January 3, 2011

2011 conferences: Social media, tech, marketing

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Our Ultimate Guide to 2011 Conferences & Events

Note: This post covers 2011 conferences. Please see the new 2012 guide to social media, tech & marketing conferences.

JD LasicaFor the past four years we’ve assembled a calendar of the best social media, technology, media and marketing conferences for the upcoming year. Here’s our roundup of 2011 conferences and events.

Two great conferences are biting the dust this year: Gov 2.0 Expo and Gnomedex. A few others are still up in the air. This is not intended to be an all-encompassing list, and to keep things from spiraling out of control we’ve also left out some of the worthy but fast-changing BarCamps, PodCamps, MobileCamps and Social Media Club gatherings around the country.

Also please check out our Calendar of 2011 nonprofit and social change conferences on our sister site, Socialbrite.

Conference Date Place
Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 6-9 Las Vegas, Nev.
CES brings together tens of thousands of attendees with hundreds of companies involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of consumer electronics products. It’s a madhouse, but quite a rush! Tech Policy Summit is returning to CES this year. ces2
[email protected] Jan. 7 Las Vegas, Nev.
[email protected] will feature D creators and executive producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher bringing you conversations with the most influential figures in media and technology. This session will focus on the consumer electronics arena, and the big trends impacting it. waltkara
Affiliate Summit West Jan. 9-11 Las Vegas, Nev.
This three-day conference includes an exhibit hall with affiliate merchants, vendors and networks, as well as multiple tracks of educational sessions covering the latest trends and information from affiliate marketing experts. affiliate summit
Agency of the Year Jan. 11 New York
OMMA’s Agency of the Year Awards celebrate the agencies that were able to rise above the rest over the past year, the shops that represented the best of class in the online advertising community. omma-social
Virtual Edge Summit Jan. 12-13 La Vegas, Nev.
In two days at Virtual Edge Summit, 70+ experts will share their secrets to success for adding virtual elements to events, meetings, learning and community initiatives.
Content Marketing Retreat Jan. 13-14 Langley, Wash.
25 miles north of Seattle, this retreat features speakers from the Content Marketing Institute, Fusionspark Media, Tippingpoint Labs and many more.
10 Years of Wikipedia Jan. 15 Global
A series of events to mark the democratic online encyclopedia’s 10th birthday. See the wiki for a location near you.
State of the Net Jan. 18 Washington, DC
This gathering provides opportunities to network and engage on key policy issues. This is the only tech policy conference routinely recognized for its balanced blend of academics, consumer groups, industry and government.
Leadership for Social Change Jan. 19-21 New York
This executive education program will help you learn how to open new markets using responsible programs, how to build relationships through public/private partnerships to achieve impact and value and how to meet the challenges of implementing social-benefit programs. Seth-Godin
Social Media Conference Jan. 19-21 Miami
Social Media Conference 2011 Miami is expected to be the largest convention attended by executives from the enterprise online community and strategic communications industries. Topics covered include global business strategies for enterprise social media, strategic communications strategy with new media, mobile, revenue models, social media marketing, venture capital, new technologies, partnerships, legal issues and payments. Social Media Conference
Digital Privacy Forum Jan. 20 New York
Mediabistro, Social Times and AllFacebook present a one-day event about the importance of managing information, user expectations and potential government interaction in the hotly debated field of online privacy. Aleksandr Yampolskiy
Emerging Media Jan. 24-27 San Francisco
This conference is an opportunity to view and experience the latest in technology advances and upcoming product rollouts. Whether you’re immersed in the world of emerging media or just have a casual interest in keeping up with the latest trends and innovations, this conference allows you to preview the future of the tech world. Also look for a Social Media Bootcamp on Jan. 24. Jesse Schell
Macworld Expo Jan. 26-29 San Francisco
Macworld Expo is your once-a-year opportunity to see and buy all of the newest, coolest stuff – hardware, software and accessories – for your Apple products. Don’t miss the workshops! (I’m a Macworld Expo Faculty alumnus.) Macworld 2011
She’s Geeky Bay Area 4 Jan. 28-30 Mountain View, Calif.
This event is for women from a diverse array of technological fields and those doing technology within non-technical fields. shesgeeky4
AlwaysOn: OnMedia Jan 31-Feb 2 New York
This two-and-a-half-day executive event features high-level debates on how the Internet is disrupting the world of marketing, branding, advertising, and public relations. OnMedia also showcases the top entrepreneurial CEOs who are revolutionizing the way media is being created, distributed, consumed and analyzed. AlwaysOn
Strata Feb. 1-3 Santa Clara, Calif.
From startups to the Fortune 500, smart companies are betting on data-driven insight. Get control of the new data opportunity at the inaugural Strata conference. Immerse yourself in three days of hands-on training, information-rich sessions and a sponsor pavilion filled with the key players and products.
Blogging Success Summit Feb. 1-22 online
Blogging Success Summit is thhe Web’s Largest Online Business Blogging Conference. This is a live online conference designed to help you master blogging for business, empowering you to quickly attract and connect with customers and prospects. Michael Stelzner
