BrainJams Headed to New Orleans

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BrainJams, a non-profit organization, will bring together the New Orleans business community with Internet experts from around the country. The goal is explore how emerging technology can be used to help with the New Orleans rebuilding efforts.

BrainJams will bring together the New Orleans business community with Internet expertise from around the country to talk about revitalizing the local economy through the use of emerging technology. BrainJams New Orleans will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Technology Center, 2nd Floor Assembly Room, 1215 Prytania Street, New Orleans. The focus will be on how businesses can best use the latest Internet technologies for marketing, managing, and rebuilding their business and the broader aspects of the local economy.

Sponsors for the New Orleans event include: Huckabuck.com, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, MindJet, the Louisiana Technology Council, IdeaVillage, Trumpet Advertising, WeblogsWork, RateitAll, Blue Oxen, HayStack, Conversal, the New Orleans Branch of the Small Business Administration and several other organizations and individuals.

The event starts with speed dating style knowledge networking, where each participant gets a chance to meet other participants in short one-on-one sessions. The afternoon session is run using an 'open space' format, where participants lead 'breakthrough sessions' on topics of their choosing related to Web 2.0, Social Networks, blogs, social media and other issues related to the needs of their businesses and the local economy. Different conversations will be held for newcomers, experienced users, entrepreneurs and software developers, allowing each to deepen their own knowledge through conversations with peers.

The knowledge exchanged at BrainJams New Orleans will be captured by participants and published online through the BrainJams Web site and through participants' individual Blogs. This will enable the discussions to continue after the event, building upon what is learned. Attendees will leave the event with new connections and many new ideas on how to apply technology to rebuilding New Orleans.

BrainJams founder Chris Heuer adds, “BrainJams are self-organized events in which participants grapple with complex issues in a single day with the opportunity to build long lasting connections. The opportunity for this event is to make sure we have the technology connections for New Orleans and the region’s needs now and throughout the rebuilding process. This is only the first step of a long journey that we hope to share with our many new friends in New Orleans. We hope that this ‘Unconference’ will be a catalyst in the development of a new group of people who wish to work towards our stated goals.”

Registration is free and can be done at: http://www2.brainjams.org/reg_nola.html.

For more information about the event, click on: http://www.brainjams.org/neworleans

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