Start the New Year Right: My Weekly Top SMW13 Events



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It’s a new year. We make commitments to learn more and grow; to connect with others more and make an impact. And SMW13 is a great way to meet some of those resolutions. With only 6 weeks to go, we want to see you take part- be it gaining inspiration from some of our favorite events or saving your top events to your Favorites in your SMW profile. Here are my top event picks for this week. (You can see my last list of top events from right before the holidays here.)

Start saving these events to your Favorites to speed through registration, which kicks off January 15th. And as always, if you want to skip registration altogether in NYC, check out their Pass options, which are still on an Early Bird Special.

Get it now, and if you’re waiting to submit your event, don’t wait much longer! Event submission closes January 11th.

1197 Mobile Photography Conference
We do love mobile photography here at SMW. (If you haven’t heard about our PicYourCity contest, you’ll want to check it out.) So when 1197 contacted us, we were thrilled they would be taking part in SMW13. Kicking off Sunday in NYC, 1197.NYC is a week long event with a workshop and individual sessions devoted to mobile photography, including live streaming, a juried exhibit, panels, worldwide collaboration, and prizes – all under #1197is. Throughout the week, we’ll be exploring trends and technology as well as creating opportunities and careers in mobile photography. It’s sure to be a great week with them on board.

Teens and Their Public Lives
Monday kicks off in Copenhagen by discussing how teens understand and manage their publicity with their own media platforms at Facebook/Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and other social media. Centered around the release of a new study the highlights questions regarding youth and online privacy, the event will help parents, guardians and teens learn how to manage their digital identity.

Love in a Time of Social Media
In the same vein, Singapore also hosts on Tuesday an in-depth and fun exploration of our online lives. Willing volunteers and an expert panel will explore the role of social media in how we interact and develop relationships with each other. A unique social experiment will see a group of strangers experience both online and offline dating, with a discussion about their behavior and choices.

gsummitX- Gamification in NYC
If it’s fun you’re looking for, then you want to be in NYC on Tuesday. If you are involved in and/or interested in the topic of gamification, engagement and/or loyalty (or just really enjoyed hearing Gabe Zichermann last year), you’ll want to be here. In this all-day event, you’ll hear from gamification speakers, see demos from companies using gamification in their business model, and their unique workshop-like game called “Play for a Cause.” Plus, they’ll have some grub and beverages for everyone.

Using Film to Galvanize Lasting Social Change
If social change is more your area of interest, then in NYC on Tuesday, 10×10 is your go-to. With the Internet, we have seen rapid changes in how we access content, especially in film. Digital tools like, and are bringing content more directly, and more urgently to viewers than ever before, and challenging them to fight apathy by getting involved. Cutting edge filmmakers will talk about how they leveraged the power of platforms to propel their film’s issue into the national dialogue. 10×10 took part last SMW12 and did a great job- we’re expecting the same this go-round.

Diplomatie et web social font-ils bon ménage?
Want more social change? Then our team in Paris on Tuesday might have your fix. Wikileaks. We couldn’t go without, especially now as they are more and more seen as an existential threat to traditional diplomacy. However, the Internet and social networks are not only potentials for possible leaks and jeopardizing the secrecy of diplomatic exchanges, but they also represent an opportunity for foreign ministries that use to carry out other actions like “nation branding”, promoting causes, crisis management, etc. This event is pulling together some heavy-hitting French experts in the area- you’ll want to keep an eye on this one.

Social Media for Emergency Management
Speaking of crisis management, SMW DC is tackling that topic on Tuesday. With the buzz around Post-Hurricane Sandy, we now have a plethora of case study/lessons learned. Representatives will highlight what agencies learned from Hurricane Sandy and how social media played a role, all with data from the storm.

Tech4Democracy FailFaire
By now, we’re all needing a more light-hearted look at ourselves. And SMW DC delivers on Wednesday. The National Democratic Institute, as a leader in the field, has had a decade of experience in using tech for democracy support worldwide- but even with that success, they are an organization full of people with their own share of fails. This FailFaire will feature lighthearted #fails in using tech for social change, with a lightening round of amazing tech fails that aimed to support social change but never did- all accompanied by wine and beer.

Social Media Decathlon
If that event doesn’t humble you a little, then SMW Singapore on Thursday just may. Looking for the “Expertiest Social Media Experts of SMWSG 2013”, SMWSG is taking a tongue-in-cheek jab at the industry through a Social Media Decathlon. It’s a week-long competition with 10 varied social media challenges to test your expertise, finishing with a social media pop quiz. They will be crowning the ultimate social media whiz. Start practicing.

SMW wouldn’t be Social Media Week without our share of parties. But #SMWSGSecretRave is no ordinary party. Taking place in Singapore on Thursday, you’ll have to pay attention to the hashtag to get clues about when and where to be. Are you in?

What are you waiting for? Peruse our schedule, save your Favorites, and don’t forget to add your voice to the conversation. See you in February!

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