BlogWell Feb. 2 Austin, Texas
Learn how big brands use social media, and hear eight case studies on the social media programs in place at corporations such as Dell, REI, Coldwell Banker, Texas Instruments, et al.
MarketingProfs Digital Marketing Forum Feb. 2-4 Austin, Texas
Digital Marketing Forum Austin 2011 will feature keynote sessions from provocative thinkers, case studies from leading brand-side marketers, actionable advice and how-to’s, daylong re-conference workshops, networking opportunities and more. digital marketing forum 2011
Lift11 Feb. 2-4 Geneva, Switzerland
Lift11 is a three-day conference about current and emerging usage of digital technologies such as online communities, social media and casual games. Participants come to better understand the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technologies, and meet the people who drive these innovations. Jean-Claude Biver
Vator Splash Feb. 3 San Francisco
Vator Splash is a celebration of entrepreneurship. The evening gathering brings together high-profile, successful tech entrepreneurs sharing their lessons and advice alongside promising startups showcasing their innovative ideas.
Social Media Week Feb. 7-11 Various
Social Media Week is a series of global events that connects people, content and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. The goal of the series is to help people, brands, companies, not-for-profits and governments around the world establish deeper and more valuable relationships through open collaboration and social communication. Social Media Week
Online Marketing Summit Feb. 7-11 San Diego
Join more than 1,000 of your marketing peers as they share ideas, hear from expert practitioners and learn best practices in the areas of Social Media, Demand Generation, Search, Email, Analytics, Mobile, Integrated Marketing and more.
Signal LA: The Content Marketing Conversation Feb. 8 Los Angeles
Born from FM’s annual Conversational Marketing Summit, the Signal conference series will focus on one topic in one city at a time. It launches in LA. Signal is produced for senior decision makers in the media and marketing business. Also look for Signal Southwest: Leveraging the Local Conversation on March 10
edSocial Media Bootcamp Feb. 8 San Francisco
This full-day workshop provides an in-depth, hands-on introduction to social media technology. Learn how social media can help you strengthen relationships with the constituents that matter most- your students, parents, faculty and alumni. clock
Social Media Strategies Summit Feb. 8-10 San Francisco
The summit will give you a chance to learn from leading minds in social media marketing such as representatives of Dunkin Donuts, Zappos, General Motors, Discovery Channel, PayPal and the NCAA. You’ll also receive practical tools to build and grow your social media strategies and network with speakers and other business execs using social media. The Social Media Strategies Summit
Online Community Unconference East Feb. 9 New York
This gathering of online community professionals – managers, developers, business people, tool providers, investors – will dissect experiences and strategies in the development and growth of online communities.
Twiistup 8 Infinity Feb. 9-10 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. David Cohen
Media that Matters Feb. 10-11 Washington, DC
This year’s theme, “Storytelling Across Platforms,” focuses on today’s evolving media world in which the public can engage with creative projects across platforms such as radio, the Web and mobile devices, as well as film and TV. Making Your Media Matter
O’Reilly Tools of Change Feb. 14-16 New York
The fifth annual O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing Conference explores the new world of publishing without boundaries. This event provides an unparalleled opportunity for stakeholders from across the book publishing and tech industries to network, share ideas and engage in lively debate.
Social Media For Government Feb. 14-17 Washington, DC
Learn how to engage your employees and citizens by using the latest Web 2.0 technologies to drive communication results. Social Media for Government
Mobile World Congress Feb. 14-17 Barcelona
The Mobile World Congress will showcase dynamic speakers from a broad range of companies and will feature in-depth sessions covering the industry’s key growth areas. Mobile World Congress
Forum and Communities Feb. 16 San Francisco
During this one-day event, a team of renowned experts will provide guidance on how to effectively engage with community, give tips on how to maximize the value of your communities and offer insights into new services to try and trends to watch out for.
Content Marketing Strategies Feb. 16-17 Berkeley, Calif.
This new conference will gather leading brands, ad agencies, publishers, PR professionals and service providers to focus solely on the latest strategies, solutions and technologies in digital content marketing.
Intelligent Content Feb. 16-18 Palm Springs, Calif.
Now in its third year, the conference is an annual meeting of thought leaders and practitioners dedicated to improving the findability, usability, adaptability and delivery of content to a wide variety of users, when, where and how they need it.
Social Fresh Tampa Feb. 21-22 Tampa, Fla.
Social media must bring real business results to be relevant. At this gathering you’ll see case studies, session topics, demonstrations of new tools, industry leaders that execute top social media strategies and a half day of training.
Gravity Summit Feb. 22 Westwood, Calif.
Gravity Summit is the premier real-time social media event that helps bridge the gap between new social media marketing tools and the business community and seek to help educate and inform marketing professionals, small business owners, advertisers, C-level executives and others about the new marketing and communications landscape.
SearchFest Feb. 23 Portland, Ore.
