‘SoCon07‚’ Atlanta’s First Social Media unConference Scheduled for Feb. 10

ATLANTA‚ Ga. (Jan. 18‚ 2007) – The Atlanta Media Bloggers Group and Kennesaw State University…

Georgia (Jan 18, 2007) — ‘SoCon07‚’ Atlanta’s First Social Media unConference Scheduled for Feb. 10

Jennifer Hafer


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ATLANTA‚ Ga. (Jan. 18‚ 2007) – The Atlanta Media Bloggers Group and Kennesaw State University announced today they will host SoCon07‚ Atlanta’s first‚ city−wide social media ‘unconference’ Feb. 9 – 10‚ 2007.

This event will bring together bloggers‚ new media pros‚ academics and people from across the spectrum of marketing‚ public relations‚ human resources and the executive ranks to discuss new media‚ including Web 2.0‚ social networking and open source‚ how they are evolving‚ who the local pioneers have been and are‚ what results have been achieved and what new media promises for all of us.

“We believe there is a lot of information to be shared‚ networking to be done and topics and techniques to debate and discuss‚ both between the experts and within the local business community‚” conference co−chair Leonard Witt‚ Kennesaw State’s Fowler Distinguished Chair in Communication said. “SoCon07 represents an outstanding opportunity to ‘connect the dots’ between all of the unexpected and interesting activities people have initiated in the Web 2.0 world.”

SoCon07‚ with its theme “Connect Because You Can‚” intends to provide a venue for everyone with an interest or stake in new media to get together for the first time in Atlanta to talk‚ network‚ debate and discuss the opportunities that new media presents.

Conference chair Sherry Heyl‚ CEO of the Internet consulting firm “What a Concept!” explains‚ “New media‚ including the use of blogs‚ wikis‚ social networks‚ video and podcasting‚ is very much in its infancy here in the South. SoCon07 expects to galvanize and inspire all of the people and organizations that are using‚ or getting ready to use‚ new media resources in their business and personal ventures.”

This unconference will be held at Kennesaw State University Saturday‚ Feb. 10‚ 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Attendance is free of charge‚ although pre−registration is required and can be done via the Web site: www.socon07.com. Selected SoCon07 speakers include:

−Christopher Klaus‚ founder & CEO of Kaneva‚ founder of Internet Security Services
−James Harris‚ CEO & co−founder of Atlanta−based ListenShare
−Jeff Haynie‚ previous co−founder and CTO of Vocalocity and current CEO of Hakano‚
−Jonas Luster of Socialtext
−Josh Hallet‚ founder of Hyku
−Leonard Witt‚ Distinguished Chair in Communication‚ Kennesaw State University

Attendance is limited. Please register early.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third largest state university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new Doctorate of Education in Leadership.

Here's a link to PJNet Today with video footage from the conference: PJ Net Today.



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu