October 8, 2012

8 veteran tips for conference goers

Disrupt
Last month’s TechCrunch Disrupt (Photo by JD Lasica).

Before you attend your next event, consider your goals

Ayelet NoffIf you’re a social media marketer or entrepreneur, chances are you’ll be required to attend conferences and industry related events on a regular basis to build your network and foster new relationships.

Networking is a skill. And just like any skill, it takes time and practice to perfect your technique. I’ve probably attended scores of conferences and events over the years. To make sure you maximize your time and network effectively at these events, I put together this list of my top eight tips.

Do you have others? Please share in the comments!

1Energize yourself. The days before your trip, make sure you get plenty of sleep and eat well. You’re going to need that energy because with all that adrenaline rushing in your system, you won’t sleep much during the conference. Especially after a cross-country or international flight. Continue reading

September 4, 2012

Pioneers Festival puts spotlight on startups

Ayelet NoffAs October nears so does an exciting event in a start-up enthusiast’s calendar, the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria.

Formerly known as Start-up Week, Pioneers Festival is a gathering that celebrates entrepreneurship and start-ups. It’s a huge event with many different parts and segments, so everyone has something to take in: talks and panels, a start-up competition and a founders challenge, all set in the majestic setting of Vienna’s Hofburg Palace.

Sneak peek of world-class speakers

When: Oct. 29-31, 2012

Where: Vienna

Who: At Pioneer Festival, 60 world-class international speakers will participate. Here’s a never before seen list of all the speakers who’ve confirmed:

• Adam Cheyer, father of Siri
• Matt Mullenweg, WordPress
• Esther Dyson, edventure.com
• Om Malik, GigaOM
• Mike Butcher, TechCrunch Europe
• Peter Vesterbacka, who made Angry Birds into a worldwide phenomenon
• Ayelet Noff, Blonde 2.0 and Socialmedia.biz (that would be me)
• Jason Goldberg, Fab.com
• Ben Parr, The Peep Project
• Cec Plascott, 14-year-old girl working on a second startup
• Edial Dekker, Gidsy
• Justin Kan, exec, socialcam, justin.tv
• Kyle Bragger, forrst, tinyproj, fancyhands
• Tomaz Stolfa, vox.io Continue reading

