Have you heard about the amazing conference that is coming to our neck of the woods this fall? If you haven’t you should jump on board.
The 140 Characters Conference was started by Jeff Pulver in 2009 and although the name directly relates to the 140 character limit you can use for a tweet the conference is about so much more than that. The conference is all about exploring what Jeff refers to as “The State of Now”. It’s about exploring together the way that the social media landscape has changed the way we live, work, and consume, there is no denying that, this conference is a chance to get together with other like-minded thought leaders and listen, learn and share.
Instead of doing the usual conference style of planning where the planners choose the speakers and we pay to sign up and come and see them speak, Jeff took a new idea of asking people to nominate themselves or others to be the “cast of characters” as the speakers at the conference.
Ughh you say, more twitter nonsense, well I say nonsense to that. This conference isn’t just for Twitter addicts like myself and millions of others who see the completely relevant place it has in our world today, it is for those of you who also want to know once and for all what all of the fuss is about! And just as we do on Twitter the speakers at the conference will also keep things short and sweet. Each speaker will have 10 minutes to tell their own story of how their lives have changed because of social media, and mark my words people, you will be floored!
Just a few of the speakers that have been announced are Brandie Weikle, the editor of the Toronto Star’s parenting and health websites, Ottawa-based DJ Neil Hedley, who has an upcoming book Radio Is Dead: Long Live Radio, and our own homegrown internet celebrity, Taylor Jones, who started the website www.dearphotograph.com. Want to know who else is going to be speaking? Well you will have to stay in the loop to find out!
Over half of the tickets are already sold and you can imagine what will happen tomorrow once the list of 5 speakers grows to 10! There are some great pre-conference events to get you excited and allow you to get a feel for what this is all about and they are free, here are the links to all of the details.
- Cambridge http://guestlistapp.com/events/63687 Aug 4th
- London http://guestlistapp.com/events/64623 Aug 18th
- Burlington http://guestlistapp.com/events/64632 Aug 25th
- Ottawa http://guestlistapp.com/events/64641 Sept 2nd
- Kitchener http://guestlistapp.com/events/64371 Sept 9th
Have I convinced you yet? I hope so, now pop over and sign up here http://guestlistapp.com/events/59826.
The 140 Conference will take place on Thursday, September 15th at The Tannery in Kitchener. Tickets are also available through the event’s Facebook page.
Hope to see you there!