Nothing sounds as geeky as Internet Week, and hell, nothing really is as geeky. That’s one of the big draws of the New York tech festival. Every year, we see great new products, innovative new features to the Internet’s biggest websites and some of the coolest geekery around. And there’s some stuff that’s just cool and fun–which, to be honest, is why people show up to the Yahoo! sponsored event.
Here’s a look at a few of the major highlights of this year’s New York Internet Week.
1. Internet Mosaic Wall – Guests this year could upload photos of Internet Week festivities to enormous mosaics which blended art and technology effortlessly and constantly. The walls were updated in real-time through a special iPhone app, and, shockingly, never contained any pictures of people’s butts (an all-butt Internet based mosaic would have been pretty cool, though).
2. Microsoft Expression Studio 4 Launch – Granted, this is a pretty nerdy thing to get excited about, but Microsoft’s web development tools are still massively important. They rose to the occasion and introduced new tools with serious revolutionary potential, given that many web developers use Expression Studio exclusively to build bigger and better user interfaces. Microsoft’s already doing a ton of promotion for Expression Studio 4, and it’s clearly the type of software that the software giant still knows how to do right. Internet Week 2010 was a pretty perfect place to make a debut.
3. DumbDumb Premiere – A new comedy/marketing website known as DumbDumb was also premiered at Internet Week 2010, with commercials from Orbit gum. Awesome, right?!
Alright, some gum commercials don’t sound too exciting until you learn that Arrested Development alum Jason Bateman and Will Arnett are attached to the project. Orbit gum will be using DumbDumb.com to promote their, uh, gums or whatever. Look, the important thing is that Will Arnett and Jason Bateman are involved, got us? Despite the commercialism involved, they look to be keeping their comedy chops up for these shorts.
4. The Webby Awards – Much of Internet week followed the annual Webby Awards, considered one of (if not the) most important awards given to websites throughout the year.
There were Webby after parties and cocktail hours for Internet Week 2010, showing the world that no matter how nerdy Internet awards shows might be, everyone still loves getting drunk for them.
What were your favorite highlights from Internet Week 2010? Post in our comments section below.
“Internet Week 2010,” Apple Store.
“Microsoft Expression Studio 4,” Microsoft.com
“Electus and DumbDumb Launch Digital Partnership with Orbit Gum During Internet Week New York,” IAC.com.
“Webby Awards,” WebbyAwards.com