If you haven’t heard of Walkabout NYC before, pay attention. Friday, May 17th from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm,over 40 tech companies based in the city will open their doors to the public for tours, Q&A, and possibly margaritas (seriously, some of them will have drinks). This a unique opportunity to get to know the people behind some of the world’s most used apps and websites that have made our lives easier and more interactive. Companies participating in Walkabout NYC include Ebay, Seamless, Spotify, Grouper, OMGPOP/Zynga, Facebook, Shutterstock, and tons of other gaming and social media websites. It’s sort of a big deal.
The official Walkabout NYC site calls the event a “self-guided tour. Open to all. Free to attend.” Spots, however, are limited, require an RSVP, and are selling out fast. Walkabout NYC happens twice a year, once in the spring and fall, with the two events focusing on tech companies and creative agencies, respectively. Walkabout NYC is hosted by Harvest, a New York-based tech company, and the starting point of the kickoff at 11:30 am. The event began as an idea from co-founders Danny Wen and Shawn Liu, who both “enjoyed taking tours of workspaces.” They have since “open-sourced the idea,” which has led to Walkabout Singapore 2012.
For a full listing of Walkabout NYC participants and to create your own itinerary, click here.
Below is a brief video about the 2012 installment of Walkabout NYC’s Tech Edition: