Seven Cities Across Four Continents Kick Off Social Media Week 2015


“One of The Most Digitally Connected, Multi-Cultural Conferences In The World”

Today, #SMW15 kicks off in seven cities with more than one thousand speakers, including Martha Stewart and Rev. Jesse Jackson, and thirty thousand people in attendance over the week long event.  Host cities include New York, where the event first started back in 2009, together with Milan, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Bangalore, Jakarta and Lagos.

The theme for the 2015 conference is “Upwardly Mobile: The Rise Of The Connected Class”, which will unfold as a year long examination of how technology will impact that way we live, work and create in a connected world, and how new ideas, innovations and break-through technologies will lead to meaningful changes in our lives.

“We are at the very beginning of a seismic, societal shift driven by the technology around us and together, as a global society we must work to gain a deeper understanding of how we can achieve more in a future where more than 6 billion people on the planet will be able to connect and communicate.” said Toby Daniels, Founder & Executive Director of Social Media Week and CEO of New York based Crowdcentric.

There are more than one thousand speakers participating in the conference in February.  Featured speakers include:

  • Veronica Diquattro of Spotify Italy, discusses music discovery in the digital age
  • Copenhagen’s Kasper Risbjerg of DigitasLBI, gives a talk on employee advocacy
  • Professor Frauke Zeller takes the stage in Hamburg with hitchBOT, his cross-country hitch-hiking robot
  • In Jakarta, BuzzFeed’s International VP Scott Lamb, shares his thoughts on virality and stories you can’t resist sharing
  • Lagos welcomes JayJay Okocha, Ex-Super Captain of Lagos Super Eagles, who will discuss social media in Nigerian football
  • Actress and comedian Aditi Mittal, will talk about social media bloopers in Bangalore

Social Media Week is a collaborative effort with literally hundreds of organizations coming together to bring the vision to life each year.  Global organizers Crowdcentric would like to give special thanks to global sponsors SocialBakers and Meltwater and each of the local partner organizations that work tirelessly to bring the event to so many people.  These organizations include Crowdcentric Media (New York) hi-life (Hamburg), Merah Cipta Media (Jakarta), AFRIKA21 (Lagos), R SQUARE Consulting (Bangalore), CopenhagenConcept (Copenhagen), and HAGAKURE (Milan).

“Social Media Week is one of the world’s go-to events for digital professionals, and we are very excited to join the global movement to bring SMW to Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2015, SMW will explore its theme, ‘Upwardly Mobile: The Rise of The Connected Class’.  This is a perfect fit for Indonesia, a mobile-first country with more than 250 million mobile subscribers. We have experienced the power of connectivity to change the country in many aspects of life for the past few years, especially with the government of Jakarta acting as a key motivator. The city is looking forward to an amazing week of sharing, connecting and inspiration. We are very happy and honored to help make SMW Jakarta a reality.” Antonny Liem, Chief Executive Officer of PT Merah Cipta Media

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