Win A Pass To KEEN Digital Summit

October 1, 2013 | By | Comments (9)

 Win A Pass To KEEN Digital Summit  Yesterday marked the opening of Nashville’s newest hotel: The Omni. Now is your chance to win passes to one of the first (and coolest) events to be held there: KEEN Digital Summit.

Held October 24-27, the inaugural KEEN  is for digital folks of all sorts: bloggers, developers, entrepreneurs and social influencers. With four tracks — travel and lifestyle, food and spirits, family and entertainment, and technology — there’s something for everyone. Among the speakers: author Porter Gale (former CMO of Virgin America), Apple pioneer Ellen Leanse, CEO of Blissful Media Group Barbara Jones, and leadership speaker Jairek Robbins (yes, Tony’s son.) And we’ll be there too.

We’re especially eager to hear from Nashvillian Daniel Bear Hunley, named one of Time Magazine’s 30 Style Pinners, and from Sarah Gavigan, the founder of Otaku South, Izakaya and pop-up ramen dinners in the Music City.

Topics include “Creating Killer Content Across Multiple Platforms,” “Social for Good: Crowdsourcing for a Cause,” and “There’s An App For That: Marketing Your Mobile Idea.” And it wouldn’t be Nashville without some serious music — we’re looking forward to Friday night’s singer-songwriter showcase at The Listening Room.

An all-access pass is $299 (day passes $149). We have one to giveaway. To be entered to win, leave a comment answering this question:

“Tell us about a unique Southern digital initiative that’s going to be the next big thing. It can be your blog, a businesses’ site or digital initiative, or a social media campaign.”

To enter, add your comment by noon this Friday. For a complete list of rules, click here.


  1. Leslie

    I have soft-launched and have been working on a blog-based website ( for Southern Fashion Designers. The blog will consist of public posts featuring designers, websites, fashion weeks, etc while private posts for designer members will feature new resources, insider trips and tricks, and fashion show deadlines. Members will also be able to access a designer resource directory (where’s the nearest fabric company?), fashion week information, and be able to network with other designers via forums and instant messaging. I hope this will be an effective resource for both designers and media relations and store buyers who are looking to buy locally or regionally!

    October 4, 2013 at 6:20 am
  2. Kate A

    Charleston Grit is a product of Charleston Magazine and is an engaging blog about pretty much everything: from local events, to fashion, to dining, even to a post titled “How to win a gun fight at the airport ticket counter”… The blog hosts a variety of contributing bloggers from the Lowcountry providing a great mix of pieces. Their slogan is “Bold. Smart. Local. Now” and it couldn’t be more accurate. Even though the blog is rooted in the South, the posts may be lacking in Southern manners and definitely doesn’t aim to hold back. It’s informative but says it like it is. I’m the social media intern for the magazine and have loved seeing the enthusiasm that the magazine and the community has for the blog. While I am already completely blog obsessed, I love that this particular site is pretty much a one stop place for all kinds of topics. It really has something for everyone, just with a little sass. While it’s only been around a year or so, I predict it will only grow bigger and bigger with their passion and involvement in the Charleston community.

    October 3, 2013 at 9:41 pm
  3. Annakate

    Building off Stephanie’s comment, I think local, collaborative communities of bloggers would be so beneficial. On the side, I’m a member of the group, and love what they’ve created. They’re a community that helps each other, provides networking advice, and is a place to post events, etc. By day I’m in PR and would love for this model to grow to other communities (like Stephanie is doing) so that brands could interact with a group of bloggers at once, ask questions, look for partnership opportunities, etc. I know this exists in some degree in other places, but more unification among localities would help. So, in the end, I think local communities of bloggers will be the next big thing. This summit looks VERY COOL, and I hope I win a pass! I’d love to attend.

    October 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm
  4. Stephanie Buckley

    State-focused blogger communities! Started four years ago, Arkansas Women Bloggers provides a place where women gather, grow, and connect with other bloggers/social media gals in their own backyards. Arkansas has successfully implemented three wonderful annual conferences, an affordable option to a blog conference making it easier for blogger to attend a conference without huge travel costs and time away from home. Housed under The Women Bloggers, I launched communities in six additional states this year (Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri). We post at least 5 times per week and have over 1500 women blogger members to date. I hope to launch in TN, LA, and GA when I find the right blogger from each of those states to take the reigns.

    October 3, 2013 at 10:21 am
  5. Cindy W.

    What a wonderful event for someone who has an idea and a plan for a social networking site -that cannot be divulged for many reasons. Your contest is a generous one that would enable the winner to have the opportunity to hear and learn from successful entrepreneurs ,and perhaps find the ear of several who are willing to mentor and assist with finding investors if they believe in the product.I believe in it with all my heart,and believe that it is a viable and much needed product that will attract not only investors and advertisers,but a multitude of users that will make this site extremely successful for a long duration. I think I qualify for the defination of “a unique Southern digital initiative that’s going to be the next big thing.”because I am Southern,as is my heritage,so this initiative coming from a “Southern Bell” would ring loud and clear across the world. It’s meant to attract a world wide audience,for they all share the same interest of this intended site.And it would be a business established ,and run in the South, for we are blessed with many skilled high tec employees,,engineers, scientists. Thank you!

    October 3, 2013 at 1:09 am
  6. Haley Grogan (@haleyhgrogan)

    I think The Bitter Southerner ( is a great up-and-coming blog/site/publication that seeks to answer the question of what it really means to be Southern. They only publish once a week, so they don’t overwhelm their audience, and they’ve already had some great, great posts in the short time they’ve been live, like one from Drive-By Truckers’ frontman Patterson Hood.

    October 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm
  7. Sara Heilwagen

    Southern Food in the media appears to be on trend with chefs in the South bringing back a farm to table approach. Restaurants and recipes gain greater popularity more quickly through social media chatter and sharing on sites such as Pinterest. I’d love to attend as I have an online stationery company and my growth depends on social media “word of mouth”.

    October 2, 2013 at 2:28 am
  8. Helen Todd

    How about a blog about kids being introduced to local waterways in Alabama. The Birmingham Canoe Club and other non-profit organizations have partnered with the Alabama Rivers Alliance to do just that in the spring. Bring kids to local lakes, rivers and streams and teach them about safety and how to paddle. I’m thinking about adding a special section to my blog that shows through video their reaction and experience.

    October 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm
  9. economicalist

    I think the Belk tie in to Project Runway using the phrase “The Modern Southern Woman” draws attention to style and shopping at Southern venues. It will be interesting to see if there is a financial impact.

    October 1, 2013 at 1:26 pm

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