I’ve been traveling quite a lot lately, and one of the things I always enjoy about visiting a new city as a social media user is meeting face-to-face with my “social graph” – Twitter friends, blog readers and others who I may have had conversations with for years, but never met in person. Living in Ottawa, there are far fewer chances to meet like-minded people in person on a day-to-day basis, so this is always top of my list when I’m on the road.
As part of an effort to build more of that community locally, I have been working with Simon Chen of Ramius Corporation and Rob Lane of Overlay.tv to bring the Social Media Breakfast to Ottawa. The Social Media Breakfast was started in August 2007 by Bryan Person in Boston, and has since spread to cities around the world, including New York, San Francisco, Singapore and now, Ottawa.
The innaugural breakfast will be held on June 10 and will feature speaker Adrian Salamunovic, co-founder of DNA11, a company that creates custom works of art from your DNA. Adrian will talk about his experience with social media, and how it caused a spark that led to a traditional and social media explosion.
The event is free and includes breakfast, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Overlay.tv. All you need to do is RSVP at http://smbottawa.eventbrite.com/ and show up. If you live in Ottawa, I hope that you’ll be able to make it.
When: Tuesday, June 10, 2008 from 07:30 AM – 09:00 AM (ET)
Where: Ramius Corporation, 55 Metcalfe Street (at Queen – the Manulife Building; if driving, the most convenient parking is underground at the World Exchange Plaza)
More details at: http://smbottawa.eventbrite.com
Also, if you’re looking for more opportunities to connect with social media and PR thinkers in Ottawa, be sure to attend Third Tuesday Ottawa, organized by Joe Thornley and Brendan Hodgson. It’s always a great event, and an excellent discussion of social media. Ottawa may be a small market for social media, but the more we work together to create these discussions, the more the whole community will benefit.