You may have seen and read the buzz on Twitter about the upcoming Twestivals. With such a large group of tweeple in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I think that if we work together, we too, could host our own Twestival. There is not much time…volunteers and resources are needed to make this event a success. Will you help?
Please send a message to @GadgetVirtoso or myself (@vargasl) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in assisting in this successful event. Fundraising and event planning/venue coordination is needed.
The information below is from original event organizers.
What is a Twestival?
A Twestival (Twitter + Festival) is an evening event that started in London back in September 2008 so that the online Twitter community could meet the faces behind the avatars and do some good for a social cause. The first event was organized in less than two weeks, demand for the event exceeded 300 people, and raised money and collected canned food for a local homeless charity.
We had sponsorship from companies and start-ups who wanted to support the early adopter community. Sponsorship money went towards food and drink, which in turn covered the cost of the venue. We asked for donations at the door and sold raffle tickets for great prizes supplied by companies with a presence on Twitter. Everyone attending was on Twitter and received @nametags upon arrival. We had a celebrity DJ and @ihatemornings played his popular Twitter song live. Post-event, Twestival received quite a bit of press and there was huge demand to do it again in London – and others showed interest in hosting a Twestival in their own city – which brings us to now.
When is the Twestival?
On Thursday 12 February 2009 the Twestival is going global. The flagship event will be happening in London with simultaneous events happening in major Twitter cities around the world. The website: www.twestival.com is launched and enables organizers to have a designated page for their city to upload information, coordinate registration, showcase sponsor logos, link to donations and connect multimedia sources.
The event can be as large or small as the local Twitter community can support. There are a few key elements of Twestival to maintain consistency, but beyond these, each city can plan the kind of event they want.
- The Twestival must take place the evening of 12 February 2009
- All proceeds from events go to Charity: Water
- Attendees should all be on Twitter and receive a @nametag at the event
- Registration, donations, communication is centralized through Twestival.com
- Branding for Twestival will be provided to organisers in digital format
- Twestival partners / sponsors will be extended to other cities where possible
All proceeds from Twestival will be going to the same charity in order to have the most impact. Charity: Water (www.charitywater.org) is a fantastic organisation which will be using 100% of the money to directly build wells in Ethiopia providing clean drinking water. There has been a lot of momentum around this cause on Twitter and collectively we are in a position to have even more of an impact.
Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity: Water (@scottharrison) will be in Ethiopia on the day of Twestival and will be linked up via video to show how the money raised will be used. It costs $4000USD to implement a well in Ethiopia. It is a great aim for each event to try and cover the cost of 1 well; but we will be combining