Digital Diplomacy Open House

The Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC) is excited to announce we will be hosting the first Digital Diplomacy Open House and reception.  This event is part of Social Media Week DC.  This open house will bring together fourteen different embassies and international organizations from around Washington, DC to show how they are connecting with citizens and leveraging social media to engage the public.  The event will take place on February 21, 2013 at 4:30pm.  Although this event is currently sold out, I would encourage you to sign up for the Wait List.

This event will be set up exhibit hall style with a booth for each embassy or international organization.  Each booth will showcase a different approach to Digital Diplomacy.  You will be able to meet and talk to the Community Managers behind the online accounts, obtain firsthand knowledge of what running an embassy social media account is like, and learn how each country is thinking about how to engage the public.  This is a unique opportunity to not only meet the people behind these accounts, but also to compare and contrast the evolution of social government globally. DDC_logo

In addition to meeting the Community Managers, you will also have the opportunity to do a deep dive into a specific campaign, program, or other initiative with our “Lightning Talks”.  A Lightning Talk is a short ten minute presentation followed by a five minute question and answer session.  These Lightning Talks will be going on throughout the Open House.  The schedule for the Lightning Talks is as follows:

  • 16:30 – U.S. Department of State, Office of EDiplomacy
  • 16:45 – Embassy of the Republic of Poland
  • 17:00 – British Council
  • 17:15 – Embassy of Greece
  • 17:30Welcome & Opening Remarks – Levick and Amb. Vale de Almeida
  • 17:45 – Embassy of Israel
  • 18:00 – Embassy of Italy
  • 18:15 – Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • 18:30 – Embassy of Sweden
  • 18:45 – British Embassy
  • 19:00 – Embassy of Peru

Be sure not to miss out on hearing Ambassador Vale de Almeida, from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, provide opening remarks and showcase the new EU Delegation website.

Of course none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for our generous sponsors Chief, Levick Strategic Communications and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.  We appreciate their donation of the space for our event (we actually had more embassies wanting to present than we have room for!), for all the marketing, for the reception and for supporting the Digital Diplomacy Coalition’s desire to connect more social media users in the diplomatic community.

Are you looking for your official invitation?  Here it is!

If you are interested in getting involved with the Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC) or attending one of our future events I encourage you to follow us @digidiplomats and sign up for our email list.  The DDC is a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to connecting social media professionals in the diplomatic community.

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