May 1, 2012

Social media, tech & marketing events: May 2012

A scene from last year’s CMS Expo. (Photo by Chris Hammond on Flickr)

Guide to events & conferences for the coming month

JD LasicaMay brings us another month chock-a-block with conferences on social media, technology and marketing.

Which events listed below will you be attending? I’ll be traveling to four conferences (speaking at three of them) this month and will be following these remotely: SOBcon Chicago, NEXT, Content Marketing Strategies, Internet Week New York, Mobile Marketing Strategies, Government Web and New Media Conference, TechCrunch Disrupt NYC and D9, among others.

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 May.

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.

Government Web and New Media Conference
 May 16-17Washington, DC

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
99% Conference May 3-4 New York
Taking its moniker from the famous Thomas Edison quote “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration,” the 99% Conference represents a shift in focus. Unlike other conferences that focus purely on ideas and inspiration, the 99% is all about action. For two days, 99% brings together some of the world’s most productive creative visionaries to offer a behind-the-scenes look at their processes as they share road-tested insights on pushing ideas forward. 99percent
SOBCon Chicago May 4-6 Chicago
SOBCon is one of the best learning forums for marketers, small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in the US. The theme this year is “Creating and Leveraging Opportunity: Strategy and Execution.” sobcon
NEXT Berlin May 8-9 Berlin
NEXT will be a highlight of Europe’s largest festival of the digital scene, the Berlin Web Week, starting on May 2. This year’s conference is dedicated to the post-digital era. Why? Because the digital revolution is over, digital has won. So it’s time to ask what’s next, what’s beyond digital? MvDusseldorp
All About The Cloud May 8-10 San Francisco
Join 500+ executives from ISVs, resellers, platform and infrastructure providers, along with industry leading analysts, venture capitalists and media, gathering to explore, debate and discuss all aspects of cloud computing. The cloud is here to stay and it is changing the way every one of us consumes IT services and delivers applications. Nicholas Carr
Content Marketing Strategies May 8-9 Berkeley, Calif.
The Content Marketing Strategies Conference is the only event that specifically focuses on helping companies of any size understand the pivotal role content marketing plays in demand generation, sales, SEO and social. Attendees will walk away with an action plan to kick-start or enhance a content marketing program. Use code “linkedinvip” to save an additional $100.
CMS Expo May 8-10 Chicago
Come to CMS Expo to stay ahead on the “X Factor,” and many trends that can help your business succeed. Discover how to best put leading CMSs, apps, add-ons and talent to work for your corporation, small business, non-profit, education or government unit. Get straight answers from the best in the business. Experience CMS comparison panels, insightful learning sessions and case studies, empowering keynotes, business networking and more. Sigurd Magnusson
Content Delivery Summit May 14 New York
Now in its fourth year, the Content Delivery Summit is a one-day conference designed to bring together telecom carriers, service providers, content owners and industry vendors for a detailed look at CDN platforms for the delivery of video and content acceleration. The summit will include case studies on real-world deployments, demos of new technology platforms and discussions on business model considerations for video and rich media.
Conversational Marketing Summit May 14-15 New York
Leading agencies, marketers, platforms and entrepreneurs come together for the marketing industry’s most rigorous and thought-provoking annual two-day gathering that bridges the innovations of the Internet with the practice of marketing. Conference site has not been updated for 2012.
Confab May 14-16 Minneapolis, Minn.
After years of focus on Web design and technology, professionals everywhere are finally starting to realize the value of content, including people in user experience, marketing, IT, business management and elsewhere. Help drive the content strategy conversation forward. Lou Rosenfeld
Internet Week New York May 14-21 New York
Since its debut in 2008, Internet Week New York has quickly become one of the world’s top festivals celebrating digital culture as well as a global showcase for New York City’s thriving technology industry. Internet Week New York is expected to bring more than 30,000 people from around the world to nearly 300 events at the festival’s headquarters and at dozens of locations throughout the city. internet week ny
Streaming Media East May 15-16 New York
