Mashable and United Nations Foundation Announce the Date for “Digital Beltway”

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Mashable to host a half-day conference in Washington, D.C. with world-class speakers, including Chuck Todd and Katie Harbath, focusing on how digital is changing the conversation.

Mashable, the leading media company for the digital generation, and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) today announced they will host the “Digital Beltway,” a half-day conference on Friday, May 15, 2015, exploring how technology and digital are driving disruption and innovation in government, politics and media both in the U.S. and around the world.

The conference will include speakers such as Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and Katie Harbath, the global politics and government outreach manager at Facebook, to continue the conversation, both online and off, about how tech and digital are affecting important issues. The conference will touch on issues like the development of local and national economics, climate and energy change, urban and social developments and the future of news and information dissemination.

“We have seen, especially in Washington, how digital has been a force for change in the world, and the direct impact this change has had on the American people,” said Stacy Martinet, Chief Marketing Officer of Mashable. “We are thrilled to be hosting the first ‘Digital Beltway’ conference in Washington with the United Nations Foundation, and look forward to convening some of the most respected minds to discuss the most pressing issues of our day at the doorstep of power and influence in the U.S. Digital and technology will only continue to shape the future of our country as we gear up for the 2016 elections.”

Over the last decade there has been a seismic shift in the way that the world operates, due in large part to the increased pervasiveness of digital, and no landscape has been transformed more than Washington’s. From campaigning to drafting legislation to engaging with local constituents, social media, technology and the Internet have forever shifted the conversation.

“The rise of social media and digital engagement over the past decade has made these once isolated conversations now more global and democratic, transforming how Washington and international organizations operate, communicate and activate both domestically and abroad,” said Aaron Sherinian, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for the UN Foundation.

"As the world convenes and communicates with key constituencies about our generation's biggest challenges and a new set of goals, we look forward to partnering with Mashable to bring these conversations and ideas to life, exploring how people are leveraging technology to not only do good but to do it better."

Hosted by Mashable and the UNF, the “Digital Beltway” will explore these changes while looking forward to what’s next, by convening elected officials along with leaders in new media, technology, activists and more to discuss the most important issues facing the nation through the lens of technology.

The conference will take place at The Newseum in Washington, D.C. and will continue to utilize the hashtag #DigitalBeltway to bring audiences from around the world into the discussion. It will also be streamed live to Mashable’s international audience.

If you would like to attend the conference, tickets to the “Digital Beltway” can be found here.

Speaker applications can emailed to Sophie Oreck.

Press credentials can be accessed here.

About Mashable:
Mashable is a leading source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 42 million unique visitors worldwide and 21 million social media followers are one of the most influential and engaged online communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and London.

About the United Nations Foundation:
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. Learn more at http://www.unfoundation.org

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