(I-Newswire) – Long Beach, CA
The second annual BIL Conference, scheduled to take place on February 7th and 8th, 2009, announced today that they have selected Herndon, VA-based BDG‘s white-label conference social networking platform, The Social Collective, as their provider for conference registration and social networking services.
BIL is an ad-hoc conference for people changing the world in big ways. It’s a place for passionate people to come together to energize, brainstorm, and take action. Last year’s BIL had over 300 attendees. This year, almost twice that have already signed up on the social network. Confirmed speakers include TED Prize winners Cameron Sinclair of Architecture for Humanity and Eric Rasmussen of InSTEDD.
Other proposed talks include Silona Bonewald’s (founder of The League of Technical Voters) “Transparent Government Starting With The Federal Budget” and Ben Huh’s (of I Can Has Cheezburger) “What’s Funny About The Interwebs.”
BIL’s “unconference” format permits anyone to speak, so interested parties may sign up to give a talk.
The talks are then “favorited” to the main stage by peers, or remain in a breakout room if they don’t receive enough favorites.
“We chose The Social Collective because it’s a great way to herd smart people,” said BIL Conference co-chair Todd Huffman. “In addition to posting new talks and adding talks to their favorites, people can create and join groups, engage in discussions, make a new network of friends and keep their new relationships alive post-conference. The format was a great fit for BIL, but I can see it working well at more structured events, too.”
“We’re really enjoying the experience of watching and participating in the growth of the online BIL community, powered by The Social Collective,” said BDG chief and one of the The Social Collective developers, Chris Bucchere. “The BIL team has been a pleasure to work with and the community has been very supportive of our efforts. The outstanding content and people involved should make BIL one of the must-attend events of 2009.”
For additional information or to register for free, visit the BIL Conference web site.