mesh conference 2014: Look who’s speaking, our new venue and startup scholarship

 It’s been almost 10 years since mesh organizers and creators Mathew Ingram, Stuart MacDonald, Mark Evans, Rob Hyndman, Mike McDerment and Sheri Moore came up with the idea for mesh.

And since then a lively group of thinkers, innovators and tech nerds converge on Toronto for two days in May to discuss and debate how social media and technology are changing the way we work, play and live.

This year’s conference takes place May 27 and 28 and, if you register now, the cost is only $499.

SpeakerKeynote_MarkLittleFirst round of speakers announced

If you’ve been to mesh before, you’ll know that each morning begins with a keynote or one-on-one interview with people on the leading edge of social business. This year, we’re featuring:

  • Mark Little, founder of Storyful, the world’s first social media news agency, talking about the future of news.
  • Maggie Fox, Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing at SAP, on how to deliver a unified digital experience to customers.

Other speakers include Tom Emrich, wearable tech evangelist and founder of We Are Wearables, Amber MacArthur, co-host APP CENTRAL, blogger at Yahoo! Tech, and creator of the “Trending Tech” column for The Globe and Mail; and Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, who’s now working on new a social gaming platform.

Additional presenters and panels will be announced in the coming weeks.

New campus like venue

In keeping with the collegial spirit of mesh, we’re moving to a campus-like experience on Queen Street West with keynotes, sessions and networking at 99 Sudbury and the Drake Hotel.

mesh startup scholarship back by popular demand

The startup community has always been an important part of mesh. To help the newest round of startups attend the conference, we’re continuing our scholarship program. Boostrapped entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply by April 18 to qualify for a scholarship that enables them to join us, expand their connections, share ideas and be inspired.

Stay tuned for more news.

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