News Leadership 3.0

April 22, 2010

Three conferences beyond the news biz that newsies should check out

Too often, news professionals only attend conferences about journalism or about their beats. However, if you or your news organization is trying to expand your vision, network, and opportunities, it makes sense to start hanging out with some new crowds. Here are three conferences coming up soon that could help you make that leap…

1. ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit: May 7, Mountain View, CA. Sooner than you think, mobile devices (such as cell phones, iPod Touches, and iPads) will overtake computers as the main way North Americans access digital media. This event has development and business tracks. Key themes include geolocation services; commerce and marketing; content, publishing, and recommendations; mobile social networking; using sensor and RFID data; augmented reality, and native app vs. browser-based development. Register online: $595.

Background reading: Top 10 mobile trends of 2010, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

2. Gov 2.0 Expo 2010, May 25-27, Washington DC. This O’Reilly Media event draws the leading minds in open, user-friendly government. If you’re thinking about doing more with civic engagements or government datasets, this is a good opportunity to make top-level connections with leaders in the Government 2.0 movement. Register online by May 5 for discount. See discounted non-government (“private sector”) pricing. Topic tracks:

  • Open data and web services
  • Social networks and collaboration
  • Agile government
  • Cloud computing and security
  • Emerging technology

3. Personal Democracy Forum, June 3-4, New York City. This popular, high-energy conference explores technology’s impact on politics. This year, speakers include Craig Newmark, Arianna Huffington, Howard Rheingold, Ethan Zuckerman, and other leading creative thinkers. Register online: $595.

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