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Friday, October 11


Friday October 11, 2013 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Registration Desk Baltimore Hilton


Welcome Reception
Friday October 11, 2013 5:30pm - 6:30pm
South Foyer 2nd Floor


Welcome! Friday Dinner & Icebreakers
Friday October 11, 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Key 6


Karaoke Dance Party!
Come with your dancing shoes for a rockin' good time, with karaoke, dance tunes, and crazy costumes. Don't forget your camera!

Friday October 11, 2013 8:30pm - 11:00pm
Key 4
Saturday, October 12


Saturday Breakfast
Saturday October 12, 2013 8:30am - 9:30am
Key 6


Saturday October 12, 2013 8:30am - 6:00pm
Registration Desk Baltimore Hilton


Kids Lounge

Bring little brothers and sisters (up to age 9) to the Kids Lounge on Saturday and Sunday for special activities just for them! Sponsor Kitu Kids will be in residence to demo their cool bilingual animated stories and apps, and kids can play with Legos, courtesy of Lego. We’ll also have crafts and videos. Please note, kids must be accompanied by an adult, babysitting is not provided.

Sponsored by Kitu Kids.

Saturday October 12, 2013 8:45am - 7:15pm


Keynote: Digital Knights in Shining Armor: Simple self-defense for the online creative
Clicking "Publish" -- whether its to share a photo, video or blog post -- is an act of courage. Creators must sometimes vanquish trolls, defeat bullies, defy thumbs-downers, dodge content scrapers and copyright infringers to create their best work yet. In this session, veteran, award-winning web producer Clay Nichols arms writers, photographers, and filmmakers with strategies to stay both creative and safe when stepping into the digital arena.

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Clay Nichols

Clay Nichols is a co-founder and Chief Creative Officer at DadLabs.com, an online resource for fathers, where he blogs and produces the videos that recently won the International Academy of Web Television Award for Best Educational Series 2012 and a was a Webby Honoree for Best Writing.  He is also the chief creative officer of LookOut Social.  He is co-author of “Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts&rdquo... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 9:15am - 10:00am
Key 6


Visit With Sponsors
Saturday October 12, 2013 10:00am - 6:00pm
South Foyer 2nd Floor


Niche Nuts: How Sports Bloggers Stand Out

A lot of the success of content creation and blogging is finding the right niche - a topic you're passionate about, which is narrow enough to attract an audience but not too narrow that you can't attract an audience! Sports bloggers Kevin Lockland, Jacob Resnick and Clayton Collier have all parlayed their love of sports into sports blogging careers - and Jacob and Clayton are only teenagers!

Lara DiPaola helps guide this discussion about writing what you love and loving what you write, and how creating content around passion can open doors for you in a variety of ways.

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Lara DiPaola

Lara DiPaola is a California Native transplanted to the Baltimore-DC metro. A wrangler of kids and cats, this mother of four serves as the Director of Marketing for CertifiKid, a family-focused daily deal site based in Maryland with branches in major cities from coast-to-coast. In her ‘spare’ time Lara traipses about globe, sometimes sans offspring, writing about travel for TravelingMom.com and USA Today... Read More →

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Clayton Collier

Clayton Collier is a journalism major, entering his sophomore year at Seton Hall University. Clayton started out with several websites of his own, however soon began as a weekly contributor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, who he has been with for three years since. Through MetsMerized he has been able to cover various Mets games and events where he attends press conferences and batting practice while also interviewing players and coaches. He... Read More →
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Kevin Lockland

Kevin Lockland oversees editorial operations for SB Nation, Vox Media’s sports properties Properties. SB Nation boasts over 50 million users per month across 300 individually branded, fan-centric sports communities, each covering a specific professional or college team, league or sport and sbnation.com, one of the fastest growing national sports sites.  Prior to joining SB Nation, he served as Vice President and General... Read More →
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Jacob Resnick

Jacob Resnick  is a teen sports blogger and broadcaster. At the age of eleven he had the opportunity of a lifetime when he won a contest and got the chance to spend an inning in the broadcast booth with the New York Mets broadcasters at Citi Field. As a die hard Mets fan, he was overwhelmed when he stepped into the booth and got to call a home run. The call went viral on the internet and gained national attention, and he felt on top of the... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Key 11 2nd Floor


Game Design Workshop: Gamestar Mechanic
Limited Capacity seats available

Designing and making a videogame involves a fascinating mix of technical, artistic, creative and storytelling skills. If you've ever wanted to make a game of our own, this introductory workshop will help you learn the basics of game design.

