September 15th, 2009
I’m excited to share more details about TribeCon, a conference about communities – both online and offline. Tiffany Starnes and I have been working for the last six months to put it together along with a lot of help from our Tribal Council and a lot of friends from Net2NO.
We’re producing the conference in partnership with the Voodoo Experience. TribeCon will be the official interactive component of the Voodoo Experience. This is a tremendous opportunity for TribeCon. The Voodoo Experience has grown into a huge annual music festival, and together we can build TribeCon into a integral part of the experience and a major interactive conference.
So let’s get to the details:
- What: TribeCon is a conference about building communities, online and offline.
- When: October 29-30, 2009
- Where: Voodoo Experience – City Park, New Orleans, LA
- How much: $169 for TribeCon includes single day Voodoo Experience ticket. $269 for TribeCon includes three day Voodoo Experience Ticket.
- Who: The speakers are all people passionate about building communities.
- Why: Building a community around your brand, cause, or mission is the most powerful way to grow. Today’s social networking tools make it possible to reach your audience in powerful new ways to build a movement. At TribeCon you’ll learn how to build community online to effect action offline.
Why does TribeCon need New Orleans?
One of the things I’m most excited about is bringing the conversation about authentic online communities to New Orleans. Having the Voodoo Experience has a partner enables us to make this truly a world-class conference. TribeCon connects with New Orleans because we have such a deep sense of community here. From the Mardi Gras indian tribes to front porch neighbors, New Orleans culture is rooted in community. Andrew Larimer, Tim Soslow and Matt Tritico will be curating a special panel presentation that will be a celebration and exploration of community in New Orleans.
Inspired by SXSW, and now TribeCon is just six weeks away.
The idea for TribeCon was inspired on the Y@ Pack trip to SXSW organized by the Net2NO community. We had such an amazing experience together, and it was truly amazing what a motivated community can accomplish. On the bus ride back from SXSW in March, we hatched the idea for TribeCon. We pitched it at the GNO Inc Digital Media Alliance meeting in May, and though I regrettably made a couple of miscues in my pitch (ugh), we started to line up support and Robbie Vitrano helped us line up meetings with Rehage Entertainment.
So after a long summer of laying the ground work, here we are, just six weeks away from the inaugural TribeCon, with a supportive partner in the Voodoo Experience and a tremendous slate of speakers. Tiffany and I are both getting much less sleep these days, but we’re doing it, and really excited about producing TribeCon.
TribeCon is important to the tech community, and important to New Orleans.
So, you’re interested in getting involved?
Fantastic. We need your help to make this a success.
- We’re bouncing a lot of ideas off our friends and supporters in the Tribal Council. Everyone on it has been tremendously helpful and it has really shaped what this conference is, in addition to helping us make decisions on branding, marketing, content and more. Membership is open to all, so join the Tribal Council.
- We will be looking for volunteers to coordinate a number of things for TribeCon. If you’re interested getting to TribeCon for free, please contact us.
- We’re also looking for sponsors to support TribeCon and connect with an audience of community activist and online influencers. We have a sponsorship package that we can send you, please let us know if your interested, or know someone for us to reach out to.
- Stay updated with all of the latest, follow @tribecon on Twitter.
- Ready to sign up? Great, head on over and buy a ticket to the conference.
Thanks to everyone for all your support. We’re excited to present TribeCon and connect with the community.
Have more questions? Hit me up in the comments! Thanks.
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