Industry experts and thought leaders from around the country will deliver in-depth presentations on topics including Advanced Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Universal Search, Analytics, Paid Search Marketing and many more. SearchFest
Digiday: On Media Feb. 23 Los Angeles
The conference will address the biggest issues and challenges digital agencies and marketers face today across the buying spectrum, as well as where they are making their bets for 2011. Jonathan Adams
SearchFest Feb. 23 Portland, Ore.
Industry experts and thought leaders from around the country will deliver in-depth presentations on topics including Advanced Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Marketing, Universal Search, Analytics, Paid Search Marketing and much more.
Launch Feb. 23-24 San Francisco
The first Launch conference, from Jason Calacanis (who was co-creator of TechCrunch Disrupt and TechCrunch50), will showcase promising new startups and the venture capitalists and angel investors who fund them.
NewsCamp Feb. 24-27 Raleigh, N.C.
This daylong workshop will tackle subjects ranging from storytelling without words to best practices and emerging technologies. But it’s more than talk: You’ll spend the afternoon in small hands-on sessions learning how to put these theories into practice.
DEMO Spring Feb. 27-Mar 1 Palm Desert, 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
Future of Money & Technology Summit Feb. 28 San Francisco
The Future of Money & Technology Summit brings together the best and brightest thinkers around money, including visionaries, entrepreneurial business people, developers, press, investors, authors, solution providers, service providers and organizations that work with them at the convergence of cash and commerce. future-of-money-technology-summit
Enterprise Connect Feb. 28-Mar 3 Orlando, Fla.
The program focuses on the themes of Mobility, Unified Communications, SIP and SIP Trunking, The Cloud and Virtualization, Video and Collaboration, Planning and Implementing IP Telephony, The Social Enterprise and Managing Technology, Costs and People..
TED Feb. 28-Mar 4 Long Beach, Calif.
TED will assemble a cast of characters capable of stirring the imagination, with explorers, storytellers, photographers, scientific pioneers, visionaries and provocateurs from all parts of the globe. TED2011
Search Congress and Webcongress March 1-4 Barcelona
Search Congress will take place March 2, with workshops March 3, followed by WebCongress. Where Search Congress focuses solely on search marketing on the Web, Webcongress focuses on every latest online trend on the web: social search, video marketing and lots more.
Social Media Strategies for Travel North America March 2-3 San Francisco
Social Media Strategies for Travel North America is the world’s leading social media conference solely dedicated to the travel industry. This event is the No.1 meeting place for those working in social media in travel. Ensure you get the real low-down on how travel companies are capitalizing on the converging worlds of social media, mobile and location.
Innovative e-Marketing March 2-3 Barcelona
This cross-industry event helps uncover the secrets to success from the most experienced e-marketers in the world. Learn how to put ideas into practice in the form of social networking activities, brainstorming sessions, talking circles, keynote case studies and insightful presentations. Use promo code EMK11/006 when registering to save 10%.
paidContent March 3 New York
Senior business executives from across the content industry come together at The Times Center in New York to discuss making digital content pay without pinning it all on advertising. paidContent2011
Local Online Advertising March 3-4 New York
This conference is designed for executives responsible for developing, managing, marketing and selling online advertising at the local level and for anyone interested in driving value for their mobile operations.
Digital Media and Learning March 3-5 Long Beach, Calif.
The Digital Media and Learning Conference is an annual gathering of scholars and practitioners in the field, focused on fostering interdisciplinary and participatory dialog and linking theory, empirical study, policy and practice. Katie Salen width=
Cloud Connect March 7-10 Silicon Valley, Calif.
Cloud Connect is the one event that brings together cloud customers and cloud operators who are looking to accelerate their cloud strategy while driving growth and innovation. Register for a free Expo Pass or to Save $100 with Priority Code CNXACC19 at www.cloudconnectevent.com cloud connect
PubCon South March 8-9 Austin, Texas
A slate of dozens of conference panel discussions and diverse multiple topic tracks will combine with top keynotes, sessions, industry exhibitors, training programs and a lineup of networking events. pubcon
Enterprise Social 2.0 March 8-9 Brussels
This upcoming event will be focusing on driving consumer engagement, business efficiency and CRM through social media. Enterprise Social 20
SMX West March 8-10 San Jose, Calif.
Participate in your choice of more than 60 sessions on search engine optimization, paid search advertising, social media marketing, local and mobile search, landing page conversions and more. Whether you are a beginner or SEM expert, you work at (or with) an agency or manage search marketing in house, SMX West has programming to fit your needs.
Media Summit March 9-10 New York
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.
Signal Austin March 10 Austin, Texas
Signal: Austin is the second event in a series of one-day summits hosted by Federated Media and John Battelle for a community of brand marketers, technologists, digital and creatives shops, entrepreneurs, content curators, media and entertainment executives. The summit will feature case studies, conversations, panel discussions and fun interludes, and the speakers will represent the innovative ideas and solutions that help brands, people and campaigns reach engaged audiences.

