January 21, 2010

Conferences: Social media, tech, marketing

The Ultimate Guide to 2010 conferences & events

Note: See our current list of 2012 marketing & social media conferences.

JD LasicaFor the past three years I’ve painstakingly put together a calendar of the best social media, technology, media and marketing conferences for the upcoming year. Here’s the list for 2010.

This is not intended to be an all-encompassing list, and many of the conferences outside of the United States aren’t listed here. I’ve also left out some traditional newspaper conferences and some of the worthy but fast-changing BarCamps, PodCamps, MobileCamps and Social Media Club gatherings around the country. If you know of other must-attend events, please add them by posting in the comments at the bottom and I’ll add them as I can.

Also please check out our Calendar of 2010 social change, nonprofit and media reform conferences on our sister site, Socialbrite.org. It’s the first calendar of its kind that I’ve spotted!

You probably arrived here from a retweet on Twitter (or a Google search), so follow me here if you’d like: @jdlasica. Conferences marked with an * indicate that I’ll be speaking or attending.

Conference Date Place
* indicates conferences I’ll be attending or speaking at.
Consumer Electronics Show* Jan. 7-10 Las Vegas
Still the largest electronics show on the planet. I’ll be covering it as part of the Intel Insiders. Coverage here and photos here. ces2
Agency of the Year Jan. 12 New York City
At this awards ceremony, MEDIA’s Agency of the Year Awards pays tribute to the agencies that set the gold standard in the business of media planning and buying in 2009.
Girls in Tech: Catalyst Conference Jan. 26 San Francisco
Catalyst Conference brings more than 250 passionate, creative women together to fuel new relationships and ideas. Come prepared to share concrete technology and business tools and tactics, meet energetic leaders and entrepreneurs, and develop your own business ventures.
OMMA Social Jan. 26 San Francisco
OMMA Social San Francisco looks to help attendees prepare for the next raft of social media change – change that may impact all online media as platforms such as Facebook Connect become embedded in sites throughout the Web. charlene-li
Web 3.0 Jan. 26-27 Santa Clara, Calif.
This conference will explore how companies are, and should be, using the new semantic Web technologies for bottom line impact in areas like marketing, corporate information management, publishing, customer service and personal productivity.
Enterprise Social 2.0 Jan. 27-28 Amsterdam
This senior executive event will bring together decision makers from the Top Fortune companies to discuss innovative strategies on how to maximise business performance through social media engagement.
Social Media Conference Jan. 27-29 Miami
This is expected to be the largest gathering of senior executives from the enterprise social networking industry. The event will discuss social networking business models, global business strategies, partnerships, legal issues, payment systems and more.
Twiistup Jan. 28 Los Angeles
More than just a conference, Twiistup is LA’s biggest technology event. Twiistup combines a showcase for innovation, a platform for thought leaders and an audience of entrepreneurs, media and investors all wrapped in a unique, stylized environment that rivals a Hollywood production. twiistup
Search Congress Jan. 28-29 Bilbao, Spain
The biggest Search Engines: Search Marketing and Online Marketing event starts the year in the north of Spain. SC Bilbao will offer 9 professionals workshops, 8 conferences and 2 days of learning and networking. Socialmedia.biz readers get a 30% discount — use the promotional code: ILOVESEARCH.
She’s Geeky Jan. 29 Mountain View, Calif.
The third Bay Area event takes place at the Computer History Museum. She’s Geeky hosts unconferences across the U.S. to give women in STEM technologies an opportunity to get together to learn from each other and discuss the issues they face in their respective fields.
AlwaysOn: OnMedia NYC Feb. 1-3 New York City
Tech CEOs from Silicon Valley meet the global advertising and media establishment. This executive event features CEO presentations and discussions about which forces are disrupting user behavior and creating new opportunities in the marketing, branding, advertising and PR industries.
Social Media Week* Feb. 1-5 Various
Learn about the potential of social media in a series of events in your city: New York, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Toronto and Sao Paulo.
Vator Splash Feb. 4 San Francisco
Vator.tv is hosting an event for seed- to early-stage startups that want to learn about building their business and launch and/or showcase their companies before their industry peers, investors and media.
Teens in Tech 2.0 Feb. 6 San Francisco
