Following its acquisition by AOL in February, gdgt has combined forces with Engadget and rebranded gdgt Live, its successful consumer event series. The new event series will be called Engadget+gdgt Live, a much-needed platform for technology brands to meet face-to-face with hard-to-reach tech enthusiasts, show off their latest products and services, and get key feedback from this influential, but hard-to-reach community.

Each gdgt Live event is a unique opportunity for companies to build relationships with today's technology tastemakers. Since the first event in 2009, gdgt Live has become an integral element in the consumer marketing strategy of some of the world's biggest technology companies. In just the last year industry leaders like Belkin, HP, HTC, Lenovo, Logitech, Microsoft, Motorola, NETGEAR, Olympus, Sony, Speck, T-Mobile, TiVo, Western Digital and many others have participated in multiple events. gdgt Live has held 21 events seven across cities.

The events have been attended by over 20,000 consumers as well journalists from virtually all the leading technology publications, including ARS Technica, CNET, CNN, Engadget, Gizmodo, Mashable, PC Magazine, TechCrunch, TechMeme, The New York Times, TWiT, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and lots more. gdgt Live has also played host to some of the country's hottest consumer tech startups including Aviary, Backupify, Boxee, Bug Labs, Connected Data, Gazelle.com, Kobo, MakerBot, Sifteo, Simple TV, Sphero, and many more.

Engadget will be promoting the events on the site and through social media channels, and the Engadget editors are creating a new conference program for the next event in New York in June. From there, Engadget+gdgt Live events will visit San Diego, Boston, Seattle, and San Francisco. The 2014 schedule will kick off with the first-ever Engadget+gdgt Live event at CES in January.

For more information on the 2013 Engadget+gdgt Live tour visit events.gdgt.com.