May 5th 2016

AOL's NewFronts Takes Over New York

Tuesday night, AOL unleashed a totally new kind of Digital Content NewFront transforming New York's South Street Seaport into an immersive and interactive experience unveiling our next wave of groundbreaking content. Despite the drizzle, more than 3,500 people came to the event, while another 10,000 tuned in to the livestream on go90 and AOL.com.

The evening kicked off with host Ricky Camilleri of AOL's "What to Watch" checking in with Tim Armstrong for his thoughts on the NewFronts event and his future plans for AOL and go90. Then Ricky shared previews of all the upcoming programming, such as season two of "Beyond the Horizon," an in-depth interview series which explores the future of humanity and is directed by Jared Leto, and a new drama from AwesomenessTV, "t@gged," where a killer uses social media to scare and stalk students. Throughout the broadcast, Ricky interviewed the shows' stars, amongst performances by Years & Years, Snoop Dogg (of AOL's upcoming "COACH SNOOP") and Demi Lovato.


Arianna Huffington was also on hand with humanitarian Zainab Salbi to talk about a new HuffPost Originals series called "The Zainab Salbi Project," where Salbi will travel the world and engage in real conversations with people who are struggling, surviving, and thriving to share their stories. To close out the night, Jimmy Maymann, Executive Vice President and President, AOL Content & Consumer Brands, took the stage to introduce the final performer of the evening, Demi Lovato who slayed it with her amazing vocals and performance.


You can catch the replay until Thursday, May 5th at 10pm, so check it out now on AOL.com/newfront. Thanks to all who came and tuned in for making it a great evening!



Photos by Pearcey Proper, Doug Van Sant, Danilo Lewis, Freedom Film LLC and Filip Wolak

May 4th 2016

AOL Sponsors NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair

At AOL, we are on a mission to unleash the world's best builders of culture and code. The NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair was a terrific opportunity to spend time with some of these young leaders.

AOL sponsored the Fair, which was presented by the New York City Foundation for Computer Science Education, CSNYC, and Technology Education and Literacy in Schools, TEALS, in partnership with Facebook, Microsoft, the New York City Council and Two Sigma,for the second year in a row. The event provides a venue for NYC public school students studying computer science to learn about potential careers, explore product demos and listen to speakers from the NYC tech community.



The AOL team engaged students with product demos of our products such as Kanvas Labs, the AOL Alpha team and Verizon's go90, to name a few. Students heard from Sara Link, Head of Citizen AOL and President of AOL's Charitable Foundation, who spoke about AOL's commitment to empowering future leaders and the importance of computer science to opening doors. Finally, AOL hosted a panel of AOL employees including Kwame Henderson, Drew Lesicko, Ciaran Slattery, Michelle Budzyna, and Carolyn Gregoire, the goal of the panel was to highlight the many careers available at a company like AOL.

According to Monica Cepak, Senior Marketing Manager who oversees a campaign geared towards recruiting engineers, "It was inspiring to see so many students get excited about the technology that will shape the way we live, work and interact as a future society. Their passion, curiosity and drive is a sign of great things to come and we hope to work with many of them here at AOL as we build innovative ad technology experiences for consumers."

May 3rd 2016

Unleashing the Next Generation of Builders: Biggest Take Your Child to Work Day in AOL History

Building on our commitment to inspire the next generation of leaders, last Thursday we welcomed more than 1,400 children, ranging from newborns to 16-year-olds, in 20 AOL offices globally. From Tel Aviv to Beverly Hills and everywhere in between, we championed our largest Take Your Child to Work Day yet, engaging 70% more children than last year. And it was a blast!


The children were welcomed with a video from CEO Tim Armstrong. CMO Allie Kline kicked off the day in New York City , while Seth Dempsey started the fun in Dulles. Arianna Huffington chimed in via video giving the children some 'homework': to record and share their own #TalkToMe video, in which they interview their parents and then post it on social media using the #TalkToMe hashtag. As an example, check out Matthew and Tawyna McCarthy's adorable interview.


