Internet Week New York returns in June

13th annual Webby Awards on event agenda

Internet Week New York will return for its second edition this June with an expanded lineup of partners to once again celebrate the Big Apple's Web community.

Organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, the event's inaugural edition drew an estimated 12,000 people to more than 80 events, according to organizers.

Returning event partners include Time Warner, the Webby Awards, Thrillist, PaidContent and Digg, while Silicon Alley Insider is among the companies joining the festival this year.

The early program lineup for the June 1-8 outing includes a breakfast panel series hosted by Time Warner, an event dubbed Silicon Alley Insider's Startup 2009, an evening with Diggnation, as well as the 13th Annual Webby Awards.

"Now really is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the medium's power and possibilities as we look to the future for inspiration and innovation," said Katherine Oliver, who heads the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting.

"At a time of great challenge, New York City's Internet community can play a vital role in developing the new ideas and solutions that will revitalize our economy," said David-Michel Davies, chairman of Internet Week.