Morning Friends! It is Social Media Week registration and I wanted to share with you a few key events/presentations that you might find interesting…
Tuesday, 19 Feb
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm - (Save this time for a special announcement for an official SMW event)
I'm currently working on a special event to be part of Social Media Week. These details are in process. For now, reserve this time for a special announcement.
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm - (Underdevelopment) The State of Civic Technology Townhall
2013 is going to be a big year. With this being the last year of the Bloomberg administration, we have a unique opportunity to ensure NYC has a legacy of proper transparency, participation, and innovation. This conversation will briefly recap all of the City's and community's achievements, and lay out a roadmap for 2013.
Wed, 20 Feb
9:30 pm - 11:00 pm - New York City's Tech Future
What’s ahead for NYC Tech in 2013? New York’s technology sector is on the rise, with employment in the industry growing nearly 30 percent in the last five years and now totaling nearly 120,000 jobs. The panel of City representatives, industry experts, entrepreneurs and investors will explore new trends in venture capital funding, startups to watch, and opportunities in New York tech today, including the new industrial “makers” revolution – as well as larger efforts by the Bloomberg Administration to grow the City’s technology sector and promote entrepreneurship across all sectors of the economy.
This event is targeted at the general public and will provide participants with insight into New York’s social media and tech startup outlook for 2013 and beyond, with a diverse range of expert panelists from the public and private sectors. We plan to show a video beforehand as well featuring a new, uniquely NYC tech startup.
Thursday, 21 Feb
2:30 pm - 4:00 PM - Purpose: Driving the New Economy
Join James Slezak, Purpose Partner and Head of our Corporate and Social Innovation practice, for a presentation answering the question: how can we catalyze and realize a more sustainable and just global economy?
Tapping into the growing trends in the space, James will talk about components of the new economy such as new business models giving consumers easier “switch” options (to clean energy, buying local, etc), consumer activism mobilizing collective purchasing power, the explosion of the entrepreneurship and DIY movement (Etsy, Pinterest), and the increasing recognition by companies that participatory social innovation initiatives rooted in shared value unlock massive business potential.
Following James’s presentation will be a presentations and conversation with several other thought leaders on the future of our global economy.
Friday, 22 Feb
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM - It's My City: Civic Participation in Urban Development
More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. The UN estimates that between 2011 and 2050 the world population will increase by 2.3 billion – moving from 7 billion to 9.3 billion. Urban areas are expected to absorb almost all of this population growth over the next four decades while at the same time drawing in some of the rural population. Smarter urban development is quickly becoming an urgent international need. In many cities across the globe, unchecked development without the regard for public good has been the norm. In many others, urban citizens have traditionally been disconnected from the political decisions that affect the development of the cities that they call home.
But pockets of change makers and cultural entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands, finding ways to advocate, organize, and catalyze solutions that shape urban development solutions on things like transportation, pollution, and public space. This is about urban development by and for a cities’ inhabitants.
Purpose hosts a Google Hangout of individuals across the globe who are at the forefront of answering the big question: how do we create smarter cities and better yet, how do get citizens actively involved in doing so?