December (9th), 2013 — Social Media Week Lagos (SMW Lagos), produced by Dragon Africa and AFRIKA21, is a week long event that is part of the Social Media Week global platform and takes place in Lagos February 17 – 21, 2014. After a hugely successful inaugural year that hosted 110 events, had over 8,000 registrations and garnered over 31 million online impressions, SMW Lagos looks to build a bigger, bolder and better connected conference.
Bigger. Through a partnership with Volkswagen, the SMW Lagos headquarters (#SMWLagosHQ) will be hosted at the 850 sqm (9,000 sq ft) Volkswagen Centre in Victoria Island, Lagos. This unique venue will enable SMW Lagos to accommodate large groups in a theatre style set up, as well as feature dynamic installations to enhance attendees experiences.
Bolder. New for 2014 is SMW Lagos #AfterHours. Lagos is known around the world for it’s nightlife. As a supplement to daytime programming SMW Lagos will curate a week of memorable and shareable post conference evening events. The SMW Lagos #AfterHours Hub at Club Pravada will host a variety of night time activities and programming.
Better Connected. For 2014, a key goal for SMW Lagos is to engage citizens across Lagos by bringing programming to different communities. With this in mind SMW Lagos introduces #SMWSatellite venues, smaller venues throughout Lagos that will host engaging programming in a more intimate setting. The newly opened Enterprise Creative HotHouse, a co-working space for creative and digital entrepreneurs in Ikeja, will serve as 1 of several #SMWsatellite venues. HotHouse will host a variety SMW Lagos crowd sourced programming including masterclasses and workshops.
In addition, Terra Kulture located in VIctoria Island, Lagos returns for 2014 as out Music, Arts, Culture & Entertainment Hub (#smwMACE). SMW Lagos hubs/venues will host a variety of dynamic programming produced by local and international event partners. . .
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ABOUT DRAGON AFRICA
Established by Obi Asika and Dragon Associates founder Charlie Methven, Dragon Africa uses its wealth of knowledge and understanding of Africa and Europe, with extensive contacts in the media, government, and financial centres, to address challenges and maximise opportunities for African companies seeking a cutting edge advantage in London and other major financial centres.
AFRIKA21 was conceptualized by Society HAE as a media and production outfit that could take a multidisciplinary approach to promoting a new vision of Africa in the 21st Century. AFRIKA21 produces online content, multimedia events and public programming with the expressed purpose of reframing the conversation around Africa, creating awareness of the opportunities that exist on the continent and encouraging collaboration.
ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK
Social Media Week is built on the belief that we should better understand how technology is providing new inspiration for how we live, work and create. In a little over ﬁve years Social Media Week has built a dynamic platform for communities across the globe to discuss how social media and communication technologies are impacting lives on a local level. To date 26 cities and over 80,000 people have participated in SMW. In 2013 the SMW Lagos Team had the pleasure (and challenge) of widening the lens to include for the very ﬁrst time an African city – Lagos, Nigeria.
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