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UT to host uHeart Digital Media Conference May 10

The University of Toledo has long been a leader in the digital world. Now, the Division of External Affairs will host a conferencefocused on the subject 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 10 in the Student Union.

The uHeart Digital Media event will feature emerging leaders, accomplished practitioners, innovators and experts in this field. Attendees will learn how to leverage social media and build their own digital brands, successfully develop and launch applications that will attract interest in a crowded marketplace, target niche markets to increase affinity and build communities around a brand and products.

“We have put together a line up of speakers that would rival any digital media conference around,” said Lawrence J. Burns, vice president for external affairs. “This will prove to be a major event for leaders in digital media and entrepreneurs across the region.”

“We hope the UT community turns out to participate in this major event,” added Burns.

Dave Hunke, former president and publisher of USA Today and now chief strategy officer at Digerati, will present the keynote address. His talk will focus on how he and his team at USA Today helped transform the brand of one of the nation’s most popular newspapers from a print publication to a digital giant.

Along with Hunke, speakers will include:

  • Ben Bator, Texts from Last Night;
  • Matt Burns, Tech Crunch;
  • Hayley Call, Ohio Job and Family Services;
  • Anthony Broad Crawford, GiveForward;
  • Will Lucas, Classana;
  • Joe Sharp, Thread;
  • Dustin Hosteler; Digital Graphics;
  • Mike Bott, The Brandery;
  • Communica;
  • Jim Connely, McGraw Hill.

The event will wrap up 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a uHeart Startups Pitch & PourAfter Party for conference attendees.

Registration is $50 and $20 for students. To register, visit, or contact Amelia Acuna at 419.530.5874 or Follow the event on Twitter at @uhrtdgtl.

Media Coverage
The Independent Collegian (April 24, 2013)
The Blade (May 11, 2013)
WNWO and 13 ABC (May 13, 2013)

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