By: Diane Stirling

For four more Fridays In February and March, School of Information Studies students will strut their social media stuff in efforts to win a presenter’s spot at the noted social media industry #140Conference this June in New York City.

Billed as “a battle of brawn…a battle of brains…a battle of social media know-how” by the iSchool’s 140Challenge website, one student each week will provide a 10-minute presentation on a topic of their choosing. The presentations comprise the students’ efforts to be selected as a speaker at the #140 Characters Conference in NYC (#140conf NYC), a premier social media event its web site says “is expected to be the largest worldwide gathering of people interested in the effects of the real-time Internet on both business and “me” the people.”

Attendees are being asked to vote for their favorite presentation. Additional judges will include the members of the #140Cuse conference team and the founder of the 140Conference. That judge, Jeff Pulver, is scheduled to make a special guest appearance at the March 2 competition.

The 140Challenge takes place from noon to 1:00 p.m. and features free pizza in the iCafe at Hinds Hall.

All students, faculty, staff and University guests are welcome to attend. For more information visit:

The event is one in a series of run-ups to #140Cuse, a regional social media conference that is being hosted by the iSchool. Both events, coupled with student visits to New York City for Social Media Week last week, illustrate the iSchool’s unique hands-on and on-the-ground engagements within the social media industry.

Scheduled as presenters are:

February 17 – Steve Rhinehart
Twitter: @CuseBarista

February 24 – Sam Morrison
Twitter: @SamTheCobra

March 2 – Isaac Budmen
Twitter: @ibudmen

March 23 – Gabriel Mugar
Twitter: @gmugar

March 30 – Alyssa Henry
Twitter: @AlyssaHenry