Are You Attending Social Media Week London?

Between 7th and 11th February, nine cities around the world including London, New York, Paris, Istanbul will be holding hundreds of events focusing on all things social media. Social Media Week   is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversations  around emerging trends in social and mobile media. There are a large number of both small and large social media events across the world which will be distributed via social media channels and mobile media. For London events  follow the #smwldn hashtag on Twitter

The schedule for London features almost 100 events across five days which range from breakfast briefings to evening debates. Most of the events are free but advance registration may be required.

Here is my brief guide to the events of most interest to the public sector, social care, childrens’s services, charities and social enterprises.

Who Owns the Social Space: A Debate
A debate on who should ‘own’ social spaces – or at least the bit that gets marketing budget!. Mon 7th Feb 4:30pm – 8pm

Social Recruitment Panel Debate  Sponsored by Like Minds

“Where’s the talent?”  How social networks and tools have transformed the hiring process and people management. Featuring one of my favourite social recruiting bloggers @andyheadworth  from Sirona Consulting Mon 7th Feb 6:30pm – 9:00pm

We Are Social Breakfast Briefing – What Social Media means for Charities 
Simon Collister, We Are Social’s Public Sector & Non-profit Director, will discuss the changes that social media is making to the environment that charities and third sector organisations operate in, and what they need to do to adapt. Tues 8th Feb 08 8:25am – 10:00am 

Social innovation speed dating with Simpl – the social innovation marketplace
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to find the right person in government (or any other organisation for that matter!) to help you make your idea a reality?  As part of Social Media Week we’ll be running ‘Social Innovation Speed Dating’ to connect people with ideas to people in organisations who can offer support to make those ideas a reality.  Tuesday 8th Feb 8:30am – 10:30am 

Public Sector Social Media Innovation Huddle, hosted by Dell & Viadeo
For UK Public Sector and the third sector communications professionals who are using or exploring social media best practices. People who want to share and network. There will be a broad range of Public Sector and Social Media experts. As with all unconferences you can also choose to speak on the day sharing a case study or leading a discussion group of your choice. I will be speakings about “Feel the fear and do it anyway”the challenges and opportunities for the public sector with #socialmedia. Tues 8th Feb 1:00pm – 5pm 

Social Media NOT just Social Marketing Hosted by 77Agency & GlobalGiving 
With guest speakers from YouTube, LinkedIn, The Guardian, Accenture Interactive and WSPA, the seminar will bring non-profit organisations together to share insights, case studies and knowledge and to highlight the promotional and fundraising opportunities available via social media ch
Soho House London. Tues 8th Feb 1:00pm – 5:00pm 

We Are Social’s “Meet the Communities” with Mumsnet & The Student Room. Justine Roberts of Mumsnet & Jamie O’Connell of The Student Room discuss how brands can successfully, and not so successfully, engage with their large and influential communities. This session will involve presentations followed by networking drinks. Thurs 10th Feb 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Measuring Social Media 2011
A session exploring measurement and monitoring social media including a drop-in clinic, panel discussion, demos and one-to-one sessions. Fri 11th Feb – 10.45am – 4pm

WorkSnug@Hub Kings Cross Daily (Mon-Fri) – 9am – 5pm Free co-working space with tea and coffee available daily throughout the week

These are only some of the events for Social Media Week London! Prepare to learn a lot about new business strategies for social networking,  better understand how social media is important for your professional life, and for things like entertainment and news, hear from industry innovators, and meet people who share your interests in these topics.  How has social media changed the way you work, connect, engage and converse using social media?

I shall be tweeting live from some of these events. Follow me @shirleyayres and ENJOY the week!

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