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

2016-2017 Month to Month Calendar 


**NYC Media Lab 16 - #NYCML16
Columbia University - Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway
September 22 – 8am-6pm
NYC Media Lab 16 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, faculty-led workshops, and 100+ innovative demos, attendees will explore pressing issues related to digital media innovation.

University Faculty & Student Registration is $15.00 (+$1.74 FEE). Sale ends September 22:

**Advertising Week XIII#AWNewYork
Times Square Area
September 26 – 30
Advertising Week is the world’s premier annual gathering of marketing and communications leaders each year in New York City. From seminars & workshops led by some of the greatest minds in the industry in our Times Square hub to world class entertainment in some of the city’s most iconic venues by night – Advertising Week’s flagship event is like no other.

Registration is now open. Student passes are available at reduced rates ($99 w/application):


Main conference: October 6
Satellite events: October 4, 5, 7   
Twitter: @visualized
The Visualized conference 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 event, October 6, as we explore the future of information communication. To get an idea of the type of speakers and expected topics for 2016, please check the Visualized 2015 conference site.

Visualized satellite events in New York, October 4,5,7: Previous Visualized New York conferences have been two full days. This year, they're pushing the envelope and evolving the event by making the main conference one full day, while adding a number of smaller topic-specific data visualization events and workshops during the week of the main conference - October 4,5&7. Speakers for the main event and the schedule of events for the week will be announced soon. Main conference ticket holders for October 6th will have first access to register for satellite events and workshops. For those of you that have never been to a Visualized conference, examples of satellite events done in the past include Visualized:Climate and Visualized:Space, which included speakers presenting brilliant data visualizations focused on those specifiic subjects. This year, you can expect similar type of satellite events focused on social innovation, science, and experimental data visualizations. 

Stay updated: Please sign up for the newsletter on to stay updated with more information about participating at Visualized, volunteering, and more. 

Tickets ($508.95): To inquire about volunteering opportunities, write to:

Conductor Collaboration Conference (C3)
October TBD
You believe that organic marketing is the future.
You believe your paid media strategy isn’t diversified enough.
You believe content should reach customers in the places that matter.
You should be here.
C3 is the only event dedicated to the art, science and strategy of reaching your customers on the organic channels they trust. Come learn how to reach customers for free (and have them love you for it) from 1250+ other marketing professionals and industry leaders. Attendees hear fresh, authentic stories at the intersection of content, search, and unpaid media from brands who are in your shoes – no sales pitches here. 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.

Check the C3 2016 website – registration will be open soon. If you have any questions please e-mail .  


Interface - NYC

November 1
THE PIVOT CONFERENCE IS WHERE CROSS-INDUSTRY THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AND NETWORKING SET THE COURSE FOR FUNDAMENTAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION. 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?

The 2016 Pivot program is currently under development. To get involved, email Director of Content & Experience, Marni Edelhart, at . To stay updated, fill out the form here:

Ad Tech
The Javits Center, 655 West 34th St, NYC
November 2-3
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.

Registration for ad:tech New York 2016 is now open:

New York Women in Communications
2016 Student Communications Career Conference
Kimmel Center, NYU
November 5
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.

**Advertising Women of New York
AWNY's 60th Annual Advertising Career Conference
November TBD
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)
November TBD
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 will be available at reduced rates.


**Social Media Week - #SMWNYC
February 27 – March 3
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.

Registration is now open: Apply for a scholarship to attend by filling out the form here: Inquire about opportunities to volunteer by writing to


BRITE ’17 Conference
Columbia University, 116th Street and Broadway
March 6-7
BRITE '17 will bring together 500-600 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. Topics at BRITE '17 may include:
·       Monetizing "social" – for brands and publishers
·       The future of mobile for brand building
·       Healthcare innovations and impact
·       Customer experience and customer happiness
·       What's next for the sharing economy
·       The marketer’s forecast for global emerging markets
·       The changing role of the CMO in the enterprise
BRITE '17 will once again host a large audience for: keynotes and panels featuring leading companies and case studies; new research; and demos of emerging technologies. The conference's second day will focus on interactive discussions, break-outs, and peer networking. Live blogging, videocasts, and Twitter feeds will extend the discussion at BRITE to an even broader audience worldwide. The aim of BRITE is to stimulate interactive conversations, it is not just a series of lectures. Come to the event to talk with fellow big thinkers, hear stories of what is working and what isn't, and see the newest technologies in person. Key benefits:
·       learn from your peers, ask questions, and share what you know
·       hear case studies from the business leaders who are making change happen
·       see tomorrow's emerging trends and big ideas
·       rethink the challenges and opportunities for your business
·       meet the innovators who are driving the next wave in technology and branding
Who should attend? CMOs and heads of marketing, brand managers, new product developers, innovation directors, media buyers, viral marketers, interactive agencies, online developers, social networkers, Web 2.0 entrepreneurs, video & gaming creators, online content publishers, multi-platform media companies, and emerging technology investors.

For general inquiries, including speaker suggestions and sponsorship, contact: Gabriela Torres Patino, Assistant Director: E  P 212-854-6044.

Also sign-up for the Brand Talk newsletter to get updates on BRITE and Brand Center activities and research!

**Advertising Research Foundation Re!THINK 2017
March TBD
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.


Clickz Live (formerly SES Conference and Expo)
April TBD
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.

Ad Age Digital Conference
April TBD
Ad Age Digital will show the future of our mobile, multi-screen, connected world by bringing you the top CMOs and keynotes, as well as multiple visions for the future of storytelling, commerce, and of course advertising.


**Creative Week
New York City
May 8-12
Creative Week is the preeminent festival showcasing the intersection of advertising, innovation and creative thinking. Featuring The One Show over two epic nights, the dynamic Young Ones Festival and inspiring sessions with some of the biggest names in the industry at the Creative Summit, Creative Week will be the must-attend event of the year. 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. 

99U Conference
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.

Apply to volunteer for the conference.

PSKF 2017
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 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.

**Internet Week
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
June TBD
Join in the world’s largest conference on media measurement. This eye-opening exploration will keep you on the cutting edge of social, mobile, cross-platform and big data. 


**A BIC Recommendation




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