Sam Altman
South by Southwest March 11-20 Austin, Texas
South by Southwest offers an amazing gathering of thought leaders in independent music, independent films and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is the premier destination for discovery. The Integrated Media Association Conference will take place March 10 within SXSW. tim street
eMetrics Optimization Summit March 13-18 San Francisco
The summit will help you learn how to turn customer touchpoint data into insight, whether it’s search terms, ad response, web behavior, customer satisfaction, mobile activities, social media attitude or transactions. The eMetrics Marketing Optimization Summit also hits Toronto on April 26-29.
Conversion Conference West March 14-15 San Francisco
Conversion Conference West is a worldwide event series for people who want to get the most out of their online campaigns. This conference is chock-full of the latest learnings and practices from world-class experts. Tom Davenport
Web and New Media Conference March 17-18 Washington, DC
The annual Government Web Managers Conference is the premier networking and educational event of the year for web content managers, web writers and editors, and government employees who contribute content to government websites. More than 500 attendees are expected.
OMMA Global March 17-18 San Francisco
This conference and trade show attracts a large crowd interested in the business of Online Media, Marketing and Advertising.
Interactive Local Media East March 21-23 Boston
BIA/Kelsey conferences are consistently recognized for the quality of their speakers and content. Each BIA/Kelsey event brings together top executives to network and discuss topics of critical importance to their respective industries. Interactive Local Media East
Search Engine Strategies New York March 21-25 New York
Learn about topics such as pay-per-click management, keyword research, SEO, social media, local, mobile, link building, duplicate content, multiple site issues, video optimization, site optimization, usability and more.
Emerging Communications Conference & Awards March 22-24 Burlingame, Calif.
The Emerging Communications Conference & Awards (eComm) was established to provide an independent forum to showcase and accelerate innovation across communications technology and services. Its mission is to ensure an open exchange of vision and ideas in order to positively influence the future of technology-mediated-communications through education, research and events. ecomm
Social Pulse March 23-24 Las Vegas, Nev.
As social media marketing programs mature for America’s largest corporations, the challenge becomes how to leverage these channels to directly contribute to bottom-line revenues. This gathering answers those questions with new case studies from leading corporations and new insights from authors and social marketers. Michael Brito
SF Venture Summit March 24 San Francisco
The conference brings together 300+ thought leaders, financiers, entrepreneurs and MBA students from over 60 countries. Guy Kawasaki is one of the speakers.
mediaXchange March 25-28 Dallas
The Newspaper Association of America’s mediaXchange conference is focused on helping attendees gain expertise, learn from their colleagues’ experience and find products, services and partnerships.
An Event Apart March 28-30 Seattle
An Event Apart is the design conference for people who make websites. Also coming to Boston on May 2-4, Atlanta on June 13-15, Minneapolos on Aug. 8-10 and Washington, DC, on Oct. 24-26.
Web 2.0 Expo March 28-31 San Francisco
Web 2.0 Expo is a conference and tradeshow for everyone who cares about embracing and extending the opportunities created by Web 2.0 technologies. web20expo
Social Media World Forum – Europe March 29-30 London
Two days of interactive & engaging sessions featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking.
Information Architecture Summit Mar 30-Apr 3 Denver
The IA Summit is the premier gathering place for people and ideas in information architecture. Nate Silver will keynote.
Sex::Tech 2011 April 1-2 San Francico
Sex::Tech 2011 aims to bring health and technology professionals together with youths, parents and community leaders to advance sexual health for youths and young adults. sextech
Social Media & Community 2.0 Strategies April 4-6 Boston
This fourth annual gathering focuses on the business value of social media for established brands, as well as entrepreneurial companies. It brings together community experts with lines of business leaders who are using social media strategically to drive their business. Social Media & Community 2.0 Strategies
We Media NYC April 6 New York
In 2011 We Media will issue a We Media challenge to create the brilliant city of the future, award $50,000 to the best start-up ideas, hold a boot camp for would-be entrepreneurs and focus on new ways to think, create and change everything.
Beyond Books April 6-7 Cambridge, Mass.
“Beyond Books: News, Literacy, Democracy and America’s Libraries” (shortlink: “BiblioNews”) is a one-and-one-half-day convention that aims to assess shared purpose — and now shared channels and technologies — among librarians and journalists to promote civic engagement and open access to information.

