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Tech Crunch Disrupt 2013 at the Manhattan Center

TechCrunch Disrupt is one of the most anticipated technology conferences of the year. This April 27th – April 28th Hackathon was hosted and April 29th – May 1st, Tech Crunch Bought Disrupt back to New York to reveal an all new slate of outstanding startups, influential speakers, guests, and more to the stage.
HACKATHON: The show begins with our ever-popular Hackathon. It’s held before the main event and brings together hackers and developers from all over the world, where they join teams to hack a product within a 24 hour time slot. During the Hackathon, energy drinks are flowing, photographers are capturing, TechCrunch writers are furiously scribbling interview notes, Nerf gun attacks are happening, and much, much more. Once the Hackathon is over, every team gets a chance to present their hack to a panel of expert judges and audience members. The winners get to present their product on the Disrupt stage. Hackers make anything from useful services, to hilarious products.
STARTUP BATTLEFIELD: Startup Battlefield is the very heart of TechCrunch Disrupt. Some 30 companies, chosen from hundreds of applicants, launch their products on the Disrupt stage before a live and online audience, all in front of a panel of expert judges. After demos, pitches and tough rounds of questions, TechCrunch’s editors, working with the VCs, seasoned entrepreneurs, and product experts, select six companies for a final, drama-filled round on the third and final day of Disrupt. Only one Battlefield contender takes home a $50,000 check and the coveted Disrupt Cup.

World Liberty TV’s Technology Team was on hand to cover this two day conference.

Interview with Gary Shapiro, President of International Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) at Las Vegas Convention Center – 2011

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing the continent’s largest annual tradeshow, the International CES®.

Shapiro led the industry in its successful transition to HDTV. He co-founded and chaired the HDTV Model Station and served as a leader of the Advanced Television Test Center (ATTC). He is a charter inductee to the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers, and received its highest award as the industry leader most influential in advancing HDTV. He focused on the need for and led the effort to obtain the 2009 cut-off date of analog broadcasting.

As chairman of the Home Recording Rights Coalition (HRRC), Shapiro led the manufacturers’ battle to preserve the legality of recording technology and consumer fair use rights. Shapiro has held many exhibition industry leadership posts, and received the exhibition industry’s highest honor, the Pinnacle Award. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, and the Board of Directors of the Washington Economic Club. He has served as a member of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commission on Information Technology and on the Board of Visitors of George Mason University. Shapiro also has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a “mastermind” for his initiative in helping to create the Industry Cooperative for Ozone Layer Protection (ICOLP).
Shapiro leads a staff of 140 employees and thousands of industry volunteers and has testified before Congress on technology and business issues more than 20 times. He has received annual recognition from The Hill since 2006 as a “top lobbyist” in Washington. Also, Washington Life magazine has named him one of the 100 most influential people in Washington, D.C. CEA has won many awards as a family friendly employer and one of the best places in Virginia to work.

Shapiro authored the 2011 bestselling book The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream (Beaufort).

Prior to joining the association, Shapiro was an associate at the law firm of Squire Sanders. He also has worked on Capitol Hill, as an assistant to a member of Congress. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a double major in economics and psychology from Binghamton University. He is married to Dr. Susan Malinowski, a retina surgeon.

The following vendors were showcased on our World Liberty TV Technology Channel:

• Fashion Ware Tech Runway Presentation.
• Joyce Su for Intel, reviewing Intel based Tablets.
• Shaun O’ Connor for Microsoft, doing a review for the New XBOX 360.
• Rick Harwick of Motorola, doing a review for Motorola Atrix Smartphone.
• Anna Lingeris for Hershey’s Company, promoting The New Mini Reese’s.
• Afsha of SwitchEasy, doing reviews for Apple iPad & iPhone accessories.
• Joe Daileda for MEE Electronics, doing a review for HT21 New Headphones.
• Brad Alexander of Gecko Co. doing reviews for iPhone & iPad accessories from Australia.
• Tomonori Shibahara of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).
• Andre from Vutec Corp reviewing a new 3D TV.

Exclusive interview with Jon Pepper, Co-Founder of Pepcom – 2012

Jon Pepper has served as an independent director since April 19, 2006. Mr. Pepper is the co-founder of Pepcom, an industry leader at producing press-only technology showcase events around the country.

Prior to that Pepper started the DigitalFocus newsletter, a ground-breaking newsletter on digital imaging that went to leading influencers worldwide. Pepper has been closely involved with the high technology revolution since the beginning of the personal computer era.

He was formerly a well-regarded journalist and columnist; his work on technology subjects appeared in The New York Times, Fortune, PC Magazine, Men’s Journal, Working Woman, PC Week, Popular Science and many other well-known publications. Pepper was educated at Union College in Schenectady, New York and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.

CES 2013 Vendors at The Las Vegas Convention Center

The 2013 International CES was held from Tuesday, January 8 to Friday, January 11, 2013 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Over 3,000 exhibitors showcased a wide range of innovative products this year. This year the categories include 3D, Accessories, Audio, Automotive Electronics, Embedded Technology, Lifestyle Electronics, Wireless & Wireless Devices to name a few. CES-2013 is expected to be bigger both in terms of attendance and innovation from its predecessors.

Canada Tourist Board Conference – 2011

We are marketers and innovators who promote our great country around the globe. As Canada’s national tourism marketer, we introduce the authentic and the exotic to world travelers. Learn more about us—who we are, what we do, why we do it and how we conduct our business around the world.

Caribbean Tourist Organization Media Market Event in New York- 2012

Media Marketplace is expected to attract well over 100 key journalists from a wide range of travel media. This annual event, which will take place at the Marriott Marquis’ Marquis Ballrooms A, B, and C, provides each CTO member government with the opportunity to interact with writers and photographers from trade and consumer media.

Additionally, a host of tourism industry partners, including hoteliers, tour operators and airlines participate each year and use this as a valuable networking opportunity. Typically, information from this event reaches the public through interviews conducted by representatives of both the print and electronic media, who are eager to know what’s new and different in the Caribbean.

Interview With Hugh Riley, Secretary General/CEO of Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) – 2011

As the chief executive officer, Mr. Riley oversees the CTO’s offices in Barbados, North America, the UK and Europe and leads the organization’s initiatives to strengthen relations with the tourism industry’s key strategic partners; these include hotels, airlines, cruise lines and all categories of retailers and wholesale packagers of the Caribbean’s tourism products.

His responsibility is to deliver the CTO’s mission as the Caribbean’s tourism development agency, providing specialized services and technical support to thirty-three governments and a variety of private sector members in the areas of marketing, human resource development, communication, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development.

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