FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sixth ConvergeSouth Conference Planned for Oct. 6-7 at N.C. A&T State University
Speakers include AdAge Top 50 blogger, Bing executive and online marketing expert
Greensboro, N.C. August 10, 2011 – The Southeast’s original user-focused technology conference, “ConvergeSouth,” will take place Oct. 6-7 at N.C. A&T, with a full slate of speakers and educational sessions aimed at everyone from nonprofit managers and Internet beginners to experienced developers and entrepreneurs.
The conference, now in its sixth year, has grown and is adapting to meet the needs of the technology community, from early adopters to tech newcomers. This year, the conference will include a beginner’s track for those new to these topics, a one-day nonprofit track and CultureXchange, which will focus on arts and cultural events.
The conference brings together internet newbies, social networking strategists and internet experts sharing their stories and advice. Workshop topics are geared to individuals and small-to-large businesses with topics including WordPress, search engine optimization, digital crisis communications, mobile web sites and an entire track for developers and much more. There will also be many opportunities for attendees and presenters to network in the halls between sessions and over meals.
Friday’s keynoter is Mark Schaeffer, a globally-recognized blogger, educator, business consultant, and author of “The Tao of Twitter”. His blog, www.businessgrow.com, is recognized as one of the AdAge Top 50 blogs of the world.
The two-day schedule features nationally-known experts including Duane Forrester from Bing and Dan London from ShareFile. Past presenters at the conference have included the late Elizabeth Edwards, Robert Scoble and Craiglist’s founder Craig Newmark.
New to ConvergeSouth 2011 is one-day Nonprofit Track for tech-savvy nonprofits. Three special sessions are designed at the introductory (101) level to assist nonprofits move deeper into the tech world. Also new this year is CultureXchange, which will showcase projects that use new media, from social networking to podcasting, to create community around arts and cultural events.
‘PitchCamp’ returns again this year. It is an interactive session designed to prepare entrepreneurs and start-ups for pitching their business to investors.
Full schedule and registration available at www.convergesouth.com. The schedule grows daily; so check back frequently for new additions. Conference prices are $75-$99 with early bird pricing available through September 1. Special pricing for students, faculty and nonprofits is available and special scholarship pricing is available for a limited number of hardship cases. Sponsorship opportunities available by visiting the ConvergeSouth sponsor page.
ConvergeSouth also recently incorporated as a non-profit. The conference is managed by an all-volunteer board, officers and committee members.
The following officers and board members for 2011:
President Mark Tosczak
Vice President Rob Ainbinder
Treasurer Sue Polinsky
Secretary and Attorney David Polinsky
Accountant David Scheumann
Conference Chair 2011 Rob Ainbinder
ConvergeSouth Advisory Board
David Horne Joe Killian
Debbie Foster Fuchs