We are less that 30 days away from the start of DCWEEK and we are anticipating around 10,000 attendees coming to the week-long festival to learn from each other and share their creativity, insights, and innovation.  To make sure you don’t miss out on a single thing, take a look at the schedule, plan to attend, and get your badge right away because time is running out.

By far, the best value for DCWEEK is the Gold Badge.  Priced at only $100, the Gold Badge gives you access to:

  • The core conference (panels and sessions) on Thursday, Nov 10
  • The free events (Keynotes, Workshops and Community Events)
  • The Opening Party at the 9:30 club on Friday, November 4
  • The Tech Cocktail party on Thursday, November 10
  • The Closing Party on Friday, November 11 – at ARENA STAGE!

The Gold Badge gives you access to what really makes DCWEEK special, hearing from all the speakers.  Well over 100 experts, designers, developers, entrepreneurs and social innovators will be featured during DCWEEK.  Check out the full list of speakers (more are being added everyday) so you can plan your daily agenda and be sure to connect your schedule with your social accounts so you can see what sessions your friends will be attending.

Below are just a few of the speakers we know you will not want to miss seeing as part of the DCWEEK Core Conference.


Brian Dresher

Social Media Partnerships Panel

Brian Dresher is Mashable’s Director of Business Development and is based out of the D.C. area. In this role, Brian identifies and manages traffic-driving, revenue-generating, and brand-building opportunities. Through these strategic areas, Brian has created new revenue streams through content and brand licensing initiatives; enhanced Mashable’s content partnerships with established media brands including CNN, Yahoo, Washington Post, US News, and USA TODAY; and developed mobile and tablet app partnerships with niche social media brands including Gowalla, Float,, and UberMedia.  He will be speaking on Thursday, November, 2011 from 9:00am – 10:00am.


Anthony De Rosa

Responsibility in Media in a Global Age Panel

Anthony De Rosa is the Reuters social media editor, integrating the “ambient wire” that exists on social networks, where news now breaks before anywhere else, into Reuters platforms. As part of his mission, he helps Reuters journalists and editors use social media tools to monitor news, report news, and find leads. The New York Times declared him “The undisputed King of Tumblr.” Mashable named it one of the best Tumblrs of 2008.  Catch him on his panel Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 1:00pm-2:00pm

Caroline McCarthy

Responsibility in Media in a Global Age Panel

Caroline McCarthy is a writer and editor who worked as a journalist for five years covering technology for, writing the column “The Social” and appearing as a commentator on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” NBC’s “Today,” CBS’ “The Early Show,” and her personal favorite, G4′s “Attack of the Show.”  She currently puts her writing skills to work on the marketing team at Google.  See her speak on her panel on Thursday, November 10, 2001 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm.


Charlie O’Donnell

Funding Panel

Charlie O’Donnell is a Principal at First Round Capital, working on very early stage investments in the New York City area. He founded New York’s largest independent innovation community group, nextNY, and was voted one of the 100 Most Influential People in New York Technology the last three consecutive years by Alley Insider. Charlie was the Co-Founder & CEO of Path 101, an innovative startup in the career guidance and recruiting space, which raised half a million dollars and was a Business Insider Startup 2009 Finalist.  His panel is Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 2:00pm 0 3:00pm.

In addition to checking out the individual speakers, you will also want to check out the list of conference Tracks and Session Titles to start planning ahead for your DCWEEK schedule.  Pick a track, pick a day and add the sessions that you’re interested in to your daily schedule.  Here are some of the key offerings to get you started:


  • Trends & Innovative uses of Mobile API’s
  • Mobile Policy sponsored by AT&T
  • Mobile Apps: From Smartphones to Tablets and Beyond
  • Creative Mobile Marketing: From QR codes to in-app selling
  • Mobile Campaigns sponsored by FORD
  • The Future of Mobile Money
  • Mobile Gaming Domination


  • Social Media & Analytics
  • Open Source & Open Data sponsored by Phase2
  • Design: Creative Direction
  • Code for Future: HTML5 & Beyond
  • Solution Oriented Visual Design


  • Pitch event from MAVA
  • The Funding Panel
  • Entrepreneurs: Getting Over the Hump presented by Bingham
  • Entrepreneurial Resources: (5 min rapid talks by various groups including UMD, GW, Venture Mentors and NSF)
  • Closing Keynote Interview for New Ventures Track


  • Inclusive Design through Data sponsored by Brighter Planet
  • Startups for Good
  • Incorporating Social Good  Into Your Mission
  • Strategy: Social Good & Marketing
  • Tools to Activate Social Good
  • Special Keynote by Amanda Rose


  • Social Media Partnerships
  • Special Keynote on Future Trends
  • Responsibility in Media in a Global Age
  • Media in a Digital World
  • Music in a Digital Age
  • Electing a Digital Route: Winning Races Online in a Post-Obama World sponsored by Scribd

Interested in finding out more?  Review the full schedule for DCWEEK, check the DCWEEK blog for more updates, and be sure to get your badge right away!

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In under four weeks, Washington, DC will be home to DCWEEK, a week-long festival in the US capital focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators of all kinds to share ideas and best practices. In many cases we’ll be getting together to just geek out! I’m happy to be the Chief Blogger for DC WEEK and looking forward to working with all the volunteer bloggers as we cover this exciting event.

Please check out the DCWEEK schedule and register right away.