Stealing The Show: Jonah Peretti on The Colbert Report

We know BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti has a few things to share about the future of journalism. So, when he took the stage with Stephen Colbert last night, we were thrilled to see what came out. Colbert brings his normal satire, grilling Jonah about sexy pandas, Syria, listicles, and click bait.

It’s a great 6-minute interview that will get you ready for Jonah taking the stage with us in February. Watch it below, and share what you want to hear Jonah share this SMW14! In the words of Colbert, “go click on it.”

A Partnership To Build Community: charity: water on GivingTuesday

Last week, we announced our weekly Giving Tuesday. We’re committed throughout the rest of December to help support non-profits doing incredible work. We’ll be giving 20% of our pass sales each Tuesday in December will support an incredible non-profit we love.

This week, we’re partnering up with charity: water to support their efforts in Cambodia. 4.6 million people in Cambodia don’t have access to safe drinking water – that’s 33% of their population. That’s where charity: water comes in. Partnering with two local organizations, charity: water helps supply BioSand Filters to families.

A BioSand Filter is a cement box with chambers for filtering dirty water, containing gravel, two layers of sand and a film of microorganisms that eat up to 99% of harmful bacteria in the water poured into them. charity: water covers the material costs of each BSF; the families who receive them contribute $5.

charity: water BioSand Filter

With these filters, families will have access to clean, safe water for years to come.

Join us in supporting this program. Grab your pass today.

Your First Look: The Initial Official SMW NYC Schedule

SMW NYC is just around the corner, and we want to give you the first look at what’s to come! Today we unveil our initial Official Schedule.

We told you Cindy was blowing shit up this year, and we weren’t lying. Leading a special series on Changing the World through Sex, she will explore what the marketing and advertising industry is missing by not acknowledging, targeting and leveraging consumer behavior around sex and porn, from pioneering brands who are. And she’s just the beginning.

SMW14 will also feature social media heads from MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central highlighting how social media is ushering in new rules for developing fan bases and keeping them engaged. The Dachis Group and socialdeviant will gaze into the future to explore what our daily lives will look like in 2020, where wearable tech is heading, and what we can expect from dating.

And staying on the trend of the future, Joe Marchese leads a look at where advertising is heading and how we can break the cycle of greed and manipulation in it.

We’ll also explore how millennials are shaping it all, from the discovery of new talent (eg, Vine stars) to the creation of content expressly designed to be shared (eg, listicles).

See our full preview here, grab your pass, and start saving your Favorites.

Our Weekly GivingTuesday: The Adventure Project, BOND, & SMW NYC

We’re rapidly approaching February and what promises to be our best SMW NYC ever. Our initial speaker lineup is taking shape and looking awesome and tomorrow we publish the initial schedule of events to give you a taste of what February will have to offer.

Speakers include:
+ Buzzcar & Zipcar’s Robin Chase
+ Cindy Gallop of Make Love Not Porn
+ Steve Case of AOL, Revolution, & The Case Foundation
+ BuzzFeed’s CEO and founder Jonah Peretti
+ Smirnoff’s, Global VP, Michelle Klein

We want to make sure you get in on the action early. Register for an Insider Pass today, and we’ll give you a $50 gift card to mobile gifting startup, BOND.

And in the spirit of giving, every Tuesday for the rest of December, we’re building on #GivingTuesday. We’ll be giving 20% of our pass sales to support an incredible non-profit.

Today, we’re supporting The Adventure Project. The Adventure Project helps empower female entrepreneurs in Haiti. Each year four million people die from chronic exposure to cooking smoke, from cooking over open fires. In addition, cooking over open fires uses a lot of energy from charcoal and firewood. In Haiti, where 90% of the country is deforested, charcoal is mainly imported from the Dominican Republic, at a high price. Families spend 40% of their daily expenses on buying charcoal to cook with.

The Adventure Project works with female vendors in Port au Prince on a solution. They distribute $20 charcoal-efficient stoves, creating jobs, stimulating the local economy, and helping create change. When families in Haiti move from using an open fire to a charcoal-efficient stove, they save $220 in fuel costs each year. The median per capita income is $665. So this impact is incredible for families in Haiti.

