This Saturday is the 3rd annual BarCamp Nashville, as well as the inaugural Ignite Nashville, both of which I’m very happy to be participating in. One of the bigger misconceptions about Nashville is that this isn’t a tech town, but with BarCamp’s turnout last year of over 600 people, I think it’s safe to say that Nashville is one of the better emerging tech towns out there. And one of the great things about Nashville is that of the tech companies that are located here, everyone has carved their own special niche, and there is room for everyone to grow and thrive.
During BarCamp, I’ll be joined by Eric Shuff, Knight Stivender, and Courtney Seiter on a panel called “Don’t Spew Link Vomit: Brand the Good Stuff!” where we’ll be talking about spreading content socially. Eric, Knight, and Courtney all work for The Tennessean, and we’ve been working with them on ways to help best track all of the content they spread across their various social media properties. For The Tennessean, it is extremely important to ensure that they are delivering exactly what the community wants to read and participate in, so by completely owning their online presence and tracking links, they can refine their social media efforts.
After the BarCamp sessions, the organizers are launching Nashville’s first ever Ignite session, which I’ve kindly been asked to moderate. The question posed to Ignite presenters is “If you had 5 minutes and 20 slides, what would you say?” With a slide deck that forwards every 15 seconds, we’re sure to see some very different and creative presentations. Not only will I be moderating, but I’ll be presenting a roundup, so I’m already mentally preparing for what exactly I would say in those 15 second bits.
It should be a great day in Nashville, and I look forward to a full day of participation and learning. Hopefully we’ll see you there too.