Who should attend the 20SB Summit?
Any 20-something who is a blogger or who is interested in blogging, and the brands who are interested in connecting with them. If you’re a blogger, it’s still OK to attend if you are before or past your 20’s, but we have a special rate for people aged 20-29 who are also members of the 20SB community. This event is a great opportunity to learn some new skills, catch up with old friends and meet new friends.
I don’t have a ton of readers, is that okay?
Of course! This summit is about attending workshops to learn how to take your blog to the next level. We’re also featuring well-known bloggers and people who have garnered success online to share their personal stories and inspire you. If you like, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect with brands that are just dying to meet you!!
I’m a brand (or rather, I work for a brand!) and I’m interested in getting involved: how do I do that?
Simply click on ‘sponsorship inquiries’ to contact one of our organizers. We’ll work with you to find a creative way for you to be involved. Or you could also just purchase a ticket at our corporate rate.
Are their different rates for students, brands etc?
We have a discounted rate for members of the 20SB community. If you’re coming on behalf of a brand or agency, please register at the non-blogger rate, which is a little more- we’re trying to keep it manageable for young bloggers to attend.
What does the registration fee include?
There will be two days packed with information and people who have found online success to inspire you to greatness! Lunch and snacks will be provided during the summit days on Saturday 20th August and Sunday 21st August. In addition, there will be a welcome reception on the first night when everyone arrives (Friday August 19th,)
Do I have to choose either the Aspiration or Application track?
No! You can attend whichever sessions you like!
Do you offer single day passes?
Unfortunately we can’t offer single day passes. We encourage you to attend the whole weekend, but of course if you can only make one of the days, you’re still welcome to join us at the regular registration rate.
When and how can I register?
Registration is open now! There is no earlybird pricing, but we encourage you to sign up early as space is limited.
What happens when I register?
You’ll receive a confirmation email via Eventbrite. Bring a printout of this with you to the event where you’ll pick up your badge on arrival.
What if I need to cancel my plans after I’ve already registered?
We can offer you a full refund if you contact us regarding cancellation by July 15th, 2011.
What’s the deal with accommodation?
The summit will be held at the Gleacher Center. We don’t have any specific hotels where we have rates, but we will have a list of recommended hotels in the area, and of course, you’re welcome to stay on a friend’s couch if that is easier/cheaper ;)
Do you have any suggestions for making travel arrangements?
20SB and its affiliates are not affiliated with any particular airline or travel company, but we recommend setting fare alerts on your favorite travel booking websites.
Is there any free time within the summit schedule? Can you recommend any activities either for a group or as an individual?
Of course, you’re welcome to spend some days in Chicago either prior to or after the summit. During the summit, we have scheduled sessions, meals etc from 8:00am-5:30pm on Saturday August 20th and from 8:30am-4:15pm on Sunday August 21st . We’ll distribute some recommended activities outside of summit hours to registered attendees and event email subscribers shortly before the summit.
What should I bring with me/wear?
In the middle of August, Chicago has an average high temperature of 83 degrees and an average low of 63 degrees- it can be pretty sticky and humid outside, but of course our summit will be air conditioned, so you should pack accordingly. Other than that, you should pack whatever you need to feel comfortable. This could include anything from a swimsuit, if you’re lucky enough to be staying anywhere with a pool, or are game to jump in the lake, to an umbrella if rain is forecast. Also plan to pack some evening attire if you’re planning on hitting the town with old or new friends.
I’m an anonymous blogger and I really want to come. How can I ensure that people will respect my privacy?
An essential aspect of personal bloggingis the understanding that even though we’re all bloggers, there’s a wide range of what we’re comfortable sharing online. Not everyone is comfortable with their identity flying around Facebook, Twitter or the blogosphere. There’s a golden rule of respecting privacy at 20SB meetups, and that will be preserved at this gathering. We’ll mention anonymity at the event, and ask members to be mindful of their fellow attendees. If you prefer to preserve anonymity, we’ll make sure it’s easy to let everyone know so your privacy’s maintained.
Who do I contact if my question wasn’t answered here?
Feel free to email Justine at Justine@asquaredgroup.com with any unanswered questions.