NEPA BlogCon returns in October, hosts Blog of the Year Awards
From a press release:
Marking its third consecutive year, NEPA BlogCon, the region’s only blogging and social media conference, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11. Having received overwhelmingly positive feedback from sold-out audiences in past years, the convention will make its return this fall at Misericordia University (301 Lake St., Dallas) with a new format, many new presenters, and a new cause.
NEPA BlogCon is designed to bring together bloggers of all experience levels, as well as those interested in marketing, social media, and communicating through the Internet. It’s also an excellent event for marketers, small business owners, and students, with tracks focusing on marketing, technology, and blogging for business.
The conference will include beginner and advanced sessions on topics including social media in sports marketing, finding your photographer’s voice, using Facebook to grow your business, blog monetization, brand building, and getting started with YouTube. Featured speakers include Brian Coe of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Frances Croke Page of the PureFoodsProject, Danielle Fleming of NOTE Fragrances, Jim Cheney of Uncovering PA, and internationally acclaimed blogger and nonprofit founder Shane Burcaw of Laughing at My Nightmare.
Last year, NEPA BlogCon drew more than 125 local bloggers, technology influencers, students, and marketing professionals to Northeastern Pennsylvania, raising thousands of dollars to benefit Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge. Since the event originated in 2012, the amount raised for charity totals more than $5,000.
All proceeds from this year’s conference will be applied to STEM education though the launch of a regional code camp in the summer of 2015, for girls in fourth through sixth grades. Like NEPA BlogCon, the code camp will be held in collaboration with sponsor organization TecBRIDGE, a regional collegial organization that collaboratively strives to create and embrace entrepreneurial opportunities with the purpose of growing technology and biotechnology wealth within Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Attendees look forward to the annual NEPA Blog of the Year Awards competition leading up to the conference. Each week, blogs from selected categories will be nominated and voting will be opened for fans to vote for their favorite bloggers on a poll on the conference website blog at nepablogcon.com. Winners in each of the following categories will receive a commemorative award certificate and additional prizes at the conference: Political Blog of the Year, Fashion/Lifestyle Blog of the Year, Food Blog of the Year, Fitness/Sports Blog of the Year, and Writing/Business Blog of the Year.
Tickets, which include lunch refreshments, a SWAG bag, a t-shirt, and admission to all sessions, are $15 and registration is open at nepablogcon.com.
NEPA BlogCon is organized by a group of women with a passion for bringing new ideas and experiences to the Northeastern Pennsylvania community: Michelle Hryvnak-Davies (@mhryvnak), Karla Porter (@karla_porter) and Mandy Boyle (@mandyboyle).
Once again, this year’s official media partner for NEPA BlogCon is WNEP-TV 16, and Net Driven is the hospitality sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities for businesses and community organizations are still available.