All BIC students are required to attend at least one NYC-based conference a year. Given how many high-profile events are mounted in the media and communications capital of the world, the most difficult task is selecting which one. Here are our top picks.
Media + Communications Conferences in New York City
2015-2016 Month to Month Calendar
**9thAnnual ADCOLOR Industry Conference and Awards
Pier Sixty (61 Chelsea Piers), NYC
September 16 – 19
For the first time in its history, the 9thAnnual ADCOLOR Industry Conference and Awards will take place in New York City at Pier Sixty (61 Chelsea Piers) from September 16-19, 2015. The ADCOLOR Industry Conference is the premier diversity gathering for professionals at all levels. The ADCOLOR Awards highlight and honor the achievements of African-American, American Indian/Native American, Asian Pacific-American, Hispanic/Latino, LGBT professionals and diversity and inclusion champions in creative industries. New York Times best-selling author Janet Mock will host the Awards. For more information and a full list of honorees, nominees and futures visit www.adcolor.org.
Note: BIC has had two consecutive Futures scholarship winners, Amber Lynn Jackson in 2014 and Stephanie Cruz in 2015. Learn about the program here: http://adcolorfutures.tumblr.com/ApplicationFAQ.
**NYC Media Lab Summit
Skirball Student Center, NYU
NYC Media Lab's Annual Summit is a snapshot of the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media from universities in NYC and beyond. This is an opportunity for media executives, technologists, and decision makers to explore interesting technologies and applications related to the future of media. Through thought-provoking discussions, 12 faculty-led workshops, and 100+ innovative demos, attendees will explore pressing issues related to digital media and how organizations can operate to foster innovation.
**Advertising Week XII
Times Square Area, NYC
September 28 – October 2
Advertising Week is the world’s premier annual gathering of marketing and communications leaders each year in New York City. Proudly marking its 12th year in New York, Advertising Week is a hybrid of inspiring thought leadership and highly entertaining, engaging special events, featuring the industry’s best and brightest. Advertising Week draws from the brand, agency, technology, startup, media and broader cultural communities, focusing on key conversations designed to drive the business forward and influence the global industry.
Note: Student passes are available at reduced rates.
Times Center, NYC
October 8 - 9
Visualized returns to New York to bring together the world’s most creative minds that are changing the way we communicate, understand, and interact with data. Join hundreds of data designers, visualizers, storytellers and technologists for an experiential and educational two days, October 8 & 9, to explore the future of information communication. Visualized is a smart, progressive and fun event full of surprises and goodies for attendees. It feels more like an energetic community than a stuffy conference, so dress any way you want and please come in with an open mind and be respectful to others. If you do, there is a good chance you’ll walk away with new friends, potential future collaborators and inspiration to create data experiences, and share your data, in ways you haven’t considered before. Who should attend? Professionals and creative thought leaders working in: Data visualization / Data science / UX design / Graphic design / Media publishing / Business intelligence / Data-driven visual storytelling of any kind.
Conductor Collaboration Conference (C3)
Pier 92, NYC
October 28 - 29
There is one conference that marketers consistently say they NEED to be at: C3. Attracting attendees from all industries and demographics, C3 2015 is the premier digital marketing event of the year. C3 is focused on Web Presence Management – the multi-channel, consumer-focused and content-driven approach companies are rapidly adopting across the globe. At C3 you’ll get fresh, authentic stories at the intersection of content, search, and unpaid media. You’ll experience real-world programming with world-class marketers. You’ll leave C3 armed with practical knowledge and a clear vision to help you attract new customers, optimize your teams’ activities, and crush your marketing goals. Returning for it’s fifth year, C3 is truly unique. It’s two jam-packed days of sharing, collaborating, and networking in the heart of New York City. You won’t find any sales pitches here – just great conversations and content from 1250+ people who truly care about their field. Join in afterwards for the Conductor Bash, located aboard the USS Intrepid. One of the 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built for WWII combat, it’s docked just blocks from the C3 venue. Don’t miss your chance for a VIP tour of the NASA Space Shuttle Enterprise, located at the aft end of the Flight Deck. Brands like these attend C3 year after year. Will you?
The Dream Hotel Downtown, NYC
The pace of business transformation accelerates year over year as new technologies emerge and best practices evolve. Pivot exists to create a community of leaders from innovative brands and companies, and to provide this community with a roadmap to navigate the increasingly complex modern business landscape. From product development, to customer experience, to internal operations Pivot provides the insights and connections you need to remain agile and impactful in a Social/Digital world. At the heart of Pivot, the one-day conference combines dramatic keynote presentations with interactive roundtable conversations to leave you inspired and ready to take action.