We'll start with some activities that will introduce the elements of game systems by making and modding physical games and then move on to making original games using Gamestar Mechanic (gamestarmechanic.com), an award-winning game design tool used in over 5,000 schools and youth programs. No prior experience in making games or programming is required, and we'll also spend some time talking about the different tools, organizations, competitions and pathways you can follow if you'd like to continue making games.

PLEASE RSVP to this workshop here - we must have your RSVP via this form to count you in to the workshop: http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com/rsvp2013/ 

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Brian Alspach

Brian Alspach is Executive Vice President at E-Line Media, a publisher of game-based learning products and services that engage, educate and empower, helping to prepare youth for lives and careers in the 21st Century. He leads E-Line’s youth gamemaking efforts including Gamestar Mechanic – an online platform that teaches game design and has been used by over 400,000 youth in over 5,000 schools – and the National STEM... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 10:15am - 12:45pm
Key 12 - Tech Lab 2nd Floor


Video Creation Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

From YouTube to Instagram and Vine, video is super-hot in 2013. Learn how to create super-easy video for your blog, vlog (video blog) or other digital presence from vlogging pro Jessica McFadden.

In this hands-on workshop, Jessica will cover:

  • What kinds of videos connect with others and get noticed?
  • Why your blog, website and even your Facebook page are craving video.
  • What makes a "plain" video more interesting?
  • How to make a one minute vlog that will interest and inspire viewers.  
  • Notes on equipment, lighting and more

Participants will then break into pairs to create vlogs you can use! 

Be sure to bring an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phone or video-capable digital camera to this session!

PLEASE RSVP to this workshop here - we must have your RSVP via this form to count you in to the workshop: http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com/rsvp2013/

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Jessica McFadden

Jessica McFadden is the creator and author of the popular lifestyle blog for parents, A Parent in America, as well as the award-winning hyperlocal parenting website A Parent in Silver Spring, which has been featured in media such as CNN, Forbes, and The Washington Post as a top resource for Washington, DC area parents. Jessica has successfully and creatively incorporated video in both of her websites, growing her readership... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 10:15am - 12:45pm
Key 10 2nd Floor


Snack Break
Saturday October 12, 2013 11:15am - 11:45am
South Foyer 2nd Floor


Blogging for the Big Picture: Building the Future You Imagine

Your blog can be your voice and your platform. Fueled by passion  and dedication, your blog is a vehicle to your dreams.  What you do with it and where you take it is up to you. For some, blogging can result in wonderful rewards: financial, experiential, and personal. 

Our three panelists have each built brands that help define their present and future through their blogs and websites: Chloe Gordon from PopCosmo is a junior fashionista with a platform for sharing her favorite looks; Maggie Miller is a mom who helps other parents save money at Frugal Family Fun, and Tori Molnar is a young entrepreneur and the creator of MyUtoria.

Moderator Julia Beck (Founder of Forty Weeks) is a successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with an eye for "what's next". Julia will will help bring these stories to life in a relatable, fun format. 

You will leave inspired, energized and ready to take essential next steps as you  create and grow your own online presence in a way that's limited only by your imagination.

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Julia S. Beck

Julia S. Beck, founder of Forty Weeks, is a prominent New York and Washington, DC based marketing strategist with a passionate focus on the maternity / juvenile category. Julia’s twenty year career can best be categorized as consistently vibrant, evolving and certainly exciting. Her signature enthusiasm, humor, natural leadership and genuine care for her clients and the world as a whole have led Ms. Beck on an exciting path... Read More →

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Chloe Gordon

Chloe Gordon is the 17 year old co-founder of Popcosmo.com, a lifestyle blog. She has been blogging since she was 13, first about triathlons, and now about fashion, DIY, and topics for teens, moms and everyone in-between since she blogs with her mom. Chloe handles all the graphics, the blog design, and most of the social media, including Instagram, Tumblr, YouTube, Twitter Chat (#ChicChat). Her success on Pinterest has been featured... Read More →
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Maggie Miller