Check out the gift options here, grab your Insider Pass here now, and help us support sustainable development.

The Adventure Project Haiti

Cyber Monday Special: Giving You a Gift to Share

Thank you.

It’s a simple expression that carries great weight. And we think it can get lost in the mix. So, this holiday season we want to thank you, and help you pass it on. So, as our holiday gift to you, the next 150 individuals who purchase their SMW NYC Insider Pass will receive a $50 gift card to BOND.

But that’s not all. In the spirit of Cyber Monday, today only, we’re offering a special 40% discount! Just go here, select your Pass and redeem your 40% discount and BOND gift card!

This means a gift for you and a gift to share.

BOND is a new New York-based startup and iOS app that helps us remember the important touch of a thank you gift and card. They want to make gift giving fun and easy. Pairing tech with traditional gifts, BOND lets you send unique gifts, accompanied with a handwritten note, to someone important to you. All from your phone or computer.

With our focus on really connecting and examining what it means to be always on and always connected with our global theme, BOND caught our eye. It’s a great example of tech used to better our lives. And we want to share this with you.

Don’t wait too long and miss out on this. So, when you purchase your Insider Pass, in addition to joining us this February, you’ll receive $50 credit at BOND to brighten someone’s day.

Download the app or visit the BOND website to view all the gift options.

Thank you again for helping us make SMW NYC what it is. We can’t wait to celebrate the week with you in February. Until then, share your BOND gift giving stories with us using #SMWNYC.

Cyber Monday Holiday Giving

Need a Hand in the Kitchen? Plated To the Rescue

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means many of us are busy preparing food, getting ready to host friends and family, or traveling to celebrate. All the shopping and preparations can be tiring, though well worth it. So, we want to reward you.

We’ve partnered with Plated to make cooking easier. Founded by Harvard Business School alums Nick Taranto and Josh Hix after they realized the need for budget and time friendly food options, the Plated version of a dinner box was born. Compiling recipes from noted chefs such as Michael Mina, Plated delivers all the ingredients necessary to make a home-cooked meal, including spices, produce, and proteins, with easy to follow recipes.

“We believe that most people want better, more nutritious, less greasy food, and they’re willing to put in 20-30 minutes of work in order to get it — if given the choice,” Nick says.

But Plated hasn’t stopped with delivery. They have also created a new social aspect, “Social Recipe Pages.” Social Recipe Pages are like Pinterest for home cooks, a place where you can share photos and cooking tips.

“With thousands of customers cooking the same meals on same night any given week, this will be a place for them to connect and engage with each other,” Nick said. “They can talk about what they’re doing, share their personal takes on the recipes, talk to the chef who designed the meal, and ask questions.”

Sound interesting? All of our Insider Pass-holders can enjoy a free week of service from Plated.

That’s four meals designed by chefs and delivered to you to wow your family, friends, or self. Plus, there’s still time to also receive 20% off the standard Insider Pass rate.

Learn more, then grab your pass here.

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Eli Pariser: Building the Fastest Growing Media Site Of All Time

For those who crave a way to share their passion for social change, Eli Pariser and Upworthy are common names. Eli established Upworthy with Chris Hughes of Facebook and Peter Koechly of The Onion with the goal to make important content as viral as Charlie biting your finger.

And it’s worked. Upworthy is the fastest growing media site of all time, bringing the “awesome”, the “meaningful” and the “visual” all together.

Upworthy isn’t Eli’s first venture though. Eli is a true veteran of the Web. He formerly directed the liberal grassroots organization, MoveOn, working as a catalyst for citizen-driven change. Under his stewardship, MoveOn grew 10 times larger and collected more then $120 million in small donations. Eli realized the power of organizing individuals to take small actions for change, tripling the organization’s member base and creating a political shift in the 2006 elections.

“We really need the Internet to be that thing that we all dreamed of it being. We need it to connect us all together. We need it to introduce us to new ideas and new people and different perspectives. And it’s not going to do that if it leaves us all isolated in a Web of one.”

