#smcakl returns for 2015

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Auckland’s Social Media Club (#smcakl) kicks off its first get-together of 2015 next week (Wednesday 18 February) from 6 pm to 8pm @ Vodafone HQ, 20 Viaduct Harbour Avenue – and all M+AD readers are invited.

Every year, some 200 or so people gather monthly meet someone new, drink something cold, and learn something useful about all things new media, digital and social.

It is always a free event (but the organisers would like an RSVP – and you can do that here: smcakl.com/?sid=103).

It is supported by sponsors and a dynamic growing team of volunteers. The event is livestreamed at new.livestream.com/smcakl, and the hashtag #smcakl consistently trends across NZ.

Next week’s topic is #hashtagtivism.

Not a day passes without a hashtag, online petition, tweet or Facebook status exhorting us to pass it on, sign up and save the world. Captive orca, the Arab Spring, Boko Haram, the icebucket challenge, and French extremists – the list goes on as causes exhort us to spread the word and help save the world.

But how effective are these? Do these hashtags flame through the echo chamber only to burn out, or do they manage to exit into the real world and truly create change for the greater good?

Join the panel as they discuss this issue and answer audience questions:

  • Columnist Toby Manhire, who also edited the 2012 book The Arab Spring: Rebellion, Revolution and a New World Order: @toby_etc
  • Oxfam online comms manager Stuart Young: @oxfamnz
  • Green Party MP Gareth Hughes: @GarethMP
  • Curative’s Eddy Helm, a creative agency working exclusively on projects that help make the world a better place: @eddyhelm

“Oh and did we mention there is free pizza and beer?” wonders  co-organiser Julie Landry (@julielandry) “And we have nobeersies too! (Thanks sponsors!).”

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