Quiip is made up of a team of remote community managers. We spend most of our time working from home and talking to people on The Internet. So, we know how beneficial it is to get together with other community managers, in real life, to swap stories and experiences.
It’s also a really great reason to get out of our pyjamas. I’m joking about that last point. Kind of… Read on for a list of some of the fantastic community management events on offer around the world in 2017 and 2018.
Date: 30th & 31st August 2017
Location: University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
What to expect: We may be a little bit biased but this is THE event for community managers in Australia. It’s two days, jam-packed with best practice learnings, case studies, inspiration, workshops and networking with the best in the business.
Any other important info: As part of the event, University of Sydney also hosts a free half-day Symposium on related topics. This year they’ll be covering Automation, AI & Community Management.
Date: 19-20th September 2017
Location: Los Angeles
What to expect: CMX is a USA-based collective that hosts conferences, workshops and professional training for community professionals. Their CMX Summit in LA is kind of a big deal attended by hundreds and headlined by some pretty awesome talent.
Any other important info: The CMX blog is an impressive resource for any community manager. There’s over 300 blog posts, and it is a wealth of community management knowledge, tips and tricks.
Date: October 15-17, 2017
Location: Arlington, Virginia
What to expect: Organised by Higher Logic, an industry leader in cloud-based community platforms, their Super Forum is three days of community management workshops, panels and networking events.
Any other important info: Users of Higher Logic can suggest topics for panels and workshops.
Date: Monday, 22nd January, 2018
What to expect: A day where people pause to acknowledge and thank community managers all over the world. As they should. The day includes a live webcast/webathon that you can watch from anywhere in the world.
Any other important info: CMAD has been happening since 2010, and can be followed and contributed to on social media using the hashtag #CMAD. There is a live and continuous YouTube broadcast throughout the day (USA time). This year Lithium sent out care packages for CMAD to community professionals.
SXSW Community Manager Meetup
Date: March 9-18, 2018
Location: Austin, Texas
What to expect: A friendly gathering that has been an official part of SXSW for a few years, where CMs and potential hirers of CMs, can gather and talk about the value of the community management industry.
Any other important info: Hosted by Audrey Lo of Gogobot.
Date: 2-4 May 2018
Location: Berlin, with occasional international offshoots.
What to expect: While not a 100% community management focused event, what started as a blogger convention in 2007 has grown into a huge digital culture event drawing experts in a variety of fields to discuss net politics, online marketing, network technology, digital society and pop culture. Most editions feature community management specific meetups.
Any other important info: A combination of English and German talks and events.
Regular and Ongoing
Date: Monthly or Bimonthly
Location: Assorted locations, New York
What to expect: Exactly as described – have coffee and bagels somewhere in New York with a group of community managers. This has been running since 2015, and usually incorporates a guest facilitator from the industry, or takes place at a CM industry studio space.
Any other important info: A quick twitter search will show you that Community Manager Breakfasts have recently taken place or are about to in Seattle, San Francisco, Austin and Bangalore. We also have regular Australian Community Manager breakfasts. Join the group to hear about the next one.
Date: 6 weekly
Location: Assorted locations, Berlin
What to expect: Running since 2010, a 6-weekly opportunity to meet other Berlin-based community managers and social media managers and talk shop over drinks.
Any other important info: Though some of their online information is translated, the conversation is auf Deutsch!
What community management events have we missed? Share them in the comments below.