In 2011, after noticing that social media and search engines were eliminating some friends’ posts from his feed and only showing him search results tailored to his tastes, he sounded the alarm on the increasingly narrow lens that social media algorithms and search networks are creating in the name of ‘personalization’ in The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You. His TED talk on the topic has been seen more than 2.5 million times.

Shortly thereafter, he co-founded the company that encompasses both – using his community–organizing expertise to help combat the narrow lens of social media and search algorithms. Upworthy curates meaningful content on social, economic and societal issues that is then massively shared by the site’s community. Upworthy.com routinely breaks its own traffic records, seeing more than 46 million page views in October 2013, and garnering more views than the New York Times, FOX News or BleacherReport.

Join us to hear what he has to say grassroots organization, his experience growing organizations, and the future of Upworthy. Grab your pass now here.

Keeping You Moving: Citi Bike & SMW NYC

It didn’t take long for Citi Bike and the launch of the bike share program to capture our hearts. In just the 5 months it’s been active, there are over 80,000 members who have taken more than five million trips with the program. Citi Bike regularly sees six plus trips per bike per day, outpacing London’s system. During the launch, we looked at the pros and cons of the system. And since then, Citi Bike has done a lot to help meet user needs and expectations.

It has has grown more rapidly in terms of ridership than any other bike share system in the nation, and their blog provides fun and engaging ways for users to get the most out of their memberships. Just check out their haunted bike tours for Halloween to see what we mean.

All this has us excited. We’re big proponents of collaborative consumption, and Citi Bike helps solve transportation issues while minimizing resources. So, we’re thrilled to offer a free week rental to our Insider and CMO Pass Holders as an added benefit for joining us at SMW NYC. It’s just one of the many perks, so make sure you check out all the options now.

Grab your pass and a sweet bike ride to accompany it here. Enjoy!

For more stats, check out how Citi Bike did their first month:
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Casting Call: Event & Blogging Partners Wanted

Next week we’ll host our first SMW NYC Community Meetup. On November 25th, we’ll bring together our event partners, influencers, bloggers, advocates, and advisory board members to share our new vision for Social Media Week New York and the various ways you can get involved.

As we grow and enhance the SMW NYC experience, we want to give you more opportunities to get involved. From hosting events to speaking to taking a star role on our blogs, we’ll be on hand to answer any questions you have about taking part this February.

+ The Event Submission Process
+ NYC Campus Programming
+ Future of Now Theme
+ Content Ideas and Formats
+ Special Event Opportunities
+ Writing & Editorial Opportunities

Event submission ends earlier this year (December 6th). So, join us at MRY to meet our team, learn more and kick off the holiday season.

And not to worry, we’ll provide the drinks and snacks. RSVP here.

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New York Special: Last Day for 40%, Plus Naked Wines Perk

This SMW NYC is going to be big. Powered by Nokia, SMW NYC returns this February 17-21.

Bringing a lineup of incredible featured speakers like Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar and Buzzcar and Steve Case co-founder of AOL, Revolution and the Case Foundation, we will deep dive into how people and businesses can be more human in an Always on, Always Connected World. The lineup is looking incredible, and we want you to be a part of it all.

If that wasn’t enough, we also have some amazing added benefits for all Insider Pass-holders to SMW NYC, including:

  • + $50 of free Naked Wine credit
  • + 4 Free plates from Plated.com
  • + Uber Ride Discount
  • + 1 Free Yoga Shanti class, courtesy of Breath Repeat

 
Today is the LAST day for our 40% special. PLUS, if you grab your Insider Pass today, we’ll increase your Naked Wines credit to $100! We all love wine in NYC; here’s your chance to score big.

Learn more about the lineup of amazing speakers and Pass Options & Benefits here. This offer expires tonight at midnight, so this is your last chance to save big.

See you in February!

Blow Shit Up: Cindy Gallop Taking SMW NYC By Storm

Cindy Gallop, Porn

Cindy Gallop has been a long time friend to Social Media Week. An active member of our Advisory Board and a frequent speaker, we’re honored to have her on our team. She’s a woman of action. The founder of two powerful organizations, IfWeRanTheWorld and Make Love, Not Porn, Cindy stays busy. IfWeRanTheWorld helps create microactions to turn human and corporate good intentions into action.

