SMW13 February: An Open & Connected World



Social Media Week is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas and insights into social media and technology's impact on business, society, and culture.

Powered by Nokia for a third year, Social Media Week (SMW13) is scheduled for February 18-22, 2013 and will take place in Copenhagen, Doha, Hamburg, Lagos, Miami, Milan, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington DC. (Toronto, we’ll be seeing you in September.)

With a new unifying global theme: Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World, we’re inviting you and your organizations to Get Involved by submitting event ideas starting today, November 8th.

Since launching in February 2009, Social Media Week has served as a platform to discuss social media’s impact on major global events such as 2008 Presidential Election, the Haiti Earthquake, Arab Spring, The London Riots and now more recently with Hurricane Sandy. Each event has shown us that our society is united, connected and able to collaborate and self-organize in ways that we would never have been able to before.

Drawing on this our global theme Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World, we will explore how we can further advance our understanding of social media’s role as a powerful and positive force in our lives.

“In the wake of Hurricane Sandy we have witnessed first hand the power of social media in helping people to self-organize to support those most impacted by the disaster.” said Toby Daniels, Founder & Executive Director of Social Media Week. “As a society we are united, connected and able to prepare, react and respond to catastrophic disasters in ways that we would never have been able to before. We hope our unifying global theme will help us explore how we can further advance our understanding of social media’s role as a powerful and positive force in our lives.”

Today, we invite you to join us. Using Open & Connected as a starting point, individuals and organizations interested in hosting their own events, talks, panel sessions, workshops, networking events and mixers in line with this global theme can get involved by submitting their idea here.

“The past week in New York has shown that social media is a real force in people collaborating, problem solving, and caring for one another,” said Jon Steinberg, President and COO of Buzzfeed. “It was the way we united last week and in the wake of the tragedy will fundraise and rebuild together. I look forward to this being the focus of Social Media Week 2013.”

Deadline for submissions is January 11, 2013, and you don’t want to miss out. But don’t take our word for it. Hear what some of the past 560 event partners have had to say:

“Buddy Media is proud to be a partner of Social Media Week. This is one of the few events that enables us to connect with our customers and partners globally. We look forward to continued growth and innovation from the Social Media Week team.” — Michael Lazerow, CEO of Buddy

“Digital is revolutionizing the way people connect with each other – and Social Media Week has remained at the forefront of this trend by bringing together some of the most innovative thinkers in marketing, tech and media at its global conferences.” — David Berkowitz, Sr. Director of Emerging Media & Innovation, 360i

Top Photo by Linda Nylind

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