There is a trend afoot to consolidate industry trade shows from disparate points of focus into a cohesive panorama of events that offers a bigger picture than the sum of its individual parts, Seattle Geek Week is one of the prototypes. It features 10 days of events hosted by various individuals, organizations and community groups and includes conferences, workshops, meetups and, of course, parties! Featured events include TechStars’ opening night party on August 13th, the pii2010 (privacy identity innovation) conference on August 17th-19th and Gnomedex 10 on August 19th-21st.
While each event is independently produced, Seattle Geek Week is organized by a team of volunteers on a mission to: It’s about bringing together both local residents and out-of-town visitors to celebrate creativity and build community, Seattle-style. Visit SeattleGeekWeek.com to learn more about the events taking place.
One special satellite happening is being put on by Seattle’s Social Media Club. SMC Seattle is pround to be hosting its monthly event on the rooftop of HL2 as part of the week-long celebration.
This month’s meeting will be a Q&A with Matt Inman, creator of The Oatmeal. Using a combo of keen business sense and real-world comic familiarity, the man behind The Oatmeal, 27 year old Matt Inman, draws, sketches and codes his way to a successful business making people laugh. His site, receiving more than four million unique hits per month, was recently named in Time Magazine’s Top Blogs of 2010.
If you haven’t yet met Matt or seen his site, The Oatmeal, click here see an overview of his work from his appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly. Behind his wit and unassuming presence, Matt has a powerful story about his journey and how social media played a role in his success. His experience includes co-founder of SEOmoz, and founder and creator of an online dating website which he later sold, Mingle2 (the entire site from concept to launch was built in only 66.5 hours). He now focuses his energies full time on The Oatmeal. [24×7]