Over the course of the day, children enjoyed age-specific programming highlighting AOL's brands and tech, including MAKERS, XBOX, and Engadget, but there was plenty of room for fun and philanthropy. In Toronto and New York, children participated in mini Monster Help Day projects, including decorating and preparing care packages for homeless shelters and creating dog toys for animal rescue center, Animal Haven.


In partnership with The White House, we welcomed over 50 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Special thanks to our teams in Ashburn, Dulles and New York for hosting these amazing high school students and to the fantastic AOLers who hosted them for the day!


The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation joined us in our New York headquarters, and featured Arianna's #TalkToMe video and our age-specific workbooks on the Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day website. The White House provided social media support highlighting AOL's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and also shared original video content that was published on AOL.com's article page which was retweeted by US Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.


In addition, 1010 WINS covered AOL's program, interviewing Sara Link, Head of Citizen AOL as well as one of the participating Littles from AOL's Big Brothers Big Sisters' Workplace Mentoring Program.

To see pictures from the day, check out this blog post with a summary of the day from social media, and by searching the hashtag #AOLGivesBack on Twitter.

May 2nd 2016

Take Your Child to Work Day 2016 at AOL

AOL is committed to developing the next generation of builders and innovators, and this year we hosted over 1,400 children across 20 offices for Take Your Child to Work Day. With that many kids in our offices, there's bound to be some memorable moments. We encouraged employees to share their experiences from the day using the hashtag #AOLGivesBack; here are some of our favorites.

There was art on the walls.


And art on shirts.


Ramblin' Dan and the Freewheelin' Band brought the tunes.


Hershey's provided ice cream, s'mores and smiles to our New York office.


Children in our Dulles office had a ton of fun.


Kids learned about the business.


CEO Tim Armstrong got in on the fun too, spending time with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.


One of our resident social media experts shared her skills with the kids.


MAKERS in the making created their own storyboards.


Children learned about the importance of doing something meaningful.


To see more from our biggest Take Your Child to Work Day, check out the hashtag #AOLGivesBack on Twitter and Instagram.

May 2nd 2016

#MeaningfulMondays: Monster Help Day Volunteer Lead Spotlight: Rachel Silverman

Monster Help Day is AOL's company-wide day of service, when we get out of the office and give back to our local communities. From teaching kids to code to helping with career readiness, there are hundreds of projects around the globe AOL employees support on this day. For each Monster Help Day project, there is a site lead. The lead is an AOL employee who goes above and beyond committing their time to not only make Monster Help Day a success, but also to give back to their communities in other ways. In honor of Monster Help Day, each Monday in May we are going to spotlight one of these site leads in a series we're calling #MeaningfulMondays.

This week, meet Rachel Silverman, Volunteer Lead for Boston's Horizons for Homeless project (blue shirt).


Q: Thank you for your leadership and enthusiasm, Rachel! Can you tell us more about the Monster Help Day project you are working with this year?
Sure! Employees from the Boston office are taking three bus loads of kids from Horizons for Homeless Children, an organization that is focused exclusively on the needs of young homeless children and their families, to the Boston Children's Museum. We're taking them on a walking tour through all of the exhibits. These children wouldn't normally have the opportunity to visit the museum, so we're excited to share the experience with them.

Q: Sounds fun! Why did you sign up to be a volunteer lead?
I love events and I love making a cultural impact. I'm a cultural ambassador for AOL and enjoy being involved in the community. I'm passionate about charities and giving, so it was a no-brainer for me.

Q: Is this your first time being a volunteer lead?
No, this is actually my third time being a volunteer lead!

Q: That's great! What is your favorite part of AOL Monster Help Day?
The first is helping the kids. Boston takes the charity we choose seriously, and only select one where we know where we can make a real impact. I love seeing the kids light up and just giving them the opportunity to have a day of fun. Secondly, stepping back from my day to day job and seeing other people in the office. I love how the day allows you to connect with colleagues on a different level than you do on a normal basis.

AOL Monster Help Day is May 13th this year, and you can see all the great work employees are doing on that day by following AOL CSR on Twitter and the hashtag #AOLGivesBack.

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