#hcsmca Meet-up during SMW-TO 2012
Toronto meetup planning committee wants to hear from you. Post by Yaser Alyounes.
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You might have noticed a few tweets recently about the upcoming Social Media Week (SMW), February 13-17, taking place in 12 cities across the world, including Toronto (Go Leafs). The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we were just starting to plan the next #hcsmca meet-up in Toronto for the end of February. Thanks to a reminder from Dr. Shaleen Somji (@Drsomji), we thought that moving up the date to mid-February would allow us to participate and represent #hcsmca in this global event.
To quote the organizers of SMW, “Social Media Week’s mission is to explore how local and regional societies, cultures, and economies are becoming more integrated & empowered through a global network of communication.” During the week, the various online social media communities organize events across town and participate in the global event simply by registering their events online. This is a different approach than your regular conventions in the sense that online communities take charge of how, where, and when to conduct their meet-ups, with no restrictions or unaffordable fees. But what does that mean to the #hcsmca community?
Well for starters, looking at the list of events in Toronto, we see that there isn’t a single event under the Health & Wellness category – yet. This can be interpreted in two ways: A) Healthcare organizations are lagging behind on taking an active role to participate in global & local social media events, and B) There is great potential for #hcsmca to be that unifying umbrella to represent the local healthcare social media community in such events and beyond.
Now to the fun part, crowd-sourcing of ideas. Many of you have attended previous #hcsmca meet-ups, while we hope to see many new faces during the next one. We would like to ask your input on what you would like to see during the next meet-up during SMW. I thought I’d provide a few questions below to help you get started. Please feel free to share any ideas you have.
Thanks for your input. We have some preliminary answers:
- Q: Should the meet-up have a specific theme? And if so, what theme do you suggest?
- A: Health and social media innovations.
- Q: What style/approach would you like? (e.g. Panel, Un-conference, presentations, etc)
- A: Pecha Kucha
- Q: Any venue tips? We need reliable wifi, good lighting for live-streaming and AV equipment.
- A: Hard Rock Cafe on Yonge at Dundas