Today, we are excited to announce the next set of programming for BlogHer '13 in Chicago: the Room of Your Own (ROYO) program! As always, the community submitted fantastic ideas -- and more than we could accommodate! ...more
Yesterday, the BlogHer '13 preliminary agenda was announced, but we're just getting warmed up! We still have a lot of program elements to roll out (there's a full announcement schedule here) including the BlogHer '13 Room of Your Own, which opens NOW!...more
When BlogHer published our ’09 agenda late last year, we left two full tracks of break-out sessions unplanned. Each year BlogHer opens a portion of its sessions to community programming, called Room of Your Own sessions (sometimes abbreviated ROYOs). Room of Your Own sessions are a way for registered attendees to hold conversations around topics they think we missed in our programmed panels. They are a way to prove how much expertise and passion all attendees bring to the table when they come to BlogHer.
It's official: this Friday marks the close of Geek Lab and Room of Your Own polls. Have you voted yet? It takes less than a minute, and I happen to know you spent waaaayyyy more than twice that surfing the Internet this morning.
In case you're not in the loop, let me fill you in: each year at BlogHer's annual conference, a portion of the panels offered are programmed by the attendees. This year, we've doubled the number of community-programmed panels and are offering 12 slots for these unique sessions. Additionally, BlogHer is hosting a Geek Lab, an all-day presentation-and-personal-help lab filled with both beginner- and advanced-level sessions. Chances are you'll find yourself in at least one of these sessions, which begs the question: Have you voted yet for the panels you're most likely to attend?
One of my favorite things about being part of the BlogHer community is how often I have the opportunity to voice my opinion, whether it's about parenthood or politics or celebrities or current events. And I know that I'm in good company, because everyday I see your comments and blog posts and Chatter updates. And that is why I'm delivering a Public Service Announcement to you (forgive the loud speaker):
VOTE TODAY FOR THE ROOM OF YOUR OWN AND GEEK LAB SESSIONS YOU'RE MOST LIKELY TO ATTEND AT BLOGHER '09. No, seriously. GO VOTE. If ever there was a time that you thought: I wish there was a way I could be involved in planning the conference content, that time has arrived and the seconds are ticking away. BlogHer wants your help in narrowing down all of the terrific proposals that our community has suggested. We have 12 slots available for Room of Your Own, and 24 slots available for Geek Lab. How do you say we should fill those openings?
Though there are a ton of great ideas proposed for the Geek Lab and Room of Your Own sessions, it's not too late for BlogHer attendees to suggest more! Is there an issue you're passionate about, and a platform at BlogHer would help spread the word? Or is there a tech question you've always wondered about (but never had an answer)? If so, let us know today!
The polls are in their final stretch, both for submitting ideas and for voting, and will close on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 2 p.m. (PT). So if you haven't submitted an idea, and especially if you haven't voted for those sessions you would like to attend, do it today! Wondering what type of panels and presentations are up for grabs? Then read on, my friend.
In just a few short weeks, the Geek Lab and Room of Your Own polling systems will shut down and panel selections will begin. Have you submitted your ideas for inclusion in the BlogHer '09 session agenda? It's not too late to submit a proposal, pimp your idea out on your blog, on Twitter, or anywhere else (hey, even your own mom can vote for your suggestion!), and watch as the BlogHer community responds.
I've combed through the proposals we've received so far, and highighted a few you might want to take note of. Take a look after the jump!
These days, everything is customizable - whether you're buying a new computer, ordering a meal or getting clothes tailored - nearly everything custom-fits us and our lifestyles. And BlogHer '09 is no different. How? Well, besides offering 24 pre-programmed sessions on our agenda, we're holding two full tracks (that's 12 sessions!) of Room of Your Own panels. PLUS we're offering two full days of non-stop geeking and technology help in our Geek Lab. What's more, we're asking YOU to help us customize the agenda by voting on your favorite session proposals.