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Registrations are open for Social Media Week Chicago, and sessions are closing quickly! From September 23-26, Chicago will be one of 9 cities worldwide hosting a wide range of expert discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities, including some hosted by the City of Chicago and our sister agencies.

Kick off the first day spending time behind the scenes of CTA updates. You’ll learn how the the nation’s second largest transit agency monitors the CTA system and alerts customers using social media quickly and accurately.

Social1Tuesday features two awesome events from the City. City Colleges of Chicago is hosting a panel  on how colleges and universities can use social media to strategically engage students and support a school’s educational and business objectives. Panelists will discuss how to capitalize on newer platforms like Pinterest and Instagram as well as how to use social media for public safety and emergency updates.

social2Also on Tuesday, the City’s Department of Transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority, and Divvy Bikes are teaming up to discuss using digital resources to build public excitement for new projects and infrastructure innovations at the First Annual Transpiathalon. The (literally) moving discussion will tour several sites, include a group ride on Divvy bikes, and a visit to a CTA station. Do not miss this!

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Catch up with the Department of Public Health and learn how they’re using the power of social media to promote public health awareness at Wednesday’s panel, How To Use Twitter To Improve Public Health. Not only will panelists discuss the CDPH’s Twitter app “Foodborne Chicago,” which tracks mentions of food poisoning in Chicago., but they’ll also reflect on where technology can be used to improve public health in the future.

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Finish out the week on by checking out the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ Social Media and the Music Industry and learn about how musicians are using social media to develop their audiences and build crowds.

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