What Are the Big Networking Events in DC Going to Be?

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In May of this year I attended the The What’s Next DC conference with some colleagues from CSC. It was one of the most creative conferences around Washington D.C. with an amazing line up of marketers, communicators, business managers, founders, entrepreneurs and digital savy social media brains.whew.

Those two days went by fast. Monday I was the first to arrive at the Hamilton. A cool restaurant/ bar /sushi place with a gigantic venueplace right downstairs and it’s right downtown. The space was awesome and The speakers were amazing!

Here’s are few of my favorite moments from this past years conference:

  • PBS Digital studios and the now infamous Bob Ross and Mister Rogers videos are a lesson in risk taking and failing fast. Understanding that organizations need to foster risk, this ‘skunk-works’ project made it’s way into the mainstream.
  • BlackBoard Founder Michael Chasen was a highlight of the conference for me.

I used Blackboard at JMU and it really was a new way of working with your professors. He told an amazing story about borrowing chairs for their first office and the lessons they learned while building that company. Michael is onto his newest company Social Radar, which is a location based social networking app- pretty cool stuff.

All this conference talk really got me thinking…

“What are the big networking events in DC going to be this year?”

I think DC is THE PLACE for Digital Marketing. Anyone else think we need a purely- Digital Marketing event?

A Social Media Event? A Blog Potomac 2.0. ? You know what I’m talking about…




Mike Toner

Based in Alexandria, Virginia Michael is the Manager of Social Media at Navy Federal Credit Union. By evening, he's a husband, dog owner and runner. Toner writes about social media strategy, tools, training and best practices for social and digital marketing programs.


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