' May 21, 2012 | Best Connected

The International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) comes to Ireland for the first time, bringing with it keynote speakers from Google, Twitter, the University of Oxford and other top research groups from around the globe. As part of the conference, ICWSM will host an industry and commercialisation event designed to bring delegates from local and international industry and academia together.

Ireland’s indigenous social media industries consistently demonstrate novelty and innovation in a competitive global market. At the same time, Ireland has also become a home to many of the largest companies operating in the Web and social media space. ICWSM will provide an opportunity to engage with the top international industrial and academic researchers in social media and to consolidate the view that Ireland is now a hub in which to do business and research in social media.

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The event will consist of two focussed discussion panels interleaved with a coffee and stands session where industrial delegates can present their business or service, seek business and recruitment opportunities and exchange ideas with a national and international audience.

The first panel on business networking and enterprise collaboration will be entitled “I Want to (Net)work with You, But I Don’t Know What/Where/Who You Are”. Speakers include Connor Murphy, CEO and co-founder of Datahug (Datahug unlocks, measures and manages the hidden network of ‘who knows who’ within every organisation, automatically and within 2 minutes), Stuart McRae, Executive Collaboration and Social Business Evangelist with IBM, and Keith Griffin, Principal Engineer in Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group.

The second panel on news and social media will focus on “News Generation and Consumption Through Social Media”. Speakers include Howard Mortman, Communications Director and member of the executive leadership team at C-SPAN (an American public cable television network that covers federal government proceedings and other political events), Gavin Sheridan, innovation director with Storyful (a team of journalists that separates actionable news from the noise of the real-time web), Paul Quigley, founder of NewsWhip (a site that shows the news that’s spreading fastest through social networks), Hugh Linehan, Online Editor of The Irish Times, and Hannah Waldram, Community Coordinator with the Guardian.

ICWSM runs from 4-7 June and will be attended by 300 of the world’s top social media researchers. It will feature a series of workshops, tutorials, invited talks and top accepted research papers from an interdisciplinary mix of computer science and social science research. You can register for individual workshops or tutorials on topics including sentiment mining, massive social data analysis, social media for the news industry and real-time analysis of social streams.

The ICWSM Industry Event will be held at Trinity College Dublin on the afternoon of June 6. There are just 100 tickets available for this event at €50 each. Register at http://icwsm.org/. There will be a limited number of stands for exhibitors for a fee of < €100 – for more information contact icwsm12@aaai.org

EI are delighted to say that we have two complimentary tickets to attend the ICWSM 2012 Industry Event for readers of BestConnected. To be in with a chance to win these tickets, just leave a comment below – don’t forget to include a valid email address so we can contact you if you win! We’ll pick two names randomly and announce the winners here on the blog on Friday the 1st of June.

UPDATE: Delighted to announce the winners of the tickets to the ICWSM 2012 Industry Event are Sheila Fogarty of Yellowstone Communications Design, and Elaine Larkin of Web Content Partners. Congratulations!

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