chicago 2013

  • Meet and talk to the very hiring managers building the teams changing the playing field. Shop around, and find your next dream job in tech.
  • 50+ tech companies will be looking to fill their talented ranks – will you be their next stellar find?

Trading Technologies engages attendees at the Techweek Hiring Fair

  • Watch startups 50+ compete for a grand prize of $50,000 in cash and prizes
  • Learn about the risk takers pitching their businesses to a panel of judges that includes entrepreneurs, investors, professors, journalists and CEOs.

2013 Launch winner, WeDeliver celebrate with Mayor Emanuel

  • A new element to the Expo – meet experts from fields ranging from public relations, video production, social media marketing, and many other fields.
  • Listen in on, or ask a burning question while you dynamically interact with real-world business experts. Vital content finally meets direct audience engagement at The Knowledge Bar.

Creator Up! Co-Founder Michael Tringe leads a Q&A at the TKB

  • Daily alumni meet-ups and happy hours keep the vibe going all day in the best bar in town. Imbibe with your new business partners or old friends.
  • Beer pong tournaments, DJs, and all the refreshments all the refreshments one could want are waiting at Bar Techweek.

Attendees socialize over cocktails at Bar Techweek

  • Play cutting-edge games and see the best of what is on the horizon of gaming. Meet the developers and engineers that are making this new artform possible.
  • Compete, collaborate, and kick some butt with other attendees at the Techweek Gamers lounge.

Techweek attendees get their adrenaline pumping at the Gamers Lounge


  • This ain’t your average food court. We’ve lined the streets of Soho with the finest food trucks in the city
  • Sample special offerings and prices while industry judges vote to crown the winner of the annual Food Truck Face-Off!

Attendees swarm the Mart to get a their hands on Food Truck treats

  • Ever wondered where the amazing companies of Manhattan call home? The Techweek Grand Tour gives you a sneak peak into the most dynamic, exciting office spaces in the city.
  • Journey alongside local executives on their turf, as they give insight to what makes their companies tick.

Katie Spriggs of Centro hard at work during the Grand Tour

  • Take over Bar Techweek inside the expo hall – kick it like only your company knows how to!
  • Gather with your favorite associates to celebrate your collaborative accomplishments or meet up with your new co-founder!

George Bousis and the Raise team enjoying the Groupon Happy Hour

  • Each year that the Techweek conference grows, so do our parties! In our 2nd year we have teed up some unforgettable events at the city’s hottest venues to cap off each productive day
  • To give you a tiny hint: past Techweek parties have included the 2013 Stanley Cup champs, the Chicago Blackhawks & Calvin Harris – just saying.

Drinks flow as attendees kick back at Techweek parties

  • Tech has transformed fashion, allowing brands to gain exposure through new channels, & defining your style as easy as tapping “share.”
  • The FashionTECH Runway Show is the defining intersection of tech, fashion and e-commerce. Grab a front-row seat to the hottest runway show featuring tech influenced designers.

The fabulous models closing out the FashionTECH Runway Show

  • The fun doesn’t stop when you leave the Techweek floor – attend a slew of events all over town
  • Choose between workshops, brunches, happy hours, office tours and more

Launch winner WeDeliver celebrate at the CDW Bootleggers Ball


  • Categorized speakers, expo booths, and professional workshops
  • Witness the pioneers of new technologies and topics that push the boundaries of modern day innovation meets attendees at their expo booth

  • Home of the future of tech – past speakers include likes of Travis Kalanick (CEO, Uber) and Craig Newmark (Founder, Craigslist)
  • Technology’s leading CEOs, founders, and rule-breakers share their stories

Matt Mullenweg of WordPress & Stefan Wietz of Bing at Techweek

  • Gain a true understanding of some of tech’s most preeminent visionaries while they speak on topics ranging from developing their niche industries to managing mammoth tech empires.
  • Industry leaders gather on stage to fuel ground-breaking panels, and deliver keynotes These elements fuse on stage for a truly immersive experience.