Maggie Miller is a frugal living expert and super financially conservative mom of 4 great kids, a husband & dog. She’s located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She works from home, home schools her kids in Pre-K through college and has a severe passion for all things Disney. She’s been fortunate enough to be featured on Good Morning Delmarva, Fox News Baltimore, as well as other publications & articles. She... Read More →
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Tori Molnar

Tori Molnar is the fifteen year old President and CEO of Utoria, LLC.  Utoria is a creative company that assists and educates young women in becoming entrepreneurs and/or business women. Ms. Molnar founded Utoria in late 2010 to help some of her friends earn money through the only way that she ever knew how, starting their own business! About six months later, she also founded the “She Can Make Change” organization. She... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 11:45am - 12:45pm
Key 11 2nd Floor


Saturday Lunch: Tween/Teen Tables

We invite our tweens and teens to join us for a special lunch on Saturday, at tables reserved just for you! Get to know other tweens and teens from around the country, and get a little goofy with our table swag! Look for a special sticker on the back of your nametag with a table number on it and match it to the tables at lunch on Saturday.

Saturday October 12, 2013 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Key 6


Digital Doctors: Get Your Questions Answered!

Get your digital and social media questions answered by our Digital Doctors! Our wonderful speakers are giving a bit more of their time to diagnose your worst content and social media maladies. Sign up for 15-minute individual appointments at the registration desk, or walk in to see if there's space - no co-payment required!

Our Doctors are specialists in all sorts of areas, from WordPress to Instagram to keeping your kids safe online. For more info, including a list of Digital Doctors and their specialties, please visit the registration desk.

Saturday October 12, 2013 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Key 9 2nd Floor


Kid Fame: Right for Your Kid? Or You?

Who doesn't want to be famous? Nevermind, lots of people don't - they don't want the responsibility, the hassle, or the intrusion on their privacy. 

So is "internet fame" right for your kid? Whether they're an up-and-coming blogger or YouTube star, nearly all kids have at least a passing thought about how their online presence could make them famous.

As parents, what stance do we take on kid fame? Do we actively encourage our kids to seek fame, or discourage it? At what point does helping your kid with their blog become "stage momming (or dadding)"? Or, if your kid is already on their way to becoming internet famous, how do you as a parent help manage their expectations and their time?

Join Amy Mascott as she leads a lively discussion about fame with three parents and one kid: Nakia Reigh (mom of Tori Molnar, also speaking today); Stephanie Humphrey, and Betsy Cadel, along with up-and-coming young comedian and YouTuber Simon Cadel.

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Amy Mascott

Amy Mascott is the creator of teachmama.com , where she shares tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers for their children. Capitalizing on learning opportunities in the every day and inspiring curiosity through games and play, Amy encourages a ‘lifestyle of learning’ where parents both prepare their children for school and help them to grow excited and informed about the world around them... Read More →

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Betsy Cadel

Betsy Cadel is the founder of Thinking Cap Productions, a full-service video production company which focuses primarily on how-to videos that turn “WTF moments of frustration to OMG moments of elation.” She co-launched Webby nominated Digitwirl.com in 2011. She has written scripts for the eHow series  Socially Connected , teaching everyone from newbies to savvy users about social media platforms... Read More →
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Simon Cadel

Simon Cadel started performing stand-up comedy two-years ago while at Long Lake Camp for the Performing Arts. He took comedy classes in Manhattan at The Gotham Comedy Club where he performed in showcases, and developed a real passion/addiction for making people laugh. Videos of his performances and original songs which were posted on YouTube led to bookings at The Comic Strip Live and New York Comedy Club for prime weekend shows alongside... Read More →
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Stephanie Humphrey

Stephanie Humphrey is a tech-life expert who  merges her passion for lifestyle media with in-depth tech expertise to show everyday people how empowering, enriching and fun technology can be. Stephanie is driven by the sole purpose of connecting people, particularly those underrepresented in technology, with the tech know-how to transform their worlds. Stephanie contributes her tech-life expertise to national media outlets... Read More →

Nakia Kelley

Nakia Kelley is an entrepreneur, speaker, blogger, mom, and woman of faith. She has a lot of experience in an extremely diverse range of businesses -- everything from construction to accounting. She is a Mom to two children with special needs, a 16 year old with Cerebral Palsy who is now a entrepreneur herself, and a 10 year old boy with Aspergers who races dirt bikes. If you didn't already think she is completely insane, you should know... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Key 11 2nd Floor


