Join the Qatar Twestival! @dohatwestival

by · January 20, 2011

Twitter, community and raising money for a local charity – what better way could there be to spend a Thursday afternoon in March?  I can’t think of many things, which is why I am encouraging all of Qatar to come together on Thursday, March 24, 2011 for the country’s first Twestival.

Twestival (or a Twitter-festival) is a single day, global movement that uses the power of social media to organize offline events that engage the community around a local or global cause. Since 2009, more than 200 cities have held Twestivals, raising nearly $1.2 million for charities (137 different ones to date). It is definitely time for Doha to be one of those global Twestival cities. Twestivals alternate years between raising funds for a local charity and a united global charity. 2011 is focused on local charities.

A team of volunteers (including myself) are working to organize the Qatar Twestival – every Twestival event is 100% volunteer. We are in the very early stages and are considering things such as location, topics, entertainment, sponsors, marketing and what charity a Qatar Twestival should benefit.

Do you have ideas for the 2011 Qatar Twestival or are you interested in being a volunteer? Good! Get in touch with the organizers by tweeting @dohatwestival or feel free to reach out to me on Twitter @brianwez. I’ll definitely be posting more about Twestival as the planning advances. Let’s all get together to organize one of the most successful Twestivals in the world!

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  1. Brian Wesolowski says:

    I was wrong – this is not the first. It would be the second – still going to be very cool – and bigger this year!

  2. Bilal Randeree says:

    Thanks Brian! Can’t wait – this year may not be the first in Qatar, but its going to be the BEST in the world!

  3. Michael R. Nelson says:

    This is very exciting, Brian. I’ve organized TwitterJams (online chats) about the future of the Internet for the Internet Society. And I represented Obama in the first Presidential Twibate for the Personal Democracy Forum. But I’ve never been part of a Twestival. Sounds fascinating.

    Incidentally, the day before your big event, we’re having a TEDx conference here at Georgetown. We should have someone from Qatar “beam” in!!

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