Rome Fortune To Perform at the Official #SMWNYC Closing Party

On Friday night, February 26th, the Official VIP Closing Party will take place at the iconic Diamond Horseshoe venue at The Paramount Hotel. If you’re an Insider Passholder, join us to wrap up the 2016 edition of Social Media Week along with LDV Hospitality.

We’re bringing together New York’s digital elite with a complete open bar featuring Heineken’s portfolio of beers, specialty cocktails from Jose Cuervo, wine and bubbly. There will be plenty of dancing, food, we’re excited to announce that Rome Fortune will perform!

In the most cosmic sense of the word, Rome Fortune is Atlanta’s newest star. Green-bearded and crop-topped, 6’5” in cowboy boots, he takes the stage like an eclipse and flips straighforward bars into lunar poetry. But even with such otherworldly swagger, Rome’s music connects with fans because of how powerfully (and sometimes painfully) human it really is.

His new album, Jerome Raheem Fortune (out Friday 2/26 on Fool’s Gold) is the true story of this man who fell to earth. Rome’s Beautiful Pimp mixtapes (“rap as motivational speaking, generous and all-inclusive” – Pitchfork) and collaborations with everyone from turn-up trailblazers OG Maco and ILoveMakonnen to Four Tet and Toro Y Moi were merely the prelude to JRF’s nakedly honest storytelling.

Over loose, dreamlike tracks from longtime collaborator Cubby, Rome gets extra real about his struggles: his parents, his children, and their mothers… his dreams, his demons, and the drugs that may be fueling both. Even Kaytranada produced single “Dance” is an outlier, an uptempo song about escape rather than elation. Yet nothing on Jerome Raheem Fortune is a drag; over the course of 11 potent tracks, Rome Fortune presents hip hop catharsis at its most compelling. Head towards the outer limits of rap with a guide who is intimately familiar.

Say Hello to Zignal Labs, Our Event Sponsor Providing Work Space for the Week

With the 150+ events taking place throughout Social Media Week NYC, there are plenty of sessions to choose from every day of the week. But, there are moments during #SMWNYC where attendees need to take a break to check email, dial into a client call, or catch up on all the Slack messages missed during the day.

Thanks to our Official Event Sponsor, Zignal Labs, SMW New York attendees will have ample space to connect to open their laptops and get their regular work done. Zignal Labs, a realtime, cross media analytics platform that enables clients to quickly spot trends, see relevant stories unfold, and take action, will host attendees at The TimesCenter all week with comfortable seating and tables to spread out.

The Zignal Labs lounges at The TimesCenter will serve as much-needed spots for the thousands of busy professionals attending SMW New York to get their work done without leaving the event. From casual networking and deal-making interactions, to making calls and checking emails, the co-working lounge is where the real conversations happen, and we couldn’t have done it without Zignal Labs!

Announcing The Launch of SMW New York’s Initial Program of Events for 2016

Social Media Week New York, now in it’s 8th year, brings together thousands of professionals in marketing, media and technology. Today, we’re excited to announce the initial schedule and speaker lineup for SMW New York, which takes place this February 22-26.

Join us across our two official venues, and hear from organizations such as Ogilvy, Starcom MediaVest, MRY, Forbes, Mashable, MTV, The Economist, GE, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Spotify and many more!

Session Spotlight

This year’s SMW New York event will feature 60+ official sessions between The TimesCenter and SVA Theatre. Some of the topics include: data & analytics, paid media, video, content marketing, mobile messaging, virtual reality, ad-blocking, growth marketing, and much more. Take a look below at a sampling of the events we’re excited for, and click here to view the initial 30 sessions that are confirmed for next month’s event.

  • “Mediapocalypse! Are Platforms Killing Media and Advertising? And Why Won’t Anyone Talk About It?” presented by Deep Focus
  • “Bracing for the Ad-Blocked Future: How Brands are Moving Beyond the Impression” presented by Crowdtap
  • “Hello Founders: Meet the Generation After Millennials, and What Sets Them Apart” presented by MTV

First Round of Confirmed Speakers

Individuals from leading organizations across marketing, media, and technology will join us in New York to direct the conversation. This year, we’re thrilled to announce some of the speakers confirmed for February 22-26, with more to be announced in the coming weeks:

  • Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times
  • Alex Blumburg, CEO of Gimlet Media
  • Evan Shapiro, EVP, Digital Enterprises, NBCUniversal
  • Jennifer Betka Wakeford, CMO of StubHub
  • Dan Harmon, Creator and Executive Producer, “HarmonQuest,” “Community” and “Rick and Morty
  • Kate Lewis, SVP and Editorial Director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media
  • Ian Schafer, Founder and Chairman of Deep Focus
  • Ricky Van Veen, College Humor & IAC
  • Lisa Weinstein, President of Starcom Media Group
  • Glenn Minerley, VP Group Account Director of Momentum Worldwide
  • Scott Carlis, VP Digital & Social Media of AEG Global Partnerships
  • Camille Hackney, EVP Brand Partnerships & Licensing of Atlantic Records
  • Kevin Knight, Head of Creative and Brand Strategy of Pinterest
  • Joe Rospars, Founder and CEO of Blue State Digital (and President Barack Obama’s chief digital strategist for 2008 and 2012 campaigns)
  • Garance Franke-Ruta, Washington Editor of Yahoo News
  • Tina Cervera, SVP and Executive Creative Director of VaynerMedia
  • Addie Conner, former Chief Innovation Officer of SocialCode
  • Sean Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Crowdtap
  • Afdhel Aziz, Brand Director of ABSOLUT Labs
  • Joahne Carter, VP of Marketing of Ricola
  • Ron Pinelli, CPA (FL), VP Digital Research and Standards of MRC
  • Peter Fasano, Global Consulting Principal of OgilvyRED

How to gain access to these speakers and events

If you want to gain access to these events, and join the thousands of attendees that come to Social Media Week in NYC each year, register today by purchasing your pass. You can also save 20% on your purchase until January 14th!

Event Submissions for SMW New York Close on December 9th

Entering its 8th year, SMW has brought together more than 200,000 people across thousands of individually hosted events on six continents and connected millions of people online. You and your organization can gain recognition as a thought-leader by hosting an event at Social Media Week 2016! Our global theme for 2016 is “The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology (and How We Can Harness it for Good).”

Event submissions close December 9th for SMW New York!

You have until December 9th to submit and join organizations such as Forbes, New York Times, Code and Theory, Digiday, IAB, MRY, Betaworks, The Economist and The Barbarian Group.

Why become an event partner?

  • Engage in the conversations relevant to your cause or industry
  • Gain recognition as a thought-leader or influencer in your field or industry
  • Amplify your message using the Social Media Week platform
  • Attract brands and networks of relevant hyper-social influencers
  • Position your organization on the global stage for exposure and credibility
  • Develop valuable relationships with new partners and existing clients

How can you become an event partner?

  • Fill out the submission form with your event or session idea before December 9th
  • The SMW New York programming team will review your submission (and provide feedback if necessary)
  • If your event is accepted you will be notified shortly after December 9th
  • For information on becoming an event partner or submitting your event, check out the Social Media Week website
  • If you have any questions, email us at:


TJ Mizell Will DJ the #SMWNYC Official Closing Party!

To wrap up the 2016 edition of Social Media Week new York, organizers Crowdcentric and LDV Hospitality are hosting the Official Closing VIP Party in New York City.

We’re taking over Diamond Horseshoe and bringing together New York’s digital elite with a complete open bar featuring Heineken’s portfolio of beers, specialty cocktails from Jose Cuervo, wine and bubbly. There will be plenty of music, dancing, food, and surprises!

We’re excited to announce that one of the music performances of the night will be TJ Mizell!

TJ Mizell

TJ Mizell follows in the footsteps of his father, the late Jam Master Jay of “RUN D.M.C.” TJ has harnessed skills passed down to him and mastered his own technique – an eclectic style that is Hip-Hop and EDM influenced. He is an innovative artist fusing his love for fashion, dance music, & Hip-Hop to create a diverse portfolio.

In 2014, TJ became the official touring DJ for rapper “A$AP FERG.” He quickly hit the road and has toured across the world playing some of the hottest venues and festivals the past couple of years alongside Ferg & Marty Baller. Working with many superstars in both the dance and hip-hop industries, TJ has collaborated with other numerous artists, including Mia, Paper Diamond, DJ Scratch, and RUN D.M.C. His mission is to share his musical obsession with the entire world just as his dad did in the 80’s.

If he isn’t scratching or producing, you can find the trendsetting and skating through the streets of NYC and around the globe!