Learn from teenagers what they think about the current trends of teenage technology. Create technology and hear directly from developers, entrepreneurs and video bloggers. Daniel
Social Fresh Feb. 8 Tampa, Fla.
Social Fresh is a one-day, case study rich conference chiefly for marketers, with more than 30 speakers.
Training: Social Media for Government Feb. 8-11 Washington, D.C.
Attend this conference to learn how to capture the power of social media in your organization, along with helpful tools, tips and techniques to get started, including how to develop a social media strategy.
Macworld Expo* Feb. 9-13 San Francisco
Guy Kawasaki, cutting-edge tech, product roll-outs, software classes and more. This is the first year Apple is not participating, but the Mac product and software ecosystem remains vibrant. macworld
TED Feb. 9-13 Long Beach, Calif.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is where the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather to share ideas worth spreading. TEDActive, a simulcast experience, takes place in Palm Springs. TEDx brings the TED experience to local communities.
Online Community Unconference East Feb. 10 New York City
This is an open space gathering of online community managers, developers, business people, tool providers and investors to discuss best practices in developing and growing online communities. The West Coast version takes place June 9.
140 Characters Conference – Barcelona Feb. 15 Barcelona
#140conf explores the effects of Twitter on such topics as celebrity, media, advertising, politics, music, education, public safety and public diplomacy.
BlogWell Feb. 16 San Diego
You’ll hear eight case studies on the best social media programs at large corporations directly from the social media execs themselves in this ongoing series of events put on by GasPedal and the Blog Council.
edSocialMedia Bootcamp Feb. 16 Boston
Are you trying to understand social media and how it can be used at your school? Do you need a better grasp of the benefits and challenges of social media before jumping in? The gathering will tackle how social media can be used in education. clock
paidContent Feb. 19 New York City
paidContent2010 gathers senior business leaders representing publishers, content technology companies, investors, analysts, bloggers and journalists to discuss business strategies and models that are working across news, information and entertainment, and to explore cross-platform approaches to developing diverse revenue streams.
Gravity Summit Feb. 22 Los Angeles
Gravity Summit events help bridge the gap between the new social media marketing tools and the business community. The event seeks to help inform marketing professionals, small business owners, advertisers, executives and others about the new marketing and communications landscape.
Virtual Edge Feb. 22-23 Santa Clara, Calif.
Virtual Edge Summit 2010 is the only event that focuses exclusively on providing education, training and solutions for planning and producing virtual events, meetings and communities. The summit is designed for all virtual marketing and meeting professionals, as well as for those with expertise in producing physical events and in-person meetings that now need to expand into adding virtual solutions.
O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Feb. 22-24 New York City
A conference on emerging trends around digital publishing, including the mobile Web, ebooks, digital printing, new authoring tools, evolving business models for paid content, etc.
Future of Web Apps Feb. 22-24 Miami
Speakers on the 10 Golden Principles for Successful Web Apps, marketing metrics, open source libraries and more.
Online Marketing Summit Feb. 22-25 San Diego
Join your marketing peers as they share ideas, hear from expert practitioners and learn best practices in the areas of social media, search, email, analytics and more -– in a completely vendor-free environment.
Sex::Tech 2010 Feb. 26-27 San Francisco
The Internet and mobile tech have strengthened youth networks and increased youth access to tools and information for improving their sexual health. Sex::Tech explores tools and methods for reaching youth with STD/HIV prevention and sex education interventions. sextech
Global Ignite Week March 1-4 Worldwide
Ignite, started in 2006, brings together geeks to do 5-minute talks in front of small audiences — with slides that rotate every 15 seconds. Global Ignite Week features 500 talks in 40 cities, including New York, LA, the Bay Area, Boston, Madrid, Manila, Paris and Sydney. micki
SMX West March 2-4 Santa Clara, Calif.
SMX West features three days of sessions, keynotes and access to the leading vendors in search marketing. Sessions will focus on SEO, PPC, social media, local & mobile search and more. Other SMX events: Toronto (April 8-9), Sydney (April 22-23), London (May 17-18), Seattle (June 8-9), New York (Oct. 4-6).
