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Social Media Week creates opportunities for brands to engage with industry leading hyper-social influencers. For sponsorship information and to learn about custom packages and installations, please email Austin Brown.

2013 Advertising & Marketing Sponsor

Tribeca Flashpoint Academy is one of the industry’s most well-known and respected digital media arts schools—providing intensive, hands-on, apprenticeship-style programs that propel graduates into “the business” in a way few other institutions can. Often described as part college, part industry apprenticeship, TFA offers a progressive training model through which students begin using industry-standard equipment and software and working on real-world client projects beginning their first semester on campus. They graduate in as little as 15 months with robust resumes and the insider industry know-how they need to step seamlessly into their careers in the digital media arts.

2013 Culture & Lifestyle Sponsor

Resource connects consumers with brands—emotionally, habitually, digitally—to drive revenue, market share and loyalty. As the largest independent digital marketing agency in the U.S., with offices in Columbus, San Francisco, Chicago, and Cincinnati, Resource has built a reputation for thought leadership-fueled innovation in digital commerce as well as social and mobile consumer experiences. Founded in 1981, the agency propels clients in retail, consumer goods and technology forward with a proprietary and market-proven OPEN branding approach that combines consumer insights with next-gen technologies and competitive benchmarking. Resource has helped brands such as Victoria’s Secret, CVS, Petco, Kohl’s, P&G, Nestlé, HP and Adobe—many of whom have been with the agency for over two decades—realize the full value of empowering consumers as brand advocates and co-creators.

2013 Science & Technology Sponsor

Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Ill., CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare. With a balanced portfolio of 250,000 small-, medium- and large-sized customers, CDW generated net sales of $10.1 billion in 2012, and employs 6,800 coworkers in 25 locations across the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1984 by entrepreneur Michael Krasny, CDW pioneered the business model that melds personalized business-to-business technology distribution with advanced technology services. Today, CDW is ranked No. 267 on the FORTUNE 500 list of America’s top companies.

2013 Education & Learning Sponsor

Sprout Social’s world-class tools enable top brands including AMD, McDonald’s, Nike, Nokia, Pepsi, and UPS – and more than 10,000 customers — engage social platforms Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. The platform manages more than 6 million social interactions per day and makes it incredibly efficient to for brands to say connected. Its seamlessly integrated publishing features make it a snap to simultaneously post messages to social networks. Furthermore, Sprout’s centralized reporting and analytics help brand’s make sense of their entire social strategy. Based in Chicago’s vibrant West Loop neighborhood, Sprout headquarters is a lively center of technology innovation, product development, creative marketing and outstanding customer service.

2013 Master Class Sponsors

Founded in 1977, R/GA is a full-service digital agency that transforms the way people interact with brands. A commitment to design, technology, and innovation has defined R/GA’s continuing legacy in the world of communications and marketing.
Sprout Social’s world-class tools enable top brands including AMD, McDonald’s, Nike, Nokia, Pepsi, and UPS – and more than 10,000 customers — engage social platforms Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. The platform manages more than 6 million social interactions per day and makes it incredibly efficient to for brands to say connected. Its seamlessly integrated publishing features make it a snap to simultaneously post messages to social networks. Furthermore, Sprout’s centralized reporting and analytics help brand’s make sense of their entire social strategy. Based in Chicago’s vibrant West Loop neighborhood, Sprout headquarters is a lively center of technology innovation, product development, creative marketing and outstanding customer service.

2013 Sponsors

Innovation and excitement for everyone. For Nissan, this means making cars that are more efficient, more beautiful, more inspiring and more human than ever before. It means, simply, making cars that change the world and the way we move through it. Nissan is made up of a richly diverse group of people, as reflected in the company’s leadership team and the numerous corporate outreach programs in which we participate in the community. Together, we have what it takes to build cars and trucks with the power to change both the way you view the world and the way you move in it.In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
Founded in 2010 and based in San Francisco, LiquidSpace is a real-time marketplace that enables anyone to find and book a space to work or meet by the hour or day. LiquidSpace serves modern professionals who use the platform to book office or meeting space instantly, as well as companies who use LiquidSpace to manage their workforce’s space needs. Whether a coworking venue, business center, hotel lobby, library or private office, LiquidSpace helps business people find, book, and share over 2,000 great workspaces and meeting rooms in over 250 cities across the US.
Marriott Hotels has been “re-imagining” the guest experience, transforming lobbies and public spaces by designing them for the next generation of travelers who blend work and play, demand style and substance, and require technology. Customers needing a place to collaborate with colleagues or work individually can book spaces in Marriott Hotels’ thoughtfully designed Greatroom lobbies — with their comfortable seating, lots of food and beverage options and free WiFi — or in a small meeting space. Workspace On Demand by Marriott powered by LiquidSpace® makes reserving these places to work, often for free, as easy as booking a guest room using your desktop, laptop or smartphone. Spaces can be booked by the hour, half day or full day, online and on demand via WorkspaceonDemand.marriott.com.
NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® continues to be coffee’s perfect mate as the coffee creamer brand of choice for generations. Offering more than 20 flavors in both liquid and powder creamer options, COFFEE-MATE® allows every coffee drinker to create the perfect cup of coffee. By continuing to reinvent and redefine what goes into your coffee, COFFEE-MATE® is the leader in bringing exciting new products to your everyday cup of coffee.

