Tumblr’s David Karp Headlines Roster of Innovative Thought Leaders Slated to Appear at Wired BizCon 2014

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NEW YORK--()--BizCon, presented by the publishers of WIRED, in partnership with MDC Partners, returns to New York City on May 13. The exclusive one-day experience brings together a dynamic group of thought leaders for groundbreaking discussions on ideas and innovations that are shaping our world and fueling the next evolution of business.

“WIRED is the first word on how disruptive innovation is transforming the world around us,” said Howard Mittman, VP and publisher. “And BizCon is an extension of that. This year’s event will have an amazing line-up of disruptive innovators who will make people rethink what they know about topics ranging from social media and gaming to arts and architecture.”

Programming will feature an interview with Tumblr’s David Karp, a discussion with Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, plus a conversation with Punchdrunk’s Felix Barrett, the creative mind behind immersive theater production Sleep No More. Additional speakers include Oculus VR’s John Carmack, Andreessen Horowitz’s Chris Dixon, eBay’s R.J. Pittman, Amazon’s Roy Price, and Unruly’s Sarah Wood. See below for the current list, and a full agenda will follow at www.wiredbizcon.com.

Felix Barrett - Founder & Artistic Director, Punchdrunk

John Boiler, Glenn Cole, Matt Jarvis - Partners, 72andSunny

Rodney Brooks - Founder, Chairman & CTO, Rethink Robotics

Glenn Brown - Co-creator, Twitter Amplify

Nolan Bushnell - Entrepreneur; Founder, Atari

John Carmack - CTO, Oculus VR

Tim Coombs - Cofounder & CTO, Bionic Yarn

Chris Dixon - General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Cyrill Gutsch - Founder, Parley for the Oceans

Dan Harris - ABC News Correspondent & Co-anchor, Nightline; Author, 10% Happier

David Karp - Founder & CEO, Tumblr

Michelle Kaufmann - Architect; Cofounder, Vannevar Technology

Lawrence Lessig - Professor, Harvard Law School

Andrew McAfee - Coauthor, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

Catherine Mohr - Senior Director of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical

Dong Nguyen - Indie Game Developer, Flappy Bird

R.J. Pittman - SVP & Chief Product Officer, eBay Marketplaces

Roy Price - Director, Amazon Studios

Thecla Schaeffer - CMO, G-Star Raw

Clara Shih - Founder & CEO, Hearsay Social

Hardeep Walia - Cofounder & CEO, Motif Investing

Paul Watson - Founder, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society; Cofounder, Greenpeace

Sarah Wood - Cofounder & COO, Unruly

“MDC Partners and WIRED have long been committed to reimagining the world of business through technology and innovation-driven disruption,” said Miles Nadal, Chaiman and CEO of MDC Partners. “Across industries, this day of thought-leadership offers a deep dive into how today’s visionaries are approaching the art and science of business, and an exploration into the currents of change that are shaping tomorrow.”

The 2014 MDC Partners Humanitarian award recognizing groundbreaking, entrepreneurial innovation in support of humanitarian efforts will be presented at the conference to Thorn, co-founded by Ashton Kutcher, for its ongoing work leveraging technology to fight sexual exploitation of children.

The event is made possible with support from official sponsors: Cartier, CenturyLink, Cisco, MasterCard, and Virgin America. For more information go to www.wiredbizcon.com and follow @WIREDInsider #WIREDBizCon for event news and updates.

About WIRED

WIRED is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. We tell an ongoing adventure story—the invention of the future. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design. The breakthroughs and innovations that we cover lead to new ways of thinking, new connections, and new industries. We introduce you to the people, companies, and ideas that matter. WIRED reaches more than 30 million people each month through WIRED.com, our tablet edition, the magazine, social media, and live events.

About MDC Partners Inc.

MDC Partners is one of the world's largest Business Transformation Organizations that utilizes technology, marketing communications, data analytics, insights, and strategic consulting solutions to drive meaningful returns on Marketing and Communications Investments for multinational clients in the United States, Canada, and worldwide.

MDC Partners' durable competitive advantage is to Empower the Most Talented Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders to Drive Business Success to new levels of Achievement, for both our Clients and our Shareholders, reinforcing MDC Partners' reputation as "The Place Where Great Talent Lives."

MDC Partners' Class A shares are publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "MDCA" and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDZ.A".

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2014 WIRED BizCon, May 13, 2014, NYC

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Contacts

Press:
WIRED
Corey Wilson, , 212-286-2419
corey_wilson@condenast.com
or
Danika Owsley, 212-286-2835
danika_owsley@condenast.com
or
AJPR
Ashley Jaffe, 646-524-5061
ashley@ajpublicrelations.com