October 07, 2010
Engaging & Heart Warming Stories & People at 140Conf in LA
Jeff Pulver's 140 Conference was held for the second year in Los Angeles, last year at the prestigious Kodak Theatre and this year at the Music Box on Hollywood Boulevard.
In 2010 alone, there have been #140conf events in: Barcelona,SXSW (Austin), New York City, Washington D.C., Tel Aviv and San Francisco, a #140conf Road Trip and #140conf Boston. And, the content is only getting better.
The conversations, the on-stage storytelling and the panels are authentic and heart warming. And, the range unlike most conferences that center around the use of social media as a tool to accelerate change, grow your brand and engage with customers, is diverse.
Pulver brought together speakers that discussed more traditional topics like the evolution of influence in the real-time web. Also on the stage was @DRG who talked about social media in neurotech and a panel of educators who talked about transformation in and out of the classroom,including @ApsatParentella @teachingwthsoul, @martinez and @reportertanya. Below Jeff introduces LA times teacher Steve Franklin (@SEF4PRES).
Because of its location, there was not only a lot of panels on entertainment, but a lot of performers throughout the two days, starting with a VIP private 'show' from Street Performers United, including the very 'hot and sculpted' Candyman, the NSK Dance Group, Haspop, Sammie Jay, Josh Ricketts and Amy May.
Below Amy May (left) and to the right: Won G and Amy May
The NSK Dance Crew
CandyMan and Hashpop
Josh Ricketts on saxophone and Julie Spira (@JulieSpira) and I with CandyMan
NSK Dancer and singer songwriter Sammie Jay
Street Performers United performers
Other great sessions included former showbiz guy @BruceSallan who now writes a dad's column, One Day one Earth @onedayoneearth's brandon Litman and Kyle Ruddick, sneakerheads @franalations and @colagrand and @carloshernandez who helped to break down age discrimination in the job search for people over the age of 50.
There was also a news gathering session with @jonlan from O.C. Register, @philhulett with LA's Morning News on KFWB and @webjournalist. Music artist @michellebranch did a solo piece and we had an on-stage conversation with actor @mattbennett. @fireresident talked about life in Haiti in the area of the real-time web and @angelashelton shared a new way to share love on and offline.
There were also an abundance of women attendees unlike so many geek conferences in Silicon Valley. Below, @carolhink @writeononline @LoriMoreno @AdventureGirl @JulieSpira @magicsaucemedia @weblogtheworld
Actor and Comedian @kevinpollack was very entertaining
The Social Media for Social Good Panel, which included @ashong @OKKenna @iamkhayyam @sarah_ross @adventuregirl @tmoorepr and @verolaza.
And of course we had to have a discussion about food....let's get our priorities right. On the panel was @datatv @gastronomyblog, @tendergreens, garden to sustainable cuisine and @manilamachine, LA's first Filipino food truck.
Below, Renee Blodgett, Captain Crunch at opening reception
Musician @andygrammar performed, @itsrishi from Google talked about the real-time web and Indie filmmaking and two farming and cattle ranching dudes came in from northern California, who I managed to talk to after hours about their work on and offline.
@JeffFowle is Owner/Operator and President of KK Bar Ranch and AgChat Foundation and @RayLinDairy runs a dairy, who wonders whether people's lack of tolerance with dairy in the 2000s isn't because we simply have been drinking less of it.
Jeff Pulver, Keyonna King and Bethany Nelson from Real Sovage
The W Hotel Lobby in Hollywood on the last night of the conference.
Several videos of 140Conf LA to follow this and next week. The below three shots were taken by Peter Weissenstein.
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