Thursday, September 05, 2013

"Conference 2.0" Sponsorship Opportunities - STEMxCon, Reform Symposium, Library 2.013, GlobalEdCon, & More

Running free, worldwide, virtual events for education is a TON of fun, no question about it. I think that the "Conference 2.0" model--accepting almost all proposal submissions then letting the audience decide which sessions to attend--is possibly more historic than we realize. Holding virtual conferences that focus on peer- and practioner-driven sessions opens the door to educators and others being "creators" and not just "consumers" at such events. The quality level is consistently high, the connections attendees make with each other are great, and it feels like we're helping to redefine the personal learning networks and communities for teachers and learners all over the world.

In the past year the platform we've created has allowed for over 800 presentations with over 100,000 attendee log-ins, and so many, many of the participants have told us how much they have loved these events.

Along with the fun, of course, comes a lot of work! Keeping the conferences free and driven first by authentic learning opportunities, rather than sponsor or institutional interests, isn't easy. We're extremely grateful for a core set of conference sponsors who have supported this model, and we could really use some more.

This past year we ran five virtual conferences: Library 2.012, GlobalEdCon, the School Leadership Summit, Aula 2.0, and the inaugural Homeschool Conference.  My goal for the coming year is to have ten--and we're well on the way!
If you work for, or are associated with, an organization that could potentially sponsor one or more of these conferences, please contact me and let me provide you with some more information. If you know of someone you think would be a good sponsor, I'd greatly appreciate a referral. My contact information is below.

Here's to changing the world.  See you online!


Steve Hargadon

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