Call for Big Boulder 2016 Speakers

Big Boulder 2016 is just around the corner and we can’t wait to welcome you to Boulder in a few months. The board has been working hard to create some amazing content for this year’s conference on June 23rd and 24th. Along with our traditional set of compelling speakers/topics, we’re also looking for BBI members to contribute. As such, we’re opening a call for speakers. 


Every year, the BBI board works to determine what are the most relevant topics in the industry. After much deliberation, the themes for this year’s event are:

  1. The Rise of Social Messaging
  2. The Evolution of Visual Social Media 
  3. Social Data AND (Brands, Politics, Music, Sports)
  4. The Rise of Bots
  5. The Ethical Use of Social Data

Do you have something important to share with the others in the industry? Are you passionate about one (or more) of the themes list above? Well, here’s your chance. We’re using Pecha Kucha format to give you the opportunity to share it with the member community. So, craft up your best ideas in and send ’em in! If your Pecha Kucha is selected, you get a free ticket to the conference!

How to Submit

We invite provocative Pecha Kucha submissions related to our themes. Please send your 20-slide Pecha Kucha-compliant slide deck to by Friday, May 27, 2016. No product mentions or sales pitches please!

An expert panel of cast members from HBO’s hit series Silicon Valley will review the proposals (or we will have a BBI subcommittee). Either way, the competition for these spots will be cutthroat. Please carefully study the art and science of Pecha Kucha and make sure you are a registered and paid BBI member before making a submission.

For more more information please email

Social Intelligence Industry News: Brandwatch Hosting Now You Know Conference, May 9-11, Chicago

If you’re in the social intelligence industry you hopefully already know that Brandwatch is hosting its first ever Now You Know User Conference, next month, May 9-11, in Chicago.

Having hosted over a dozen Masterclasses across the globe, we’ve decided to evolve our events to the next level. We’ve created the first event of its kind; the seminal gathering of the most exciting minds in social intelligence. The Now You Know conference is a forum for leaders in our space to collaborate on best practices, share knowledge and understand how to address their challenges.

Here’s where I try and describe why it’s so monumental for our industry. Now You Know will be held across two tracks over two days. We’ve taken the incredibly successful hands-on events our users love and revolutionized them, offering two packed days of practical workshops and talks in the Masterclass Track.

Running alongside it will be the Strategist Track, seeing VIPs from the world’s most successful companies sharing knowledge you and your contemporaries need and value most to make strategic business decisions using social data.

And here’s the most exciting bit. We’ve got speakers and panelists from the world’s biggest brands and agencies, including Johnson & Johnson, the UN Foundation, Dell, Bank of America – every sector is represented by an expert. Keynotes from Brian Solis, web psychologist Nathalie Nahai, and Genevieve Hoffman and Ian Ardouin from the Office for Creative Research will discuss how analytics is changing the business landscape.

Unilever, Wells Fargo and Spredfast will discuss social intelligence at scale. Experts in Data Science will debate where machine learning, AI and VR is heading. Weber Shandwick, Ketchum and Fleishman Hillard will host an agency super-panel.

You can see why we’re excited about it.

As founding members of the Big Boulder Initiative (BBI), we’d like to invite BBI members to register to attend Now You Know with a ticket discount of 50% off. Please contact for the discount code. If you’re not a member and still want to go, you can book now!

Also join us for networking events, and enjoy a discounted rate of $229/night at Hilton Chicago, located half a block from the event venue. This rate is valid only for May 9th-11th.

We hope to see you there!


Announcing 2016 Big Boulder Conference!

We’re excited to announce that the registration for this year’s Big Boulder Conference – June 23rd – 24th – is now open! Tickets this year are $1,000 and currently open to all members. If you are a current member, you’ll receive comped tickets and/or get access to tickets at a discounted rate. The details are broken out by membership type below.

  • Business 100  – 4 comped tickets for businesses with $100+ million in revenue
  • Business 10 – 3 comped tickets for businesses between $10 million – $100 million in revenue
  • Business 1 – 2 comped tickets for businesses $1million – $10 million in revenue
  • Startup / SMB – 2 comped tickets for businesses less and $1 million in revenue
  • Academic – 2 comped tickets for academic institutions
  • Individual – $250 discount

All Business, Startup / SMB and Academic memberships get a $250 discount on any additional tickets purchased. If you need to renew or join the Big Boulder Initiative before registering for the conference, please follow the steps below.

Renew Your Membership

To renew and get your complimentary tickets and other member benefits, first login to the Big Boulder Initiative site. Once logged in, you’ll see a button near the top of the page that reads, Re-register as a member here.


Join the Big Boulder Initiative

To join and get your complimentary tickets and other member benefits, visit the Membership Benefits page. The button to join is at the bottom of the page and once you’ve completed the process you can register for the event.

Then . . .

  1. Register for the Big Boulder Conference

Once you have renewed your membership, I’ll send you the conference registration information to access your discounted ticket.

  1. Book Your Accommodations for the Conference

As with other years, Big Boulder will take place at the St Julien Hotel and Spa. If you’d like to reserve a room at the St Julien, please click here or call the St Julien at 720.406.9696 or 877.303.0900. If you make your reservations over the phone, please be sure to mention that you are part of the Big Boulder Conference in order to receive discounted pricing.

If you have any questions, please contact

Thank you,