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Welcome to the State of Now Des Moines

(140 Characters Conference Des Moines)

The 140 Characters Conference:Des Moines will be taking place on April 23 at the Stoner Theater in Des Moines, Iowa.stoner

Join us April 23, 2012 for the return of the State of Now!   The key focus of the conference is on how real time technology (twitter, Facebook are two examples) is changing business, agriculture, media, education, sports, celebrity – everything.

Speakers present in 10 to 20 minute segments.  The day moves quickly and lots of voices are heard.   The event runs all day and full registration cost is $70. High school and college students will be $14.

The #140conf events provide a platform for the worldwide twitter community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the emerging real-time internet on business.

The format is unique and fast-paced. Presentations are limited to 10-20 minutes each, to permit as many people as possible to share their stories. Presenters were selected to stimulate discussion across a wide range of sectors including: business, agriculture, government, tourism, education, entertainment, non-profit and more.

Since the launch of the #140conf events, conferences have taken place in a number of cities around the world. These events provide a platform for the worldwide online community to: listen, connect, share and engage with each other, while collectively exploring the effects of the real-time Internet on individuals, business and society.

The take aways from this event will provide the attending delegates knowledge, perspectives and insights into the effects of the real-time Internet on their organizations and their connections to both online and real-world events.

Why should I participate?

Originally, the 140 Characters Conference was designed by Jeff Pulver to bring together about 140 characters to have a discussion about twitter and discussing topics like Celebrity, “Media” and Advertising.   It’s been given in large cities like New York, London and Tel Aviv. The first Small Town conference was held in Hutchinson Kansas.

The speakers will talk about topics relative to Iowa lives.  Agriculture will be more than just one speaker representing all sides of the topic.  Hear from the agricultural producers, small business and the large corporate businesses.  Imagine that! Business speakers will cover how we build relationships in a town where everyone either knows you or someone related to you.  There will be small business, large business and home business people showing us all the power of Iowa living as related to owning and/or working in a business.


This Iowa State of Now conference will show you how important it is to be part of a community. The new buzz word is relationship, and we know how to do that better than anyone you know.

How can new technology help Iowans find their places in the world economy?

We tell the story of the wheat farmer who used twitter on his Blackberry out in the field.  That’s nice, right?  Here’s the real story.  The bigger city news was talking about how there was not very much storm damage to the crops after the last big storm.  This farmer was out in his field looking and he didn’t have much damage.  However, his friends on twitter were posting pictures of the damage in their area – and it was bigger and worse than his.  He was scheduled to sell his wheat that week.  He made the decision to wait a week.  Why?  Because the prices skyrocketed – there was so much damaged wheat and supply was low, demand high!  His crop brought in a better price – because his friends posted pics on line.  Yeah, the farmer today is no idiot.  There will be lots of stories about how technology is changing the way we do things.
What does the day look like at a 140 Character Conference?

We start at 9 a.m. The Stoner Studio Theatre will be set up for attendees to be comfortable while listening to and interacting with the speakers. Wifi will be brought in to allow cell phones, laptops, and notebooks to transmit messages to the outside world.

As with any conference, there’s got to be some flexibility.  At a conference on the Now of Technology it stands to reason that things may change right in the now of it all.  And every good planner has a great outline – and here’s how it’s looking as of today.

Jeff and Deb will welcome and convene the event.  Each segment will be hosted by a local Iowan — Shannon Latham will host the Agriculture segment, other segments are Small Business, Education, Politics, Tourism, Life, Media, Community.

Then the fun begins.  The speakers will begin. Each individual has 10 or 15 minutes and panels have 15 to 20 minutes.  The idea for presenting in such a short time frame is to eliminate the lecturers, get to the point and share their information in a tweetable format.  Get to the point (which is the point).

There will be a break for lunch and networking – it is catered in.  You will want to come and go and collect in the lobby, stand outside, have conversations with others.  It’s often been said that the real value at a conference is found in the hallways.  Consider the idea of cross pollination.  Imagine the local seed company in Alexander Iowa conversing with the banker in Des Moines and the Rhode Island organic farmer.  What are the possibilities for expanding your knowledge base and connections in the real world?

The Conference ends around 6 and there will be awrap party.


You can purchase tickets at the box office for the Civic Center in Des Moines or purchase online (link coming soon).

Once again, give me a few short reasons why I should come.

Oh- like in a 140 character way?  Here goes:

140 Character Conference speakers talk about how they are being changed by the technology of now & show you how to use it where you live.

Iowa is being represented in a big way.  Tourism, agriculture, media, government, community involvement. Be informed.

Audience participation, live streaming, informed and passionate speakers and technology of now.  Why wouldn’t you come?

This event is part of the #140conf LOCAL series, produced under license from 140 Characters Conference Events, Inc.

Photo of Des Moines is from wikipedia.  The Stoner Theatre is from their website.