Food Blogging, Styling & Photography Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Food blogging is an exciting niche within the world of content creation. Food bloggers blog their own recipes, cook from specific cookbooks, or blog about their restaurant adventures. In this hands-on workshop, lifestyle and food blogger Laura Franklin and guide you through making a recipe for homemade buttercream frosting and frosting gorgeous cupcakes, then professional photo stylist Robin Zachary will help you style your cupcakes and set up your photograph. Then both Laura and Robin will provide tips for taking the best photographs of your creation and help you take photos for your blog.

Come with your digital camera or phone with a camera, and bring your appetite too!

PLEASE RSVP to this workshop here - we must have your RSVP via this form to count you in to the workshop: http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com/rsvp2013/ 

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Laura (Lolli) Franklin

Laura (Lolli) Franklin is a Washington DC-area mom of 5 teen and pre-teen kids who is just as busy as you might guess. When Laura was in elementary school, her dream was to be a Mom and a writer. She never anticipated that she'd fulfill that dream so literally as a lifestyle/family blogger. Her blog, Better in Bulk , is her creative escape, her social circle, and now her full time job. Laura has partnered with brands like... Read More →
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Robin Zachary

Robin Zachary is a New York City based stylist, art director and editor who blogs about her styling adventures at Propcloset.com. During her years as Creative Director of Bridal Guide Magazine she grew to love working with flowers, fine tableware and bridal gowns and to this day is still in love with weddings and the beauty surrounding this happy occasion.  Robin teaches styling at New York’s Fashion Institute of... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Key 10 2nd Floor


WordPress.com Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Kids want an online space of their own where they can make their voices heard and engage with the world. With WordPress, the sky’s the limit! Its streamlined and simplified user interface is so easy to learn, your child can set up a site and be blogging in no time (and privacy controls let you protect them, so their first forays online are safe ones). 

Having this knowledge opens up an instant online home for them to enjoy and puts them ahead of the curve - it could even result in a career in web design or development.

During our Workshop, we’ll walk through basic WordPress.com setup and then break into smaller groups to customize your children’s new sites. Have your child come with a basic game plan. Here are some ideas to get them started!

  • School projects
  • Photos of LEGO creations
  • Short stories or poems
  • Book reviews or a book club
  • Host a fundraiser or support a charity
  • Recipes
  • Photography
  • Pets
  • Career ideas
  • Homework help
  • Babysitting tips
  • Music
No previous knowledge of blogging is necessary to take part in this workshop. 

For all kids under the age of 13 taking part in this workshop, parents will be required to sign a form giving their permission for their kid to open a free WordPress.com account. 

PLEASE RSVP to this workshop here - we must have your RSVP via this form to count you in to the workshop: http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com/rsvp2013/

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Karen Arnold

Karen Arnold (pronounced Car-en) and her husband, 4 children, 4 cats, and approximately 10 chickens, live in sunny Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Happiness Engineer for Automattic, the folks that make WordPress.com. When she isn’t engineering happiness, that is, helping WordPress users with their sites, she helps her husband homeschool their energetic kiddos, tries to blog regularly, and brainstorms ways to meet every WordPress... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Key 12 - Tech Lab 2nd Floor


Snack Break
Saturday October 12, 2013 4:30pm - 5:00pm
South Foyer 2nd Floor


Unplug! Parents Modeling Healthy Digital Behavior
These days we’re hyperconnected thanks to mobile devices that make it easier than ever to keep up with work, social networks, and each other while on the go. But at what point do you say enough is enough? There is a growing trend towards taking a digital Sabbath and unplugging to reconnect with ourselves and our families. This idea can strike fear in the minds of families who rely on devices to stay in constant communication with each other in the course of a day. How do you balance connectivity to stay in touch with each other virtually while ensuring that you’re getting enough face time?
Through this session, we will:
  • Explore the relationships we have with our devices 
  • Discuss how we can use devices effectively, responsibly, while modeling appropriate use to achieve digital wellness
  • Provide parents with the opportunity to evaluate their technology use in their homes to determine how much time should be spent plugged in and unplugged based on their needs

