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NEPA BlogCon announces 2017 speakers at Penn State Worthington Scranton on Oct. 14

NEPA BlogCon announces 2017 speakers at Penn State Worthington Scranton on Oct. 14
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From a press release:

Now entering its sixth year, NEPA BlogCon, the region’s only blogging and social media conference, has announced both the start of registration and selected speakers for this year’s event.

NEPA BlogCon will return to Penn State Worthington Scranton (120 Ridgeview Dr., Dunmore) on Saturday, Oct. 14. Free tickets, which include admission to the conference and expo hall, swag, and lunch refreshments, and available now at Limited tickets are available, so attendees are encouraged to register online before it sells out.

NEPA BlogCon is designed to bring together bloggers of all experience levels, as well as those interested in marketing, social media, creativity, leadership, technology, and branding. Professional communicators, small business owners, non-profit organizations and students alike are welcome to attend.

NEPA BlogCon draws a wide range of local, regional, and international talent. This year’s agenda includes speakers like:

  • Kathryn Bondi, digital designer at Posture Interactive
  • Sam Chiarelli, creative nonfiction author and blogger for This Day in Dinosaurs
  • Kristin Elliott, social media manager for ReelzChannel
  • Lew Hastings, host of Red Road Radio Show and founder of the Native Now Foundation
  • Dan Kimbrough, videographer, educator, and founder of Park Multimedia
  • Kenny Luck, local author and filmmaker
  • Claudia Pennington, Internet marketer and founder of
  • Lori Rochino, author and podcast host of Simply Designed Life

Jeannine Luby, author and founder of Laugh to Live, will be the event’s official MC and host.

Attendees can expect presentations and roundtable discussions on branding, content development, podcasting, vlogging, and more.

This year’s BlogCon will also see the return of the popular NEPA BlogCon Expo, which debuted at last year’s conference. The expo offers businesses, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other community resources an opportunity to meet and network with online influencers who attend NEPA BlogCon. Spots are still available for interested exhibitors. Visit for details.

Following the conference, attendees are invited to join another group of area bloggers at NEPA Blog Fest at the River Grille (670 N. River St., Plains), beginning at 5 p.m.

Thanks to the support of sponsors and partners like Penn State Worthington Scranton, Net Driven, Park Multimedia, WhatNow App, LIU 18, NEPA Geeks, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the Wilkes-Barre THINK Center, AAF NEPA, NEPA Blogs, and tecBRIDGE, NEPA BlogCon is able to offer its event at a low cost to the community.

Both NEPA BlogCon and its STEM education camp, Squirrel Girls Tech Camp, are held in collaboration with sponsor organization tecBRIDGE. TecBRIDGE is 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.

Last year, NEPA BlogCon drew more than 150 local bloggers, technology influencers, students, and marketing professionals to NEPA, raising thousands of dollars to benefit Squirrel Girls Tech Camp, a technology camp for girls in grades 4-6.

NEPA BlogCon is unique in that all proceeds go to benefit nonprofit and community education projects. It is organized by volunteers and could not be held without the support of sponsors, local businesses, attendees, and community leaders.

Since the event originated in 2012, the amount raised for charity totals more than $15,000, with beneficiaries including Squirrel Girls Tech Camp, Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, NEPA Veterans Multicare Alliance, and The Arc of Luzerne County.

Tickets, a schedule of events, speaker bios, and additional information is available at

See NEPA Scene’s photos from last year’s NEPA BlogCon here.