ad:tech San Francisco April 11-13 San Francisco
ad:tech is the meeting place for the world’s leading digital marketing and service companies as well as nearly 10,000 digital marketers, influential speakers and domestic and international press. adtech2011
National Association of Broadcasters April 11-15 Las Vegas, Nev.
The NAB Show is the world’s largest digital media industry event attended by leading media, entertainment and communications professionals who share a passion for the next generation of video and audio content across multiple platforms — from television, radios and computers to phones, the big screen and beyond.
Signal Chicago April 12 Chicago
Signal: Chicago will focus on the theme of “Marketing in Real Time.” From real-time bidding on new demand-side and exchange platforms to real-time messaging of location-based services, marketing has time-shifted into the present tense.

John Battelle
Sentiment Analysis Symposium April 12 New York
The symposium bridges technology and business in one of the most exciting applications to emerge in recent years: software that discovers business value in opinions and attitudes in social media, news and enterprise feedback. sentiment analysis symposium
MIX 10 April 12-14 Las Vegas, Nev.
A three-day conference for web designers and developers building the world’s most innovative web sites. mix10
The Power of eMarketing April 19-20 San Francisco
The Power of eMarketing Conference offers an unparalleled and exclusive experience in best practices, case histories and processes for social, email and emerging marketing technologies.
Where 2.0 April 19-21 Santa Clara, Calif.
The premier conference for all things location-aware, Where 2.0 brings together CTOs, developers, technologists, researchers, geographers, business developers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to shed light on the issues surrounding location, mobile and social. where20
Mobile Marketing Strategies Summit April 26-28 San Francisco
GSMI says their conferences create rich environments for learning, networking and ensure customers of great experiences.
The Next Web April 27-29 Amsterdam
The Next Web brings together the best audience and companies from Europe and the U.S. to discuss the future of the Web and mobile. The Next Web Conference
Under the Radar April 28 Austin, Texas
Under the Radar will uncover the disconnect between business units and IT departments, showcasing the most forward-thinking cloud and business app startups. The conference brings startups, industry leaders, press and investors together with one ultimate goal: to get the deal done. under-the-radar
SOBCon Apr 29-May 1 Chicago
SOBCon is the think tank of the social Web, where some of the best minds in the Internet space gather to present models, discuss insights and determine best practices. SOBCon features six models and masterminds workshops, six up-close, interactive conversations with business leaders and four special presentations, all focused on the new online and offline leadership and loyalty business. sobcon
Future Midwest April 28-29 Detroit
FutureMidwest Innovations Inc is dedicated to accelerating business and cultural transformation in the Midwest by developing initiatives that unite community passions with emerging technologies.
CMS Expo May 2-4 Evanston, Ill.
Created for Web designers, developers and business people, CMS Expo is the place to be for the most relevant, timely and actionable information in the fast-growth CMS Sector. Attendees will learn the latest Web skills while making highly valuable business connections, all under one roof. cms-expo
Digital Hollywood Spring May 2-5 Marina Del Rey, Calif.
Digital Hollywood is the premier entertainment and technology conference in the country. Dozens of media and entertainment execs on tap to discuss the state of digital content. digital-hollywood
The Founder Conference May 3 Mountain View, Calif.
Join 600 entrepreneurs for a full-day conference that covers finding co-founders, how to launch and get press and traction, how to improve your pitch to investors and more.
Digital Impact May 5-6 New York
Digital innovation has never been more important or accessible to public relations professionals. At the PRSA 2011 Digital Impact Conference, “Building Knowledge, Skills and Value for the New Decade,” deep dive into case studies, new technologies and opportunities where communicators may take the lead. Sean Carlson
99% Conference May 5-6 New York
This event 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.
Confab May 9-10 Minneapolis, Minn.
You’ll hear from passionate, pragmatic speakers who are recognized for their expertise in the fields of user experience, CMS, marketing, media/publishing, social media, and SEO. Attending will be authors and folks from agencies, small businesses, and enterprise-level organizations.
Content Delivery Summit May 9 New York
This event is designed to bring together customers, vendors, analysts, and Wall Street to discuss and define where the video delivery industry is headed.
School of WOM May 9-11 Chicago
School of WOM (Word of Mouth) focuses on how to engage the social consumer across business disciplines. With an emphasis on hands-on learning from industry experts, experiential thought leaders and engagement passionistas, School of WOM will ensure that your brand becomes talkable across multiple consumer touch points. School of WOM
Streaming Media East May 10-11 New York
With more than 100 speakers across 30 sessions, Streaming Media East is still the one online video show that is solely focused on giving you real information you can apply immediately in your business. The gathering combines cutting-edge exhibitors and intensive conference sessions, giving you the chance to hear and see the best and the brightest minds in the online video industry — at the podium, in the Exhibit Hall and among the attendees.
Big Omaha May 11-13 Omaha, Neb.
Big Omaha 2011 is the culmination of the amazing entrepreneurial energy taking place within the Midwest. Big Omaha
Winning Media Strategies May 15 Detroit
BIA/Kelsey’s annual conference focuses on the latest developments and trends for enhancing the traditional media business and creating the progressive change television, radio, cable and newspaper companies must make to ensure long-term success.
RailsConf 2011 May 16-19 Baltimore, Md.
RailsConf is the largest official conference dedicated to everything Ruby on Rails. Through keynotes, sessions, tutorials, events and of course lots of hallway hacking, RailsConf is the meeting place for the Ruby on Rails community. railsconf
Next Conference May 17-18 Berlin
NEXT puts the interactive consumer in the focus point of consideration. NEXT is the place where people discuss and experience how the consumer on the Internet is evolving. MvDusseldorp
ArtezInterAction May 19 San Francisco
The program will cover a range of topics from integration of social media tools to exploring mobile giving to best practices for online fundraising that will help nonprofits connect with their donors and prospects online. Learn about the latest trends in cloud computing, social network fundraising, smartphone apps and mobile web e-commerce. Clam Lorenz
Privacy Identity Innovation May 19-20 Santa Clara, Calif.
The 2nd annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference (pii2011) brings together key stakeholders and decision makers from various communities to examine critical technological, ethical and legal issues affecting the future of digital privacy, identity, reputation and trust. In particular, the program explores how to protect sensitive information while enabling new technologies and business models.

Social Media Marketing & Monitoring May 23 San Francisco
Social Media Marketing & Monitoring will bring together leading marketing experts, brands, agencies and journalists for an intensive one-day conference. Speakers will offer updates on the latest strategies, tools and techniques in social media marketing. The gathering will examine trends from Facebook to Foursquare, Groupon to social gaming and social media monitoring and influencer engagement to social CRM. Dan Serfaty
Social Media Optimization Conference May 23-24 San Francisco
Traditional advertising and even Search Engine Marketing don’t deliver the bang they once did. More and more, people are getting news, entertainment and business resources from social media. At SMOC you’ll learn how to boost your visibility in search engines and fuel your readers’ desire to comment, consume and share through social media. Rohit Bhargava
Innovation Journalism 8 May 23-25 Stanford, Calif.
IJ-8 The Eighth Conference on Innovation Journalism is a venue for researchers from many disciplines and institutions to present work and ideas relating to the interplay of journalism, communication and innovation ecosystems. Krishna Bharat
Social Media Business Summit May 24-26 New York
Experts from every field of the blogging and new media will be on hand to share their knowledge, techniques and advice at BlogWorld’s Social Media Business Summit. Industry gurus will share their experiences and network with attendees in seminars and moderated panels. Topics will range from high-end experienced blogger, podcast, broadcaster and social media themes to novice “start-up” topics. BlogWorld-2011
WebVisions May 25-27 Portland, Ore.
WebVisions explores the future of Web design, technology, user experience and business strategy to uncover the trends for Web and mobile applications, blogs, social media, animation, motion graphics and more. Brad Smith
D9 Conference May 31-Jun 2 Southern California
Since its debut in 2003, The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference has been breaking news, highlighting innovation and bringing you straight-up conversations with the most influential figures in media and technology. waltkara
CeBIT Australia May 31-June 2 Sydney
Perhaps Australia’s top tech conference, CeBIT will have a strong focus on enterprise mobility. This dynamic area has already begun to transform the way the world is doing business and will be a key technology set to drive productivity in 2011 and compliment new and existing concepts such as cloud architecture based business.
GTEC DC June 1-3 Washington, DC
UBM/TechWeb’s new conference, Government Technology Expo + Conference, addresses themes of Gov 2.0 and open government. GTEC brings together an audience of government buyers, decision makers, contractors and system integrators to drive more efficient and effective government through the latest technology services and products.
Realtime NY 11 June 6 New York
How are brands like McDonald’s, Delta, PepsiCo, Citibank, IBM and the NHL creating real business value with real-time tools like Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook? Find out at Realtime NY 11 (formerly TWTRCON), a full-day immersion in the mobile, social and real-time Web. Learn how to listen and respond to customers, create effective promotions and get bottom-line results. See real brands share case studies, best practices and the latest tools for the social, mobile and real-time Web.

