THE stage is set for the first Malaysian Social Media Week (MSMW), which is due to take place from Feb 13 to 17.
With less than a month to go, cities around the world including New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong, London, Singapore and Tokyo will also be hosting their own social media week during the same period.
With the support of the Information, Communication and Culture Ministry, the weeklong event is organised by the Social Media Chambers, an organisation that advocates the disciplined and ethical use of social media.
According to Information Department director general Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, the programme, to be held at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), is aimed at fostering closer relationships among social media practitioners while tackling youth issues.
“We want more youths to come up with materials for the cyber media to help expand the industry in the country,” he said.
Shahul Hameed Shaik Dawood, organising chairperson and president of Social Media Chambers said among those taking part included chief executive officers, corporate and industry players, journalists and online media writers, bloggers, corporate communication managers, university students, information technology specialists, politicians and government agencies.
“The MSMW is expected to link hundreds of thousands of social media users in the country and abroad. It is also hoped to create new interactive ideas, increase knowledge and share a global network with social media practitioners,” he said.
The two main highlights of the week will be the 2012 International Social Media and Bloggers Award ceremony and the 2012 International Social Media and Bloggers Assembly.
The inaugural World Bloggers and Social Media Awards in Kuala Lumpur will highlight the work of some of the best from the local social media fraternity.
The nomination and voting process for the best sites and blogs across over 30 categories is currently ongoing and will end on Jan 28, with public votes forming 50% of the overall judging process.
The International Social Media and Bloggers Assembly, a gathering of prominent speakers, bloggers and social media practitioners from various industries, will also seek to share best practices and knowledge with attendees at MSMW.
Speakers include Jeff Ragovin, co-founder and chief revenue officer of US-based social enterprise software firm Buddy Media, Andrew Batt, regional group editor of PropertyGuru.com and Dave Duarte, managing director of Ogilvy Digital Marketing Academy, South Africa.
To round out the week, a concert, night cycling event, social media-based treasure hunt and photo contest are among the activities slated for MSMW.
The Star Online is the official online media partner of MSMW. For more information, visit www.socialmediaweek.com.my.