Are You Ready To Get Social? SMW Coming to NYC

The second annual Social Media Week kicks off Feb. 1

Charge up your laptops and make sure all your smart phone apps are up to date -- Social Media Week is coming to town.

Registration opens Monday morning for the full week of panels, parties and workshops dedicated to all things social media, with events scheduled from 8:30 AM until closing time. The second annual conference will take place simultaneously in NYC, Berlin, London, San Francisco, Toronto and São Paulo.

You probably can't make it to everything, so here are a few events that you cannot miss.

The Future of Space & Time hosted by

If you want to know what is next on the real-time Web, this is the place to be.'s New York Bureau Chief, John C. Abell will moderate a conversation on the growing trends of lifecasting and location based services with key players in the fields:

  • Denis Crowley, Founder and CEO of Foursquare
  • Jeff Jarvis, the author of What Would Google Do?
  • Chris Dixon, co-founder and CEO at Hunch
  • Tony Jebara, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Unviersity and Chief Scientist at Sense Networks

For those unfamiliar with the terminology, lifecasting is when someone continually videostreams their life using sites like Ustream and Qik. Location based services allow mobile users to make use of their geographical location with applications like Twitter and Foursquare. Both have grown increasingly popular with the increased use of personal Web cams and smart phones.

The Conde Nast building at Four Times Square, 4th floor auditorium, 9AM-11AM. Registration begins on Monday.

Mashable's NextUp NYC

The skills necessary for a career in journalism have dramatically changed in the past year as newsrooms shrank and social media developed increasing importance. If you want to know how journalists are gearing up for the real-time Web, try to get your hands on one of the 300 public tickets available.  

Mashable, which has become the social media blog, would host a Q&A with two members of the Columbia Journalism School's faculty:

  • Sree Sreenivasan, Dean of Student Affairs at the Columbia Journalism School and a professor in the digital media program
  • Vadim Lvruski, new media journalist, social media consultant for the New York Times and M.S. Candidate at Columbia

Both have a strong journalism background and are working firsthand with the journalists of tomorrow.

92Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson St., 6PM. Tickets are $20 in advance/$25 at the door.

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