On Saturday I was invited to speak at the Annual Sustainable Campuses Conference, on the subject of Open Data. I gave an overview of open data, shared some examples of open data apps for sustainability, and described how open data arrived here in Edmonton. We also spent some time chatting about Twitter, both in general and how it is being used by the open data community. Thanks to the organizers for including me!
I’ve got a few additional speaking engagements coming up that I wanted to mention:
- January 25-28: Social Media for Government (on ShareEdmonton)
The conference started today and finishes tomorrow, with post-conference workshops taking place on Thursday. I’m leading the last workshop that afternoon, where I’ll be taking participants through a social media campaign from start to finish. We’ll look at examples of campaigns that have worked, as well as examples of what to avoid. There are some really smart people speaking at the event, such as Jas Darrah, Diane Begin, Troy Wason, Ken Chapman, Walter Schwabe, and many more.
- February 5/6: What Happens Next? Future of Story (on ShareEdmonton)
I’m really excited to be taking part in this conference, hosted by MacEwan’s School of Communications. I’m participating in a panel on “The Next New Journalism” along with Karen Unland and Colby Cosh. The panel will be moderated by Rey Rosales, Associate Dean at MacEwan’s Centre for Arts and Communications. I obviously have some strong ideas about the future of journalism and media, as I’m sure Karen and Colby do, so it should be interesting, and fun!
- February 8: Financial Executives International – Edmonton Chapter (on ShareEdmonton)
What are the current trends in social media and social networking? How is business being impacted, and how can organizations take advantage? I’ll be sharing some thoughts on those questions and more with dozens of local executives at this event.
- March 11: MacEwan Student Business Conference 2010 (on ShareEdmonton)
This conference aims to connect students with business leaders and innovators. I’ll be taking part in a roundtable discussion on social media – what is it, why is it important, how can businesses use it, and how it relates to an overall communications strategy. Hopefully we’ll also have some great discussion about how students are using social media.
- May 5/6: Technocon 2010 (on ShareEdmonton)
I’m honored to be one of the keynotes for this conference, open to all City of Edmonton and University of Alberta IT employees. The conference focuses on three key themes: open, world class, and transformation. I’ll be talking about open data, open government, social media, transparency, and more all related to the theme of open. Can’t wait!
Here are a few other upcoming events I’ll be at:
- DemoCampEdmonton10 on January 27
- Next Gen Engage: Your City Your Voice on January 28
- Art Gallery of Alberta Grand Opening on January 31
- Lightning Thoughts at ENTS on February 2 (hopefully)
- MediaCamp Edmonton Initial Meeting on February 3
- Pecha Kucha Night 6 on February 4
Hope to see you at a few of them!