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.

blogger, SMW14

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.

SMW NYC 2013: An Open & Connected World

Powered by Nokia for a third year, Social Media Week (SMW13) returns to New York February 18-22, 2013, joining Copenhagen, Doha, Hamburg, Lagos, Miami, Milan, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington DC.

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.

Top Photo by Linda Nylind

Advisory Board Meeting: Behind the Scenes

Ever wanted to know what goes on during our Advisory Board meetings? We’ll tell you.

This past Monday, we dove into the challenges of defining unconferences with the help of Matt and Mark from We Make Cool We’re always looking for new ways to encourage event partners to push beyond typical panel formats and create something collaborative, engaging, and meaningful. Matt and Mark shared some great ideas to inspire us to empower people to create experiences. Check out their own work organizing the Lost Horizon Night Market trucks and bringing Wi-Fi to the masses on MTA’s L-train.

A sample of questions that emerged from our discussion:

•    Can automated processes be blended with art? How can we ensure high quality content in efficient, streamlined processes?
•    How can collaborative experiences be fostered among audiences, panels, and moderators?
•    Can audiences successfully drive content through social media channels?
•    Should exceptional content be rewarded? How else can “out of the panel-box” thinking be encouraged?

If you’re not an Advisory Board member, you can still add your voice to the mix. Whether volunteering, blogging, or organizing an event of your own, don’t miss your opportunity to get involved.