When is the Conference?
June 21-22, 2013. In addition to the official conference dates, there are informal gatherings on Thursday evening and on Sunday while everyone waits to catch their flights home. Here is a link to the tentative conference schedule.
What is the conference location?
The 2013 Blogging While Brown conference will be held in New York City. Conference sessions will be held at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037-1801
Is there a hotel room block?
Yes, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Aloft Harlem at a rate of $229 per night. The block will stay open until filled or May 20, 2013, whichever comes first. The Aloft is located at 2296 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York, NY 10027.
Who should attend Blogging While Brown?
- I am a blogger of color or someone interested in connecting to bloggers of color.
- I am thinking about starting a blog and am looking for advice and guidance from professional.I want to meet my favorite Black bloggers.
- I am public relations, marketing or policy professional who is interested in working with Black social media influentials.
- I want to learn more about digital media content creation.
Take a look at the 2012 Blogging While Brown highlight video.
Which badge should I purchase?
Depends. The Platinum Badge gives you access to everything: the Business of Blogging pre-conference, the Beginning Blogger Boot Camp, and the opening conference party on Friday along with all of the conference sessions and parties on Saturday. In addition, Platinum Badge holders receive an Attendee Spotlight on our blog, Twitter feed and Facebook page. The Gold Badge is a great option for someone who is stretched for time and wants to fly in on Friday instead of Thursday -or maybe you want to spend Friday morning exploring New York City. You gain access of all of the conference activities except the Business of Blogging session, including all of the conference parties and the Beginning Blogger Boot Camp along with all of the panels, keynotes and workshops on Saturday. You also have the option to appear in the Attendee Spotlight which will be featured on the Blogging While Brown website, Twitter feed and Facebook page. The Saturday Day Pass gets you access to the keynotes and panels on Saturday, June 22, 2013.
How do I become a speaker at Blogging While Brown?
Our Call for Ideas opened on January 15, 2013 and will close on February 15, 2013.
I am not a blogger or I am a new blogger. Can I benefit from attending Blogging While Brown?
Absolutely! When you attend the conference one of the revelations we hope you experience is the ability to obtain years of wisdom by having a short conversation with a more experienced blogger or social media professional who has “been there and done that.” The most highly experienced blogger can benefit by problem-solving and sharing ideas with their peers. You’ll learn a lot from the panels, keynotes and workshops, but you’ll have an opportunity to learn even more from the informal interactions you’ll have during meals, social events and the EPIC adventures you and your new blogging friends will have exploring New York City when the conference is not in session.
I am interested in becoming a sponsor. What sponsorship opportunities are available?
The following sponsorships are available for Blogging While Brown 2013: Scholarships, Give-a-Ways, Exhibitors, Exclusive Party Sponsor, Exclusive Meal Sponsor, and Exclusive Programming Sponsor. Aminah Hanan is the Director of Development for the conference and she is happy to help you design your 2013 Blogging While Brown sponsorship. Visit our sponsorship page.
What should I wear?
We get this question every year :). Wear whatever is comfortable. For those who would like more specific guidance- Wear Your Brand! Whether you are a professional blogger, activist or hobbyist, you have a “brand.” We don’t have a dress code, however we do advise you to bring a sweater or a wrap because conference venues are notoriously cold. If you’re still not sure, look through photos and videos of our previous conferences. Some people wear flip flops and jeans while a few wear full business suits. We’re a diverse group brought together by our love of technology- not our choices in fashion.
I’ve never been to the conference before. Are the people friendly?
The friendliest. Although we spend a great deal of time interacting through social media, many bloggers are the only blogger in their families, workplaces or social circle. So when bloggers have a chance to be around other people who “get it” or interact in-person with people they’ve been engaging with online for years, they are happy! People pay registration fees, purchase plane tickets and make hotel reservations because they want to meet and interact with new and old friends and colleagues.