Update - June 14, 2013: ForumCon 2013 was a blast, and I encourage all of you to consider attending next year. The conference attracted an interesting mix of longtime forum owners, software pros, and monetization experts. For the most part, the conversation centered on the business and technology side, but there were a few nuggets on social media and best practices for community managers as well. If you're interested in a sneak peek at the day, check out my write up of VP Social at Say Media Ted Rheingold's talk on How to Make Social Work for Your Forums. The Twitter stream is also chalk full of great commentary--#ForumCon.
Today marks ten days until ForumCon 2013, and what better way to start the countdown than by giving you, dear Creators, the chance to attend. We have just a few tickets to share, so please submit your nominations to Lucy at email@example.com by Friday, June 7th for a chance to attend. (Yes, you can nominate yourself!)
ForumCon 2013 will take place on Thursday, June 13th at San Francisco's historic Hotel Kabuki. The focus this year is Connecting, Collaborating, and the Future of Forums. The conference is dedicated to the business of forums and online communities, and attracts top technology partners alongside emerging and successful forum owners, moderaters, and community managers. Companies attending include Ning, Flipboard, Livefyre, Twilio, Google, Huddler, CNET, Disqus, Greylock, 99Designs, Adobe, and many more.
Expect a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and a healthy dose of collaboration. Bring plenty of business cards and practice your elevator pitch, because first up is a round of speed networking, where attendees will be encouraged to meet 10 new contacts in 30 minutes.
Oliver Roup, Founder and CEO of VigLink will introduce the day, leading into the first panel presentation on forum monetization. The following talk, Building Your Community: From SEO to Social, will be led by Search Engine Journal's John Rampton. Later sessions include: The Importance of IRL: Connecting Your Community In Real Life with Anthony Marino, President Audizine; Effective Strategies for Forum Moderation with Dave Cayem, VP Delphi Forums; and Hooked Model: How to Make Social Work with Your Forum, with Ted Rheingold, VP Social Say Media. Jeff Atwood, Co-founder of Stackexchange.com and Discourse.org will deliver the keynote address, to be followed by a networking reception. If that's not enough to grab you, take a look at the full agenda.
There will be plenty of opportunity to meet this year’s speakers, sponsors, backstage team, and other attendees. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the conversation and would like to nominate them for a free ticket, email Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Friday, June 7, 2013.
If you plan to attend, tweet at @Ning with the hashtag #ForumCon. We'd love to see you there.