One of the standing features of Knight’s Future of News and Civic Media conference is an award for collaborations that arise during the conference. And one winner this year was Hacks/Hackers — the journalists-and-programmers Meetup-group-turned-veritable-movement — and Mozilla, the open-source-oriented nonprofit. Together, the two groups will create a course through Peer-to-Peer University, with the aim of collective eduction: the hackers teaching the journos, and vice versa.
Our friends over the river in Minnesota are also having their own Netroots extravaganza in August. Find out more at http://www.netrootsminnesota.org
Hold the phone - Netroots Minnesota is being postponed till early 2011 -- so at this point we are the only regional Netroots Nation conference in 2010 --
Just a reminder that the early registration rate for the conference ends at the end of the month. Starting August 1, the regular conference registration rate goes up to $35. So hurry up to get in line.
There are a lot of things you can do to help out with Netroots Wisconsin.
- Propose a session. Is there a discussion you'd really like to have with other netroots folks? Something you want to learn about? Someone you'd like to meet and have talk? Even better still, something you know really well and would like to talk to others about? FIll out a session proposal form and we'll see if we can work it in to the conference.
- Vote on the session proposals -- you can rate the session proposals and comment on them. This will be really helpful for planning the conference and meeting your needs.
- Volunteer -- please. We need some help, both in planning and in actually physically running the conference.
- Register on this web site - if you register here, we can keep in touch with you about exciting conference developments
- Register for the conference - if you're going to be coming, please register early. This will both help us keep track of how many people will be coming, and will also help provide some funds to organize the conference
- Sponsor us - There are multiple ways to do that. You can be a bronze level sponsor when you register - this will get you admission to the conference, a table to discuss your organization or issues, and the great feeling of helping to support the conference. We'd also like to have some sponsors at a highter financial level to help pay for lunch and other conference expenses. More on that soon, but if you are interested as an organization, company, or individual in sponsoring, polease use the Contact Us link above to be in touch.
There are multiple Wisconsin scholarship applicants in the final round for Netroots Nation. Let's see a little Cheddarsphere Love, and go support these folks. Okay, so I'm biased. I'm one of the people. But think how cool it would be if some of the Netroots Wisconsin planners got to go to Netroots Nation - Like me and Zach.
Me (Steve Hanson) http://www.democracyforamerica.com/netroots_nation_scholarships/913-uppi...
Zach Wisniewski (Blogging Blue, and another planner) http://www.democracyforamerica.com/netroots_nation_scholarships/701-zach...
Note --- Zach was one of the winners of the third round contest -- Congratulations to Zach.
Danine Spencer (always insightful Twittering) http://www.democracyforamerica.com/netroots_nation_scholarships/788-dani...
And -- Scott -- Don't ask me, but he's from Madison - http://www.democracyforamerica.com/netroots_nation_scholarships/786-scott
We're finally settled. Netroots Wisconsin will be on Sept. 25, 2010, in the Madison Senior Center, Madison, WI. More details real soon now.
Interested in helping out with planning for Netroots Wisconsin, or in volunteering to help at the event? Please use the Contact Us button above to drop us a note -- we'll need some help over the next few months.
We're in the process of building more social networking into the web site. Note that you can now log in through your Twitter or Facebook accounts, or create an account through Twitter or Facebook. More coming. This is all fairly experimental, so don't be surprised if it acts a little squirrely for a few days.
If you think you have any interest in the upcoming Netroots Wisconsin, sign up for an account on the site - it's free, it's easy, and it'll help us keep in touch with you.