NEW YORK – November 7, 2012 – Social Media Week, powered globally by Nokia for a third year returns this February 18-22, 2013 with the unifying global theme: Open & Connected:  Principles for a Collaborative World and invites individuals and organizations to Get Involved by submitting event ideas starting November 8th.

With such a sizable and diverse population, Africa can no longer be overlooked as a hub of innovation. Social Media Week 2013 will mark the first time Social Media Week is hosted by an African country. Lagos, Nigeria, an epicenter of business, art and technology for the African continent is excited to become part of this global conversation. With internet based technology and social media rapidly becoming part of the cultural landscape across the continent, Social Media Week Lagos looks forward to the invaluable opportunity to examine the unique economic, social, and cultural impact of social media for Africa. Attendees can expect a wealth of insight on topics ranging from mobile app development for agricultural communities to the prevalence and importance of social media in the government sector.

It is with great pride that we say welcome to Lagos, Nigeria! Other host cities for the February event include Copenhagen, Doha, Hamburg, Miami, Milan, New York, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, and Washington DC. In 2012 more than 66,000 people attended Social Media Week in twenty-six countries around the world.

“We hope our unifying global theme will help us explore how we can further advance our understanding of social media’s role as a powerful and positive force in our lives.” said Toby Daniels, Founder & Executive Director of Social Media Week

Starting November 8th, individuals and organizations interested in hosting their own events, talks, panel sessions, workshops, networking events and mixers can get involved by submitting their idea here:

Deadline for submissions is January 11, 2013.  For more information for how to get involved, please email us at For the latest news and updates and information about Social Media Week Lagos, how to register, speakers and event updates, visit or follow SMWLagos on Twitter (@smwlagos) or Facebook (

See you all in February as we make history!

-Lagos City Team 

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