IfWeRanTheWorld works with businesses to create specifically tailored and unique Action Programs that integrate social action and their business objectives. Her goal is merge business and social responsibility. Cindy’s vision is that this creates Action Branding, communication through demonstration. Cindy acts like a business innovator for these brands, selecting only brands that want to change the game. What we love is Cindy is straightforward and not afraid to shake things up. Her motto sums it up best: “I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.”

In addition to IfWeRanTheWorld, Cindy launched Make Love, Not Porn. Stemming from a realization that hardcore pornography is distorting the way a generation of young men think about sex, she launched a site to counteract it. Make Love, Not Porn expanded into a series of talks and even a TED Book.

Cindy is known as a staunch advocate for women, but as with all of her activities, she’s not your standard feminist. Not shying away from the word, she wants to see women be more self-confident, aggressive, and a general shift for more gender parity. Something we love here at SMW (check out our Gender 50/50 initiative).

“Because it is uncomfortable to work with women, because we are different from you. Women ask tough questions, they ask them in life and they ask them in business. Greatness comes out of discomfort. Hire women, champion women, promote women, spend time with women. It is not as comfortable as hanging out with the guys, but it’s going to be more productive.”

We think you’ll love her disruptive views. Challenge yourself and join us at SMW NYC this February.

Get your pass here.

The Age of the Conscious Consumer: Soraya Darabi & Maxine Bédat of ZADY Join SMW NYC

Zady, Fashion, Soraya Dorabi

Gone are the days when tech isn’t glamorous. Honored as two of the most fashionable people in tech, Soraya Darabi and Maxine Bédat are merging the two fields. Founding ZADY.com, they have created a shopping platform for socially conscious fashion consumers. With the goal of doing what Whole Foods has done for the organic food movement, ZADY is helping consumers know exactly where their products come from and make more informed choices. And they’re going about it pretty impressively. ZADY is the first online retailer to merge commerce, media and social media into a smooth and dynamic shopping experience. You hear the story of what you’re buying and the behind the craftmanship.

How did it come about? Soraya and Maxine have been long time friends and share a passion for socially conscious endeavors. Maxine is founder of The Bootstrap Project, where 5% of proceeds from ZADY purchases are designated to helping artisans. Maxine and Soraya merged their backgrounds to create something amazing.

Soraya has long been a strong player in the tech sector. Starting out as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times, she transformed the NYT into a digital global news leader and taught journalists and chief executives alike how to best use and leverage social media. Think it’s overblown? Renowned Times columnist Nicholas Kristof credits her as being “the only reason why he has [millions] of followers on Twitter.”

Soraya also served time helping launch drop.io, followed by Foodspotting. And she’s a regular feature on the tech scene’s listicles, being included in Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business,” Brandweek’s “Hot Digital,” Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” and AdAge’s “25 People in Media to Follow on Twitter.”

“It’s all part of the movement of the ‘conscious consumer.’ In the past decade, our collective buying decisions put enough pressure on the food industry to make major waves in revolutionizing it. We’ve opened our pantries for examination and have demanded better — now is the time to open our overflowing closets. We’ll look and feel better if we do.”

Co-founder Maxine (Kaye) Bédat is another trailblazer. Maxine brings to the table an impressive background in diplomacy and the United Nations. In addition, Maxine is the force behind The Bootstrap Project, an organization dedicated to changing the lives of artisans in developing countries. The Bootstrap Project was borne out Maxine’s experience in Tanzania for the United Nation’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. It was there that Maxine broadened her understanding of economic development in underdeveloped nations.

In a powerful example, Maxine shares a story from her travels in Swaziland. There, she met Thembenkile, a local craftswoman who made beautiful, meticulously carved wooden dishes. The trade had been passed down through Thembenkile’s family, from father to father to her. When Maxine inquired why she stopped passing down this legacy, the response resonated: “No one will buy my things,” Thembenkile said. “My people can only pay for plastic that comes to us from far away, so my kids don’t have a reason to learn.” Thus, The Bootstrap Project was born.