All Pivot events are invitation only. Guests are Executives from Major Brands, Creative Agency Leaders, the Bright Minds behind Brilliant Start Ups, and the Theorists who guide us through the murkier aspects of Social transformation. At this time, Pivot is accepting invitation requests for digital leaders from brands, media & entertainment companies. Do you fit into one of these categories?
**Advertising Women of New York
Advertising Career Conference
This is an event that has launched the careers of dozens of today's top advertising and media executives. AWNY's annual Career Conference is a powerful opportunity for college students to:
• Learn about the industry and discover a variety of career options within advertising and communications.
• Attend workshops led by influential advertising professionals from a variety of disciplines: Account Management, Media, Public Relations, Direct Marketing, Interactive Media, Sales & Creative.
• Review resumes and portfolios with those knowledgeable in the field of human resources and recruiting.
Each year, conference attendees also visit a major New York agency, media or tech company.
Future of Web Design (FOWD)
New World Stages, NYC
November 2 - 4
A conference for web designers and developers in 2015 and beyond. The 9th annual Future of Web Design, NYC is THE event for web designers and developers who want to be on top of their game in usability, responsive design, CSS, and front-end development. With a healthy blend of inspirational sessions and practical advice, #FOWD is the design and developer conference to take your skills to the next level and meet like-minded individuals ready to make the web awesome together.
Note: Student passes are available at reduced rates.
The Javits Center, 655 West 34th St, NYC
ad:tech is a conference and exhibition where the marketing, technology and media communities come together to share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to address the key industry challenges and opportunities. Several annual events around the world focus on top-notch education through keynote speakers, topic-driven panels and workshops as well as showcase the latest products and services to help deepen understanding and create new ideas that will drive business forward. Attendees leave ad:tech with the tools and techniques they need to compete in an ever-changing marketplace.
New York Women in Communications
Student Communications Career Conference
New York University, NYC
Each year, the New York Women in Communications Foundation hosts a day-long conference, featuring over 40 communications professionals speaking on 10 different topics. More than 300 students attend to get career tips on various communication fields, ranging from entrepreneurship to marketing to broadcasting.
**Social Media Week
Social Media Week is a week of conferences running concurrently around the world. Sessions cover everything from hiring with the help of social recruiting to content marketing and SEO and take place in several locations around each host city. Because of its wide variety of sessions that are both official and unofficial offered in tandem, Social Media Week is good for newbies because it gives you a taste of official conference events mixed in with unofficial presentations and meet-ups, which are a component of a lot of larger conferences.
BRITE ’16 Conference
Columbia University, 116th Street and Broadway, NYC
BRITE '16 will bring together 500+ leaders from business, technology, media, and marketing to discuss how technology and innovation are transforming the ways that companies build and sustain great brands.
BRITE offers a different blend of thinkers and doers, both onstage and off, than you will find at any other event. Participants come to think differently about the changing landscape of media and technology, and to connect with a unique group of innovators, marketers, entrepreneurs, and champions of social enterprise.
BRITE provides attendees with engaging presentations that will stimulate their thinking when they return to the office to work on strengthening their own brands. Speakers come equipped with inspiring stories, creative content, and universal insights that show how innovative strategies and tactics can help build all kinds of brands, whether they are people, places, products, services or ideas.
For general inquiries, including speaker suggestions and sponsorship, contact:
Gabriela Torres Patiño
**Advertising Research Foundation Re!THINK 2016
New York Hilton, NYC
Learn. Discover the latest in mobile, social, creative, and global approaches. Gain key intelligence about the latest cross-platform and marketing mix model tools, and find out how to apply big data and leadership strategies to your growth.
Inspire. And be inspired. Experience a brand-new, interactive agenda. Hear cutting-edge, never-before-presented research. Visit the Insights Zone, an expo showcasing cutting-edge tools and techniques.
Connect. Find unparalleled networking opportunities with more than 2,500 dynamic industry leaders. Be there—this conference won’t be the same without you.
Ad Age Digital Conference
Pier 36, NYC
April 5 + 6
Ten years ago when the Ad Age Digital Conference debuted, marketers were just starting to talk in terms of “traditional” vs. “digital.” Today, digital advertising is considered traditional in its own right and we’re moving into an “ad-free” future. For marketers’, that means learning how to engage with consumers on their terms.