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Leticia Barr

Leticia Barr is the founder of Tech Savvy Mama. She is a DC Metro area dwelling mom of 2 with a background in classroom technology integration and school administration who uses everything she learned from in her previous career in her current one as a professional blogger, Parents.com columnist, and social media strategist. She frequently advises brands dedicated to protecting kids both in real life and in the ever-changing online... Read More →

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Jill Berry

Jill Berry is all about seizing family time one dinner...one game night...one movie at a time. Jill is a blogging mom raising a tween and two teens in the Baltimore area. Her kids gives her lots to blog about at -- Musings from Me -- where she writes about seizing family time in between all the soccer practices, homework, music lessons, and school events. Jill is a regular contributor to The DC Moms and... Read More →
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Jason Finkelstein

Jason Finkelstein is a consumer product and communications leader with more than ten years’ mobile technology experience. Jason runs marketing for mobile software company Location Labs, leading customer engagement through their Safely division. Safely’s family of mobile safety apps, available through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, include Parental Phone Controls, Drive Safe and Family Locator. Jason formerly managed... Read More →
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Michele McGraw

Michele McGraw is a mom of 4 who blogs & vlogs at Scraps of My Geek Life, a blog offering daily commentary, advice, reviews and shared experiences of how her real life and the digital domain connect. Michele shows families how to use technology to enhance their lives. Her 16 year old son, Nathan, is a budding filmmaker who has written and produced several Lego movies and starred in 6 drama productions in the... Read More →

Saturday October 12, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Key 11 2nd Floor


Community Keynote: Social Networks - The Elephant In The Room

Although most of our Digital Family Summit kids are under age 13, we know that a huge majority of you are engaged on Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter, Google+ and other social networks, even if you’re not yet 13. To explore both parent and kid perspectives on what's appropriate for kids (and especially under-13s) on social networks, what kids are actually doing, and what parents should be doing about it, we're opening up our Saturday evening keynote to you, our community.

Bring your voice to this lively town-hall discussion – you won’t want to miss it!


Saturday October 12, 2013 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Key 6


Saturday Dinner
Saturday October 12, 2013 7:15pm - 8:00pm
Key 6


Circus Party

Enjoy the flavor of the circus! Learn some cool circus tricks from local teen jugglers, get a glitter tattoo, and dance your heart out. Dessert will be waiting when you’re hungry!

Sponsored by Chevrolet. 

Saturday October 12, 2013 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Key 4
Sunday, October 13


Sunday Breakfast
Sunday October 13, 2013 8:00am - 9:00am
Key 6


Sunday October 13, 2013 8:00am - 12:00pm
Registration Desk Baltimore Hilton


Keynote: Becoming a Blogger

Nando Rodriguez knows blogging. He's been writing about fashion, dating and careers and reviewing stuff since 2005; he also works with bloggers regularly in his role at a major digital agency as a social media recruiter. He's also a podcaster, dating coach and sought-after speaker.

Nando believes that blogging and social media opens doors, and in his upbeat keynote he'll describe what he feels it takes to become a successful blogger, and where you can go on that journey. You'll leave this keynote inspired - and laughing!

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Nando Rodriguez

Nando Rodriguez wrote his first blog on myspace in 2005 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s learned to navigate through the blogosphere along with the highs and lows which have included various video series, celebrity interviews and backstage appearances at New York Fashion Shows. Currently he’s the Head of Employment Branding for a Global Advertising Agency as well as their Sr. Social Media Recruiter. In his spare time Nando... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2013 8:45am - 9:30am
Key 6


Kid's Lounge
Bring little brothers and sisters ages 5-10 to our Kids Lounge for activities just for them!  Crafts, movies, legos, and more will keep them entertained throughout the day.

PLEASE NOTE: Grownups must stay with kids- this is not childcare. 

Sunday October 13, 2013 8:45am - 1:15pm


Visit With Sponsors
Sunday October 13, 2013 9:30am - 12:15pm
South Foyer 2nd Floor


Kid Bloggers: Four Tweens & Teens Doing It Well

Digital Family Summit is about today's generation of bloggers and content creators, and these four bloggers and vloggers are great examples of kids creating great digital presences. Some of them have been encouraged by their parent-bloggers, others are doing it entirely on their own, and all of them are discovering new opportunities opened up by their blogs.

