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Student conference to explore 'social networking for good'

The Students for Global Competitiveness organization is hosting its third annual conference on Saturday (March 28), featuring, appropriately, a contest. This year’s theme is “Social Networking for Good,” and the contest challenges participants to create and post a blog, two-minute video or photo that answers the question: How can we use social networking for good?

“As college students, we spend a lot of their time in social networking. The conference aims to create a discussion on how we can better use social networking to introduce positive change in our local and global communities,” says Jake Gallardo, a senior international studies major from the Philippines and founder of the organization.

Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the conference will get under way at 9 a.m. All events will be held in 208 Bowen-Thompson Student Union and the Union Theater.

The day will include workshops and group discussions. Addressing the topic will be guest speakers:
• Robyn Tippins, community manager at Yahoo! Developer Network.

• Ed Brill, product development director at IBM Software Group.

• Ivan Boothe, creative director at

Students participating in the contest can win an iPhone, video camera or digital camera.

The conference is supported by BGSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business Administration and the Graduate College, along with the graduate program in history and the College of Education and Human Development.

For more on the organization and the conference, visit

March 23, 2009