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Happy Internet Geek Tuesday – Celebrating LATISM – Latinos in Tech Innovation and Social Media

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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.

Photo Credit: LATISM.org
Photo Credit: LATISM.org

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.

Photo Credit: LATISM.org
Photo Credit: LATISM.org

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!

Photo Credit: NPR.org
Photo Credit: NPR.org

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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Happy Creativity Thursday – 3/21

Photo Credit: Art Museum of the Americas’ web site
Photo Credit: Art Museum of the Americas’ web site

Happy Creativity Thursday!

During Social Media Week DC in February, I attended the Hispanic Outreach 2013: How to Reach the Highly Mobile and Social Hispanic session hosted by Latinos in Social Media and Bixal at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) of the Organization of American States.

LATISM panel during Social Media Week DC session
LATISM panel during Social Media Week DC session

The session featured some of my favorite digital sisters: Julie Diaz Asper of Social Lens Research, Carla Hamilton Briceno of Bixal, and Jennifer Lubrani of LATISM. See photo above.

Museum of the Americas web site
Museum of the Americas web site

After the session, I visited the AMA’s exhibition, On Common Ground: Dominican Republic & Haiti which featured the works of emerging artists of Hispaniola, the island that these two countries share. I fell in love with the artwork at first glance! It reminded me of my 2011 visit to Haiti with the Heart of Haiti Campaign. Check out some of my favorite paintings from the exhibition below.

Painting from On Common Ground:Dominican Republic and Haiti exhibition
Painting from On Common Ground:
Dominican Republic and Haiti exhibition
Painting from On Common Ground:Dominican Republic and Haiti exhibition
Painting from On Common Ground:
Dominican Republic and Haiti exhibition

When you are in Washington, D.C., be sure to visit AMA, 201 18th Street, NW (by DAR Constitution Hall).

Have you been to a museum lately?

Which one?

What did you like most about your museum visit?

Are you planning to go to a museum this month? Let me know which one.

Thanks for stopping by!

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So excited that it’s Social Media Week DC!

Photo Credit; Social Media Week DC

Today marks the launch of the Social Media Week DC (the very first one), a week-long series of events featuring panels, workshops, Twitter chats, and parties. iStrategyLabs is the chief organizer of Social Media Week DC (#smwwdc – folks have also used #smwdc on Twitter).

When I looked at the schedule last week, I discovered so many amazing events.  I decided to check out a few events that really spoke to my interests.  Here’s what I plan to check out.

Are you planning to attend any Social Media Week DC events?

If you live outside of DC, are you going to any Social Media Week events in your local area (they are hosted in several big cities)?

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your week!

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Latinas and Web 2.0 – The Sweet Spot Session @Blogalicious 2010 was inspiring to me!

Before I attended Blogalicious 2010, I interviewed my LATISM hermanas Julie Diaz-Asper and Elianne Ramos about the Latinas in Social Media Bloguera (blogger) Survey on the October 5th episode of Blogatique with Ananda Leeke on BlogTalkRadio.  Click here to listen to the amazing show. Julie and Elianne confirmed what I already knew: Latinas are a powerful force online and offline! FYI: I also witnessed the power of  Latinas at BlogHer 2010!

Side Note:  I met Julie and Kety Esquivel at She’s Geeky DC held at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in November 2009. They convinced me to attend and teach yoga for social media users at the LATISM DC conference in December 2009. While at LATISM DC, I met LATISM’s co-founder Ana Roca Castro, Elianne, and so many other members of the Latino social media community.

Kety Esquivel - Photo Credit: Carol Cain
Latinas and Web 2.0 session panel - Photo Credit: Carol Cain

Kety moderated the Latinas and Web 2.0 – The Sweet Spot session on October 8 at Blogalicious.  The session featured four of the key Latina Web 2.0 influencers:  Veronica Arreola, DeAnne Cuellar, Aurelia Flores, and Maura Wall Hernandez.  Each of the panelists shared some great points. See my takeaways below.

  • Aurelia Flores: “Doing what I have done has actually not only underscored, but made very clear to me that every woman has a story… and an amazing story. And it is really really important that we listen to each other and tell those stories. And so for me online is a medium to do that.”
  • Veronica Arreola: “Be patient. Don’t jump at every opportunity. You need to be responsible… Our blogs, our social media platforms are very powerful… We are very powerful women using powerful tools. And we need to be responsible with that.”
  • Maura Hernandez: “Find your own niche and own it. It is so important to focus. If you find your niche, people will begin to know you as an expert.”
  • DeAnne Cuellar:  “If you start using a specific tool or begin an account with a specific network, and it doesn’t work, move on. It’s okay if you don’t want to tweet…Find what works for you.”

Watch the video (1 hour 10 minutes – totally worth watching!) below.

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Latinos in Social Media featured on Blogatique with Ananda Leeke on BlogTalkRadio on October 5

I honored National Hispanic Heritage Month on October 5 with a conversation about Latinos in Social Media (LATISM) and the Latina Bloguera Survey on my BlogTalkRadio show – Blogatique with Ananda Leeke.  My guests were Elianne Ramos, LATISM Vice-Chair, Communications and PR, and Julie Diaz Asper, LATISM Chief Research Officer.  Elianne and Julie are mis hermanas de alma (soul sistas!).  We met during LATISM’s DC conference in December 2009.  We have reconnected at DC events and BlogHer in NYC. Click here to listen to the show (1 hour): http://www.blogtalkradio.com/anandaleeke/2010/10/06/blogatique-with-ananda-leeke-people-passions-polit.