Fairfax County EDA presents Social Media Week independent conference on September 14

Contact: Alan Fogg, afogg@fceda.org, +1 703-790-0600 (o) or +1 571-213-5065 (m)

Industry leaders to discuss social media’s impact on business, government, politics

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fairfax County, Virginia – An exceptional lineup of acclaimed speakers will tackle leading edge social media topics on Thursday, September 14, when the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) presents Social Media Week Independent (SMWi). This event, carrying the theme Language and the Machine, will be hosted at Capital One headquarters in Tysons Corner, Va.

SMWiFairfax is a one-day event, acting under the guidance of Social Media Week and tailored to the community where it takes place. The goal of SMWiFairfax is to provoke discussion and debate on the changes in human connectivity through engaging, entertaining, educational and diverse content and experiences. 

Fairfax County’s young, well-educated talent pool, strong business base and unique convergence of public and private entities make it a prime hub for the digital media industry.

“The convergence of deep IT talent and a wealth of content producers provides fertile ground for the digital media industry in Fairfax County,” said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. “We are delighted to present this Social Media Week Independent event to showcase Fairfax County as a great location for digital media companies, all kinds of technology firms and the employees who work for them.”

Thursday, September 14, 2017

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Capital One Headquarters
1680 Capital One Drive
Tysons Corner, VA 22102

Panel topics and panelists include:

The New Rules of Citizen Engagement

  • Julie Parker, director, Media Relations Bureau, Fairfax County Police Department
  • Lieutenant Colonel Vinston Porter, Public Relations & Outreach Officer, Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Carolyn Reams, Social Media Lead & Outreach, Office of Public Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Moderated by Christopher Dorobek, GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER

The Next BIG Thing

  • Janet Balis, Global Advisory Leader for Media & Entertainment, EY
  • More details to come

The Power of Podcasting

  • Jonathan Aberman, host, What’s Working in Washington
  • Brian Fanzo, Change Evangelist and CEO, iSocialFanz
  • Sarah Fraser, host, Hey Frase Podcast

Politics in 140 Characters or Less

  • Tom Cochran, White House and State Department digital leader; Acquia Chief Digital Strategist & Vice President, Public Sector
  • Judy Kurtz, columnist, In the Know, The Hill
  • Olivia Nuzzi, Washington Correspondent, New York Magazine
  • Ben Jacobs, political reporter, The Guardian US

SMWiFairfax is sponsored by QBurst, DC Inno, InsideNoVa, WeWork and SwingSpace. To learn more about SMWiFairfax and to purchase tickets, please visit http://smwifairfax.com/.

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About Social Media Week

Social Media Week is an industry platform, worldwide conference and industry news site. The mission is to give professionals at the intersection of media, marketing and technology the insights, ideas and opportunities they need to advance themselves and their organizations in a globally connected world.

About the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.