Happy Internet Geek Tuesday! Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

This week, Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media aka LATISM is hosting its fifth annual conference on September 19-21 in New York City. This year’s conference features the first-ever Latino Hackathon, a discussion about race in the Latino community, a town hall meeting on education, and various panels on being bilingual, content creation, funding for tech startups, how to use how to use social media to gain a better understanding of customers and the competition, immigration, monetizing blogs, social good, storytelling, and women in tech. Click here to read the agenda. You can also follow the #LATISM13 hashtag on all social media channels to keep up with conference happenings.

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LATISM, the largest organization for Latino and Latina professionals engaged in social media, is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community. Premier Transmedia founder and Plaza Familia CEO Ana Roca Castro established LATISM in 2009. To learn more, LIKE LATISM on Facebook, follow @LATISM on Twitter, and join the weekly #LATISM Twitter party on Thursday evenings at 9:00 p.m. EST.

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LATISM’s first conference was held at the National Council of La Raza in December 2009. My digital sisters Julie Diaz-Asper and Kety Esquivel encouraged me to attend the conference. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. I learned so much about Latinos in the digital space and was able to teach a yoga class for social media users in Spanglish!

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Yesterday, NPR Tell Me More host Michel Martin held a Google+ Hangout session about emerging Latinos and innovations with Castro, Mi blog es tu blog founder Laura Martinez, and Being Latino founder Lance Rios. During the session, the panel discussed how engaged the Latino community is in the digital space. Click here to watch a video of the session.

Are you headed to #LATISM13?

What sessions are you looking forward to attending?

I wish I was going to the conference! I’ll be there in spirit! Have fun for me!

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