At the 2016 Ad Age Digital Conference marketers and agencies rethink their work, out loud. What is advertising now—an ad or an experience? How does it get done—and by whom? We hash out pressing industry issues like ad blocking, ad fraud, and kickbacks. We set the agenda for the year ahead. No conversation is off the table as big brand, technology, and media leaders answer tough questions head on with the Ad Age editorial team framing the conversation.
The Ad Age Digital Conference is everything you’ve come to expect in the pages of Ad Age—in person.
Clickz Live (formerly SES Conference and Expo)
New York Marriott Marquis
The Global Conference Series Designed by Digital Marketers, for Digital Marketers. ClickZ Live is a next-generation event that addresses the increasing change of pace in the digital marketing industry, to meet the diverse educational needs of today's online marketing community.
Over the past few years, the engaging educational content that marketers have come to expect from the SES brand has expanded beyond just search marketing to include the very latest strategic and tactical thinking from expert marketing practitioners in the fields of social media, display, mobile, digital TV advertising and marketing.
As the demand for more diverse and comprehensive content covering the entire digital marketing sector continues to grow, ClickZ Live will be right there with it! With 6 key themes across dedicated tracks and reflecting the current industry buzz, there is no better way to hone your digital marketing skills.
Every ClickZ Live event will have a particular focus that will be highlighted in each agenda. New York, the world epicenter for advertising, will emphasize the very latest trends taking the marketing and advertising industry by storm.
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC
“Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.”—Thomas Edison
The goal of the 99U Conference is to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution. Providing road-tested insights on how to make your ideas happen. 99U brings together some of the world's most productive creative visionaries & leading researchers to share pragmatic insights on how ideas are brought to life.
You may apply to volunteer for the conference.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl, NYC
Since 2007, the PSFK conference series has catered to creative professionals from around the world, exploring the latest trends, inspirations, and ideas. PSFK brings together the world’s leading creative thinkers with both established and emerging business leaders to bring to life the conversations that take place daily on PSFK.com. PSFK conferences offer a diverse program of speakers with backgrounds in art, technology, design, marketing, and media, creating an environment where disparate ideas can come together in new ways to fuel work that changes the world for the better. PSFK sets an agenda that allows participants to meet and discuss with one another, together sharing and building upon the ideas brought forth from the stage.
New York City
Creative Week is the preeminent festival showcasing the intersection of advertising, innovation and creative thinking. Launched by The One Club in 2010, Creative Week is home to The One Show, Young Ones Competition, Creative unConference and many other provocative presentations, panels, workshops and exhibitions that will converge in New York City. Thought leaders from the business, non-profit and creative sectors will explore topics such as:
• Strategies, tactics and examples of advertising, design, marketing and other creative approaches that support the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
• Unique contributions that creative professionals are making to help both corporate and non-profit clients make positive social change in their own communities and society-at-large.
• How creative agencies and their clients can play a critical role in corporate social responsibility and non-profit development.
The One Club, producer of The One Show and Creative Week, is the world’s foremost non-profit organization recognizing creative excellence in advertising and design. The One Show, the most prestigious awards competition in the industry, honors the best work across all disciplines, including Advertising, Interactive, Design and Branded Entertainment.
**Internet Week (IWNY)
NY Citywide Festival
Internet Week supports New York’s vibrant tech-based economy and celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit and global impact of technology on business, entertainment and culture. The festival highlights the innovators building the new economy and creating opportunity, while educating and empowering attendees to succeed. Internet Week New York is every week, and the festival is part of an always-on movement in support of the tech community and the industries so important to global competitiveness.
Advertising Research Foundation: Audience Measurement
Join in the world’s largest conference on media measurement. Theis eye-opening exploration will keep you on the cutting edge of social, mobile, cross-platform and big data.
**A BIC Recommendation
WEB PAGES TO BOOKMARK FOR MORE ONGOING INDUSTRY RELATED EVENTS IN NYC:
The Advertising Research Foundation: http://www.thearf.org/events
The Advertising Club of New York: http://www.theadvertisingclub.org/events
The One Club: https://www.oneclub.org/#pane=events
Zahn Center NYC: http://www.zahncenternyc.com/calendar
Silicon Harlem: http://www.siliconharlem.net/events