Keeping You Moving: Citi Bike & SMW NYC

It didn’t take long for Citi Bike and the launch of the bike share program to capture our hearts. In just the 5 months it’s been active, there are over 80,000 members who have taken more than five million trips with the program. Citi Bike regularly sees six plus trips per bike per day, outpacing London’s system. During the launch, we looked at the pros and cons of the system. And since then, Citi Bike has done a lot to help meet user needs and expectations.

It has has grown more rapidly in terms of ridership than any other bike share system in the nation, and their blog provides fun and engaging ways for users to get the most out of their memberships. Just check out their haunted bike tours for Halloween to see what we mean.

All this has us excited. We’re big proponents of collaborative consumption, and Citi Bike helps solve transportation issues while minimizing resources. So, we’re thrilled to offer a free week rental to our Insider and CMO Pass Holders as an added benefit for joining us at SMW NYC. It’s just one of the many perks, so make sure you check out all the options now.

Grab your pass and a sweet bike ride to accompany it here. Enjoy!

For more stats, check out how Citi Bike did their first month:
Citi Bike, Bike Share, NYC, Collaborative Consumption

New York Special: Last Day for 40%, Plus Naked Wines Perk

This SMW NYC is going to be big. Powered by Nokia, SMW NYC returns this February 17-21.

Bringing a lineup of incredible featured speakers like Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar and Buzzcar and Steve Case co-founder of AOL, Revolution and the Case Foundation, we will deep dive into how people and businesses can be more human in an Always on, Always Connected World. The lineup is looking incredible, and we want you to be a part of it all.

If that wasn’t enough, we also have some amazing added benefits for all Insider Pass-holders to SMW NYC, including:

  • + $50 of free Naked Wine credit
  • + 4 Free plates from
  • + Uber Ride Discount
  • + 1 Free Yoga Shanti class, courtesy of Breath Repeat

Today is the LAST day for our 40% special. PLUS, if you grab your Insider Pass today, we’ll increase your Naked Wines credit to $100! We all love wine in NYC; here’s your chance to score big.

Learn more about the lineup of amazing speakers and Pass Options & Benefits here. This offer expires tonight at midnight, so this is your last chance to save big.

See you in February!

Seasons of Change: A New Mayor, A New SMW NYC Vision & Home

The city has a new mayor, creating a new beginning and shift in the air. And here at SMW NYC, together with the city, we embrace this change. We celebrate change. This February, we’re bringing a new vision; a renewed passion.

This is our sixth year of SMW NYC, and we’re bringing you a totally new experience.

A New Home: Official Campus

We want your SMW14 experience, to be more social, more interactive, and more productive than you ever thought possible. Powered for a third year by our long time partners Nokia, we’ve moved all official programming to our Official Campus venue at Highline Stages to give you a more unified and cohesive experience.

A Unifying Theme: The Future of Now

SMW is where we make progress in terms of how technology and humanity come together. This February we will look at this through our theme The Future of Now, which will explore our always on, always connected world. Driving the conversation will be our keynote speakers, which this year include:

+ Steve Case – Revolution, founder of Case Foundation, and founder & former CEO of AOL
+ Robin Chase – co-founder of Zipcar and CEO of BuzzCar

Both Steve and Robin have built and sold hugely successful businesses, and both continue to drive change in their respective fields. In addition to these pioneers in business, you will also hear from:

+ Nancy Lublin –
+ Doug Rushkoff – Author of Present Shock
+ Eli Pariser – UpWorthy
+ Scott Heiferman – Meetup
+ Cindy Gallop –
+ Soraya Darabi – Zady

We will be making many more speaker announcements over the coming weeks, but for now we have a really exciting offer to get in early! All events at Campus will require a pass, and today we are announcing an incredible offer, just for you, our existing community.

Because you’ve been a long standing member of our community, we want to thank you with a special offer. If you buy your pass in the next 24 hours and share it with your friends, you get 50% discount. SMW is designed to be social, so invite your friends.

Three floors of activities; four stages of content; four days of programming; and four ways you can experience it all.

Learn more and get the pass that’s right for you here.

Thanks and we can’t wait to show off all we’ve been working on this February!

Our Global HQ: A New Kind Of SMW Experience

You could say we have a special type of affinity for our new Global Headquarters. Not just because it’s the first of it’s kind, but because it embodies the type of immersive experience we’ve been dreaming about. Combined with our hallmark top-notch speakers and gold standard programming, basically, it’s our very own version of Social Media Week Heaven.

The Metropolitan Pavilion will house the HQ from February 19th to the 22nd. It’s the perfect environment for the interactive installations, activities, and lounges that will complete this experiential space. Speakers Tonya Surman, CEO for the Centre for Social Innovation, Ben Kaufman, founder & CEO of Quirky, Cindy Gallop and the team, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit are among the cadre of thoughtleaders that will guide conversations around our theme Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World. Stay tuned, however, there are many, many announcements and surprises to come.