WebContent June 6-7 Chicago
Within five years 50% of all Web traffic will come through mobile devices and more users will access the Internet via mobile devices than desktops. Join national content experts, marketers, strategists, developers and other industry thinkers so that you can learn how to get your content to increasingly mobile clients, customers and fans.
Conversational Marketing Summit June 6-7 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 2011.
Personal Democracy Forum June 6-7 New York
The annual gathering of people interested in how technology is changing politics, governance and society. It’s a must-attend event for political junkies and anyone using new technologies in politics or government. pdf
Internet Week New York June 6-13 New York
Internet Week is a week-long festival of events celebrating New York’s thriving Internet industry and community. internet week ny
Inbound Marketing Summit June 7-8 San Francisco
Chris Brogan heads up this conference series geared to social influence marketers. The Inbound Marketing Summit is where the online marketing community gathers to solve today’s marketing and business communications challenges. Another Inbound Marketing Summit is coming to Boston on Aug. 16-17.
Advertising 2.0 June 7-8 New York
The annual gathering of advertising, marketing and media execs covering global brands, marketing, mobile and media. It’s put on by Barry Diller’s IAC and Digital Hollywood. advertising20
SMX Advanced June 7-8 Seattle
This is the only search marketing conference designed exclusively for experienced Internet marketers. Sessions are fast-paced, Q&A-packed, frequently controversial and quite informative. Nicki Hicks
Likeable U: Class of 2011 June 8-9 New York
Designed to give you a better understanding of when, why and how to use social media to achieve your overall goals as a brand as well as an individual, this two-day conference will thrust you into the movement that is social media with sessions over two days featuring thought leaders from Facebook, Twitter and other social networks along with practical and hands-on how-to sessions. Likeable U
PitchCon June 9-10 Los Angeles
Formerly known as LATV Fest, PitchCon 2011 features an expanded roster of top-level TV and digital content producers, development executives, agents, advertising and brand executives. PitchCon highlights include advance pitch prep sessions; master classes on production budget and scheduling, legal issues, producing web video, short-form entertainment and multi-platform writing; YouTube NEXT with emerging producers; a how-to session on spec scripts for writers; and the Pitch Pit, an opportunity for participants to get guaranteed meetings with “Catchers” from more than 50 companies, networks and agencies.

Sallyann Salsano
MaxFunCon June 10-12 Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
MaximumFunCon is a gathering of creative people who wish to be more awesome. Jesse Thorn
IABC World Conference June 12-15 San Diego
Join more than 1,400 business communication professionals from 40 countries to learn about the latest trends, issues and best practices in communication in this annual event put on by the International Association of Business Communicators. iabc
2WAY Summit June 13-14 New York
The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit to be held at Columbia University will feature speakers such as Union Square Ventures’ VC Fred Wilson, Mahalo founder Jason Calcanis, NPR social media guru Andy Carvin, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton, Hunch co-founder Chris Dixon and many more. Jason Calacanis
OnMobile June 14-15 Redwood City, Calif.
OnMobile 2011 is where the top venture capital-backed mobile companies disrupting the consumer and enterprise worlds join forces with the big players pioneering the new mobile device and operating system platforms. This two-day executive event features high-level debates on what’s hot in the emerging mobile market and how these innovations are disrupting how companies and consumers work, play, advertise and connect. OnMobile also showcases the top entrepreneurial CEOs who are driving mobile innovation. OnMobile
Velocity June 14-16 Santa Clara, Calif.
Now in its fourth year, Velocity — the Web Performance and Operations conference from O’Reilly Media is the premier technical event dedicated to optimizing every aspect of your company’s website. What you’ll learn at Velocity will have a positive, direct impact on the bottom line. velocity
140 Characters June 15-16 New York
This event from Jeff Pulver is expected to be the largest worldwide gathering of people interested in the effects of the real-time Internet on both business and “we” the people. 140chars-conf
Enterprise 2.0 June 20-23 Boston
Enterprise 2.0 makes accessible the collective intelligence of many, translating to a huge competitive advantage in the form of increased innovation, productivity and agility. enterprise20
Cloud Computing World Forum June 21-22 London
This third annual forum is free to attend and will feature most of the key players in the cloud computing and SaaS market providing an introduction, discussion and look into the future for the global information and communications technology industry.
Create or Die 2 June 25 Greensboro, N.C.
Journalism That Matters’ “Create or Die 2″ is a gathering focused on journalism entrepreneurship by and for people of color. Explore the role that journalism plays in communities taking responsibility for their own stories and explore opportunities for potential entrepreneurial journalism ventures. During this three-day event, you will conceive, design and pitch ideas for the next news and information businesses, tools and services that amplify diverse voices and strengthen the role of communities in shaping their stories.

