Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Exciting Schedule Announced for the #140ConfNW

Today, CRESA launched the following press release about the upcoming #140 Character Conference that will be held next Thursday, May 19th, at the Vancouver Hilton:
Vancouver, WA— To celebrate the ways people are communicating now, the 140 Characters Conference NW will showcase diverse uses of social media through the stories of more than 65 speakers. The event takes place on May 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Center, co-located with the Vancouver Hilton.

Having recently announced both the morning and afternoon line-up of #140ConfNW, attendees will see a wide variety of presentations addressing many fun topics.  Some of the stories will include first responder use of crisis data, using social media in emergency drills & exercises, gaming for preparedness, rural communities use of social media, elected officials use of Twitter, uniting musicians for international relief, the Portland foodcart communications explosion, youth and digital life, and even giving voice to victims of workplace violence.

For the full list of topics and speakers, see the  
The #140 Conference NW will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. and will close at 5:00 p.m. This event will be live-streamed over the Internet through the website http://nw/ . The conference is open to anyone with an interest in social media. There is no cost to attend, but tickets are required and are available online at   

In lieu of an admission fee, attendees are asked to bring a lap-sized stuffed animal or bag of aquarium rock to help The Children’s Center in Clark County, which creates heavy stuffed animals to help children achieve better focus during therapy sessions.

“We are excited to bring the first 140 Characters Conference to the Pacific Northwest,” said Jeff Pulver, founder of the #140 Characters Conference series, founder of, and one of the pioneers of the VoIP industry. “Judging by the extraordinary energy these conferences have generated in places such as New York, Los Angeles, London and Tel Aviv, we’re sure to heighten local enthusiasm for and awareness of the possibilities of these dynamic new media.”

Pulver is one of three event co-hosts. He is joined by Eric Holdeman, former King County Emergency Manager who now blogs for Emergency Management Magazine and is Principal for Eric Holdeman and Associates; and John Wiesman, the Director of Clark County Public Health and Vice President for the National Association of City and County Health Officers (NACCHO).

More than 600 people are expected to attend the conference, with many more following online. Conference planners include Clark County Public Health and Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency, using grant funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance social media use in the public sector. The planning team also includes other agencies and businesses throughout the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.

Tickets are still available to be a part of this exciting day at 

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