We’re thrilled to have this dynamic duo taking the stage this February. Grab your pass to join us here.

The Power of Connecting Offline: Scott Heiferman at SMW NYC

Few people have been as instrumental in using the Internet to enhance our ability to connect offline than Scott Heiferman, founder of Meetup. With over 50,000 Meetups being self-organized by millions of individuals around the globe, Scott’s helped people find communities that share what is important to them.

In NYC, it has led the way and provided the platform for the growth of the New York’s tech renaissance, in part by hosting NY Tech Meetup.

“Startups die of indigestion, not starvation. If you have a good idea and it’s a basic human need, then you should have the patience see it play out.”

The ability to connect offline and create meaningful relationships is inherently connected to our Future of Now global theme for 2014. It is an important part of finding resources and teams to develop ideas and products, as well as enabling new discoveries that can benefit society.

Earlier this year, the organization celebrated its 100 millionth RSVP. “One hundred million is a nice number but it only represents a few million people a month being active. We really want to see the world be a little different,” Scott has said.

With Scott’s passion of using tech to help people connect offline and his vision for the power of community, we can’t wait to hear what he has to say at SMW14.

Join us. Grab your pass now.

Uniting the Change-Makers & Do-Gooders: Nancy Lublin at SMW NYC

Creating change and empowering organizations is hard work. And few can do it better than Nancy Lublin. A regular feature on the Nonprofit Times’ “Top 50 Power and Influence” list, Nancy has a reputation for making charity cool and sustainable. As a young professional, Nancy turned Dress for Success into an international success, working in 125 cities in 15 countries.

“Leadership doesn’t always come from the top or from a title or from age or even from experience. It comes from courage—and nobody has cornered the market on courage.”

Now, Nancy is setting her sights on empowering youth to make an impact. As CEO and Chief Old Person at DoSomething.org, she helps get more than 2.4 million teens involved with social and cause campaigns. DoSomething.org has become the largest organization focused on youth and social change, reaching out to tens of thousands of youths and help them rise up from adverse situations. Using the platform she created with DoSomething.org, she saw a void for text-based services for teens. Thus, the Crisis Text Line was born, helping youth with issues ranging from bullying to eating disorders and abuse.

Nancy is also the author of Zilch: The Power of Zero in Business and could be found in the columns of Fast Company for two years. In her spare time, she is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She was named as the Woman of the Year by the New York Women’s Commission and is considered one of the most successful non-profit leaders in the world. Nancy is a doer, making waves wherever she goes.

Join her and other mover and shakers at SMW NYC this February. Get your pass today here.

The Power of The Idea: Steve Case & Entrepreneurship at SMW NYC

When you think of philanthropy and entrepreneurship, Steve Case is one of the first people that come to mind. Steve is a visionary, seeing the potential in things. Starting with co-founding AOL in 1985, Steve has a legacy of helping build things up. AOL under Steve’s leadership became the world’s largest Internet company and helped establish the Internet.

Now, he uses that experience to help other companies thrive. Steve just launched Revolution, a $200M venture fund focused on innovation outside of Silicon Valley. He has backed more than thirty companies, including LivingSocial, Zipcar, and AddThis.

“You can be entrepreneurial even if you don’t want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges.”

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Steve is passionate about fostering a sense of entrepreneurship and philanthropy. He lends his time to helping promote entrepreneurs in the US, being an active chair member for UP Global, an organization created by Startup Weekend and the Startup America Partnership, as well as the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. In 1997, he founded The Case Foundation, investing in hundreds of organizations, initiatives and partnerships with a focus on leveraging the Internet and entrepreneurial approaches to strengthen the social sector.

And now he’s bringing that experience and his insights to SMW NYC. Join Steve and us this February. Get your pass now.

Robin Chase, founder of Zipcar & Buzzcar: Building a Sustainable Economy through Collaboration

Few individuals can claim to have impacted the future of transportation more than Robin Chase. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. And she hasn’t stopped there.

“I’m very interested in looking at excess capacity everywhere.”