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Future of Web Apps June 27-29 Las Vegas, Nev.
The Future of Web Apps is a conference for Web developers and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn about cutting-edge tech and exciting new ideas.
Connections June 28-30 Santa Clara, Calif.
This event highlights consumer and industry research from Parks Associates, showcases key players and new technologies and delivers insight and recommendations for new business models and opportunities in digital media/content, mobile applications and services, connected consumer electronics, broadband and home systems. connections2011
Project SEARCH July 11-12 Minneapolis, Minn.
This fifth annual conference from QuestWorks in Orlando, Fla., serves as an opportunity to convene The Project SEARCH team’s international network of partners for a week-long offering of education, training and shared learning and planning to assist new and existing program sites in executing the Project SEARCH model to its fullest potential. Register here. project search
AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media July 17-21 Barcelona, Spain
ICWSM, the fifth international conference on weblogs and social media, put on by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, brings together researchers from computer science, linguistics, communication and the social sciences. Bob Kraut
CleanSlate July 19 New York
CleanSlate 2011: Marketing and Media in the Tablet Economy is a one-day thought-provoking BtoB conference designed to explore the rapidly changing world of media consumption and advertising in the new Tablet Economy. Shawn DeBravac
Fortune Brainstorm Tech July 19-21 Aspen, Colo.
Fortune Brainstorm TECH is a marketplace of ideas that assembles top technology and media thinkers, operators, entrepreneurs, innovators and influencers. These leaders inspire a conversation that informs Fortune’s editorial coverage throughout the year. brainstorm
OSCON July 25-29 Portland, Ore.
The O’Reilly Open Source Convention assembles the best, brightest and most interesting people to explore what’s new and to champion open source adoption across the computing industry. Participants from the vast, diverse community will come together to learn, collaborate and inspire each other. brian-fitzpatrick
Summit at Stanford July 26-28 Palo Alto, Calif.
AlwaysOn‘s annual gathering of tech power brokers, VCs and business folks, held on the Stanford campus. Summit-Stanford-2011
BlogHer Aug. 5-6 San Diego
BlogHer conferences bring together thousands of women bloggers — both veterans and beginners — from around the world to discuss, inspire and connect with each other. Jory Des Jardins
Inbound Marketing Summit Boston Aug. 16-17 Boston
The Inbound Marketing Summit is where the online marketing community gathers to solve today’s marketing and business communications challenges.
Social Media World Forum – Asia Sept. 1-2 Singapore
Look for two days of interactive and engaging sessions featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, an exhibition hall, workshops and networking. Thomas Crampton
Content Marketing World Sept. 6-8 Cleveland
Learn how to transform your marketing department into a storytelling factory, engaging your prospects and customers in all the right channels with the right messages – including social, mobile, email, online and even print and in-person strategies. Email me for a $200 discount code.
DEMOfall Sept. 12-13 Santa Clara, Calif.
The fall edition of the august tech innovation conference.
TechCrunch Disrupt Sept. 12-14 San Francisco
Disrupt SF promises “more hackers, more startups, more special guests, speakers and judges, more disruptive companies and products, more giveaways, more after parties and more fun.” techcrunch
SMX East Sept. 13-15 New York
SMX East features three days of sessions, keynotes and access to the leading vendors in search marketing. Sessions will cover a wide range of search engine marketing topics: SEO, paid search advertising, analytics, local, mobile and more.
Social Media Summit Sept. 14 Harrisburg, Penn.
The summit brings together a diverse group of speakers to examine the far-reaching impact of social networks on politics, parenting, entrepreneurship, training and education, world affairs and the local news. This event is ideal for parents, budding journalists, corporate leaders, advocates, nonprofit groups, military personnel, HR directors and managers, business owners, college students and others who wish to think about the impact of social media beyond marketing and brand building. social-media-summit
National Association of Government Webmasters Sept. 14-16 Cincinnati
While focused on government web professionals, anyone can attend this ninth annual conference.
SOBCon Northwest Sept. 16-18 Portland, Ore.
SOBCon is coming to the Pacific Northwest. Liz Strauss and Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie will be connecting businesses to the planet and the people who live on it as they about business models that work for profit and for social good. SOBCon NW will have the same “Models & Masterminds” format featured in the Chicago SOBCon, with 6 work sessions, 4 interviews, 4 special presentations, and a half-day non-profit “give back” event. sobcon
Strata Sept. 19-21 New York
The inaugural O’Reilly Strata Conference brought a sold-out audience face to face with the people, tools and technologies that are the mastering the challenges of Big Data. It’s here, and it changes everything. From lean startups to global corporations, smart companies know that the future of business comes from harnessing big data. Look for insights, vigorous discussion and cutting-edge perspective. stratany2011
Directional Media Strategies Sept. 20-22 Denver
Directional Media Strategies is BIA/Kelsey’s annual conference dedicated to the future of the Yellow Pages industry. Sessions drill deeply into the drivers of the Yellow Pages business in the future with a focus on the building blocks of a diversified operation. Interactive Local Media East
Online News Association Sept. 23-25 Boston
ONA is the annual gathering of new media movers and shakers, journalists and online news managers. ONA
Search and Social Woot! Hawaii Sept. 26-29 Kauai, Hawaii
Whether you are an avid search marketing or social media marketing rock star; an executive looking to improve your business, or a member of an agency, the Woot! will provide you with the strategies, how to’s and know-how around search marketing and social media marketing.
Block by Block: Community News Summit Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Chicago
Join co-hosts Michele McLellan and Jay Rosen for a lively and informative gathering of online community news entrepreneurs. Share your best practices, progress and challenges with fellow local news pioneers and learn from their experiences. The Block by Block summit agenda is built based on what online community news publishers most want to learn about at the conference and what expertise they can contribute. Revenue and community engagement are the chief focuses. Michele McLellan
