Halifax Pop Explosion Includes First Ever Digital Conference

by Stephen Christensen

The Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) is a staple music festival for Maritimers.  The 5-day festival truly is an cultural explosion, with 150 bands playing in 20 venues to more than 20,000 festival-goers.  This year marks the 20th anniversary of HPX, and its first ever inclusion of a digital conference into the mix.

In much the same vein as the more established SXSW and NXNE festivals, HPX Digital aims to merge digital content creators and technology with the annual music festival, creating a venue for fresh ideas along with new sounds.  Being held during the festival (Oct 17-19), the digital conference is a collaboration between HPX and FITC, and plans to bring together experts and audiences interested in the “web, mobile, gaming, startups, design, and marketing”.

The conference will be starting out strong, with some big names already added to the presenter bill.  Hurry and get your tickets here, as there are only 300 seats available.  Your ticket will also give you access to all music venues as well, so you can hear some great bands as well.


Alexis Ohanian (@alexisohanian)

Alexis is currently a startup founder and investor in Brooklyn, and recently made this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 list.  Along with Steve Huffman, he is the co-creator of Reddit, the self described “frontpage of the internet”.  After leaving Reddit, Alexis started Breadpig, which publishes web comics and produces geek paraphernalia, donating any non-sustainable funds to various charities.  He is also currently an advisor for Hipmunk, the “agony-free travel service”, where he ran their first marketing and PR campaign.  He is an Ambassador for Y Combinator, and was

Alexis is also known for his work his charity work, where along with Breadpig, he had an active social media role fighting against the American SOPA & PIPA bills, was a Kiva Fellow in Armenia, and has spoken about social media at TEDIndia (watch his talk here).  He is currently writing a book, entitled Without Your Permission, about “how the 21st century will be made, not managed”.  The book should hit the presses, digital or otherwise, in 2013.

Amber Mac (@ambermac)

Amber Mac is a Canadian social media consultant and technology writer.  A columnist for The Globe & Mail, amongst many other media outlets, she is also a host on AppCentral, and regularly contributes tech news for Canada AM, on CTV.  A popular social media personality, she produces two popular podcasts, TWiT.tv’s The Social Hour, and the Toronto/Halifax co-based CommandN.tv (which recently celebrated their 7th anniversary).  CommandN.tv is product of MGImedia, a new media production company she manages, which such notable clients as Microsoft and Discovery Channel.

Amber is a popular speaker, travelling and talking about social media at many events, including this year’s SocialMix 2012 in Toronto.  Her book, Power Friending, which discusses how to use social media to further your business, is a huge success, making The Globe & Mail’s Top 10 Bestsellers list.  You can read more about Amber and her book here.

Daniel Schutzsmith (@shutzsmith)

Daniel is a co-founder and current creative director of Mark & Phil, a New York-based marketing and creative company which primarily works for non-profit and triple-bottom-line companies and charities.  Over the years, Daniel has worked with everyone from The Nelson Mandela Foundation to The Pixies.

James White (@signalnoise)

Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, James is an artist and designer.  Working as a visual artist, James has produced pieces for Google, Nike, and Wired.

Stacey Mulcahy (@bitchwhocodes)

Stacey is a senior developer for Big Starship in New York.  Having much experience in different development roles, Stacey has seen many different sides of new media.

Riccardo Giraldi (@giraz)

Riccardo is the creative director at B Reel London, a digital productions company.  Specializing in many forms of media, Riccardo has a finger in everything.

David Crow (@davidcrow)

Focusing more on product development and marketing, David works at turning ideas into reality.  David has had a hand in the Toronto startup community for years, working with DemoCamp, StartupsNorth, and Founders & Funders, among many others.

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Stephen Christensen

Stephen Christensen

Stephen is the Atlantic Canadian contributor for Techvibes.com; reporting Canadian technology news, with a focus on the Maritime provinces.  Having a deep-rooted interest in science and technology for much of his life, he is most interested in mobile technology and social media.  Having been published in various scientific journals, he is completing his Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University... more

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