Reflecting on YTH Live 2013

YTH Live 2013 Jessica Ken & Natasha Vianna

Loved meeting Twitter friends like @NatashaVianna at YTH Live

Over at YTH, there was much anticipation and excitement leading up to YTH Live 2013, yet once it began, everything seemed to happen amazingly fast! Hearing so many attendees express that the conference inspired them to bring new ideas to their communities made me realize that all our hard work in organizing this conference truly paid off.

Here’s a look back at things I enjoyed at YTH Live.

Welcome Video

My YTH colleague, Arai, and I spent created a fun Youtube video introducing YTH Live 2013 and our rebrand to our community.

Bedsider 101

I loved Christine’s talk on using commercial marketing techniques to market Bedsider.

Christine Church talks about marketing Bedsider at YTH Live

And it didn’t hurt that I got the cutest free matching t-shirts for my boyfriend and myself!

Free Bedsider T-shirt

Big data plenary and Twitter party

My favorite plenary was the one on Big Data and it was fun seeing the Tweets on the big screen.

Big Data Plenary and Twitter Party at YTH Live

Youth/Twitter Meetup

Over 50 youth came out for the Youth Meetup and I was so impressed by their passion and experience.

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Arai (@areki09) and I (@justjken) also super fun meeting our Twitter friends in person like: @ahealthydesign, @NatashaVianna, @KateCom, @Thepostgrads, @askjennatalia and more.
[Tips for Twitter Meetups: Tweet a large photo of yourself beforehand so that you are more easily identifiable!]

Film screening of How to Survive a Plague

I’m not a documentary person at all, but I really enjoyed watching How to Survive a Plague and left the theater feeling more enlightened. Having a historical perspective to the work we all do was an amazing addition to YTH Live.

How to Survive a Plague Film Screening

Presentation: Taking health class out of the classroom

I couldn’t sleep on Monday night because I was so nervous for my Tuesday morning talk!

Thanks for all the support and positive feedback. This is why I love my Twitter community.

YTH Live was a huge success with over 500 attendees hailing from California (#1), the New York Tri-State Area (#2) and Colorado (#3). Attendees also came from far away, like the Netherlands and Cape Town, South Africa. We also had 157 students!

Let’s continue talking youth, tech, and health on YTH’s LinkedIn page >


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