April 2, 2012

Social media, tech & marketing events: April 2012

A serendipity panel at last year’s Where conference (photo by JD Lasica)

Guide to events & conferences for the coming month

JD LasicaThis could be the most jam-packed conference month of the year — at least, that’s how it feels.

Which events listed below will you be attending? I’ll be at Where in San Francisco this week and will be following these remotely: mediaXchange, ad:tech SF, Innotech, 140 Characters, DEMO Spring, the fascinating Future of Money & Technology Summit, The Next Web, Transparency Camp and Digital Hollywood Spring. (I’ve spoken at some of these in past years.)

For the full year, see our full Calendar of 2012 social media, tech and marketing conferences. And Socialbrite has our calendar of nonprofit and social change events for April.

Hope to see you at some of these! If you know of other must-attend events, please share by posting the information in the comments at the bottom.

Conference Date Place
Sex::Tech April 1-3 San Francisco
Sex::Tech 2012 is a two-day annual conference hosted by ISIS, Inc. that brings health and technology professionals together with youths, parents and community leaders to advance the sexual health of youths in the U.S. and abroad. Sex::Tech is the only conference that showcases high-tech educational content (mobile, social media, Internet) developed by professionals, highlights national and local program successes, and puts youth leadership at the forefront. sextech
Mobile Summit April 2-3 Sausalito, Calif.
Check out the website from last year’s event for an idea of what’s to come.
PRSA: Digital Impact April 2-3 New York
The conference will be attended by public relations, communications and digital media professionals seeking guidance, inspiration and ingeniousness from leaders of the digital media revolution. This conference, put on with the help of SNCR.org, will provide you with thought leaders, digital experts who represent platforms, organizations and networks, practical applications and research to help you apply what you learn about social media and the impact of influence and persuasion.
Where April 2-4 San Francisco
Now in its eighth year, Where Conference: The Art and Business of Location, is where the grassroots and leading-edge developers building location-aware technology intersect with the businesses and entrepreneurs seeking out location apps, platforms and hardware to gain a competitive edge. Thomas Goetz
mediaXchange April 2-5 Washington, DC
If you offer products, services, solutions or partnerships to the newspaper media industry, being a part of this annual marketplace is your opportunity to reach senior newspaper executives and decision makers.
Data 2.0 Summit April 3 San Francisco
Meet the entrepreneurs, executives, investors and thought leaders at the intersection of Big Data, Social Data and the DataWeb. The summit will host discussions on the DataWeb: how companies are building on top of (and investing in) a long-term foundation of social data, open gov data, business intelligence data and customer data. “Web 1.0” involved pages linking to pages. “Web 2.0” involved users linking to people, places and things across Web applications. Now comes data. Jim Fowler
The Power of eMarketing April 3-4 San Francisco
The Power of eMarketing Conference (eM12) offers an unparalleled and exclusive experience in best practices, case histories and processes for social, email and emerging marketing technologies.
ad:tech San Francisco April 3-4 San Francisco
Digital marketers, brands, agencies, publishers and service providers come together to share, network, learn and do business. Terence Kawaja
Innotech April 5 San Antonio
InnoTech is an annual conference and exhibition built specifically for business and technology executives, highlighting the region’s innovation and technology development opportunities by showcasing pioneering products and services. InnoTech is designed to be the most comprehensive and collaborative regional technology event available in a one- or two-day format. Look for events in San Antonio on April 5, Portland on May 3, Dallas on May 17, Austin on Oct. 20 and Oklahoma City on Nov. 3.
Android Open April 5-6 San Francisco
This event zeroes in on the technical side of Android. While the fall event is for the entire Android ecosystem (development, business and marketing), the spring event is a more focused technical conference for developers.
National Association of Broadcasters April 14-19 Las Vegas
Every industry employs audio and video to communicate, educate and entertain. They all come together at the NAB Show for creative inspiration and next-generation technologies to help breathe new life into their content. No matter where you are in the content lifecycle – from creation to consumption – NAB is a must-attend event for businesses looking ahead.
140 Characters Conference April 17 New York
Jeff Pulver’s #140conf exposes you to the power the Internet has to disrupt businesses, change lives and create serendipity. You will leave with a fresh outlook on how the real time Web can be used in your business or personal life to actually do something meaningful. Monte Farber
Social Media Analytics Summit April 17-18 San Francisco
