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HighEdWeb 2013

Did you attend #heweb13? Your conference feedback is important. We use your evaluations to adjust everything from food choices to programming to swag and more. Let us know how we can keep making HighEdWeb the best possible professional development experience it can be — fill out the conference evaluation by October 31:


As you know, HighEdWeb is very proud to be the organization created by and for higher education Web professionals.  We exist because of the work, energy and talents of our volunteers; it’s important for us to know how you have been and want to be involved with HighEdWeb, in what areas you’d be most interested in volunteering your skills, and how we can make that volunteer experience the best it can possibly be.Complete our brief HighEdWeb Volunteer Survey by Friday, November 1:

Note that this does NOT commit you to volunteering at this time. All we ask is that you share your thoughts to help us better assess current HighEdWeb volunteer involvement, and to build opportunities and recognition in ways that mean the most to you, our members and friends.

HighEdWeb 2013 Wrap Up

Thank you all a fantastic HighEdWeb 2013 and for building this experience with us; as we’ve said over and over, you ARE HighEdWeb, and we’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished together. A quick overview of what happened while we were in Buffalo, by the numbers:

  • 700+ web pros attending
  • 45 states represented
  • 10 countries represented
  • 70+ presentations given
  • 12 intensive half-day workshops held
  • One Hackathon for one great cause, by 70+ participants
  • Two days of Leadership Academy completed
  • 16,100+ Tweets posted
  • 3 times as a national Twitter trend

All of that adds up to one fantastic conference by and for higher education Web professionals!

The event may be over but you can go back and relive Buffalo any time you like:

  • Download a copy of our stunning HighEdWeb 2013 program, created by the LINK staff:
  • Many presentation slides are available via the HighEdWeb website  – click the session title for a description and links to materials.
  • Our own LINK Journal of Higher Education Web Professionals provided outstanding recaps & coverage of conference sessions & events.
  • Our incredible closing keynote by Scott Stratten won’t be soon forgotten, and Association Members can now view the video via our Members’ site. Red Stapler (Best of Track and Conference!)  presentations and other videos are also coming soon for HighEdWeb members; watch Twitter and Facebook for updates.
  • Check out our images and clips on Flickr, Instagram, and YouTube, and be sure to search for our official conference tag, #heweb13. (And feel free to upload and tag your own memories, too.)

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for HighEdWeb 2014 in Portland, OR!

Announcing Hackathon 2013 at #heweb13

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association is pleased to announce Hackathon 2013, held at the 2013 HighEdWeb Annual Conference to benefit The Ride For Roswell, cancer research and patient care programs.

  • Monday, October 7, 2013, 7 p.m. until completion, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
  • Creation of a mobile-friendly, WordPress-based website, and including integration of The Ride’s fundraising platform.
  • HighEdWeb attendees working collaboratively in a fun, fast-paced atmosphere with food, music and prizes to benefit the Buffalo community.

HighEdWeb will give back to Buffalo, NY — the community hosting its annual conference — via Hackathon 2013. Web professionals from hundreds of colleges and universities will come together to share diverse skill sets (including programming, writing, graphic design, project management and more) and create a completely redesigned, mobile-friendly website for The Ride For Roswell in the space of one night.

Sign up now to take part in HighEdWeb Hackathon 2013.

Founded in 1996, The Ride For Roswell is an annual cycling event that benefits research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s (RPCI). RPCI’s mission is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York.

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is a not-for-profit organization of Web professionals working at institutions of higher education. Its annual conference, HighEdWeb 2013, is created BY and FOR higher education Web professionals. In 2013, the conference will welcome close to 800 participants to Buffalo, NY on October 6-9. #heweb13

HighEdWeb Announces Annual Conference Presentation Lineup

HighEdWeb is pleased to announce the HighEdWeb 2013 annual conference schedule of presentations.

The conference will feature 60+ presentations by industry leaders; optional pre- and post-conference half-day intensive workshops; outstanding keynotes by Steve Wozniak (co-founder, Apple, Inc.) and Scott Stratten (President, Un-Marketing); and a number of social and networking events.

