What is Social Media Week?
Social Media Week is a leading media platform and event with global reach across five continents, including Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Asia that explores the social, cultural and economic impact of social media. Twice a year (in February and September) the week long conference and festival is held in multiple cities across the globe simultaneously. Our mission is to help people and organizations connect through collaboration, learning and the sharing of ideas and information.
A Tiny Bit of Social Media Week History
Social Media Week celebrates it’s 6th year! Social Media Week is significant because it brings together thought leaders, key stakeholders and the general public to explore issues that are important for the modern world. Annually over 65,000 people attend the global conference. This year alone SMW garnered over 5,000 press mentions with over 1 million people viewing SMW content via the internet.
In February 2013 Lagos, Nigeria joined the Social Media Week Community as the first African city to host the event. Along side ten other cities including Hamburg, Milan, New York, Singapore, and Tokyo, Social Media Week Lagos Made History!
SMW is back in Lagos, Nigeria February 17-21, 2014
SMW Lagos is only in it’s 2nd year and has already claimed its place as the largest, tech, new media and business conference on the continent of Africa. It attracts some of the continents most forward thinkers, brands, learners and creators. With a population of over 20M Lagos is the largest black city in the world and is arguably the epicenter of the continent and home to the powerhouses of Africa’s creative, business and tech communities. Recognizing the importance of a connected continent, while aiming to encourage collaboration, our 2014 conference them is: A CONNECTED AFRICA IS THE FUTURE.
The only event of it’s kind, Social Media Week Lagos is a world class conference with Africa’s brightest minds that is free and open to the public. SMW Lagos is also unique in that 70% of the weeks amazing panels, parties and workshops are organized by the public. From October thru December, Social Media Week holds a world wide open call for people and companies big and small to pitch ideas and develop content that aims to push boundaries, create fresh insight and serve the greater good.
With attendees from across Africa and around the world, SMW Lagos explores a wide range of topics including education, business, entertainment, technology, art, banking and politics.
How do I get involved?
How do we make it happen?
+ Events: In partnership with our event partners we host hundreds of events throughout Lagos over the course of one week. Start-ups, agencies, and individuals with great ideas convene with the world’s foremost experts, iconic brands and leading thinkers to share their ideas and inspiration with a global audience of hyper-connected influencers.
+ Research: Through our global Social Media Week network, throughout the year we regularly publish original and third-party white-papers, research and reports on trends in emerging technology and social media.
+ News: With contributors all over the continent, our blog covers emerging trends, entertainment, opinion pieces and interviews with leading influencers across the diaspora.
+ Education: From workshops, interactive lectures and masterclasses our educational programming provides professionals with the latest in trends, best practices and industry case studies.
+ Branded Content: On behalf of some of the worlds greatest brands we provide creative, strategy and execution, video production, original content, product and brand integration, campaign launches, experiential design and community management.
“By programming keynotes and panels that look at how Africans are incorporating social media in their unique social, political, and creative landscapes, Social Media Week Lagos explores just how important being connected to the world is for 21st century Africans,” -Ngozi Odita, Executive Director of Social Media Week Lagos.