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.
January
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.
February
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
March
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
April
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
May
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 Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
The second annual MaximumFunCon is a gathering of creative people who wish to be more awesome, hosted by MaximumFun.org.
next10 May 11-12 Berlin
Organized by SinnerSchrader, the next conference is one of the top networking and trend conferences within the European Web industry. next10
Streaming Media East May 11-12 New York City
Content owners, viral video creators, online marketers, enterprise corporations, broadcast professionals, ad agencies, educators and others gather to hear the latest on online video technology. Streaming Media West will take place Nov. 2-3 in Los Angeles.
Making Your Media Matter May 12 Washington, D.C.
Making Your Media Matter is a conference for established and aspiring filmmakers, nonprofit communications leaders, funders and students looking to learn and share cutting-edge practices for making their media matter. Making Your Media Matter 2010
Winning Media Strategies May 20-22 Washington, D.C.
BIA/Kelsey’s annual conference focused 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.
Search Exchange Internet Marketing Conference May 17-19 Charlotte, NC
Join hundreds of business professionals and entrepreneurs, hear keynotes and panel discussions on search engine optimization, social media marketing, pay per click advertising and web analytics. Search Exchange Internet Marketing Conference
Gilbane Conference May 18-20 San Francisco
Intranets, blogs, wikis, portals and social software tools provide knowledge workers increasingly efficient ways to collaborate and share knowledge. This conference is organized into four tracks so whether you are in marketing, IT, a business unit or an internal function, you will be able to plan a customized agenda to get the information you need for success. A corresponding Gilbrane Boston conference will likely be held in the fall. The Gilbane Conference
WebVisions May 19-21 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. webvisions
Ypulse Youth Marketing Mashup May 24-25 San Francisco
YPulse, which tracks how youths use emerging media, again showcases entrepreneurs between the ages of 13 and 24. Guy Kawasaki has tentatively agreed to return and moderate the Totally Wired Youth Entrepreneur panel. danahboyd
Conference on Weblogs and Social Media May 23-26 Washington, D.C.
The 4th International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media brings together researchers from disparate disciplines to increase our understanding of social media in all its incarnations. This event will be held in Washington, D.C., where government innovators are experimenting with the use of social media to increase transparency and better engage with the citizenry. Bob Kraut
TechCrunch Disrupt May 24-26 New York
TechCrunch Disrupt is the only conference that gathers Web innovators disrupting media and technology and also executives successfully navigating disruption to talk about turning change into opportunity. You’ll hear from luminaries and see launches, with emerging companies showing off new ideas for the iPad, gaming, Hollywood content and more. After three intense days, one startup will take home $50,000 to continue building their vision. TechCrunch Disrupt
School of WOM May 24-26 Chicago
The Word of Mouth Marketing Association puts on this training workshop for marketers.
SocialMediaPlus May 25 Philadelphia
SocialMediaPlus is a one-day social media and Web 2.0 conference for business leaders in the mid-Atlantic area. Its four tracks are for executives, marketing and sales, IT and human resources. Rohit Bhargava
Gov 2.0 Expo May 25-27 Washington, D.C.
Government 2.0 is about empowering government employees to serve citizens better and opening up the government into a platform that enables citizens to better help their communities.
June
D Conference June 1-3 Palos Verdes, Calif.
The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference has been breaking news, highlighting innovation and bringing you straight-up, unvarnished conversations with the most influential figures in technology since 2003. D is different from other conferences: no canned speeches, no marketing pitches — just content. waltkara
PLATO @ 50 June 2-3 Mountain View, Calif.
The first-ever conference on the history of the amazing PLATO system. Come find out what social software, e-learning, online community and multiplayer games were like long before the Internet took off. Learn how the lessons of the PLATO era are still abundantly applicable today. Try out one of the fully restored original PLATO plasma-panel terminals. Ray Ozzie
Personal Democracy Forum* June 2-5 New York City
