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THE FUTURE OF NOW: Always On, Always Connected
We are living in an age of unprecedented human connectivity.
Social Media has transformed the way Chicagoans live, do business and experience the world. Engage with people who will share the brightest and most innovative perspectives on social media during Social Media Week Chicago 2014.
At this year's community-sourced, city-wide event - The Future of Now: Making Sense of Our Always On, Always Connected World - you'll discover world-shaking ideas, cool people, and the best sites, apps and online stuff that make life better.
In 2014 Facebook passed the 1 billion mark for monthly active users on phones and tablets. That is a sign of how mobile is approaching near-parity with desktop for Facebook. Instagram and Facebook Messenger each have over 200 million monthly users. Marketers and advertisers will learn how to reach social media customers on mobile devices.
Todor Krecu, Founder, Chicago Social Media Marketing Group
Dane Drotts, CEO & Co-Founder, GeneXus USA - GXUSA is a multinational application development powerhouse and the sole US distributor of Genexus, the award winning software development suite.
Steven Piotrowski, Customer Success Manager, Microsoft Office 365. Steven helps customers plan and execute change management programs to promote collaborative work cultures using the Office 365 platform. Before joining Microsoft, Steven was the global collaboration lead for Aon. As part of Aon’s Knowledge Sharing organization, he helped more than 36k colleagues connect with each other and share expertise via Yammer and SharePoint. Prior to joining Aon, he was a management consultant with Deloitte focused on knowledge and information management strategy within the healthcare sector. Steven earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He is a Philadelphia native, living in Chicago with his wife Christy and daughter Sophia, when not out exploring the world. Steven can be contacted at email@example.com.
This is the schedule:
6pm-6:30pm Registration and networking
6:30pm-7pm Dane Drotts
7pm-7:30pm Steven Piotrowski
8pm-? After party at Cardozo's Pub, 170 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602. (312) 236-1573
Communication technology unites us, relays news equally with opinion, transports us to worldwide events, and shrinks distances between our relationships. We're tuning into events that we've never before been able to access and witnessing other people's experiences unfold in real-time.
Our communications paradigm has shifted, and with it, our interactions within our immediate environments have evolved.
Social media and mobile technologies have paved the way for new boundaries of relationships and connection while presenting challenges unique to our time: the ability to remain present, contemplative, and aware of our inter- and intra-personal relationships. These technologies help us multitask, search news, and browse several activity feeds at once. Although we're unable to extend time, we're doing our best to pack more into every second, reacting and responding to natural disasters, self-organizing at an incredible speed. Furthermore, businesses and brands can more quickly react to customer complaints, address supply chain problems, and engage new consumers.
In 2014, Social Media Week will peer deeper at this shift on a global level across all of our cities around the globe. This will provide a framework for the thousands of individuals and organizations around the world to address questions related to the impact and reach of social media and technology and draw inspiration from thought leaders who will their own ideas and inspire discussions.
Leading the framework for this discussion will be our global theme for 2014: The Future of Now: Always On, Always Connected.
Social Media Week, partnering with Nokia, will explore what this all means on a global scale. In our sixth year of operation, reaching attendees in 26 cities, together with an online audience of 1M who connect via streaming video, social, and mobile experiences, The Future of Now will be our global focus for the next 12 months.
Within The Future of Now there are 6 underlying principles that lead to a better understanding of this always on, always connected world:
TWO SIDES OF TECHNOLOGY
How can we balance and preserve humanness - meaning the ability to listen, empathize, engage, focus and be present in the moment - despite the constant disruption that technology enables? SMW14 will help us all learn how to both appreciate and temper the pull of technology in our lives.
When & Where
Chicago Social Media Marketing Group
A discussion on Social Media Sites, Blogs, Podcasts, Online Video, etc. Social media sites allow people to share their content, opinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives. These sites offer users tools such as message boards, forums, podcasts, bookmarks, communities, wikis, weblogs etc. to share text, images, audio, and video.