SoCon08 has begun; Join the conversation!

originally posted on Concept Hub

Guest post by Timothy Moenk

A year ago, Atlanta reached an inflection point in the conversation about social media.  Whether it was the chief catalyst of the explosion in conversations, events, initiatives, etc that has happened this past year, or coincidently within the right time frame, SoCon07 marks a milestone in the story of Atlanta’s growth as a social media city for many people.

A year later, and we’ve come a long way! What a Concept! is again excited to be a part of organizing SoCon08 which kicks off on Febuary 8 with a networking dinner, and switches into high gear on February 9 at Kennesaw State University. You can find the details and register at the SoCon08 website.

The event hasn’t been marketed yet, and we already have over 40 sign-ups! My recommendation is to register sooner than later. The rest of this blog post can wait.

What a Concept! is also proud to be the keynote sponsor of SoCon08! This year Chris Heuer will be joining us and adding his perspective and to our unconference conversation. I saw him speak a few months ago at BlogOrlando, and he was just phenomenal!

To guide this year’s conversation a little I wrote up some thoughts for the other organizers which Leonard Witt then posted to his blog. (I could quote myself from his blog but that might get confusing.) To summarize, the theme for SoCon this year is “How far we’ve come, Where we’re going” which will be the major focus of the main room unconference session.

You may notice that the title of this blog post is “SoCon08 has begun; Join the conversation!” This is because of the miracle that is social media! One of the surprise hits of last years conference was the CrowdVine social network. It was so successful that after last year’s SoCon07, our then new friend Tony Stubblebine decided to create a conference focused offering. So we’ve brought it back this year with all it’s pre-unconference social networky goodness!

After you register for the unconference, join the SoCon08 CrowdVine network and start networking with your fellow attendees! Fill out your profile, add your blog/twitter/flickr info, put together a list of attendees you’d like to meet and find out who would like to meet you. Most importantly, fill out your areas of interest, expertise, and things you’re interested in learning about! As an unconference, it’s your participation that will decide what the topics are during the breakout sessions.

A special thanks to Leonard Witt, Barbara Vining, and Sean Hayford O’Leary for working so hard to bring this together!