SMW Stories: We Want Yours

Björn Köcher flew from Hamburg to LA. Caroline Drucker introduced us to Ebba Åkerman and her homeless football world championship challenges. JuntoBox Films taught us how we can get ahead in the entertainment industry using a (better) pitch. Buzzfeed sent their team to Chicago and LA to create some game nights. Jeremy Singer got to try on an Olympic Gold Medal; and Dean McBeth got engaged. Nokia challenged Berlin and London to vote on their bar drinks at the opening and closing parties.

James Vest explored what social media means to him as an introvert. Minister Humza Yousaf declared Scotland is emerging as a tech leader. Ali Bullock took on Shell, Greenpeace and the importance of your choice of words with social media (“Binders full of women”, anyone?). Marta Baqués demonstrated how powerful word of mouth is- relying on Facebook. Nokia Berlin brought in an artist to turn your tweets into graffati, and Italian band Garden of Alibis toured our European cities providing free shows throughout the week to SMW12 attendees.

These are just some of the stories we’ve heard- and we all have a story to tell. You’ve the seen the facts from the week. We’ve shared our highlights. Now, we want to hear your story. What stood out to you? What was your favorite memory or piece of information you heard and why?

Share your SMW12 story with us- tell us how you spent the week of September 24-28 with us.

We’ll be looking for all the creative and interesting stories from the week- and for your time, you just may win our ultimate sponsor prize pack: a Nokia Lumia phone and a $200 gift voucher for Airbnb. Send your story to info @ or use #SMWstory in your tweet or pictures. (Don’t forget to see the full rules here.)

We can’t wait to share your stories! Thanks again for making SMW12 an amazing experience!

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  • Lynn Flatley

    When I first read about the incarceration of Pussy Riot, I was appalled, originally simply as a mother. That these young women were being denied visits from their family/loved ones seemed tortuous to me when I put myself in their shoes. As I learned more about the story, I wanted to do something and so decided that I would take my son to the Russian Consulate in our city (Toronto) and stage a protest, representing in a small way, one Canadian mother’s voice. In my travels I found a person on FaceBook who was organizing a protest in the UK, asked for some advice and followed through. What went from an idea for my son and I, ballooned into over 600 people joining, massive local media and some national media coverage, and more than 200 bodies on the street in protest on Aug 17, a mere 10 or so days after my first post. Social media win.

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