The annual gathering of political activists, government reform advocates and techies, with a Change Makers Bootcamp on June 2 (I’ll be co-presenting with Katrin Verclas) and an unconference for the Saturday after the formal conference ends.
IABC World Conference June 6-9 Toronto
The World Conference of the International Association of Business Communicators brings together 1,400 communication practitioners from 40 countries for four days of learning, camaraderie and inspiration.. iabc
RailsConf June 7-10 Baltimore, Md.
RailsConf, the largest official conference dedicated to everything Rails, brings together the most innovative and successful Rails experts and companies. Learn useful information, ideas and techniques you can put to work immediately with a program designed for all levels of expertise. railsconf
Internet Week NYC June 7-14 New York City
Internet Week New York is a weeklong festival of events saluting NYC’s thriving Internet industry and the companies, organizations and innovators creating the future of online media.
SMX Advanced June 8-9 Seattle
Search Marketing Expo Advanced is the only search marketing conference designed exclusively for experienced internet marketers. Sessions are fast-paced, Q&A-packed, frequently controversial and quite informative.
Connections June 8-10 Santa Clara, Calif.
Connections: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, hosted by research firm Parks Associates with support from the Consumer Electronics Association, is the executive event focused on market developments for advanced digital lifestyle solutions.
Online Community Unconference June 9 Mountain View, Calif.
The Online Community Unconference is a gathering of online community managers, developers, business people, tool providers and investors to discuss how to develop and grow online communities.
Advertising 2.0 June 7-8 New York City
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.
Innovation Journalism 7 June 7-9 Palo Alto, Calif.
IJ-7 is a meeting place to discuss how journalism and innovation come together: How journalism affects innovation, how innovation affects journalism, how journalism covers innovation and the market for it. The conference welcomes all journalism and innovation stakeholders: journalists, industry, policy-makers in media and innovation, PR, academic researchers, faculty and students in related areas of study, other professionals connected to the news industry, as well as individuals with a special interest in journalism and innovation. Krishna Bharat
VON Conference & Expo June 9-11 Washington, D.C.
VON: The Voice of Network Convergence showcases the best of the global IP communications world for service providers and large enterprises.
Turning Ideas Into Business June 13-16 Banff, Canada
The Banff World Television Festival (BANFF) and nextMEDIA have announced an innovative strategic partnership that will see these two popular industry events run concurrently.
Tabula Rasa DC June 14 McLean, VA
Tabula Rasa DC assembles a master cast of innovators, developers and visionaries for hands-on guidance, creative inspiration and how-to maps for apps on the iPad and the wave of mobile, high-concept, high-touch personal computers. hands-on-smarts
TWTRCON NY June 14 New York
TWTRCON NY is a one-day conference focused entirely on the business use of Twitter where you’ll see case studies and learn best practices from leading organizations that are using the real-time Web to deliver bottom-line results. Joshua-Karpf1
Enterprise 2.0 June 14-17 Boston
E2 takes a strategic perspective, emphasizing the bigger picture implications of the technology and the exploration of what is at stake for organizations trying to change not only tools, but also culture and process. enterprise20
Social Networking Conference June 16-18 Beverly Hills, Calif.
The annual event is for social networking executives who have an interest in learning about new technologies, business social networking, marketing strategies, business management, venture capital, networks and mobile telecom. Experts in management, software, mobile technology, venture capital and marketing for social networking with experience with both the mobile/wireless market and the enterprise social networking market will present. socialmediaconference
SIME Barcelona June 16-17 Barcelona, Spain
SIME is northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities with events in Helsinki, Stockholm, Barcelona and now for the first time in San Francisco. SIME brings together top executives, marketing professionals, aficionados and members of the press. SIME is about how digital opportunities can convert to new business and a better world. SIME Barcelona
Velocity June 22-24 Santa Clara, Calif.
Now in its third year, Velocity – the Web Performance and Operations Conference from O’Reilly Media – is dedicated to helping people build a better Internet that is fast by default. Join hundreds of web developers and experts under one roof at the premier conference dedicated to building industrial strength sites at Internet speed shanti-subramanyam
Inbound Marketing Summit – Chicago June 23-24 Chicago