The Co-Alignment of the Corporate and Personal Brand March 4-5 Chicago
You’ll develop your copy of “The Draft,” SOHO’s 16-page social communications policy workbook for businesses and corporations. The focus in 2010 is co-aligning the corporate brand with internal and external communications.
SearchFest March 9 Portland, Ore.
SearchFest is dedicated to search marketing education and networking. Industry experts and thought leaders from around the country are scheduled to deliver in-depth presentations. This year will be the most comprehensive SearchFest ever with topics like Social Media Marketing, Advanced Search Engine Optimization, Local Search, Analytics, Paid Search Marketing and more. SearchFest
We Media Miami March 9-11 Miami
Here you can meet the Game Changers, watch the PitchIt! finals, be a part of a live global broadcast by The BBC and exchange ideas with a group of innovators, thinkers, visionaries, investors and entrepreneurs. wemedia3d
Media Summit March 10-11 New York City
Hundreds of the country’s top media, entertainment and technology executives are expected to attend this gathering to discuss broadband, wireless, advertising, TV, film, cable, satellite, publishing, news and other media.
South by Southwest* March 12-21 Austin
This year’s SXSW schedule: Interactive March 12-16, Film March 12-20, Music March 17-21. Counterculture meets geek techies, indie filmmakers and alt bands. tim street
Social Networking World Forum – Europe March 15-16 London
The conference bills itself as Europe’s leading social media event. The event features conference streams and workshops on enterprise social media, mobile, social TV and more. A date for the World Forum – North America in the fall has not been announced
MIX10 March 15-17 Las Vegas
Now in its fifth year, Microsoft’s MIX conference is a gathering of designers and developers who are building the world’s most innovative websites.
ad:tech March 16-17 Sydney
ad:tech is the event for digital marketers, with lots of hands-on sessions with practical tips and case studies. Other ad:tech events are in San Francisco (April 19-21), Singapore (June 3-4), London (Sept. 21-22), Shanghai (Oct.), Tokyo (Oct. 28-29), Beijing (Nov. 17-18) and New York (Nov. 3-5). adtech
OMMA Global March 17-18 San Francisco
This biannual conference and trade show for the business of Online Media, Marketing and Advertising attracts about 4,000 people. This year’s theme is Cutting The Cord: The End Of Online.
DEMO spring March 21-23 Palm Desert, Calif.
More than 20,000 innovative technologies have been reviewed and 1,500 companies selected to launch on the DEMO stage over the past 19 years. However, the start-ups pay a steep fee to do so. demo
Optimization Summits March 23-24 Dallas
At the Dallas 2010 Optimization Summits, you’ll experience learning by doing. You’ll build your own two-day curriculum on topics ranging from social media to revenue management.
Social Media Strategies for Travel March 24-25 San Francisco
Social media is changing the way we communicate with our customers. Get the low-down on how travel companies are capitalizing on social media and take home practical advice on how to drive real return from your social media initiatives.
SocialTech March 25 San Jose, Calif.
SocialTech 2010 brings together the visionaries and experts who are using the power of social media to transform the way that B2B technology companies market their products and services.
The Freemium Summit – The Business of Free March 26 San Francisco
The first Freemium Summit is a one-day event focused on exploring what it takes to succeed under the freemium business model.
Where 2.0 March 30-April 1 San Jose, Calif.
Situational awareness has become one of the essential analytics for our lives and our business. Where 2.0 looks at monetization strategies, emerging technologies and how new companies are jumping in to change the rules. where20
Social Web Business Forum April 8-9 Los Angeles
The Social Web Business Forum is where top online executives gather to discuss the intersection of online communities, social media and Enterprise 2.0.
mediaXchange April 11-14 Orlando, FL
For the 2nd year, mediaXchange replaces the Newspaper Association of America’s Marketing and NEXPO. It’s a cost-efficient way to learn about new revenue opportunities and network with your newspaper media peers.
PubCon South April 13-15 Dallas
PubCon Dallas is a multi-track technology conference with an extensive program of educational sessions where cutting-edge Internet marketing knowledge hot topics and trends are dissected. pubcon
Inbound Marketing Summit – SF April 14-15 San Francisco
Chris Brogan presents the second year of this conference series geared to social influence marketers. Other Inbound Marketing Summits are coming to Chicago (June 23-24), Boston (Oct. 6-7) and Austin (Nov. 9-10).
