Posts by Bill Sobel

Internet Week New York

We want to thank everyone who attended our Internet Week New York events this May at the SUNY Global Center.

Our awesome panel on Thursday May 17th “181 Million Bloggers Pissing in the Wind” produced in associate with YouSayToo featuring (from left to right): Ellis Henican (moderator), Jeff Newelt, Nichelle Stephens, Aparna Mukherjee, and Larry Smith

And our event on Friday May 18th “Smart Cities” produced in association with CTG (the Center for Technology and Government/UAlbany) featuring Meghan Cook/CTG (Modarator), Sheryl Johnson/City of Philadelphia, Stacy Hobson/IBM Watson Reserach Center, Theresa Pardo/CTG Albany, Oscar Salazar/Citivox and Joe Perazzo/City of New York

We recorded both events and they will be available online in a few days so stay tuned!

and a special thanks to

SUNY Global/Office of Global Affairs

Panera Bread

Now Open in NYC at 330 Seventh Avenue (at 28th Street)

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Can Open Data Drive Innovations in Government?

The recent one-year anniversary of the Open Government Directive marks an important milestone here in the U.S. and around the world. Much has been learned about how government data, if treated as an asset to be shared, can make a difference in the lives of everyday citizens. Now is the time to take these early insights, whether about the potential of emerging technologies tO make it easier for citizens to access and use data, or the relationship between open data and new models of governance, and organize them into a coherent agenda to guide future research and development in this area.

Internet Week provides an ideal space for bringing this conversation to the table and we have put together a panel of experts who not only understand the space but are creating the new rules:

Girish Chhugani: Senior Advisor to the Commissioner DoITT (NYC Department of IT and Telecommunications)

James Hendler: Senior Professor/Director Tetherless World Research Constellation at RPI (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Andrew Hoppin: Partner and Co-Founder at New Amsterdam Ideas and former Chief Information Officer at New York State Senate

Theresa Pardo: director of the Center for Technology in Government at The University at Albany/SUNY

Daniel Sieberg (moderator). Sieberg is a national technology correspondent whose work regularly appears on CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, BBC News, the Discovery Channel and author of  “The Digital Diet: “The Digital Diet: A four-step plan to break your tech addiction and regain balance in your life” (Crown/Three Rivers)

Friday Morning, June 10, 2011
7:30am – 9:30am
The Samsung Experience at Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle/3rd Floor (59th St & Bway)


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NY Goes Social: May 17th – 19th

Learn how to harness the power of digital marketing tools to grow relationships and revenue. Join Constant Contact and our friend, Wendi Caplan-Carroll, for three days of free events on May 17th, 18th, and 19th as New York Goes Social as a part of National Small Business Week.

Register for one day or for all of our events. You will be hearing from celebrated speakers such as:

Eric Groves: SVP, Strategy, Corporate Development and Innovation at Constant Contact
Frank Eliason: Citibank’s Senior Vice President of Social Media
Lena West: Founder and CEO of xynoMedia

The schedule:
May 17th – 6:00pm – 8:00pm:
Let’s Get Down to Business! NY Goes Social Cocktail Networking Party Kick off our three day event in style!

May 18th – 8:00am – 5:00pm:
Social Media Marketing Bootcamp You’ll hear from the experts with multiple workshops and panels plus one on one coaching from SCORE-NYC! Attend as many as you can possibly schedule!

May 19th – 8:00am – 12:30pm:
Constant Contact Social Media Summit Our final day wraps up with three keynote speakers providing you with invaluable insight and information on how to take your Social Media Marketing to the next level. We will also celebrate SCORE-NYC for their 40 plus years of service!


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The Digital Diet: 5/4 in NY

“A Four-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction and Regain Balance in Your Life”

Featuring: Daniel Sieberg in a conversation with Erica Hill

We all know someone who needs a digital diet.

Technology has overwhelmed our daily lives to the point of constant distraction. Many of us can no longer focus on a single task or face-to-face conversation without wanting to reach out—or retreat—to the virtual world every few minutes.

Science and technology reporter and recovering digital addict Daniel Sieberg has devised a foolproof 4-step plan to help you regain control, focus, and true connection in your life.

Emmy-nominated Daniel Sieberg is the host of Tech This Out! on ABC News NOW and contributes science and technology stories to other ABC News shows including Nightline and Good Morning America. His first book, entitled “The Digital Diet: A Four-Step Plan to Break Your Tech Addiction And Regain Balance In Your Life,” will be published on May 3rd. (Random House/Crown/Three Rivers) Sieberg also contributes to Details magazine and other TV networks including BBC World News America, PBS, MSNBC, CBS Sunday Morning, and the Discovery Channel. He was the CBS News science and technology correspondent from December 2006 to February 2010 reporting for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show ,CBS Sunday Morning , CBS Radio and

In conversation with Daniel will be Thomas Roberts, MSNBC dayside anchor and an award-winning journalist. Thomas anchors various hours of MSNBC’s live news coverage, and often served as a fill-in host on MSNBC’s “First Look,” “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” and NBC’s TODAY.

Roberts is an award-winning journalist, having received a 2002 Emmy nomination and a Virginia Associated Press award for his work on the documentary, “Parvo Puppies.” He also received an Edward R. Murrow award in 2001 for a documentary that he produced titled, “When Parents Don’t Pay.”


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Bill O’Reilly 4/12 on LI

Spend a special evening with Bill O’Reilly, the always provocative host of the “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.

As only he can, Bill will highlight the latest cultural outrages, separate the pinheads from the patriots and dissect the presidential field for 2012. This is a rare opportunity to see the top-rated host in cable news work in person. As a Long Island native and resident, he may even have a few thoughts on local issues.

In a fast-paced Q&A session, O’Reilly will be interrogated by his frequent “O’Reilly Factor” sparring partner, Newsday columnist and Fox News analyst Ellis Henican. A portion of your ticket price will go to support the journalism program at Boston University’s College of Communication, O’Reilly’s alma mater, and will be tax-deductible.


and as an added bonus…

SPECIAL VIP TICKETS at $325 PER PERSON include a Pre-Event Private Reception prior to the Formal Program including Hors d’oeuvres, Open Bar, Photography and an Autograph Session with Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Henican.

Tuesday Evening/April 12th

Fox Hollow Inn & Conference Center

7755 Jericho Turnpike

Woodbury, Long Island

The event will begin promptly at 7:30pm, however the private VIP event with Bill & Ellis will begin at 6:30pm.

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