I’m glad that my Upcoming.org initiative is working out for about 40 members so far… if you haven’t heard, it’s a way for us social media researchers / educators to keep track of conferences worthy of our attendance. Join now or else!
Now even if you’re punk-ass broke like me, you’ll be able to know about awesome conferences you can attend for FREE, such as this one… It’s not free after all, but the events on the NMC Campus in Second Life should be…
A one-of-a-kind event, to be held entirely via the internet from October 24 to 25, 2006. Join keynoters Howard Rheingold (Smartmobs fame) and Danah Boyd (her blog) for this 2-day examination of the impact of digital media on all aspects of our daily lives.
This online conference is informed by the MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning, a two-year project in which the New Media Consortium (NMC) is helping to explore the impact of digital media on our lives in a variety of ways, and encouraging dialog among experts, visionaries, and thought leaders from around the globe. This unique event will expand that dialog beyond the project and reach out to an international audience.
The conference is designed to extend the examination of this phenomenon now underway among leading writers and researchers in the MacArthur-sponsored project to a broader audience, and further explore both the positive and negative aspects of technology on learning, social interaction, self-expression, and more.
Digital media, for this event, is interpreted broadly as anything from the traditional uses of the medium for creating and sharing rich content to the explosion of blogs for self expression, and increasingly, real time interpretation of news and breaking events. Also included is the notion of shared content via sites like Flickr, YouTube, and blip.tv, social sites like FaceBook and MySpace, and more powerful content and media search tools.
Now if you are looking to register, you’ll notice at first that it’s $125 for “NMC Member” Registration. Don’t worry, they didn’t make it obvious (I wonder why), but you can sign up as an “NMC Plus Member” for FREE (might have to do it before 18th Oct). The difference is that Plus Members can only attend up to 10 online conferences, which is good enough for me.
Sorry to burst your bubble but apparently NMC Plus is a special membership paid for by our members to get additional conference attendance slots. It’s not a free ticket for anyone who clicks there. Oh well, try the other option below…
A bit of background: New Media Consortium (NMC) serves as a catalyst for the development of new applications of technology to support learning and creative expression. The non-profit educational technology organization is quite forward-thinking, especially once you check out their awesome virtual campus established within Second Life (see NMC campus photos).
Happening right now and serving as a precursor to the online conference is a 12-day symposium on the NMC Campus in Second Life focusing on the impact of digital media on all aspects of our daily lives (Oct 10 – 21, 2006). I also think anyone can attend this for free so prep yourself and teleport there now.
Update: According to Alan Levine, if you complete the NMC web form, it will provide the instructions for joining the right group to gain access– no one is rejected, and they have well 800 AVs across our groups, a significant number are not members of our organization.