SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK: Travel Photography in the Age of Mobile

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Join Gogobot and The Mobile Media Lab for a forward-thinking discussion and networking event during Social Media Week! We will delve into what it means to be a traveler and a photographer in our ever-increasingly digital age.
6:30-7pm: Arrival
7pm: Introductions
7:15pm: Keynote Speaker, Ben Lowy
7:30-8:30pm: Panel Discussion with Charlie Grosso, John de Guzman, Monica Suma, and Kevin Lu, questions by Gogobot, The Mobile Media Lab, and the Audience
8:30-9:30pm: Networking
Thank you to our Sponsors at Brooklyn Brewery and ZICO Coconut Water! We will also have food at this event.

Keynote Speaker
Benjamin Lowy is award winning photographer based in New York City. He received a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2002 and began his career covering the Iraq War in 2003. Since then he has covered major stories worldwide. In 2011 Lowy's Iraq | Perspectives work was selected by William Eggleston to win the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. The book is currently available and in stores now. In 2012, Lowy was awarded the Magnum Foundation Emergency fund to continue his work in Libya. In the same year, he received the International Center of Photography (ICP) Infinity Award for Photojournalism.
John de Guzman is a passionate mobile photographer. His instagram account has reached over 28,000 followers. He uses his iPhone to document his life in realtime, whether running around NYC or globetrotting, most recently to Iceland, Puerto Rico, Miami and Las Vegas. He did an instagram project about 9/11 last year that was featured on Mashable (<- the link is and is now an iBook (<- the link is http://NeverAlways). John's photography has appeared in The Atlantic's In Focus series, ABC Channel 7's News and Gothamist. His photo "Opening up Skies" (<- link is is is one of the defining captures of the 9/11 Tribute in Lights. John is the founder of NYCbaton, a communal instagram account shared by NYC IGers. John can be found on twitter and facebook as well as instagram. His personal site:
Monica Suma is a Romanian-born freelance Travel & Lifestyle Writer/Editor, who resides in New York City. An avid traveler and a social media addict, Monica is constantly on the lookout for her next adventure, always accompanied by her camera and iPhone. She contributes to several online publications: Matador Network,, Imperator Travel, Love & Fly, and is a Gogobot Pro 2013. She is also the Social Media Manager for, a new startup located in the Spark Labs incubator in Union Square. She holds a Media Studies and Journalism degree and is currently pursuing a Digital Media Marketing Certificate at NYU. You can follow her adventures on her blog, on Instagram or on Twitter @MonicaSuma.
Kevin Lu is a biomedical engineer. He enjoys outdoor activities and he loves running marathons. Less than one year ago, he bought his first camera to take photos for the running blogs he writes. Through learning and practicing photography, Kevin has quickly and unexpectedly built a group of Instagram followers who appreciate his photographs of New York City. Kevin is also an active member of Gogobot, as he regularly contributes with unique photos and reviews. You can see many of Kevin’s photographs in his new online gallery at
Charlie Grosso has often being accused of being a spy when she is on the road. She is a multi-track career hybrid (the perfect cover) whose primary concern is story-telling, creating connections and problem solving. Her long list of disguises include, advertising and fine art photographer, creative director, art gallery director, adventurer, fire starter, world traveler, writer, and brand consultant. She was the only woman to complete The Mongol Rally alone in 2012. Her photographic work has been published and exhibited world wide. Travel + Escape featured dubbed Ms Grosso a New Nomad and she is featured in their new web series. Her 6 week drive from Prague to Ulaanbaatar is featured by Intrepid Travel and Afar.
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