Silicon Valley social media gurus to descend on Galway

9 Aug 2010

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Major authorities on social media, including noted Silicon Valley journalist Dan Gillmor, social tools authority Stowe Boyd and Don Thibeau of the OpenID system used by Yahoo! and Google are to speak at the BlogTalk conference in Galway on 26 and 26 August.

Social media experts and social networking enthusiasts will descend on NUI Galway from 26-27 August for BlogTalk, an event to discuss current online trends and future developments in social media. BlogTalk will be held on the NUI Galway campus over two days, and will consist of keynote talks, discussion panels and plenty of networking opportunities for those attending.

The invited keynote talks will be given by Stowe Boyd, an authority on social tools and originator of the term ‘advisory capital’; Dan Gillmor, a noted Silicon Valley journalist, author of We the Media, and director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship; and Don Thibeau, director of OpenID, an easy and safe login system for websites used by Yahoo!, Google and many others.

Other notable speakers include Blaine Cook, former lead developer with Twitter and now with BT; Charles Dowd, manager for Facebook’s Platform Operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and Ade Oshineye, developer advocate with the Google Social Web team.

Some of the topics to be discussed will include: the need for a new kind of media literacy in our increasingly networked age; how businesses and third parties can benefit from the Facebook Platform by integrating Facebook with their own services; ensuring that citizens can trust that their identity and data is being protected by government websites; and new research data from NUI Galway illustrating how Twitter has gone beyond early adopters and trend followers to become a mature service with a constant growth rate.

Irish social media gurus will also give talks, including Darragh Doyle, communications manager with Boards.ie; Fergus Hurley, founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley startup Clixtr; and Ted Vickey, former executive director at the White House Athletic Center and a frequent speaker on LinkedIn.

Galway native Hurley will talk about his experiences in setting up a consumer Internet startup in Silicon Valley, raising money from venture capitalists and what he’s learnt from the journey.

Ted Vickey will help attendees learn how to get maximum impact for their CV using the LinkedIn business networking site. The evolution of open spaces for collaborative creative activities will also be covered, using the Galway-based 091 Labs as an example.

“This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts on social networks and to imagine about what is coming down the road in terms of social media,” said conference chair John Breslin.

Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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