Each and every hub that comprises the SMW NYC experience will provide unique and valuable content for free, but the Global HQ will be the home away from home for those patrons looking to submerge themselves in our programming.

For access to the Global HQ, you’ll need to purchase one of our Premium Insider or Global HQ passes. This will not only provide access to all of the perks aforementioned, but free classes too! To ensure you snag a seat at an unbeatable price, get 40% off from now until December 21st. (Plus, if you tweet about your pass purchase with #SMWNYCPass, you can could win one of two $200 Airbnb vouchers! Only before Dec. 21)

You won’t want to miss it. Trust me.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Super Early Bird Passes on Sale, Global HQ & Content Hubs Announced

It’s our 5th Birthday at SMW NYC and we have some BIG announcements! From February 19th to the 22nd, we, alongside headline sponsor Nokia and speakers including Ben Kaufman, founder & CEO of Quirky, Cindy Gallop and the team, and Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit will explore our global theme Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World

And we want you to join us! So, we’re offering Super Early Bird passes, a sneak peek at our schedule and a road map of where you can find the content that speaks to you most. Want to host your own event? You can do that too! Read on to find out what’s in store and how you can get involved:

Global HQ: Our first ever global headquarters has found a home at the Metropolitan Pavilion and will feature interactive installations, classes and a main stage with programming centered on the Architects, Inventors and Collaborators changing our world.

Advertising & Marketing Hub: JWT, a leading global advertising agency, will host conversations on the impact of creativity, collaboration and community in the world of marketing and brand communications. These people invented the grilled cheese sandwich for client Kraft in 1930. Enough said.

Lifestyle & Culture Hub: No one does media quite like Hearst Corporation, the perfect place to talk arts, fashion, entertainment and cultural trends. Their mission is to inform, entertain, and inspire, which they have done for 125 years!

Business and Entrepreneurship Hub: A multinational mass media corporation with a premier site for business and financial market news. Can you think of a more appropriate setting to explore disruptions in business and commerce than Bloomberg? We think not.

Society and Social Impact Hub: 92Y is the city’s premiere nonprofit cultural and community center, and they’ve been all about social good since 1874! We couldn’t think of a better home for conversations on the role of social, digital and mobile media and their interplay with social change than 92Y’s downtown venue, 92YTribeca.

Independently Hosted Events: Our community hosted events have been the heart and soul of SMW in the past and this year is no exception. Past hosts include The New York Stock Exchange, MoMA, BBH Labs, IDEO, Instagrammers of NYC, Digitas, Storycode, and The Guggenheim. Submit your ideas, here.

As mentioned, we are releasing a very early peek at our schedule of events TODAY! So add the one’s you love to Favorites or submit your own events ideas by January 11th. The full schedule will be live in early January.

But WAIT. There’s even MORE good news!

Purchase one of our special passes to avoid having to register for individual sessions in the Content Hubs, attend all three days in Global HQ, access special perks and benefits, and attend SMW VIP Parties – did we mention one of the Jonas Brothers was in attendance last year?

With our Super Early Bird discount they are 40% off the standard price. And if you tweet about our passes with #SMWNYCPass, you can could win one of two $200 Airbnb vouchers.

We look forward to seeing you in February!

The Early Bird Gets the Worm- Super Early Bird Pass Options

SMW started in NYC right off the heels of the 2008 elections, almost 5 years ago. It’s incredible to think on how it’s grown and changed over the years. A year after we started, we began adding livestreamed content. Then three years ago, we introduced the Content Hub, separating out content in verticals to make it easier to select events of interest. Because the content at our official Hubs is highly curated and in higher demand, last year we began offering special passes to ensure you get to see what is of most interest. Pass holders got to skip registration at a particular Hub or with our Insider Pass, overall- in addition to special perks and benefits from our partners and access to our Official Parties.

This year, we’re keeping the trend and going bigger and more convenient again. SMW NYC returns with 4 Official Content Hubs and a little something new- a Global Headquarters. Our Global HQ will feature interactive exhibits, food and beverages, classes and main stage programming dedicated to the Architects, Collaborators and Inventors who are changing the world.

From targeted Hub Passes to all-inclusive Insider Passes to just scoping out the new HQ, we want to give you the opportunity to see it all. Starting Monday, December 10th until December 21, SMW NYC Passes will be available at a Super Early Bird discount- 40% off the standard price.

We’ll still be offering plenty of events a la carte for free with amazing content. You can check out what to expect with our initial schedule- live on Monday as well. And if you’re still holding off on getting your event in, now’s the time. We’ll be pushing out events regularly until event submission closes January 11th. Get it in early so we can start saving your event to our “Favorites.”

Looking forward to seeing you this February!