Chris Brogan presents the second in a series of social influence marketing conferences for 2010.
M.O.B. Conference June 24-25 New York City
The Newhouse School’s M.O.B. (“Monetizing Online Business”) Conference focuses on ways to deduce entirely new, successful media business models based on the realities of 21st century media use. This will be an interactive conference with extensive audience participation that aims to explore and clearly define the new business models that have the best chance at profitability for media. David Zaslav
Partners for Growth & Innovation June 28-30 Tuscany, Italy
This conference is designed not just for CEOs, CMOs, venture capitalists, developers or designers, but also reaches out to everyone, including those interested in technology – CTOs, angel investors, academia and government employees. The gathering will bring in speakers from the United States and from around Italy and other parts of Europe to talk about how to be innovative and build upon the entrepreneurial spirit. Valto Loikanen
Cloud Computing World Forum June 29-30 London
In this 2-day conference and exhibition, you’ll hear leading case studies about how businesses have integrated cloud computing and Enterprise 2.0 into their working practices.
July
BlueGlass LA July 19 Marina Del Rey, Calif.
BlueGlass LA is an online marketing conference featuring top-class speakers in search marketing, social media and entrepreneurship that will provide all you need to know on industry trends and strategies. blueglassla
OSCON July 19-23 Portland, Ore.
In its 12th year, OSCON continues to be the premier meeting ground for everyone using open source. At OSCON, you’ll participate in hundreds of sessions covering open source languages and platforms, practical tutorials, inspirational keynotes, an Expo Hall and great networking events. Join over 2,500 people passionate about open source. brian-fitzpatrick
Super Genius: How to Be Great at Word of Mouth Marketing July 20 New York
GasPedal’s latest gathering pulls together 12 real-world case studies of word of mouth success stories from great companies and six authors as well as a keynote from Tony Hsieh, author of “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose” and CEO of Zappos. Tony Hsieh
Fortune Brainstorm: Tech July 22-24 Aspen, Colo.
Fortune Brainstorm: Tech is a marketplace of ideas that assembles some of the smartest people in tech and media — the thinkers, operators, entrepreneurs, innovators and influencers — for discussions about the changing landscape. brainstorm
Summit at Stanford July 27-29 Palo Alto, Calif.
This executive gathering highlights the significant economic, political and commercial trends affecting the global technology industries. The summit features the most innovative companies, eminent technologists, influential investors and journalists in keynote presentations, panel debates and private company CEO showcases.
Supernova July 30 Philadelphia
At Supernova, CEOs and bloggers, entrepreneurs and academics, policy experts and industry leaders share insights and build relationships. It’s moved from San Francisco to Philly for the first time. leahculver
August
Techonomy Conference Aug. 4-6 Lake Tahoe
We’ve seen the failure of markets in September 2008, the failure of international action in Copenhagen last December and the great difficulty Washington has getting things done. If we want solutions to major problems, the institutions, tools and resources we have now will not suffice. We have got to look to innovation — both technological and social. techonomy
BlogHer Aug. 5-7 New York
BlogHer’s sixth annual conference (Aug. 6-7) will be held in conjunction with BlogHer Business (Aug. 5). The conference for women bloggers attracts about 90% women, 10% men. Jory Des Jardins
Big South Social Media Summit Aug. 14 Nashville, Tenn.
This gathering will feature forward-thinking business executives from companies like Southwest, SAP, Comcast and Domino’s as well as social media loving celebrities who will speak directly on how they drive ROI through social media. Speakers will share real-world success stories, pitfalls and case studies to demonstrate the true value of social media. Ted Murphy
Affiliate Summit East Aug. 15-17 New York City
This gathering 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
Gnomedex Aug. 19-21 Seattle
Gnomedex is a top gathering of geeks, open source pioneers and cool kids.
September
Gov 2.0 Summit Sept. 7-8 Washington, D.C.
O’Reilly’s Gov 2.0 Summit returns to the nation’s capital some time in September.
WITI’s Women and Technology Summit Sept. 12-14 Silicon Valley, Calif.
WITI’s annual Women and Technology Summit in Silicon Valley provides opportunities to get connected to amazing women from around the world convening in one place.
DEMOfall Sept. 13-15 Santa Clara, Calif.
The fall edition of the august tech innovation conference (which charges companies about $20,000 to present on stage).
PICNIC Sept. 22-24 Amsterdam
PICNIC is a cross-discipline platform for creative conversation and collaboration. It’s a unique festival featuring a strategic conference complemented by hands-on workshops and matchmaking sessions. picnic
TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Sept. 27-29 San Francisco
TechCrunch Disrupt is a three-day, single-track conference and startup competition to immerse you in the debate about what’s changing in technology right now, what’s causing it and what we need to do about it to survive and thrive in real time. John Doerr
Web 2.0 Expo NY Sept. 27-30 New York City
The NYC edition of Web 2.0 Expo.
October
SMX East Oct. 4-6 New York City
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.
Inbound Marketing Summit – Boston Oct. 6-7 Boston
Chris Brogan presents the third in a series of social influence marketing conferences for 2010.
Online Community Summit Oct. 7-8 Sonoma, Calif.
The Online Community Summit is where thought leaders in online collaboration gather to discuss best ideas for the future.
BlogWorld & New Media Expo Oct. 14-16 Las Vegas, Nev.
The first day of the show is the Social Media Business Summit. The final two days will be the trade show and rich selection of conference sessions. blogworld
Pivot Conference Oct. 17-19 New York City
Pivot Conference is a marketing conference where ad agencies and brand marketers will gather to understand the style, attitudes, technologies and preferences of the “always on” consumer and the social marketing strategies that grab the attention of this powerful demographic. pivot-conference
Digital Hollywood Fall Oct. 18-21 Santa Monica
Digital Hollywood remains one of the nation’s premier entertainment and technology conferences.
SocialBizWorld Oct. 22-23 Petaluma, Calif.
SocialBizWorld is a two-day social media and Web 2.0 business conference for private and public-sector business executives, leaders, managers, employees and consultants looking for insightful speakers, hands-on workshops, in-depth discussions and real-world examples to move their business forward with new media. Lon Safko
Pop!Tech Oct. 20-23 Camden, Maine
Pop!Tech is a network of remarkable people, extraordinary sessions, powerful ideas and innovative projects that are changing the world. I attended one year — it’s a great gathering.
Online News Association Oct. 28-30 Washington, D.C.
The 10th annual gathering of new media movers and shakers, journalists and online news managers.
November
Future of Crowdsourcing Summit Nov. 2 San Francisco
Following the striking success of Future of Media Summits 2006, 2007 and 2008, and Future of Influence Summit 2009, Future of Crowdsourcing Summit 2010 will be highly interactive, consisting of expert panels, focused conversations between attendees and structured discussion of the event’s themes. Matt Barrie
Streaming Media West Nov. 2-3 Los Angeles
Content owners, viral video creators, online marketers, enterprise corporations, broadcast professionals, ad agencies, educators and others gather to hear the latest on online video technology.
Inbound Marketing Summit – Austin Nov. 9-10 Austin
Chris Brogan presents the fourth in a series of social influence marketing conferences for 2010. Chris Brogan
Web 2.0 Summit * Nov. 15-17 San Francisco
One of the best tech conferences in the world, period. A gathering about how to put the power of the Web to work — its technologies, its business models and its philosophies of openness, collective intelligence and transparency. cto
WOMMA Summit Nov. 17-19 Las Vegas
The Word of Mouth Marketing Association brings together thought leaders in the word-of-mouth marketing space.
SIME Stockholm Nov. 17-18 Stockholm
SIME is northern Europe’s largest conference about the Internet and digital opportunities with events in Helsinki, Stockholm, Barcelona and now San Francisco. SIME brings together top executives, marketing professionals, aficionados and members of the press. SIME is about how digital opportunities can convert to new business and a better world. SIME Stockholm
TWTRCON SF Nov. 18 San Francisco
Real-time tools are transforming business, government and nonprofits. At TWTRCON SF 10, you’ll see case studies and learn best practices from leading organizations that are using the real-time Web to deliver bottom-line results. twtrcon
December
BRANDSconf December 2 New York, NY
@BrandsConf is a new event that will explore the “humanization of brands” and the underlying effects this is having on business. The conference will explore a range of topics from best practices to the legal issues to the natural conflict of personal and corporate branding. Jeff Pulver
LeWeb Dec. 8-9 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 Dec. 8-10 Santa Clara, Calif.
Interactive Local Media 2010 is BIA/Kelsey’s annual conference devoted to digital media with a local focus. 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.
Think Tank Live Dec. 29 Chicago, IL
This is a “hands on” workshop for beginners. Looking to get a start in social media? In this workshop you will set up a basic WordPress blog on WordPress.com. Then, you will set up a Twitter ID and learn how your blog, Twitter and E-mail can function together to help you develop an online social media presence.

I can’t find plans for a 2010 version of:

Reboot (last held June 25- 26, 2009, in Copenhagen)
Digital ID World
• FASTforward
• Web Content Conferences
• Conversational Marketing Summit
• Bulldog Reporter’s Media Relations Summit
• Beyond Broadcast
• NewTeeVee Pier Screenings

For an even more comprehensive list of all things geek, check out Robert Scoble’s Upcoming events list.

In addition, Conference Alerts seems to have a pretty good listing of 2010 academic conferences by subject category, including Politics and Communications and Media.

April 26, 2009

Top conferences coming right up

JD LasicaI have such an insane couple of weeks coming up that I need to blog it just to remember where I’ll be. (Here is the full calendar of 2009 tech and social media conferences.)

But these are among the best of the year, right at our doorstep: NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology conference, NewComm Forum, Inbound Marketing Summit, SOBCon, Digital Hollywood and EconSM. (They’re pricey, but I also know how much it costs to put on a decent conference.) If you’re planning to attend and want to meet up, direct-message me on Twitter.

NTC

What: Nonprofit Technology conference
When: April 26-27-28
Where: Hilton, 333 O’Farrell St., San Francisco
Cost: $549 for members, $749 for non-members (disclosure: I have a press pass)
Details: http://nten.org/ntc and Agenda
Am I speaking? No
Live coverage is here.

Comment: I’m looking forward to attending NTC this year after spending the last few months working on an initiative to help nonprofits and social change organizations. (An announcement is coming soon.) A highlight includes Clay Shirky at 8:30 am Monday.

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NewComm Forum

What: Social marketing, journalism, tech innovation and much more.
When: April 27-28-29
Where: Marriott, 55 Fourth St., San Francisco
Cost: $395 one-day rate. NewComm Forum + Inbound Marketing Summit – $1,095 (save $200 off regular price with discount code NCFCOMBO2)
Details: Program overview and Agenda

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March 13, 2009

Mashup culture and social media

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JD LasicaJust left the final session of Remix/Mashup 2009: The Future of Creative Production and Ownership at Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law, which explored the implications of mashup and remix in the world of Web 2.0. They reached out to me last fall and I couldn’t resist flying out — this was the first conference I’ve come across devoted to the video mashup, a media form that straddles art, politics and entertainment.

I’ll leave it to the attorneys and law students in the audience to dissect the proceedings, but here are a few high points:

• I was deeply impressed by the keynote presentation by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, a multimedia artist, filmmaker and writer (“Sound Unbound”). Above is a photo I shot of him. (Feel free to remix; it’s under a Creative Commons license.) Some snippets from his keynote: “Artists no longer work in the bubble of a recording studio. The studio is the network.” … “The 20th century was the era of mass production. The 21st century is the era of mass customization,” with collective memories now dispersed and giving way to singular experiences culled from cultural motifs while plugged into an always-on ubiquitous network that lets us transform any media in digital form to our liking.

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January 24, 2009

How to Web 2.0-enable your live event

David SparkProducing and attending corporate events, like conferences and trade shows, is not cheap. But people still ‘attend in’ and ‘pay by’ the thousands for the unforeseen value to be had in education and new business relations.

Whatever reputation develops from your event, everyone can benefit from layering social tools (some call it Web 2.0 technology) to enhance the connectedness and interactivity among all interested parties. Event-based social media is in line with the goals of attendees and event producers: to improve physical logistics, distribute information, connect people, and enhance face-to-face conversations.

If you’re producing an event, begin by asking yourself what services, often free, can I take advantage of to extend the event’s social value for those people attending, those who can’t attend, and everyone who wants to look back after the fact. You should look towards Web 2.0 tools, those that behave like socialized desktop applications, to be the catalyst to spread the knowledge and enhanced interaction among all interested parties, whether they’re physically present or not. An event’s information and conversation can be distributed via a variety of means: bulletin boards, photos, video sharing, recorded discussions, news reports, live wikis, quick updates, opinions of event goers, Q&A, group chat, reminders, recommendations, how-to advice, maps, and directions to the next event.

Historically, social networks and like-minded Web 2.0 tools empower users to keep in touch with the thousands of people they’ve collected in their contact database. Without applications like social networks, blogs, micro-blogs, photo sharing, podcasts, video blogs, and of course email it would be impossible for anyone to stay in touch with so many people.

When you meet someone at an event, follow through takes effort, a lot of effort. The communication drop-off rate following a conference is huge. You start with good intentions, trade business cards with the promise of following up. But if you don’t make a note of your meeting and send a message immediately after the conference, the moment is long forgotten. Luckily, Web 2.0 tools offer platforms for attendees and producers to take advantage of communications before, during, and after an event.

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I offer my full article “How to Web 2.0-enable your live event.” Read online or download and print the PDF. The article offers advice for producers on how to extend the functionality of a live event by socializing a content network with Web 2.0 tools and enabling conversation around it. Plus it includes a checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.