Conference tracks include:

  • Applications, Integration and Mobile
  • Management and Professional Development
  • Marketing, Content and Social Strategy
  • Technical: Propeller Hats Required
  • Technology in Education
  • Usability, Accessibility and Design

To register, visit the HighEdWeb 2013 website – early bird registration ends July 31.

HighEdWeb 2013 Announces Wozniak Keynote

HighEdWeb is pleased to share that our 2013 annual conference in Buffalo, NY on October 6-9 will feature two outstanding keynote presentations. Our previously-announced keynote, Scott Stratten (@unmarketing), will join us on Wednesday, October 9 to talk about engagement and share words of inspiration as we close what we know will be another outstanding conference.

And now we’re very excited to announce that  HighEdWeb 2013 welcomes Steve Wozniak, author, speaker, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and chief scientist at Fusion-io, as our conference opening keynote presenter!

Photo of Steve Wozniak, HighEdWeb 2013 Keynote SpeakerSteve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer Inc. and chief scientist at Fusion-io

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.

In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.

Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students.  Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Wozniak currently serves as Chief Scientist for Fusion-io and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best-selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006 by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory.

Register today to join us in Buffalo on October 6-9 and hear Woz and @unmarketing share their insights with #heweb13!

2013 Leadership Academy Registration Now Open

HighEdWeb Leadership AcademyHighEdWeb is pleased to announce that registration for the second HighEdWeb Leadership Academy is now open. Designed to broaden perspectives and advance the leadership abilities of Web professionals working in higher education, this intense program offers interactive learning experiences in a small group setting.

Why attend?

What differentiates this Leadership Academy from other organizations with leadership programs is a specific focus on the job of a Web director/manager. Participants in this academy will learn:

  • The skill set needed to be effective in a broader role within the Web field
  • How to differentiate leading from managing from actually doing the work, so that you can be more intentional in the behavior you select
  • The Web governance framework, from a comprehensive Web strategy to development of policies, standards and an effective evaluation process
  • Different Web team options, including how to work in a matrix environment and affect change
  • The business of higher education

When is the academy?

The academy is being held in conjunction with the annual 2013 HighEdWeb Conference in Buffalo, New York. The Leadership Academy includes two sessions before the conference:

  • Saturday Oct. 5, 2013, 1-4:30 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

How do I register?

Academy registration is handled separately from conference registration. The cost is $400 and includes dinner on Saturday, Oct. 5, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, Oct. 6. Space is limited to 32.

Register now >>

What do past attendees have to say about the academy?

“There was a good mix of leading/managing a team and working with other leaders at the university.”

“Overall fantastic and something that needs to be addressed and talked about.”

“Loved the chance to network with peers and discuss things in depth. All in all, made me think about things that I otherwise would not have thought about.”

“Wonderful session. I like the focus on both us as individuals and our functions and responsibilities.”


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HighEdWeb 2013 Announces Stratten Keynote

HighEdWeb 2013 is excited to announce a new conference feature this year: a Closing Keynote!

That’s right, #heweb13 has TWO keynotes: one to be held early on in the conference, and one to send us off with final words of inspiration as we wrap up a great conference experience the morning of Weds. Oct. 9. And we’re thrilled to announce that our 2013 Closing Keynote speaker is none other than author, speaker, and preacher of engagement Scott Stratten — @UnMarketing himself! Join us in welcoming Scott as we keep moving down the road to Buffalo and HighEdWeb 2013.

Photo of HighEdWeb 2013 keynote speaker and President of Un-Marketing Scott StrattenScott Stratten, President of Un-Marketing

Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a College Professor, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Café, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue and Fidelity Investments when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape.

He now has over 140,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was just named one of the top 5 social media influencers in the world on It’s the only time he’s felt comfortable being compared to Ashton Kutcher, P Diddy and Justin Bieber.

His book “UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging” became a national best-seller before it was released and was also named one of the top business books of the year by 1-800-CEO READ and a top 10 book by

His new book entitled “The Book Of Business Awesome: How Engaging Your Customers and Employees Can Make Your Business Thrive” is also a best-seller, breaking the rules of how companies are truly marketed and grown through the current online/offline world.

His passion comes out most when speaking on stage, preaching engagement and becoming one of the most sought-out speakers on the subject.