More than beaches and piña coladas: The story behind the State of Now #140confPR meetup

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Does Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region have fabulous beaches and amazing resorts? Absolutely!

But I wanted to let you in on a little secret…this region is holding a resource that’s even better than a vacation paradise—it’s home to incredible people who are living in the State of Now! From resourceful and creative entrepreneurs, to educators, and everyone in between, social media and the instant global connection it offers has changed everyday life.

##### Register FREE – State of Now #140confPR meetup http://sanjuan140meetup1.eventbrite.com/ #####

About two years ago I was in Boston visiting my parents when I noticed that Jeff Pulver was holding a State of Now #140conf in the city during the time that I’d be there. After a few DM’s back and forth, I wound up attending the Boston event as a volunteer.

Jeff’s Boston #140conf took place right around the time that the first Bar Camp was held in San Juan. The whole time I was volunteering at the #140conf (and watching the speakers), I kept thinking, “…this would be such a great destination event for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region” due to the tremendous social media energy, enthusiasm, and expertise here!

At the time, I mentioned as much to Jeff and he seemed generally interested, but the topic didn’t really come up again…

Fast-forward another year, and I found myself flying up to attend the New York City #140conf last July and while attending the NYC event, the same thoughts as above continued in my mind:

“Yes, social media is having an impact in cities—NYC, London, LA, etc.—but it’s REALLY having an impact in places where folks feel like they never had a voice before, such as developing nations and remote island states.”

Again, I mentioned to Jeff that he should seriously consider a destination event in Puerto Rico that could cover the Caribbean, Central America, and even Miami (they haven’t held a #140conf there yet). To be sure, all you have to do is to look at the success of Bar Camp, Startup Weekend, TedxSanJuan, Word Camp and I’m sure numerous other events that I don’t hear about being stuck out in Culebra. ;-)

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Jeff Pulver and Alan Weinkrantz are coming to Puerto Rico to hold a State of Now #140conf meetup on the evening of March 27th. While here, they will also be doing a “site visit” to have a look at the San Juan Marriott to see if their conference venue will work and to get a feel for the social media/tech/blogging scene. And to ultimately determine if there’s enough participant interest and sponsorship support to go ahead and hold a full blown State of Now #140conf event (perhaps in May).

The March 27th Tweetup at the San Juan Marriott is almost a “barometer” if you will, thus it would be great to get as many people who are interested in seeing this event come to Puerto Rico to attend as possible.

In order to hold a full #140conf event corporate sponsorship is critical and while in Puerto Rico, Jeff and Alan would like to meet with interested brands or organizations to discuss opportunities. You can either let me know via email, or feel free to connect directly with Jeff (@jeffpulver) & Alan (@alanweinkrantz) via Twitter.

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State of Now #140confPR tentative meetup agenda:

When – March 27 7:00 – 9:30pm
Where – San Juan Marriott, Red Coral Lounge

7:00 – 8:00 Complimentary hors d’ouvres & drink specials.
8:00 – 8:30 Q&A with Jeff Pulver and if you have questions about the #140conf event, startups, seed funding or social media now would be a great time to ask.
8:30 – 10:00 Networking, connecting, and sharing.

##### Register FREE – State of Now #140confPR meetup http://sanjuan140meetup1.eventbrite.com/ #####

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#140conf Exploring the State of Now – Puerto Rico, Caribbean, & Beyond

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Whether you live in a buzzing metropolis like New York City or London, or if you are located on a Caribbean island or a remote village in Africa, the impact of social media on our daily lives cannot be disputed.

In fact, social media’s influence might be even greater for those of us living in a village or on an island! Those residents now have a voice and a way to connect globally, where it might not have existed before. Certainly, triumphant stories of how the real time web and the ‘State of Now’ are impacting the world are everywhere and include everything from inspiring political revolutions, to aiding in animal rescue, to helping humanitarian aid planes get landing clearance.

######March 27 #140Conf Meetup/Tweetup at the San Juan Mariott######

Do you live in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, or surrounding region? What’s your story? How has the social media revolution impacted YOU and YOUR life?

Jeff Pulver (@jeffpulver) is the founder & producer of the #140conf event which was created “to provide a platform for the worldwide online community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time internet on business. The #140conf creates serendipity in talking to each other, sharing ideas across industries, and exchanging thoughts with people like you and not like you.”

During the coming year, Jeff would like to conduct a #140conf in San Juan for Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and anyone globally who might be interested in sharing their real-time web story and ‘Exploring the State of Now’ with other like minded individuals.

To that end, Jeff and Alan Weinkrantz (@alanweinkrantz) will be conducting a site visit to the San Juan Marriott during March 26-28 to check out the meeting space and to meet with brands or organizations that might be interested in sponsoring the event.

Jeff and Alan’s visit will culminate with a #140conf event meetup/Tweetup on the evening of March 27th at the Marriott. Additionally, during the Tweetup Alan will be looking to conduct brief interviews with 30-40 individuals to find out what makes the Caribbean and Puerto Rico such a special place and to capture the impact that social media is having regionally.

As a final note, bringing the #140conf to Puerto Rico has been an ongoing collaborative process for the past couple of years and I would like to personally thank a few talented people who have been willing to believe in the power of this conference and who’ve had the patience to stay connected to the project.

Raul Colon – @rj_c
Gil Schmidt – @gilthejenius
Joaquin R. Kierce – @jrkierce
Melissa Delgado – @sanjuanmarriott
José Padilla – @jpadilla_
Giovanni Collazo – @gcollazo
Hector Ramos – @hectorramos
Gianpaolo Pietri – @yastapr

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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.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt_qf9YoypA&feature=related

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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