The Hello Bar is a simple web toolbar that engages users and communicates a call to action.

Advertise on Detroit Moxie

Search Detroit Moxie
Connect with me

Get your Detroit Moxie gear!


Most Recent

« Detroit Restaurant Week - Spring 2010 | Main | Detroit Tigers Home Opener »

FutureMidwest 2010 Invades our Backyard

This week FutureMidwest 2010 invades our backyard! The region's largest technology and knowledge conference will be held in Royal Oak, MI on April 16th & 17th.

Have you heard of FutureMidwest?

Here on Detroit Moxie I try to be conscious of the fact that not everyone is hooked on Twitter and Facebook. I know many of you have found this site by searching for things to do in Detroit and some of you don’t care about social media or the interactive, digital community.

That is why I’m telling you about this. You ARE a part of the online community just by stopping by this blog.

Detroit’s digital community is expanding and playing a powerful role in the growth of small businesses, entrepreneurship, and startup companies.

I think we can all agree that Detroit needs more businesses investing in our region. More successful businesses will mean more jobs in the area. FutureMidwest will highlight how the online world affects business.

If you have a small or medium size business and aren’t using these tools then this conference is for you. If you are an entrepreneur or work in marketing or communications then this conference is for you. Or, if you’re like me and have a blog or website, this conference is for you.

Founded by Adrian Pittman, director of development and partner at Module, Jordan Wolfe, founder of uwemp and Zach Lipson, founder of, FutureMidwest is the fusion of two successful events held in Michigan in 2009 – the Module Midwest Digital Conference and TechNow.

Zach, Jordan and I see FutureMidwest as the cornerstone of conversation, idea and new relationships formed from uniting people who want to learn how social media impacts business growth. This conference will ignite dialogue between the younger and more seasoned generations, inspiring them to apply the knowledge they learned about new technologies to their respective industries. - Adrian Pittman

Who is speaking at FutureMidwest?

  • Christopher Barger, the Director of Global Social Media for GM
  • Scott Monty, the Global Digital & Multimedia Communications Manager for Ford Motor Company
  • Samuel Valenti IV, founder and CEO of the Ghostly International record label
  • Jay Adelson, entrepeneur and former CEO and chairman of

There are about a dozen other dynamic speakers, including two members of Team Detroit SXSW, Henry Balanon and David Murray.

The conference is only one element of all the really cool events going on this week. All work and no play make Johnny a very dull boy so there is also karaoke, conversations, and cocktails.

Check out the awesome rundown of the events for FutureMidwest 2010 Week put together by David Murray.

I hope I’ve piqued your interest in what all this social media and digital and online community stuff is all about. It’s really just about connecting with other people and creating meaningful relationships.

See you there?

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.

Reader Comments (3)

Thanks for supporting FutureMidwest, Becks!!!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNikki Stephan

What a spectacular week in the D. Lots of stuff is going on and it is the best time of year!

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Favreau

You're most welcome. I'm looking forward to FutureMidwest!

Yes, this is going to be fabulous week in the D with FutureMidwest, Detroit Restaurant Week, the DMA's, etc. And, I'm assuming you mean it's the best time of the year because the NHL playoffs are about to begin? Go Wings!

April 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterBecks Davis

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>