10 Reasons Why the 140 Conference is GOOD for Puerto Rico

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Are you interested in the “State of Now?” Specifically, how it’s affecting your life, your business, and your interactions?

The state of now is here! The #140conf events provide a platform for the worldwide Twitter and greater social media community to: (from 140conf.com) “listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time Internet on business.” Below, Jeff Pulver discusses what the 140Conf is all about.


Now is an opportune time to explore the “State of Now” in Puerto Rico, the greater Caribbean region and Central and South America. With Groupon recently launching in San Juan, Barcamp SJU drawing many real-time web leaders, and with all of the social media enthusiasts collectively in the area, the state of now (and the possibilities it affords) is an important discussion to be having. And the 140Conf would be a fantastic, community driven, conference for the region.

However, if you still need convincing, here are ten reasons why we should work to bring the 140Conf to Puerto Rico.

1. Global recognition

The collective 140Conf events around the world represent the largest gathering of people who are interested in the effects of the real-time Internet on both business and the “me” people and Puerto Rico is recognized internationally as a top vacation destination. Combining both a top global destination and leading emerging technologies conference creates a unique opportunity and chance to be recognized as social web thought leaders and a world class location.

Additionally, according to the 140 Conference website, at their 2010 NYC event alone they had 1,000 attendees and the number of followers that the speakers had represented a reach of over 10.3 million people.

2. Greater awareness of Puerto Rico

Citizens within the global community certainly know of Puerto Rico’s amazing beaches, spectacular rainforest, and gracious and friendly people, but what about the Internet commerce, tech, and social media sectors. Your customers, friends and fans are having real and important conversations on the social web.

Should the 140Conf in Puerto Rico attract a minimum of 500 attendees, the collective Twitter networks of just the conference participants would spread the word about Puerto Rico exponentially if you assume that the average user on Twitter has approximately 500 followers x 500 people = a reach of  250,000 (which doesn’t include RT’s and Facebook).

3. The time is right

The state of now is HAPPENING now. Not last year and not next week. The real time web and its impact is this hour, this moment, and this second. When the 140 Conference comes to Puerto Rico it will be the first time for the Caribbean and Central/South America region. Being the first to hold a meeting of this scale in the region helps to further establish Puerto Rico as one of the thought leaders of the region for real time connections and conversation.

4. Tourism

In order for Puerto Rico to stay competitive in the tourism industry, the niche needs to grow beyond the shore and think about the future. Establishing Puerto Rico as a leader in the social web now could well establish it as the “goto” tech meeting location in the Caribbean and particularly as the real time web becomes even more enveloped into our daily lives.

5. Collaboration

Puerto Rico, Central & South America, and the greater Caribbean region is a sizable area with many influential people. If there’s someone in the social web spere that you have been meaning to work and connect with but just haven’t had the occasion to meet, then the 140 Conference is an ideal location.

6. Idea sharing

Exciting things happen when serendipity, creativity, and positive energy all come together at the same location. Chances are, after a bit of brainstorming and story sharing with fellow attendees, projects that you’ve never dreamed of launching could become a reality from the inspiration that the 140Conf provides.

7. Networking

Interacting and meeting folks online is one of the true draws of social media and Twitter. However, it’s even better to meet and connect in persona and the 140 Conf affords the opporunity to meet people with whom you might not otherwise come into contact with.

8. Educating people and the chance to present

If you are involved in the social web on a professional level then chances are you’re doing great work within the real time web. You need to be educating people and sharing your story with the global community. Conversely, if you’re looking to learn how to develop a community using the social web, then the 140Conf gives you a chance to listen, discover, and engage.

9. Sharing stories

Have you had a successful project or fantastic real time web case study? Or do you have strong ideas on what seems to be working with social media and what seems to be falling flat? The 140Conf provides an amazing forum for sharing stories and presentations on your personal growth.

10. The possibilities are endless

Today, now, you have more opportunity than ever before to share your story and your vision with no gatekeeper and no middleman to stop you. If you can dream it and are willing to put in the time and effort then the possibilities of what you can achieve truly are endless.

If you (or someone you know) are connected to a company that might be interested in helping to sponsor the 140Conf Puerto Rico and aligning their brand with this very unique event (which has tremendous global reach), then please connect with me @mark_hayward.


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Mark Hayward


7 thoughts on “10 Reasons Why the 140 Conference is GOOD for Puerto Rico

  1. Mark –
    the #140confDM was great for Iowa! We conducted ours on Monday the 9th of May – and are still pulling numbers and people together. We had a full room, over 40 speakers and at any given time there were at least 100 watching the live online broadcast. We also trended 3rd on twitter – now that’s a big deal! Hybrid Vigor was what actually happened. There were some fantastic speakers talking without any visual aids – and just telling their story in a ten minute time frame. Our sponsors left thrilled the interactions and relationships created.

    You can watch the replay at http://desmoinesamplified.com/ All of the information about speakers, sponsors and how to be involved is at http://desmoines.140conf.com We were the first local 140 – and we’re happy to say it was a great experience and we hope to do it again next year. Hit me up at @debworks if you’d like to talk!

    Congrats on bringing this to PR – pretty amazing stuff.


    1. Hi Deb – sounds like you had a very fulfilling, inspiring, and serendipitous day! Had the good fortune of going to, and helping out at, the 140Conf in Boston last year and would really like to see a full event come to Puerto Rico.

      Have a great weekend. :-)

  2. Awesome initiative. The local social media community will really welcome such an event. Count me in for any help in planning or whatever it takes to make this event a reality.

    Joel Villarini
    Social Media Manager & Blogger

    1. Thanks Joel!! Currently, we are in need of sponsors to make the conference a reality…and once sorted, everything else is logistics.

  3. Hi Mark,

    Is this like TedX where there are regional conferences? The local organizers must hire the speakers?

    Let me know how much money are we talking about, how much is needed in terms of sponsorship. You can send me an email.

    1. Hi Edgardo! I just embedded a video of Jeff Pulver discussing what the 140Conf is about up above. And here’s the speaker list for the upcoming 140Conf in NYC: http://nyc2011.140conf.com/speakers-2

      To answer your question, YES. The conference would be made up of local and hopefully some international speakers who are each given ten minute time slots to educate, share a message, or discuss a social media success or failure. The amazing thing is that it’s all live Tweeted and videoed and can have a tremendous reach and impact especially with regards to the work that’s going on here and in the region.

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