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Blogworld Expo to Host Exclusive Sneak Preview of the Critically Acclaimed Feature Film The Kite Runner

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We are very excited to announce that on Wednesday, November 7, following the Executive and Entrepreneur Conference, the BlogWorld & New Media Expo will host a private preview of The Kite Runner. All BlogWorld attendees and exhibitors are invited to attend but there is very limited seating so RSVP now to save your seat.

The film is an adaptation of author Khaled Hosseini’s acclaimed best-seller. Immediately following this exclusive screening, The Kite Runner’s lead actor, Khalid Abdalla (United 93), will conduct a Q&A with film critic and nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Medved. Michael considers The Kite Runner “one of the year’s best films. Beautifully crafted, wildly ambitious and altogether unforgettable.”

This highly anticipated film is not scheduled for release until December 14, but blogging conference-goers don’t have to wait! The Kite Runner preview will begin at 9:00 p.m. (PT) at the United Artist Showcase 8 Theatre in Las Vegas. Register now to be part of this exclusive event!

Enter BlogWorld’s Wiki Contest!…Who knew Wikis were this easy?

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We’re learning more about Wikis, so my partner Dave worked with BlogWorld exhibitor MindTouch to come up with a fun way to get us on the road to becoming Wiki authors and editors…and if you haven’t noticed in the nav menu on the BlogWorld event site, our BlogWorld Wiki is live!

Dave had never edited a Wiki before, but while IM’ing with Aaron Fulkerson (MindTouch co-founder) as the Wiki site was being completed, he had a slight info change for the contest page and Aaron told him to edit it himself. During the next 4 sentences that Aaron IM’d, Dave had already registered, logged-in and edited the page. He called me and said “Rick, this was pretty amazing…Aaron was telling me how to edit the Wiki, but while he was typing, I’d already logged-in and edited it within a few seconds, just as if it were a Word doc…How easy is that?”

MindTouch will be demonstrating this user-friendly Deki Wiki open source mashup platform at BlogWorld, and awarding prizes for the best wiki pages in the contest…so take a minute to start your wiki page, see how easy it is, and you might win a cool prize from MindTouch!

MindTouch will be launching a new shared hosting service for the Deki Wiki platform at BlogWorld (two versions, a basic Free level and a Pro level), and all contest participants will receive a FREE 1-year Pro hosting package (value is $120/year), which gives subscribers 10GB of file storage space and additional site customization tools. This is a great way to easily get started with community collaboration and application mashups, by adding a Wiki site as an extension to your blog; visit the MindTouch booth on the Expo floor for details.

Enter BlogWorld's Wiki Contest!…Who knew Wikis were this easy?

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We’re learning more about Wikis, so my partner Dave worked with BlogWorld exhibitor MindTouch to come up with a fun way to get us on the road to becoming Wiki authors and editors…and if you haven’t noticed in the nav menu on the BlogWorld event site, our BlogWorld Wiki is live!

Dave had never edited a Wiki before, but while IM’ing with Aaron Fulkerson (MindTouch co-founder) as the Wiki site was being completed, he had a slight info change for the contest page and Aaron told him to edit it himself. During the next 4 sentences that Aaron IM’d, Dave had already registered, logged-in and edited the page. He called me and said “Rick, this was pretty amazing…Aaron was telling me how to edit the Wiki, but while he was typing, I’d already logged-in and edited it within a few seconds, just as if it were a Word doc…How easy is that?”

MindTouch will be demonstrating this user-friendly Deki Wiki open source mashup platform at BlogWorld, and awarding prizes for the best wiki pages in the contest…so take a minute to start your wiki page, see how easy it is, and you might win a cool prize from MindTouch!

MindTouch will be launching a new shared hosting service for the Deki Wiki platform at BlogWorld (two versions, a basic Free level and a Pro level), and all contest participants will receive a FREE 1-year Pro hosting package (value is $120/year), which gives subscribers 10GB of file storage space and additional site customization tools. This is a great way to easily get started with community collaboration and application mashups, by adding a Wiki site as an extension to your blog; visit the MindTouch booth on the Expo floor for details.

Mark Cuban to Give Closing Keynote at BlogWorld & New Media Expo!

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That’s right Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks, billionaire entrepreneur, founder of HDNet, and author of the popular Blog Maverick blog will be giving the closing keynote at BlogWorld & New Media Expo.

We hope you are as excited as we are to hear from one of the most influential bloggers in the world.