Commercializing the Cloud April 16 Mountain View, Calif.
Under the Radar’s “Commercializing the Cloud” brings together CIOs and heads of IT from large enterprises, small businesses, carriers and media companies that are innovating to stay ahead in the fast-evolving IT ecosystem.
Future Midwest April 16-17 Royal Oak, Mich.
This is the region’s largest two-day technology and knowledge conference. The gathering looks at how technology and digital tools have dramatically changed the way we do business and the effect this transition has had on companies.
Social Business Edge April 19 New York City
Social Business Edge is designed to address issues like basic principles of business: how to innovate and prosper, to stay in step with a changing world, and the rise of the social web. This will be an event loosely modeled on late night television, a format to reduce the formalities to get into some deep discussions. Stowe Boyd
Emerging Communications (eComm) April 19-21 San Francisco
The third annual eComm Conference & Awards is designed to showcase tech and business model innovation — especially around telecom, mobile and Internet communications — and to explore the latest opportunities. ecomm
ad:tech April 19-21 San Francisco
Ad:tech is the event for digital marketers, with lots of hands-on sessions with practical tips and case studies. Other upcoming ad:tech events are in Singapore (June 3-4), London (Sept. 21-22), Shanghai (Oct.), Tokyo (Oct. 28-29), Beijing (Nov. 17-18) and New York (Nov. 3-5).
140 Characters Conference – New York April 20-21 New York
#140conf explores the effects of Twitter on such topics as celebrity, media, advertising, politics, music, education, public safety and public diplomacy. Other 140 Characters Conferences will take place this year in London and Los Angeles. Ann Curry at 140 Characters
NewComm Forum * April 20-23 San Mateo, Calif.
I’ll be speaking at the Society for New Communications Research’s NewComm Forum, one of the best gatherings of new media professionals and social marketers. Brian Solis at NewComm
The Power of eMarketing April 21-22 San Francisco
The eMarketing conference brings together marketers from around the world in a sophisticated forum of presentations, networking opportunities and sessions.
Next Web April 27-29 Amsterdam
One of the best networking events in Europe, the Next Web conference welcomes 1,200 Web professionals — decision makers from the European & American Internet scene, technology entrepreneurs, start-ups, innovators, along with venture capitalists, industry journalist, bloggers and senior level executives for 3 talks, business and fun. The Next Web Conference
Free State Social April 29-30 Lawrence, Kansas
The Free State Social will highlight the best in social media from the Kansas region, educate attendees about the current state of social media, present opportunities for its use and talk about where the industry is headed.
SOBCon Apr 30-May 2 Chicago
SOBCon is “Biz School for Blogging,” focusing on the ROI of relationships in the enterprise. It’s where the best minds in social marketing gather to present models, discuss insights and determine best practices. sobcon
NYC Symposium for Social Change May 3 New York
The NYC Symposium for Social Change brings together the powerful economic tools of Wall Street with the entrepreneurship of social innovation to impact New York City’s most pressing issues in education, environment and impact investing. Seth-Godin
CMS Expo May 3-5 Evanston, Ill.
At CMS Expo, you’ll get 3 full days of CMS skills training for Joomla, Drupal and WordPress, plus a CMS Foundations Track and CMS PowerTrack, built to help you power up your CMS to its maximum efficiency.
Social Media & Community 2.0 Strategies May 3-5 Boston
Targeted advice for business managers seeking real-life stories of how to leverage social media for real results. Not just buzz but real-world examples of driving revenue, cutting costs and energizing conversations around your brand. Social Media & Community 2.0 Strategies
Web 2.0 Expo * May 3-6 San Francisco
Web 2.0 Expo provides insight into the new generation of services and opportunities offered by Web 2.0. Heavy on vendors and products, it’s a larger gathering than Web 2.0 Summit. eric-schmidt
Digital Hollywood Spring May 3-6 Santa Monica
I’ve spoken at several sessions at Digital Hollywood but likely won’t return this year. It’s one of the nation’s premier entertainment and technology conferences.
MarketingProfs B2B Forum May 4-5 Boston
The B2B Forum is a one-stop shop for the skills you need to drive sales. You’ll learn from B2B marketing experts in a variety of formats from panel discussions to round-tables to one-on-one therapy. MarketingProfs B2B Forum
Lift10 May 5-7 Geneva, Switzerland
Lift10 will welcome 1,000 participants from 40 countries to explore the most overlooked aspect of innovation: people.
MaximumFunCon May 7-9