Looking to expand your knowledge on how the online world affects business?

FutureMidwest, the region’s largest technology and knowledge conference, is aimed at helping businesses successfully implement digital strategies that positively impact their bottom line. The two-day conference will debut in Royal Oak, Mich., April 16 – 17, 2010 at the Royal Oak Music Theatre.

FutureMidwest will highlight how technology and social media have dramatically changed the way we do business and the effect this transition has had on companies. The conference will feature presentations, group breakout sessions and relationship-building opportunities with influencers who are redefining business in the digital age.  Speakers and breakout session leaders will provide practical information on how attendees can effectively implement digital strategies into their marketing and communication programs. Lessons on monitoring, analyzing and measurement will go hand-in-hand with brand case studies and guidelines for successfully using online tools like blogs, Facebook, Twitter, forums and YouTube.

Local speakers include Scott Monty from Ford, Ken Burbary from Ernst & Young, Scott Hauman from Daggerfin, Tim Schaden from Fluency Media and Samuel Valenti IV from Ghostly International.
Founded by Adrian Pittman, director of development and partner at Module, Jordan Wolfe, founder of uwemp and Zach Lipson, founder of Leftos.com, FutureMidwest is the fusion of two successful events held in Michigan in 2009 – the Module Midwest Digital Conference and TechNow.

“Zach, Jordan and I see FutureMidwest as the cornerstone of conversation, idea and new relationships formed from uniting people who want to learn how social media impacts business growth,” said Adrian Pittman. “This conference will ignite dialogue between the younger and more seasoned generations, inspiring them to apply the knowledge they learned about new technologies to their respective industries.”

Who Should Attend?

FutureMidwest is an ideal conference for anyone involved in business development, including executive management and decision makers from small and mid-sized businesses, entrepreneurs, brand managers, marketing and communication professionals and professionals in the digital/technology spheres. Students working toward a degree in a related field and groups/organizations are also welcome.

Am I Too Old?

This conference isn’t exclusively for the 20-something digital natives who have profiles on every existing social networking site. Executives and business leaders who want to learn how social media can positively impact their company’s bottom line will find value in attending FutureMidwest.

How Do I Register?

Early-bird tickets with discounted rates are on sale now through February 15. Early bird tickets with discounted rates are on sale now through February 15 at http://www.futuremidwest.com/register.html. Pricing options include:

Full registration – Friday day program, Friday evening event and Saturday day program ($150)
Friday evening event only ($25)
Group package ($500)
Student package ($500)

Tickets can be purchased from February 16 through April 16 at regular pricing. A portion of the conference proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Michigan Chapter, Inc.

Schedule Highlights

·      Thursday, April 15 – Conference kick-off event
·      Friday, April 16 – Ten speaker sessions on topics ranging from making online integration work for any business and going global using social media. Evening networking/entertainment event featuring a street fair with vendors.
·      Saturday, April 17 – Interactive breakout sessions. Speakers will empower attendees to apply what they learned during the Friday program.

 For all conference details and a complete schedule, please visit www.futuremidwest.com and follow @FutureMidwest on Twitter.


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