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Our Top Picks for Internet Week

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Optimize your online dating profile. Learn how to get hired by a start-up. Take a peek inside the offices of your favorite online companies.

When Internet Week kicks off in the city on Monday, it will have a line up of nearly 250 events on its agenda. But – absent super powers – it’s impossible to attend them all.

Here are our picks for the hands-down most entertaining events, which are all at 82 Mercer Street, unless noted below.

Music Futurists: What's Next?
Tuesday, May 15, 11a.m.  

What is the new iTunes? Will mp3s go the way of Napster? They may not be able to answer all the questions, but panelists from OkayPlayer.com to PepsiCo will look into their crystal balls and do their best.

Hiring 2.0: How to land a web gig
Tuesday, May 15, 4 p.m

Come take a sip of the city’s tech Kool-Aid, and learn tips on how to score jobs at the city’s hottest start-ups and Internet companies. This workshop promises to help participants brush up resumes and learn interview tips.

Video Games and Health
Union Square Ballroom
27 Union Square West
Tuesday, May 15, 6 p.m.

Yes – these two things might have something in common. This event features a panel hosted by a Fast Company editor, an open bar and a “dance-off” following the discussion. Did we mention there’s an open bar?

Keynote Conversation David Carr & Brian Stelter
Tuesday, May 15, 9:30 a.m.
The New York Times media gurus will be the keynote speakers at this discussion. A sure must-see for those interested in digital media trends.

Keynote Conversation with VICE Founder Shane Smith
Thursday, May 17, 3 p.m.
The founder of Brooklyn-based Vice – media company and website that recently partnered with CNN -- will be the keynote speaker at this discussion.

I Heart NY Dating Services
Thursday, May 17, 6:45 p.m.

Who knew? New York is home to most of the major dating sites you’ve heard of – and a bunch you haven’t. This panel – which features folks from Nerve, OkCupid and HowAboutWe, among others — will explore the evolution of dating and talk about online dating trends.

Walkabout NYC
Friday, May 18, 1 p.m.

Which tech start-ups have ping-pong tables and co-ed bathrooms? Find out for yourself on when dozens of start-ups let you tour their offices.

Also not to be missed, the flavored oxygen bar, make-up counters, and the plenty of internet-themed swag. More information on these events and the complete Internet Week schedule is available at www.internetweekny.com.

The Webby Awards
Monday, May 21, 4 p.m.
Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street
Close out your Week of the Internet by celebrating good stuff on the Internet. Patton Oswalt hosts; Louis CK will be honored for his comedy special “Louis C.K. - Live at the Beach Theater,” as will Juliette Lewis and Graydon Sheppard for the instant YouTube classic/meme "S--- Girls Say." The awards are – gasp – by invitation only, but you can stream them live on www.webbyawards.com. And, to be honest, isn’t that the way a web awards show should be watched — as one of 30 tabs you have open while you tweet, online shop and send the latest cat videos to all your nearest and dearests?

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