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-- Limited Tickets Available at www.wiredbusinessconference.com --

New York, NY – April 24, 2014 – 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.

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.

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".

Corey Wilson, WIRED, 212-286-2419, corey_wilson@condenast.com