Opening Party Sponsors

Rockit Bar & Grill, located in the heart of the booming River North Neighborhood puts Executive Chef Amanda Downing’s contemporary culinary twist on the traditional bar and grill. Offering outstanding casual American cuisine, using the freshest ingredients available in a mouthwatering menu that includes salads, sandwiches, and entrees. Rockit Bar & Grill is the premier downtown bar and grill, with the famous Rockit Burger being named the best in the nation by “Good Morning America” as well as the restaurant itself being called one of the top concepts in the world by Conde Nast Traveler.
Since 1873, Follett has served as the trusted partner in education for students and educators at all levels of learning. Today Follett delivers physical and digital learning materials, retail services, school content and management systems to more than 70,000 early childhood, primary and secondary schools, and on more than 1,000 college campuses. Headquartered in River Grove, Illinois, Follett is a $2.7 billion privately held company.
Everyone’s Private Driver. Request a swanky ride in a black car with just the tap of an app! Uber is changing the way people are getting around by offering a convenient, cashless, and stylish on demand car request service from your mobile phone.
Groupon employees committed to a diverse and accepting work environment. PRIDE@groupon creates a progressive, welcoming and supportive network for the LGBT professionals and allies at Groupon.
Finn Partners is an agency defined by collaboration. While our name is new, we are a team with deeply-rooted expertise, passion and a shared commitment to leading the industry with integrated communications strategies. Our distinctive collaborative approach defines who we are and what we do – and we’re doing it well. Finn Partners was named Best Agency to Work For in North America (Holmes Report, 2012), Best New Agency (Holmes Report, 2011), and that’s just the start.

Official Transportation Partner

Everyone’s Private Driver. Request a swanky ride in a black car with just the tap of an app! Uber is changing the way people are getting around by offering a convenient, cashless, and stylish on demand car request service from your mobile phone.

Partners

Divvy is Chicago’s newest transit system with thousands of bikes available 24/7 at hundreds of stations across the city. Divvy offers $7 24-Hour Passes that can be purchased with a credit or debit card at any station kiosk as well as $75 Annual Memberships available only at DivvyBikes.com. Enjoy your ride, Chicago.
 
Fast Company inspires a new breed of innovative and creative thought leaders who are actively inventing the future of business.
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Tailgate Sponsors

Innovation and excitement for everyone. For Nissan, this means making cars that are more efficient, more beautiful, more inspiring and more human than ever before. It means, simply, making cars that change the world and the way we move through it. Nissan is made up of a richly diverse group of people, as reflected in the company’s leadership team and the numerous corporate outreach programs in which we participate in the community. Together, we have what it takes to build cars and trucks with the power to change both the way you view the world and the way you move in it.In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
Tostitos tortilla chips is a snack known for making anytime party time. Whether your scene is a fiesta, soiree, BBQ, tailgate, pre-party or after-party, the Tostitos brand has a snack perfect for the occasion. Try Tostitos Scoops! chips with hearty Tostitos Chunky salsa or dip into Tostitos Salsa Con Queso with Tostitos Original Restaurant Style chips. Wherever Tostitos is, a party happens. The Tostitos brand makes the ‘most shared’ tortilla chips and dips in the U.S. and is part of PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division.

Closing Party Sponsors

Established in 1966, Gino’s began its deep dish adventure with customers so attached to its atmosphere they began scribbling their names on the wall to remember their visit. Gino’s is most famous for its patty style sausage and flaky buttery crust. Family friendly with a casual interior Gino’s can fill most appetites with it’s large array of menu items! Gino’s also has Delivery and carry-out.
Crown Imports LLC, a division of Constellation Brands, imports, distributes and markets the Modelo portfolio and other fine beer brands across the entire U.S. The Modelo portfolio includes Corona Extra (the #1 imported beer in the US and #6 beer overall), Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negra Modelo, Pacifico and Victoria (select markets) beer brands. Crown also imports the Tsingtao beer brand in the US.
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