Karl Rivera, Emily Broutian and sisters Lauren and Victoria Coaxum are blazing new trails with their blogs and vlogs. 

  • Photographer and blogger Karl is a freshman at Wheaton College; he's been blogging since 2009 on technology, photography and teenage life.
  • Vlogging sisters Lauren and Victoria co-founded Think Before You Type, an anti-bullying and positive self-esteem organization. They vlog at least weekly, offering encouraging messages to other teens.
  • Emily is a tween storyteller and craft blogger who started blogging in July 2013 and is already a prolific content creator.

Moderator Isabel Kallman will help these amazing kids tell their stories to inspire kids and parents alike.

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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founder and chief at Alpha Mom, an online parenting website. Isabel and Alpha Mom have been featured by leading national media such as USA Today, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Forbes anointed Alpha Mom one of the Top 10 Mommy Hood Gurus and Parents Magazine named Isabel one of the ten “Power Moms.” Before launching Alpha Mom, Isabel spent a decade at a leading Wall Street firm working in... Read More →

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Emily Broutian

Emily Broutian is a 10 year old writer and blogger phenom. She’s been writing ever since she was 5.  At that time her stories were about a girl and a dog, but now she has many different stories to tell. She also loves doing arts and crafts, and loves reading books. Her parents give her the best presents for her birthday. This year it was her blog, which she wanted since she attended BlogHer in New York with her mom. She blogs... Read More →
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Lauren Coaxum

Lauren Coaxum is a 17 year old premed student going into her sophomore year at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.  Along with her sister Victoria, she founded Think Before You Type, an anti-cyberbullying and positive self-esteem organization. The organization consists of their efforts on their blog and their work in the community. Online they upload interviews, post video dares that challenge viewers to positively... Read More →
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Victoria Coaxum

Victoria Coaxum is a 16 year old high school student in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Along with her sister Lauren, she founded Think Before You Type, an anti-cyberbullying and positive self-esteem self-esteem organization. The organization consists of their efforts on their blog and work in the community. Online they upload interviews, post video dares that challenge viewers to positively impact those around them, and blog about topics that... Read More →
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Karl Rivera

Karl Rivera is a blogger, scholar, and photographer. He is currently a sophomore on a four year leadership based scholarship at Wheaton College. Since 2009, Karl has blogged about teen lifestyle in its broadest sense: advice, reviews, and his thoughts on the world all from a fresh perspective. Karl has spoken at SxSW, and in 2011 was featured as a Top 25 Kid Blogger on Circle of Moms. He spent this past summer working as a Teaching... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2013 9:45am - 10:45am
Key 11 2nd Floor


Blog Writing Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Blog writing seems simple, but it's THE most important part of your online presence. As many in the business say, 'content is king!' But how do you create rockstar, fabulous conent that is meaningful, searchable, and aligned with who you are? It's easy once you learn a few tricks of the trade and make those tricks part of your blog writing repertoire. In this intensive workshop, participants will work with three experts in the field - people who have been writing and blogging for years and whose work has been published in both online and print magazines, shared in books and on stage. Attendees will learn everything they need to know about solid content creation, SEO, titles, call to action, and more.

 to this workshop here - we must have your RSVP via this form to count you in to the workshop: http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com/rsvp2013/

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Bruce Fretts

Bruce Fretts is Articles Editor of TV Guide Magazine and writes the wildly popular “Cheers & Jeers”column. Fretts also writes the daily “Cheers & Jeers” blog on tvguide.com. Prior to joining TV Guide, Fretts spent 12 years at Entertainment Weekly magazine, rising from Researcher to Critic. He wrote hundreds of articles, including cover stories on such stars as Harrison... Read More →
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Amy Mascott

Amy Mascott is the creator of teachmama.com , where she shares tools and resources parents can use to become the best teachers for their children. Capitalizing on learning opportunities in the every day and inspiring curiosity through games and play, Amy encourages a ‘lifestyle of learning’ where parents both prepare their children for school and help them to grow excited and informed about the world around them... Read More →
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Aliza Worthington

Aliza Worthington grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and now lives in Baltimore. A former middle school teacher, she began writing in 2009 at the age of 40. Sometimes her writing follows The Seinfeld Model of “no learning, no hugging.” Other times it involves lots of both. She blogs about Life, Liberty and Happiness at “The Worthington Post.” Aliza is proud to be a regular contributed to the online magazine, “The... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2013 9:45am - 12:15pm
Key 12 - Tech Lab 2nd Floor