The Social Media Analytics Summit is the first ever two-day business conference with a complete focus on social media analytics. Social media analytics enhances customer service, improves brand and reputation management, and measures overall social media success for businesses.
DEMO Spring April 17-19 Santa Clara, Calif.
At DEMO Spring, investors and potential partners can get a close-up look at the latest trend-setting technologies. It’s not just a place for face time but for eyes-on-the-product time. demo-spring
CampaignTech 2012 April 19-20 Washington, DC
How is the 2012 election season changing the craft of digital politics and advocacy? What are leading practitioners doing to evolve the tools in their technology-charged communications toolboxes? Join CampaignTech’s hands-on trainings, workshops, round-table conversations and panel discussions that will enhance your knowledge of practical politics, refine your digital campaign skills and inspire you to exceed your goals this election – and beyond. CampaignTech 2012
Innovate / Activate April 20-21 Berkeley, Calif.
Innovate / Activate is an event on intellectual property and activism. It’s about spurring change through the thoughtful consideration of IP. It’s about reexamining our approaches to improving global welfare by diagnosing new and existing IP-related challenges to activism, developing strategies for overcoming IP obstacles and delivering practical solutions. It’s about identifying additional tools for a more effective activism that is capable of challenging our accepted notions of freedom and equality.
Search Starts Here April 21-24 Boca Raton, Fla.
BIA/Kelsey and the Local Search Association are combining forces for this annual gathering, where speakers from around the world will discuss industry trends, lessons learned, success stories, new technology applications and useful innovations in the local search industry.
Future of Money & Technology Summit April 23 San Francisco
The summit brings together the best and brightest thinkers around money, including entrepreneurial business people, developers, press, investors, authors, solution providers, service providers and organizations that work with them at the convergence of cash and commerce. Heather Schlegel
BlueGlass Conference April 23-24 Los Angeles
Some of the best Internet marketing minds in the world will gather for 48 hours of learning, sharing and forming relationships that will last a lifetime.
Advanced Analytics for High Tech April 25-26 San Francisco
The summit brings together the leaders from the field of analytics within the high-tech industry. Effective analytics is central to business success. In the modern business environment, technological developments and the advances of globalization have created unparalleled opportunities for businesses to expand their markets and take advantage of new opportunities.
Social Pulse Summit April 25-26 Las Vegas
Join the 2nd Social Pulse Summit and discuss how companies can use social media to build brand loyalty, resolve customer complaints and conduct market research at low cost. These strategies as discussed by industry leaders will provide insight on creating metrics to track social media productivity in actual gained revenue using innovative software technologies that can both manage viral customer feedback and monitor employee usage to ensure the right message is getting out to consumers.
Connections April 25-26 Alberta, Canada
The 2012 conference will bring together leaders from the nonprofit sector, the corporate community, government and other funders, and community leaders to dialogue about the significant changes that will impact the sector and its ability to meet community needs in the future. A goal of the conference is to foster enhanced understanding across the three sectors through focused dialogue on timely and relevant issues.
The Next Web April 25-27 Amsterdam
The seventh edition of The Next Web Conference will be packed with high-quality content, networking events, parties and dealmaking opportunities. It’s the place to be for all Web and mobile professionals.
Under the Radar April 25-26 Mountain View, Calif.
Under the Radar has been recognized as a significant showcase of innovation and deal-making forum in Silicon Valley. In the past four years, 67% of its presenters have gone on to raise funding and/or be acquired by Google, Yahoo, Cisco, BT, Microsoft, Twitter, Fox Interactive and others.
Transparency Camp April 28-29 Washington, DC
TransparencyCamp is an unconference for open government: an event where journalists, developers, technologists, policy makers, government officials, students, academics, wonks and others gather to share their knowledge about how to use new technologies and policies to make our government really work for the people — and to help our people work smarter with our government. transparency-camp
Digital Hollywood Spring Apr 30-May 3 Marina del Rey, Calif.
Digital Hollywood is the premier entertainment and technology conference in the country. Dozens of media and entertainment execs convene to discuss the state of digital content. (I’ve spoken at four or five Digital Hollywood events.) digital-hollywood

JD Lasica, founder of Socialmedia.biz, is now co-founder of the cruise discovery engine Cruiseable. See his About page, contact JD or follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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