435 Digital is excited to announce our involvement, alongside Zócalo Group, in hosting Social Media Week Chicago this year, September 23rd-27th.

Social Media Week has gained momentum over the years, spreading to cities across the world, including Barcelona, Berlin, Bogotá, London, Los Angeles, Mumbai, São Paulo, Torino and Toronto. This year’s theme Open & Connected: Principles for a Collaborative World, encourages a global discussion on the economic and cultural impact of social media.

Chicago Tribune Building

Last year’s Social Media Week Chicago brought together leaders in the industry for the five-day event, featuring more than 250 speakers, 95 free educational and networking sessions, 40 venues, and saw 16,000 registrations. With planning for the 2013 event underway, we’re excited to see what this year will bring.

Partnering with Zócalo Group, an Omnicom company and leader in word-of-mouth, digital and social media marketing, 435 Digital is “thrilled to help position Chicago as a leader in this space and offer the local community engaging ways to get involved,” said Bob McDonald, Director of 435 Digital.

Social Media Week Chicago 2013

The 2013 event will differ slightly from last year, in response to participant requests to offer advanced discussions and more hands-on opportunities. For 2013, you can expect a condensed four-day event with a heavier focus on advanced workshop events led by social media thought leaders.

Social Media Week Chicago will touch on various topics including:

  • business & brands
  • arts & entertainment
  • technology & innovation
  • government & social policy.

Area companies, academic institutions, national brands, non-profit organizations and government agencies will all be contributing to making it a fun week of learning and networking.

“We look forward to bringing Social Media Week back to Chicago for a third year,” said Paul M. Rand, President and CEO of Zócalo Group. “We are excited to present a schedule of more targeted events that will encourage thoughtful discussion about the future and evolution of the social, digital and mobile landscape.”

Submit an Event

We’re ready to get things started, and one of the first steps is gathering great ideas for events and speakers. Beginning this week, the public is invited to submit event ideas on the Social Media Week Chicago website.

Businesses: There’s also an option for you to get involved by sponsoring networking events, sessions, content tracks, and more. Please reach out to us at chicago@socialmediaweek.org to get more information.

For up-to-the-minute updates, follow @SMWChicago on Twitter and connect on Facebook.

Check back in early August for a preliminary event schedule and be ready to register for events starting August 13th.

To learn more about Social Media Week, visit http://socialmediaweek.org/.