Convincing a New Englander to go to Las Vegas in November isn’t all that hard, but when I met Rick Calvert from BlogWorld Expo at Gnomedex 7, I found even more reason to check out his event. It looks to be pretty good, and because I found myself liking Rick and the event, I decided to support it and promote it to drive awareness. **Disclosure: I agreed to help Rick promote this to friends insofar as I think it’s a nifty show.
BlogWorld and New Media Expo takes place November 8th and 9th at the Las Vegas Convention Center (with an executive level pre-convention the day before, should you want a little of that, too). The main conference has six conference tracks after the keynote, including a beginner’s track, an advanced track, podcasting, entrepreneur, monetization, and executive track. Seems like a lot to check out, eh?
Confirmed speakers include (and I’ll just list a few):
- Leo Laporte from This Week in Tech
- Om Malik from GigaOm
- Jason Calacanis from Mahalo
- Matt Mullenweg from WordPress
- Shel Israel (Happy Birthday yesterday) from Naked Conversations
- Leesa Barnes (a PodCamp favorite!) from Podonomics
- Jeremy Wright from B5 (right?)
- Brian Clark from CopyBlogger (a favorite)
- Alex Lindsay from Pixelcorps
- John Furrier from PodTech
- Stephanie Agresta (a friend)
- Brian Solis from bub.blicio.us
And like 30 other names you probably know, too.
The entire conference program is here.
Exhibitors and sponsors for the show so far:
Fast Company Magazine
Sports Blogs Nation
Military.com Biola University
Blogger & Podcasters Magazine
Blog Talk Radio
What I’m most impressed with about the conference is that it’s not for a single niche, but for the overarching ecosystem of bloggers and podcasters and new media types. It’s not about business blogging, not about mommy blogging, not about political blogging, mp3 blogging, etc. It’s trying to cover it all.
Swing by Blog World Expo to check out the show and consider registering. The conference is $175 until Oct 19th, and then $225 after.
NOTE: My company has no relationship with this event and I am advocating for this conference in a personal capacity, not in any way related to my day job, which happens to be to put on a completely different conference about Internet video. There is no relationship between my company and this company.