Social Media Week Chicago 2012, organized by the Chicago
Tribune and Zocalo Group, announces that registration is now open to the public. Anyone interested in exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media can sign up at www.socialmediaweek.org/chicago
to participate in a lineup of free events taking place Sept. 24 through Sept. 28. To see a full list of Chicago events, go to the Schedule' tab and select Chicago from the drop-down menu.
Social Media Week (SMW) Chicago 2012 offers a unique global platform that will provide participants with cutting-edge information and the latest trends in social and mobile media. Social Media Week Chicago celebrates its second year as it joins 13 other cities around the world. Events highlight the intersection of social media and a wide range of topics including business, technology, politics, arts, sports and education.
Those wishing to attend Social Media Week Chicago are encouraged to register for individual events soon as space is limited. All events are free, but registration is required. New sessions and events will be added regularly. Participants can also follow event activity through the newly launched Social Media Week mobile app powered byNokia (http://socialmediaweek.org/mobileapps/).
Social Media Week Chicago 2012 is expected to feature nearly 100 sessions -- exceeding the number of events featured in 2011 -- highlighted by influential industry keynote speakers and a roundup of some of the brightest tech, business and community leaders in the digital space.
This year's SMW Chicago keynote schedule is also sure to draw a crowd with its exciting lineup of local and global experts, including:
Rick Wion, Director of Social Media, McDonald's Corporation Monday, 9/24 from 4-5 p.m. at the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Erik Qualman, Founder and Author of "Socialnomics" Tuesday, 9/25 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Tribune Tower
Brad Keywell, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Lightbank, Groupon and Chicago Ideas Week Tuesday, 9/25 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Tribune Tower
John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer, City of Chicago Thursday, 9/27 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago's Startup Masters featuring Logan LaHive, Founder and CEO, Belly; Matt Maloney, Co-Founder and CEO, GrubHub; and Genevieve Thiers, Founder, SitterCity Thursday, 9/27 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Theater
Chris Kaskie, President, Pitchfork Friday, 9/28 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Tribune Tower
Matthew Adell, CEO, Beatport Friday, 9/28 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Tribune Tower
For more information on Social Media Week Chicago, visit http://socialmediaweek.org/chicago/ or follow the conversation on Facebook or @SMWChicago and #SMWChicago on Twitter. For exclusive interviews, reviews and insights related to the social space, check out the Social Media Week Chicago blog at http://socialmediaweek.org/chicago/chicago/blog/.
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