Rising Tide NOLA, Inc.is a non-profit organization formed by New Orleans bloggers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the federally-built levees. After the disaster, the internet became a vital connection among dispersed New Orleanians, former New Orleanians, and friends of the city and of the Gulf Coast region. A surge of new blogs erupted and, combined with those that were already online, a community of bloggers with a shared interest in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast developed. In the summer of 2006, to mark the anniversary of the flood, the bloggers of New Orleans organized the first Rising Tide Conference, taking their shared interest in technology, the arts, the internet and social media and turning advocacy for the city into action. The idea for the conference originated with Scout Prime, then a blogger for First Draft and a tireless advocate for New Orleans. Her idea resonated with Mark Moseley, Oyster of Your Right Hand Thief, culminating in this post and the first Rising Tide Conference.
Conference registration is open and only $20 until July 31. Registration includes lunch, and there will be a pre-conference party hosted by the New Orleans bloggers on Friday evening August 27, also at the Howlin' Wolf. More information is available at the Rising Tide website and blog. You can also follow Rising Tide on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook for regular updates.
This is always a great event. I look forward to seeing y'all there.