Direct Marketing Association Oct. 1-6 Boston
DMA2011 helps progressive marketers to better engage customers and improve bottom-line results in all channels, including social, search, mobile, video and more. DMA:2010 Conference & Exhibition
WITI’s Women and Technology Summit Oct. 2-4 San Jose, Calif.
WITI (Women In Technology International), the world’s leading professional organization for executive women in technology, will gather around the theme of “Collaboration, Strategy and Growth” through hands-on speaking engagements and panel discussions. witi
Android Open Oct. 9-11 San Francisco
Android Open is the first conference to cover the entire Android ecosystem. Whether you’re a developer, IT pro, business decision-maker or marketer, you’ll find the latest and best information for maximizing the power of the Android platform. Android Open is a big-tent meeting ground for app and game developers, carriers, chip manufacturers, content creators, OEMs, researchers, entrepreneurs, VCs and business leaders to share best practices, tools, models and lessons learned. Lars Vogel
Web 2.0 Expo NY Oct. 10-13 New York
Web 2.0 Expo is a conference and trade show for everyone who cares about embracing and extending the opportunities created by Web 2.0 technologies. Osama Bedier
Social Media Marketing & Monitoring Oct 12 New York
Following sell-out conferences in San Francisco and London, this intensive, high-value marketing conference is heading to New York. Looking for the latest techniques in social commerce, social media monitoring, location marketing, social email and gamification? Join DVF, WGN America, NBC, Peter Shankman, Christine Perkett, Brian Reich, Brandwatch and many more at this must-attend. Get 10% off your registration with this code: SMBIZ10 Peter Shankman
International Professional Communication Conference Oct. 17-19 Cincinnati
“Communicating Sustainablity” is the theme for the IPCC 2011 Conference. The theme refers to the many different ways in which communication plays a role in helping us conceptualize, analyze and solve the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
Digital Hollywood Fall Oct. 17-20 Marina del Rey, Calif.
Digital Hollywood remains one of the nation’s premier entertainment and technology conferences.
Pivot Oct. 17-18 New York
Pivot is a new kind of marketing conference singularly focused on helping brand marketers and their agencies connect with the social consumer.
Web 2.0 Summit Oct. 17-19 San Francisco
The Web 2.0 Summit brings together 1,000 senior executives from the worlds of technology, media, finance, telecommunications, entertainment,and the Internet. This year the theme is “The Data Frame,” focusing on the impact of data in today’s networked economy.
Pop!Tech Oct. 19-22 Camden, Maine
Pop!Tech will mark its 15th annual gathering with more than 600 remarkable thinkers, leaders and innovators showcasing powerful ideas and projects that are changing the world. I attended one year — it’s a great gathering. jaron-lanier
Social Media World Forum – North America Nov. 1-2 New York
Two days of interactive & engaging conference featuring leading key figure keynotes, brand case studies, topical Q&A and debates, exhibition hall, workshops and networking.
Social CRM Nov 3 New York
Are you connecting with customers on multiple platforms? Are you mapping this across your organisation? Do you have a joined-up strategy for managing customer engagement? Featuring an amazing case study from American Airlines, plus Dr Natalie Petouhoff, Tatyana Kanzavelli, Richard Hughes and Adam Metz, #SCRMNYC will provide a 1-day master-class in Social CRM. Don’t miss it!
Get 10% off with this code: SMBIZ10
Frank Eliason
BlogWorld & New Media Expo Nov. 3-5 Los Angeles
BlogWorld moves from Las Vegas to LA, where experts from every field of blogging and new media will be on hand to share their knowledge, techniques and advice. Industry gurus will share their experiences and network with attendees in seminars and moderated panels. BlogWorld LA
Social Media Prom Nov. 6-10 San Francisco
Social Media Prom is “a formal dance for all of you who didn’t get a chance to make it out of your house, the backseat of the car, or …” social media prom
The Market Research Event Nov. 7-9 Orlando, Fla.
TMRE remains focused on the business value of market research and this year brings you more than 140 sessions and more than 175 speakers. Join the global community of market research leaders as we tackle the most critical issues in market research today and rally as an industry to Lead in A New Direction. Anne Mulcahy
Sentiment Analysis Symposium Nov. 9 San Francisco
This gathering bridges technology and business in one of the most exciting applications to emerge in recent years: software that discovers business value in opinions and attitudes in social media, news and enterprise feedback. The event comes to the West Coast for the first time, building on the April 2010 & 2011 symposiums in New York. Sentiment Analysis Symposium
Innovation Summit Nov. 10-12 Sonoma County, Calif.
Put on by Partners for Growth, this conference is designed not just for CEOs, CMOs, venture capitalists, developers or designers but also reaches out to anyone interested in technology. The gathering will bring in speakers from the nation and Europe to discuss how to be innovative and build upon the entrepreneurial spirit. Valto Loikanen
LeWeb December 7-9 Paris
LeWeb brings together the most influential audience in the Internet ecosystem. Top industry entrepreneurs, executives, investors, senior press and bloggers gather for two days to focus on the key issues and opportunities in the Web marketplace. Shai Agassi
Interactive Local Media West Dec. 12-14 San Francisco
BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media is the definitive conference on local digital advertising and marketing. This event provides a 360-degree view of the local marketplace, covering local search, Internet Yellow Pages, vertical directories, Internet video, online classifieds and mobile search. Also see ILM East. Interactive Local Media

Additional conferences (and missing ones)

We can’t find plans for a 2011 version of:

Teens in Tech 2.0
Ypulse Youth Marketing Mashup
SIME conferences
M.O.B. Conference : Monetizing Online Business
BlueGlass LA
Techonomy Conference
Big South Social Media Summit
Online Community Summit
Pivot Conference
Future of Crowdsourcing Summit
Streaming Media West
Bulldog Reporter’s 2010 Media Relations Summit
Reboot (last held June 25- 26, 2009, in Copenhagen)
• Digital ID World – US
• FASTforward

For a list of all things geek, check out Robert Scoble’s Plancast events calendar. In addition, Conference Alerts has a comprehensive list of 2011 academic conferences by subject category.

— Thanks to Serge Paulyn Ramirez for helping to compile this directory of events.