The aim of each Social Media Week conference is to provide a slate of events and content programming that explore emerging trends in social media and which are largely free to attend. The organizers of Social Media Week are able to make this model of free events possible through the underwriting of the conference by global and local sponsors and in-kind partners. This year, backing for Social Media Week is lead by consumer Internet company Meebo, serving as the global gold sponsor.
Meebo is returning as sponsor of Social Media Week for a second time after serving as headline sponsor for the February 2010 conference. Meebo--one of the Web's fastest growing consumer Internet companies--enables almost 170 million users (source: Quantcast, August 2010) to instantly share content and communicate across the Web in a single, simple-to-use, open solution. Meebo connects people to their friends on the 8,000 websites that have installed the Meebo Bar, as well as on mobile devices and through Meebo Messenger, and provides an engaging platform for advertisers with a social twist.
"Social Media Week is an ideal event to mark Meebo's fifth year in helping more than 170 million people connect and share with their friends across the Web,” said Pip Marquez de la Plata, senior vice president of marketing for Meebo. “Social media is not just how people are connecting and sharing with their friends, but it's now essential to how people are navigating today's Web. We're excited to sponsor and participate in this week's events and discuss how to better people's social experiences online."
Social Media Week is also supported by some of the world's largest media companies, including the Financial Times, LA Times, Mashable, Fast Company, Sky TG24 (Italian Sky news), Fox Latin-America, El Tiempo (Colombia), WIRED Italia and El Universal (Mexico). UStream is serving as our official streaming partner.
“We’re very proud of the support that Social Media Week has received both from industry and mainstream press,” said Toby Daniels, founder and executive director of Social Media Week. “The conversation around social media can sometimes be confined to the inner circles of early adopters and hyper-social influencers. While they are incredibly important part of the conference, our mainstream media partners have enabled us to reach a much broader and more diverse audience.”
The organizers are also excited to announce that they will be working with the US State Department on a very unique event featuring Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which aims to celebrate US technology innovation and will be live streamed to US Embassies in each of the participating cities.
Teams in each city are pulling together programs which collectively consist of more than 150 free events (with many more planned), beginning with a global press conference at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills and covering industry sectors ranging from politics, publishing, film, education, and music to topics such as the rise of location based services, social media monitoring and metrics and social graph optimization. To view the agendas for each city, go to http://socialmediaweek.org, select the city that you wish to view and click on ‘schedule.’
About Social Media Week:
Social Media Week is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Delivered primarily through a network of internationally hosted conferences and online through social media, Social Media Week literally connects hundreds of thousands of people every year through learning experiences that aim to advance our understanding of social media’s role in society.
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Social Media Week is a global conference platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media.