Actress Jessica Alba, co-founder of The Honest Company, at last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt (Photo by JD Lasica).
Guide to the month’s best conferences & events
Conference season is gearing up again for the fall, and September offers a loaded array of social media, marketing and technology conferences. Among the notable events on tap: TechCrunch Disrupt SF next week (I’ll be there), SMB Digital Marketing, the Social Shake-Up, Incite Marketing Summit, Pitch San Francisco, Oracle OpenWorld and Launch Mobile (I’ll be there too).
Which ones will you be attending or tweeting about?
For the full year, see our full Calendar of 2013 social media, tech and marketing conferences. If you’re interested in nonprofit conferences, see this month’s calendar on our sister site, Socialbrite.
|TechCrunch Disrupt SF||Sept. 7-11||San Francisco|
|TechCrunch Disrupt SF returns with a hackathon, a conference focused on tech startups and a Startup Battlefield that gets companies in front of investors, media, a panel of judges and a large audience.|
|Content Marketing World||Sept. 9-12||Cleveland|
|Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. You will leave with all the materials you need to take a content strategy back to your team and to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and engage your audience.|
|SMB Digital Marketing||Sept. 11-13||Austin, Texas|
|At SMB Digital Marketing, hear about the latest developments in small business digital/online media, local sales strategies, merchant outreach, social media, local search, mobile strategies and customer retention business solutions..|
|Stimulating debate and sharpening strategy, the IBC Conference attracts the industry’s most influential and authoritative speakers. IBC combines invigorating debate and a definitive overview of the roadmaps that will govern the future of electronic media and entertainment.|
|Big Data Innovation Summit||Sept. 12-13||Boston|
|The Big Data Innovation Summit brings together business leaders and innovators from the industry for an event that combines keynote presentations, interactive breakout sessions and open discussion. Big Data Innovation will help your business understand and use data-driven strategies and discover what disciplines will change because of the advent of data.|
|Women’s Startup Weekend SF||Sept. 13-15||San Francisco|
|Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement across 450+ cities where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to pitch ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups – all in just one weekend. At Women’s Startup Weekend San Francisco, pitch your idea and hear feedback from your peers.|
|The Social Shake-Up||Sept. 15-17||Atlanta|
|At The Social Shake-Up, come face to face with some of the biggest names in the industry, learn from new case studies, be inspired by great speakers and network with your peers. Hear about the most advanced and innovative strategies transforming organizations across a broad spectrum of industries. Join C-Suite executives, communications officers, community managers, creatives, content marketers and creators as they distill the latest trends in social.|
|LinuxCon North America||Sept. 16-18||New Orleans|
|LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America, providing a collaboration and education space for the Linux community. LinuxCon has become known for offering top speaking talent, a cross-section of the leading players in the Linux community, innovative and timely content, a wide variety of opportunities for attendee collaboration and a place for smaller groups to co-locate for topic-specific mini-summits and workgroups.|
|Privacy Identity Innovation||Sept. 17-18||Seattle|
|Every company and organization involved in the digital economy is, in one way or another, in the business of building trust with users. While there are big challenges associated with managing and securing the vast amounts of data being generated in our increasingly connected world, there are also huge opportunities for innovation if done properly. Privacy Identity Innovation is the only tech conference focused on exploring how to protect sensitive information while enabling new technologies and business models.|
|Incite: Marketing Summit||Sept. 18-19||New York|
|Incite: Marketing Summit brings together chief marketing officers, social media chiefs from top brands and others to tackle the biggest issues you face this year. Learn about the tools needed to flourish, benchmark your strategy against the best in the business, fill your contact book with peers to help you in future and more.|
|Pitch San Francisco||Sept. 19||San Francisco|
|Pitch San Francisco 2013 is an expo event where attendees can meet founders of the latest Web and mobile startups, get hands-on-demos and make connections with other like-minded entrepreneurs in the tech and startup community.|
|International Food Blogger Conference||Sept. 20-22||Seattle|
|Organized by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures, the International Food Blogger Conference is a gathering of food bloggers. The event will feature high-quality educational sessions and personal networking opportunities.|
|Oracle OpenWorld||Sept. 22-26||San Francisco|
|Oracle OpenWorld is your opportunity to meet with industry experts. This conference will provide more educational and networking opportunities than any other conference dedicated to Oracle business and technology users. Look for technology sessions, labs, demos and more.|
|Search and Social Hawaii||Sept. 23-27||Hawaii|
|Search and Social Hawaii is known for its influencial list of speakers and attendees in an intimiate setting that allows for effective networking. Everyone walks away with tans, less stress, advanced strategic knowledge of search and social media marketing and friends in high places.|
|We First Social Branding Seminar||Sept. 24-25||W. Hollywood, Calif.|
|We First Social Branding Seminar is a thought leadership and executive training summit focused on helping you lead today’s new social and mobile marketplace and grow your business by doing good. In this event, you’ll learn how to harness the power of brand storytelling and the latest social and mobile technologies to build your company’s reputation, bottom line and social impact.|
|ArtezInterAction 2013 will explore the newest ideas and connect with a diverse collection of fundraising experts from leading nonprofits, iconic events and the game-changing technology companies that empower them. It’s a can’t-miss combination that will help you bring results to your cause.|
|LAUNCH Mobile & Wearables||Sept. 30-Oct. 1||San Francisco|
|LAUNCH Mobile & Wearables is an exclusive 150-attendee summit for leaders and innovators in the mobile space. For two days the attendees will look at new products, emerging trends and user behavior, while exploring opportunities to collaborate on the biggest trend in computing since the internet and PCs.|
|DESIGN East||Sept. 30-Oct. 3||Boston|
|DESIGN East brings all the latest practical design insights, techniques and products across a range of application and technology areas to one place, at one time. It’s the most powerful, efficient and cost-effective way for you to update your knowledge, skills and list of products/technologies to consider for current and future projects|
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