Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Exciting Conference Coming to Vancouver In May

Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA), in partnership with Clark County Public Health, is excited to announce a very special event for government, public safety and emergency response communities throughout the Northwest and the United States.  

On May 19th, 2011, the Vancouver Hilton will host the 140 Characters Conference NW “Exploring the State of Now” which derives its name from the number of characters allowed in a Tweet, a common tool for social media engagement. This exciting event will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 306 W. 6th Street in Vancouver, in two 4-hour blocks from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission is free for #140ConfNW and the conference will be live-streamed over the internet. 

An array of speakers is now being recruited for this fast-paced, presentation format led by noted social media pioneer Jeff Pulver. The 140 conferences have been growing in worldwide popularity and have been organized around a number of topics from diplomacy to fashion.

This is the first such conference to be held in the Pacific Northwest, hosted by the public sector. The #140ConfNW conference will focus on government, public safety and emergency management through dynamic storytelling on how social media is changing the way governments and public agencies connect with their communities and their stakeholders.

The conference is sponsored in part through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to needs identified during the regional response to H1N1 flu in 2009.  Past #140Conf events have drawn large attendance and online participation.  For example, the #140Conf in Detroit, Michigan, drew over 800 in-person attendees and over 188,000 online viewers.

If you are interested in being a speaker or sponsorship partner, visit the website at http://nw.140conf.comSpeakers may apply online to participate from now until March 31st.
Registration to attend this exciting event will open in March. 
The conference website will be updated regularly with event & registration details.  You can also check for informational updates on the 140ConfNW Facebook Fan Page and via Twitter by following @140ConfNW.

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