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 Leftos.com, 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 Digg.com
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?