Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 1, 2012


The U.S. Department of State will host a symposium focusing on how social media and other internet-enabled data streams are used to create real-time awareness in different contexts at the Tech@State: Real-Time Awareness conference on February 3 - 4, 2012.

The event, scheduled for Friday, February 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. will be held in the Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. The event’s first day will feature social media and data analysis experts, both government and non-government, assembled from throughout the United States. The second day will be an all-day “unconference,” where participants will collaborate to determine the agenda and be able to guide the discussions themselves, based on the interests and expertise of the crowd.

Participants and conference leaders include representatives from the U.S. government, commercial data analysis and social media companies, international agencies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. A conference event schedule and speaker biographies can be found at http://tech.state.gov/profiles/blogs/tech-state-real-time-awareness-agenda. Registration is free, open to the general public, and can be accessed through http://techatstate_real-time_day1.eventbrite.com for Day 1 of the conference and through http://techatstate_real-time-awareness_unconference.eventbrite.com for Day 2 – the unconference. The event will be streamed live online at http://www.livestream.com/techstate. Participants can also follow the conference on Twitter via hashtag #TechAtState and through @eDipAtState, @StateDept, and @TechAtState.

For more information or if you have questions related to the conference, please contact Tim Hayes at HayesTW@state.gov.



PRN: 2012/155