Friday, January 15, 2010

New Media & Technology Conference

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a New Media & Technology Conference at Mount St. Mary’s University Frederick Campus on Friday, February 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This all-day conference is a follow-up to the Chamber’s first social media conference, held in June 2009, and is part of a new series of “Emerging Ideas” conferences.

Interactive seminars will provide an intensive review of strategies and tools that businesses can use to reach out to customers and grow their bottom line. The day begins with a keynote presentation by Shashi Bellamkonda, Social Media Swami at Network Solutions, a web hosting company based in Herndon, Virginia. After breakout sessions and lunch, the day concludes with “Top 10 Tech Trends,” presented by Jimmy Gardner of Tech Cocktail.

Three concurrent breakout sessions for beginning, intermediate and advanced participants will cover topics such as Twitter, Facebook, email campaigns, blogging and more. An optional lunchtime bonus session offers the opportunity to demonstrate and discuss new applications, including Google Wave, Posterous and Hoot Suite. Those with little or no experience will have as much to gain as those who are skilled users. To encourage discussion and create opportunities for networking, registration will be limited to 120 participants. Lunch will be provided. There is a cost to attend, and discounts and other benefits are available to event sponsors and Chamber Trustees. Participants must register in advance by calling 301-662-4164 x 201 or visiting before January 27. The snow date for the conference is Friday, February 19, 2010.

Registered participants will also receive a link to download a PDF workbook prior to the conference. The workbook will include instructions for signing up on major social media platforms, a glossary of commonly used terms and other essential information.

VillageWorks Communications, an internet marketing company, is the Diamond Sponsor of the New Media & Technology Conference. Ruby and Pearl sponsorships are available to Chamber member companies who wish to support the conference and gain additional marketing exposure. Interested companies should call Jessica Hibbard at 301-662-0745.

Detailed descriptions of each session, list of presenters, complete schedule of events, and instructions for online registration are available at