See, click, fix. If that sounds like an agenda for media entrepreneurship, well ... it is. SeeClickFix, a local advocacy web site, won seed funding at last year's We Media Miami conference. On Sunday it was featured in a New York Times story as a strategy for mobilizing citizens, publishers and local government into action on hyperlocal issues impacting communities.
Ben Berkowitz, the founder and CEO of SeeClickFix, will be back at this year's We Media Conference on March 9-11 in Miami to report on local interactions and collaborations shaping digital society. So will a group of the keenest thinkers, sharpest minds and shrewdest entrepreneurs seeking $50k in the We Media Pitch It! Challenge. You can enter the challenge here. Or register for this year's conference, which showcases Game Changers: People, projects, ideas and organizations leading change and inspiring a better world through media.
We Media is the conference about people before they are famous and ideas before they are safe. It has launched and inspired dozens of businesses, products and movements shaping news, information and communications in the digital age. It is a showcase of innovation and invention, a venture-funding venue, an innovation meet-up, a social networking experience and a game-changing gathering of the brightest minds and ideas in digital media. It mixes practical business realities with cutting-edge solutions from commercial and social entrepreneurs. If you're trying to change the game through digital media - hey, who isn't? - you gotta be there.
You'll hear from change agents like Newser's Michael Wolff, Ashoka's Diana Wells, social culture thinker Stowe Boyd and Be the Media's David Mathison; you'll learn from Mashery founder Oren Michels how API strategies tap into partner creativity and expand revenue options. You'll discover how companies like Demand Media are advancing computational news and information; discuss the future of news in an atomized, connected market with Associated Press CEO Tom Curley and Knight Foundation CEO Alberto Ibarguen; and consider, with insight from Xerox's innovation guru, Francois Ragnet, how the explosion of personal and business media fits with ambitious goals for sustainability and energy efficiency. You'll see the new screens delivering 3D content on new devices; be part of the BBC global broadcast of World Have Your Say; and participate in invention sessions organized around the forms, formats and frameworks of digital media.
That's just for starters. You can show off your projects, pitch funders, discover new business models, deploy instruments of social impact and change, and be among the first to discover the information technologies, social-media breakthroughs and cultural imperatives emerging in 2010.
And you'll hear from this year's Game Changers - we'll announce them soon - a group that has included the likes of Al Gore, Twitter's Biz Stone, ZeFrank and Obama campaign manager David Plouffe
Think the previous decade was disruptive? Almost nothing has been invented yet. This year's We Media conference launches the decade of the individual entrepreneur. Join us. You need to be a part of it.
The price goes up after January 15, so register now to save some money. To register now, click here.
Let's put that another way: Register today because creativity is served by first movers. Participation at We Media is limited to the 300 people who move first.
You can find conference updates, registration, fellowship and travel details at: www.wemedia.com/miami
We hope to see you there.