Streaming Media East is the one online video show that is solely focused on giving you real information you can apply immediately in your business. Come see, learn and discuss what is taking place with all forms of online video business models and technology.
Privacy Identity Innovation May 15-16 Seattle
Privacy Identity Innovation explores how to protect sensitive information while enabling new technologies and business models. It’s the only tech conference focused on examining critical technological, ethical and legal issues – and highlighting new business opportunities.
Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit May 15-17 San Francisco
Global Strategic Management Institute will be hosting this year’s summit. Presentations will include case studies, informative presentations and hands-on workshops that cover Mobile Disruption, Integration, M-Commerce, Apps, Analytics and much more. Attendees will leave the summit with valuable information and leading edge tools needed to keep your organization competitive in a constantly evolving mobile industry. Huber Gutierrez
The annual Government Web Managers Conference is a networking and educational event for Web content managers, Web writers and editors, and government employees who contribute content to government websites. It’s designed for government employees and contractors who use online tools and social media to meet their agency’s mission.
WebVisions May 16-18 Portland, Ore.
WebVisions explores the future of design, content creation, user experience and business strategy in an event that inspires learning, collaboration and entrepreneurism. Brad Smith
Bloggy Boot Camp May 19 Philadelphia
Join a powerful mix of ordinary and extraordinary women, ranging from young, single girls in their 20s to mothers to retirees. All span a multitude of backgrounds and experiences. What connects attendees is an interest in discovering new blogs and being a part of a community that provides support, friendship and a platform for learning. Connect with your tribe in person at Bloggy Boot Camp. Kathy Bouska
TechCrunch Disrupt NYC May 19-23 New York
TechCrunch Disrupt returns to New York with the pizza-and-caffeine-fueled Hackathon on May 19–20 followed by the full conference on May 21–23. Watch startups compete in the Startup Battlefield. Last year, Ashton Kutcher and Paul Graham shared their investment strategies with Charlie Rose, Keith Rabois shared why Square will be more profitable than PayPal, and GetAround battled 30 other companies to take home the Disrupt Cup.
CeBIT Australia May 22-24 Sydney, Australia
If business is a game then it’s the toughest of all to win. The players, rules and goalposts are constantly changing. The cloud, mobile apps, ecommerce – if you stop moving you get left far behind. But get it right and your business can clean up. At CeBIT 2012 you’ll learn how to play the game by its new rules and how to win safely, securely and within your budget. Roger Willkins
Social Media Summit May 23 Harrisburg, Penn.
With several hundred attendees each year, the summit expores the impact social network sites have on our daily lives. Panel discussions make it ideal for laypersons as well as tech gurus. Attendees come from around the U.S. and several foreign countries and range in occupation from CEOs to students. Sessions are held concurrently. social-media-summit
JUMP New York May 23 New York
Join 40 international experts and the brightest minds in on- and offline-marketing for a one-day conference dedicated to helping you and your team be the best you possibly can. JUMP is all about joining up online and offline marketing to get better results. It’s for digital and offline marketers. Mitchell Oscar
Cloud Connect May 24-25 Bengaluru, India
Cloud Connect India is the best place to discuss and learn about the latest trends in cloud computing, with the biggest names in the industry. From cloud in the enterprise to the mobile cloud, virtualization, security, cloud communications and security, the event will cover the most relevant and latest updates from the industry.
D9 Conference May 29-31 Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
D is different from other conferences: no canned speeches, no marketing pitches, and no bull. Instead, creators and executive producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher put the industry’s top players to the test during unscripted conversations about the impact digital technology will have on our lives now and in the future. waltkara

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One thought on “Social media, tech & marketing events: May 2012

  1. Seems like there are quite a large number of social media related events taking place this month. It would be great if I could attend one of these events and increase my knowledge of the world of social networking a positive way.