Mark’s talk at 4:15 on November 9th is a perfect ending to a star studded line up of speakers, including Leo Laporte, Mike Arrington from Techcrunch, Matt Mullenweg founding developer of WordPress, Hugh Hewitt author of Blog, Will Leitch of Deadspin, Glenn Reynolds the Instapundit, Jerome Armstrong from MYDD, Jeremaiah Owyang from Forrester Research, Matt Burden of BlackFive, Om Malik, Brian Clark from Copy Blogger, Jeremy Wright CEO of b5 media, John Hinderacker from Powerline Blog, Jeremy Shoemaker aka Shoemoney, Tyler Bleszinski president of Sports Blogs Nation, Paul Gillin, Maggie Fox, Debbie Weil, Chris Ballard from Sports Illustrated, Michael Yon.

The list goes on and on. These are the pioneers of new media, the most respected and widely read bloggers in their fields.

We are just one week away from hearing from all of them, and all of you. On a personal note all I can say is….

WOOT!

Mark Cuban to Give Closing Keynote at BlogWorld & New Media Expo!

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That’s right Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks, billionaire entrepreneur, founder of HDNet, and author of the popular Blog Maverick blog will be giving the closing keynote at BlogWorld & New Media Expo.

We hope you are as excited as we are to hear from one of the most influential bloggers in the world.

Mark’s talk at 4:15 on November 9th is a perfect ending to a star studded line up of speakers, including Leo Laporte, Mike Arrington from Techcrunch, Matt Mullenweg founding developer of WordPress, Hugh Hewitt author of Blog, Will Leitch of Deadspin, Glenn Reynolds the Instapundit, Jerome Armstrong from MYDD, Jeremaiah Owyang from Forrester Research, Matt Burden of BlackFive, Om Malik, Brian Clark from Copy Blogger, Jeremy Wright CEO of b5 media, John Hinderacker from Powerline Blog, Jeremy Shoemaker aka Shoemoney, Tyler Bleszinski president of Sports Blogs Nation, Paul Gillin, Maggie Fox, Debbie Weil, Chris Ballard from Sports Illustrated, Michael Yon.

The list goes on and on. These are the pioneers of new media, the most respected and widely read bloggers in their fields.

We are just one week away from hearing from all of them, and all of you. On a personal note all I can say is….

WOOT!

Southwest Airlines BlogWorld Caption Contest a Big Hit

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When we talked to our friends at Southwest Airlines about becoming the “Official Airline of BlogWorld & New Media Expo” we suggested we do something fun. While brainstorming we came up with the idea of a caption contest where Southwest fans could post their suggested caption for a photo of Southwest’s choosing. Then other folks could come and vote on their favorites and against the captions they didn’t like. The winner would receive free airfare from Southwest Airlines, Three nights free hotel stay from the MGM Grand and free registration to BlogWorld.

One of our challenges was putting together the contest quickly and setting up a voting system. Then it hit us, one of our exhibitors Spigit did exactly that.

We called them up and asked them if they could/ would like to do it. They said no problem and in about three days they had everything built. After clearing Southwest’s legal department the contest was announced on Oct 19th and ran until yesterday the 26th.

After 800 posts and almost 24,00 views in seven days on the contest site, and 42 comments on the Southwest blog I would say it was a pretty big hit.

The winner will be officially announced on Monday but I think if you take a look at the contest site it kind of gives it away.

Thanks to Paula, Brian and the Southwest Airlines team for just being the fun folks they are, Padmanabh and his team at Spigit for creating a great contest site on such short notice, to all the bloggers out there who helped spread the word about the contest and to everyone who voted and participated.

See you all in Vegas in a couple weeks and I hope you are all flying my favorite airline Southwest.

Blog on!
Rick Calvert
CEO & Co-founder
BlogWorld & New Media Expo

Sports Bloggers appearing at BlogWorld

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We are really excited about the line up of Sports Bloggers appearing and talking at BlogWorld & New Media Expo. If you are a sports fan you are really going to enjoy these panels. This is a who’s who of the sports blog world. Will Leitch from DeadSpin, Tyler Bleszinski from Athletics Nation, Matt Cerrone from Mets Blog, Chris Ballard and BJ Schecter from Sports Illustrated and many more.

Here is a list of the sessions:

Sports Bloggers and Sports Journalists: Where One Ends and the Other Begins
Sports Blogging: The Struggle for Respect
How to Build an Audience for your Sports Blog
Sports Blogging and Access: A Marriage Made in Heaven?
Battling the Sports Media Giants: How Sports Blogging Has Advantages over the main stream media

Thanks to our sponsor Sports Blogs Nation for putting a great program together. We could not have pulled it off without them and thanks to Doc’s Sports for supporting the sports blog track at BlogWorld.

You can register to attend the show and the sports blog sessions here. See you in Vegas and Go Padres…..Errrr well….Go Chargers!

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