Events industry juggernaut, BizBash, has named Social Media Week in its “New York’s Top 100 Events in 2015” list as the #2 technology event. As one of the world’s top cities for major events and conferences, native New Yorkers and once-a-year visitors alike flock to the city that never sleeps for some of the top industry events. New York suffers no shortage of influential gatherings, bringing together prominent leaders, organizations, recognized brands, and celebrated traditions year after year.
Social Media Week NYC fits right into the New York love affair the city has with its wonderful events. Starting in 2007, SMW NYC now attracts nearly 10,000 attendees, 300 speakers, and 200 events for week of conversations, insights, predictions, and more. BizBash examined several factors for this list, including economic impact, buzz, innovation, and an event’s prominence within the communities it intends to serve.
2015’s edition of Social Media Week NYC includes BuzzFeed’s future of sharable storytelling achieved through GIFs, memes, and other cross-cultural media. Code and Theory will inspire brands to create memorable experiences, and entertainment professionals will look to MTV to draw up the future of programming. WIRED and the New York Times will dive into the future of news and technology, and MRY will lead a discussion on the upcoming trends of content marketing and paid media.
Past speakers at SMW include: Jonah Peretti (Buzzfeed); Steve Case (founder of AOL, Case Foundation, Revolution); Seth Godin (best selling author); Neil Blumenthal (Warby Parker); Robin Chase (ZipCar/BuzzCar); Lisa Gansky (GNN, Ofoto); Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), David Karp (Tumblr), Scott Harrison (founder of charity: water); Larry King with George Takei; and performances by Janelle Monáe and Big Boi.