CTOs Leon Chism, Harper Reed and others speak to a packed room

  • Partake in curated group discussions ranging from topics regarding how to handle a social media crisis to how to capture funding for your burgeoning startup.
  • Learn from industry experts and fellow attendees in this remarkable new, engaging format

Campfire session at the Polsinelli Smart Lounge




From Penn Station
Downtown C/E Train to Spring St. Station, then walk six blocks east.
From Union Square
Downtown N/R Train to Prince St. Station, walk two blocks south and one block west to Mercer St. or Downtown 6 Train to Spring St. Station, walk three blocks west to Mercer St.
From Grand Central Station
Downtown 6 Train to Spring St. Station, walk three blocks west to Mercer St.
From Port Authority Bus Terminal (42nd St. & 8th Ave)
Downtown C/E Train to Spring St. Station, walk six blocks east to Mercer St.



CEOs, entrepreneurs, innovators and dreamers meet at Techweek to see what’s next. Whether you are receiving legal advice at the Techweek Knowledge Bar, meeting your next co-founder in the expo or demoing the newest SaaS platform – your cup will never be empty.


Soak up all the tech know-how across our many stages, panels, curated conversations, and Q&A sessions.

  • Four types of content. 40+ sessions. Cutting edge topics discussed in front of the Techweek audience.
  • 55+ speakers. Technical experts, eminent founders and CEOs.
  • Unparalleled audience engagement throughout the conference


See the new wave of innovation before the rest of the pack gets to. Meet the very innovators changing the game.

  • 50+ companies show their newest technologies & 35+ companies looking to hire you
  • 50+ startups compete for $50k in cash and prizes
  • A plethora of bars and lounges to get to know your fellow Techweekers


Find the perfect intersection of tech, music, fashion and fun. See the best of what your city has to offer.

  • After-parties featuring the likes of JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Calvin Harris and Tiesto
  • Tunes, foodtrucks, & festivities along the streets of Soho
  • Fly from partner events to movie premieres to much, much more

50 Companies

  • Innovative products & insights from 50 companies
  • New business, new clients, and new perspectives – all at one of the nation’s most anticipated trade-shows

35+ Employers

  • 35+ tech companies looking for top talent
  • Meet hiring managers and find your next job in tech

40+ Sessions

  • Visions ranging from niche industries to mammoth tech empires
  • Panels and keynotes fuse onstage for a truly immersive experience

10+ Food Trucks

  • Sample special offerings from your city’s best food trucks on the streets of Soho
  • Watch the judges vote to crown a favorite!

8+ World Class Workspaces

  • Interactive tour of the most dynamic office spaces in your city
  • Journey alongside local executives on their turf

3+ Killer Parties

  • NYC’s most choice venues – open only to Techweek attendees
  • Break it down to the likes of Calvin Harris, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound & Tiesto

15 Curated Conversations

  • Partake in in-depth curated conversations
  • Learn from industry experts and fellow attendees

50 Startups

  • Meet the teams building the future of tech
  • Watch startups compete for a grand prize of up to $50,000 in cash and prizes

5 Kegs

  • Take a break from the thrill while you imbibe with your new business partners or old friends
  • Daily Alumni meet-ups and happy hours

8 All Encompassing Topics

  • Categorized speakers, expo booths, and professional workshops
  • Witness the vanguard of new technologies
  • Topics that push the boundaries of what is considered the norm

15 Top Online Brands

  • The defining intersection of tech, ecommerce and fashion
  • Featuring tech enabled local and international designers

40+ Riveting Sessions

  • Past speakers include likes of Travis Kalanick (Uber) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • The industry’s most visionary CEOs, founders, and rule-breakers

10+ Cutting Edge Games

  • Play cutting-edge games and see the best of what is coming up next
  • Compete, collaborate, and kick some butt with other attendees

5+ Discussions

  • Q&A sessions with industry experts
  • Dynamic content meets direct audience engagement

3 Killer Happy Hours

  • Take over Bar Techweek – kick it like only your company knows how!
  • Gather with your favorite associates to celebrate your amazing collaborative accomplishments

The end all, be all of passes

  • Meet the industries most visionary CEOs and tech leaders
  • Engage in Chatham House Rule convos
  • Gather at one of the most exclusive events of the year

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