Most car owners only use their vehicles 5% of the time. Robin wanted to find a way to create additional resources from that, similar to how Airbnb maximizes additional space for vacationers. Buzzcar is the child of this process, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a new carshare platform, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

She’s a huge proponent for developing more platforms for participation, so more consumers have more ways to trade resources instead of continually purchasing new items. Robin has declared, “We are transitioning from an industrial economy to a new sustainable collaborative economy.”

We’re thrilled to announce Robin as one of our headline speakers. She is truly a pioneer, bringing social commerce to the forefront with peer-to-peer lending in innovative ways. She has been recognized for her work by being named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company’s Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek’s Top 10 Designers.

You’ll want to hear what Robin has to say. Join us at Campus this February. Grab your pass here.

Seasons of Change: A New Mayor, A New SMW NYC Vision & Home

The city has a new mayor, creating a new beginning and shift in the air. And here at SMW NYC, together with the city, we embrace this change. We celebrate change. This February, we’re bringing a new vision; a renewed passion.

This is our sixth year of SMW NYC, and we’re bringing you a totally new experience.

A New Home: Official Campus

We want your SMW14 experience, to be more social, more interactive, and more productive than you ever thought possible. Powered for a third year by our long time partners Nokia, we’ve moved all official programming to our Official Campus venue at Highline Stages to give you a more unified and cohesive experience.

A Unifying Theme: The Future of Now

SMW is where we make progress in terms of how technology and humanity come together. This February we will look at this through our theme The Future of Now, which will explore our always on, always connected world. Driving the conversation will be our keynote speakers, which this year include:

+ Steve Case – Revolution, founder of Case Foundation, and founder & former CEO of AOL
+ Robin Chase – co-founder of Zipcar and CEO of BuzzCar

Both Steve and Robin have built and sold hugely successful businesses, and both continue to drive change in their respective fields. In addition to these pioneers in business, you will also hear from:

+ Nancy Lublin – DoSomething.org
+ Doug Rushkoff – Author of Present Shock
+ Eli Pariser – UpWorthy
+ Scott Heiferman – Meetup
+ Cindy Gallop – MakeLoveNotPorn.tv
+ Soraya Darabi – Zady

We will be making many more speaker announcements over the coming weeks, but for now we have a really exciting offer to get in early! All events at Campus will require a pass, and today we are announcing an incredible offer, just for you, our existing community.

Because you’ve been a long standing member of our community, we want to thank you with a special offer. If you buy your pass in the next 24 hours and share it with your friends, you get 50% discount. SMW is designed to be social, so invite your friends.

Three floors of activities; four stages of content; four days of programming; and four ways you can experience it all.

Learn more and get the pass that’s right for you here.

Thanks and we can’t wait to show off all we’ve been working on this February!

Events That Pop: Event Submission Tips


We’re planning some exciting changes for SMW13, including hosting all official events in February at a three-floor 50,000 sq.ft. Campus at Highline Stages. Campus will feature three stages on innovation, advertising & marketing, and society & culture; several masterclass and roundtable breakout rooms, an exhibition, and collaborative workspace for attendees to connect at the conference.

As with every SMW, we want you to be a part of it. Event submissions are open until December 6th, and we’re looking forward to some incredible sessions from the SMW NYC community. To ensure you have the best chance of getting your event approved (and increase the likelihood we’ll feature it at Campus), you’ll need some tips and guidance.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when organizing your event and what we’ll be looking for at The Future of Now NYC campus:

TOPICS BY STAGE

+ INNOVATION
Trends & Predictions, Early Stage Innovation, Emerging Technology, The Collaborative Economy, Open Innovation, Internet of Things and Open Data

+ ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Big Data Analytics, Realtime Marketing, Mobile Advertising, Second-Screen Advertising, Storytelling & Content Marketing. Native Adverting, Platforms & Tools, and Future of Media & Publishing

+ SOCIETY & CULTURE
Open Government, Nonprofits & Social Enterprise, Education & E-Learning, Health & Quantified-Self, Design, Art & Film, Fashion, Lifestyle & Food, Music & Entertainment, and The Future of Work