Digital Photography Workshop
Limited Capacity seats available

Led by German Marin, an NYC-based professional photographer, this hands-on workshop will provide an intensive overview of digital photography. Photography continues to increase in importance to for today's content creators, on your blog to Instagram and more.  German will explain some photography theory and answer your questions about composition, lighting and choosing your subjects, as well as touch on 

Be sure to bring an iPhone, iPod Touch or digital camera; you'll take a walk with German as you capture some of the neighborhood around the Hilton and start to see things through the eyes of a photo pro.

PLEASE RSVP to this workshop here - we must have your RSVP via this form to count you in to the workshop: http://www.digitalfamilysummit.com/rsvp2013/ 

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German Marin

German Marin is a New York City Photographer living in Brooklyn focusing on making the world a better place, one photograph at a time. He books weddings, fashion shoots, events and everything in between. And when he’s not busy editing photos, he’s looking through magazines looking for inspiration for his next pose, shoot or client. In his spare time German likes to take photos on his iPhone and edit them on his app called... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2013 9:45am - 12:15pm
Key 10 2nd Floor


Snack Break
Sunday October 13, 2013 10:45am - 11:15am
South Foyer 2nd Floor


Parenting Social Media Kids: Balance & Safety
Sponsored by Life360.

Raising kids in today's texting, Instagramming, always-on environment provides new challenges for parents. This session explores the psychological advantages and pitfalls of digital immersion, explains the legal aspects of social and digital media (including the revised COPPA laws), and outlines strategies and tips to help parents both get the most out of, and set age-appropriate limits on, mobile and social technologies.

Our three panelists include a behavior analyst turned blogger, Megan Broutian; a technologist and thought-leader on all things tween, Gayarti Bhalla; and Frederick Lane, an attorney and expert in cybersafety.


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Frederick Lane

Frederick Lane is a nationally-recognized expert on privacy and the impact of emerging technologies on society. He is an author, attorney, educational consultant, expert witness, and lecturer who has appeared as guest on a variety of national media programs, including: Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”; ABC’s “Nightline” and “Good Morning America Weekend”; CBS’s “60... Read More →

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Gayarti Bhalla

Gayarti Bhalla (Ms. Twixt) is all about positive experiences for tween girls (ages 7-12). By day, Ms. Twixt runs a technology company and is mother to three tween-age girls and a boy. She writes under the pen name Ms. Twixt in an attempt to reduce the drama she causes for her tween daughters. Ms. Twixt is a blogger and online columnist.  She earned her MBA from Yale and for years advised Fortune 500 brands on social media and digital... Read More →
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Megan Broutian

Megan Broutian is a behavior analyst turned blogger. She writes about parenting using the principles of behavioral psychology at Behavioral Child and about life in general, and hers in particular, at Megan Blogs. She monitors very closely her 10 year-old daughter’s blogging journey at XOXO Emily. twitter: @meganbroutian | website: http://www.meganblogs.com... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2013 11:15am - 12:15pm
Key 11 2nd Floor


Social Media for Social Good

The social web has the power to create social good, and Elena Sonnino is at the forefront of creating opportunities in global citizenship through her blog, Live.Do.Grow and her Moms + Tweens + SocialGood summit. Elena, along with social activist tween Melia Gayaldo, will guide us through some examples of social good in action and describe how you can put your own content creation powers to use for the benefit of others. 

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Melia Gayaldo

 Melia Gayaldo is 9 years old, likes math and science, singing and piano, just started clarinet, and loves to help people.  Some of her other interests include biking and school.
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Elena Sonnino

Elena Sonnino is a freelance writer, strategist, traveler, runner, cancer survivor and chaser of dreams. Elena is passionate about fostering self sufficiency and inspiring others by sharing travel, running and social good stories. She believes in empowering tweens to become great global citizens. Elena spent twelve years as a teacher, educational leader and mentor to elementary students.  Whether she was a classroom teacher or an... Read More →

Sunday October 13, 2013 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Key 6


Sunday Lunch + Project Showcase + Goodbyes
Sunday October 13, 2013 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Key 6