DETAILS

+ CONTENT: Plan event content that pushes boundaries, provides thought leadership and shares fresh insight.
+ THEME: Focus on themes, topics and conversations that serve your audience needs. No sales pitches.
+ STRUCTURE: Encourage interactive discussions and debates through balanced & objective assessment.
+ FORMAT: Consider creative event formats that promote openness, collaboration & inclusivity.
+ SPEAKERS: Select speakers and participants who have proven credibility in their respective fields.
+ MODERATORS: If you have a panel, make sure someone with a strong opinion is driving the conversation.
+ DIVERSITY: Support cultural, ethnic and gender diversity, as well as differing opinions, in your programming and speaker selection.
+ HUMOR: Try to inspire the audience with a bit of comedy. Lightly poking fun at a topic or brand is entertaining.
+ VISUALS: Integrate technology and/or multimedia into your event in value adding ways.
+ PACING: Keep it moving. If attendees are not given something compelling, interactive, or creative, you’ll lose them.
+ TAKEAWAYS: Practical takeaways, instruction, and arming attendees with a skill provides a lasting memory of the event and your brand.

These topics, formats, and devices are just a starting point to organizing your own event, and we’re always excited to see ideas that are outside of what we had anticipated.

Be sure to submit your event here soon and indicate if you would like your event to be considered for our Official Campus. Again, we are considering submissions for Campus on a first-come, first-servce basis.

Event Submissions Open: Your Invitation to Join Us

Over the past 5 years our mission has been to capture, curate and share the most meaningful ideas, trends, and best practices with regard to technology and social media’s impact on business, society and culture.

This February 17-21, together with Nokia, we’ll be bringing SMW14 to multiple cities around the world to explore our new global theme for 2014 The Future of Now. And today we’re inviting you to join us in New York for our 6th annual event.

There are four ways for you to get involved:

  1. Attend & Add to your calendar
  2. Submit an event
  3. Apply to speak (or nominate someone)
  4. Become a brand partner

 

What does getting involved really mean?

It means that you have an opportunity to join thousands of other leading industry practitioners to help design the SMW experience — as an event partner, speaker, or brand partner. More than 600 organizations hosted more than 1,000 incredible events last February.

THIS is your chance to join the world’s most important event that explores technology’s cultural and economic impact. We want to see you on stage, taking an active role in our February event.

Submissions to host an event or speak will close December 6th — and the earlier you apply, the better chance you have to be approved. You’ll even have the chance to apply to be considered to be hosted at our new Official Campus.

If you need some inspiration or guidance on what we’re looking for, review our Event Submission and Speaker Guide and take a look at this year’s Global Theme “The Future of Now.

We know SMW14 at NYC will be incredible, and we’re looking to you to help bring some of the best ideas forward! Help us take SMW14 to deeper levels.

Welcome Back: The Future of Now & Official Campus at Highline Stages

Social Media Week is built on the belief that we should better understand how technology is compelling us to be always-on and always-connected, and how it is providing new inspiration for how we live, work and create.

The framework for this discussion will be our global theme for 2014: The Future of Now, which will explore the latest ideas, trends, and best practices and how it directly impacts our relationships with and in business, society and culture.

This year, SMW NYC reinvents itself with a new vision for how we can bring people together. Over the course of the week in February, we will gather 10,000 hyper-connected individuals in New York City to discuss how to be MORE present living in our networked age, how to build purpose into our communications, and how to be a more sustainable and connected brand.

INTRODUCING CAMPUS

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For the first time we’re introducing a central campus experience, comprised of three main stages, masterclass workshops, co-working and collaboration spaces, lounges, and private meeting rooms. Campus will also debut the Digital Native Brands Marketplace, which will bring together brands and digitally connected consumers; The Future of Now Public Exhibition, which will show us how global brands are shaping our future; and a CMO Summit exclusively for senior marketers focusing on the future of brand communications. All of this in our new Campus will be hosted at Highline Stages.

As part of this new Campus experience, you will forge new relationships with like-minded professionals, gain insight into how to apply systemic changes to your life and work, and deepen your understanding for what the future will look like. We can’t wait to show it to you.

Join us February 17-21 at Highline Stages to see it in action.