2014 Schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

Speakers, Performers, and Panelists

Check out our distinguished and exciting speakers, performers, and panelists!

Friday, June 20, 2014

V3con Opening Awards Reception

Presented by AAJA-Los Angeles Chapter
Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal
Hosted by Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Live performances, an opportunity to network and refreshments.

Performances by Kokoro Taiko, Magic Giant and Dan Matthews!
Food provided by Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle
Beer provided by Kirin
Dessert provided by Spazio Caffe
Dress code: Business attire with flair!

View the V3con Reception Program (PDF)

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

V3con Digital Media Conference

PRESENTED BY AAJA-Los Angeles Chapter
Hosted by Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

View the V3con Saturday Program (PDF)

8:00 AM


Registration ends at 4:00 PM.

Verizon Wireless Hopeline Cellphone Donations – ends at 4:00 PM.

V3con Social Media BINGO – ends at 4:00 PM.
Sponsored by McDonald’s, @McDonalds
HASHTAG: #V3bingo

Participate and try to win an Apple iPad with Retina Display 16GB.


Breakfast ends at 9:00 AM.
Sponsored by McDonald’s, @McCafe
LOCATION: NCPD Lobby / JANM Aratani Central Hall

9:00 – 9:20 AM


LOCATION: JANM Aratani Central Hall


  • V3con Founder and Executive Director: Jocelyn “Joz” Wang, @jozjozjoz
  • V3con Development Managing Director: Denise L. Poon, @cr8tivestream
  • JANM President and CEO: G.W. (Greg) Kimura, Ph.D., @gwkimura

9:20 – 9:50 AM

Social Media for Social Good | Featured Topic

LOCATION: JANM Aratani Central Hall
HASHTAG: #V3smgood

Social media offers new bandwidth for everyone — those telling the story and those trying to get their stories told — and celebrities are increasingly getting involved in causes online. How does a social media campaign that aims to do some good in the world become successful? Richard Lui takes a look at case studies of social good that found a voice through social media.


10:00 – 10:20 AM

Verizon Presents Powerful Solutions

sponsored by Verizon, @VZWKen
LOCATION: JANM Aratani Central Hall
HASHTAG: #V3device

Check out cutting-edge smart accessories and devices, courtesy of Verizon.

10:30 AM

Takeaway (10:30 – 11:20 AM)

Moving People, Moving Funds JANM Aratani Central Hall

sponsored by Union Bank, @UnionBank
HASHTAG: #V3funding

Funding dream projects is a simple campaign away. Crowdfunding platforms make it easier than ever to finance projects, but there are also lesser-known ways to get the cash it takes to tackle that project you’ve been waiting to create. Listen to stories of creative endeavors funded through unique means.




Conversation (10:30 – 11:20 AM)

Secrets, Online: Topics That Are Taboo in Real Life NCPD Tateuchi Democracy Forum

sponsored by AARP, @AARPAAPI
HASHTAG: #V3secrets

The anonymity of the Internet makes it easier to share secrets and the things that we’ve been taught not to talk about. Does secret-sharing empower and bring real talk to tough subjects? Or are some things better left behind doors? We have a frank discussion about the people telling secrets online and whether speaking with courage about topics like age, race and more made a difference in their lives.




Workshops (10:30 AM – 12:20 PM)

Can I Take Your Picture? A Photo Workshop JANM Nerio Education Center Classroom 1

sponsored by Nielsen, @NielsenKnows
HASHTAG: #V3photos

Whether on social media or blog posts, everything on the internet has an image with it. How do you make your pictures stand out from the crowd? Get hands-on tips for making better photographs using your mobile phone. (Sign-up required.)


Write Better, Write Fast: A Writing Workshop JANM Araki Community Education Center

HASHTAG: #V3writing

Let’s get back to the basics of writing and make our writing on the Web and in print stand out. How can you tell a story in 140 characters? Join our writing coaches to learn what it takes to make your writing sing on the Internet. (Sign-up required.)


11:30 AM

Takeaways (11:30 AM – 12:20 PM)

Covering Disasters Home and Abroad JANM Aratani Central Hall

sponsored by Verizon, @VZWKen
HASHTAG: #V3coverage

When disaster strikes, getting accurate and up-to-date information moving in all directions poses challenges. Add language and infrastructural communication gaps, and the task becomes that much harder. How can — and has — communication been handled around disasters in recent years? What might journalists do to prepare for what could be next?




Everyone's a (Food) Critic NCPD Tateuchi Democracy Forum

sponsored by Wells Fargo, @WellsFargo
HASHTAG: #V3critics

Five stars, one star. Thumbs up, thumbs down. Blogging, social media and review sites have everyone sharing opinions of last night’s dinner, and restaurants are doing their best to keep up. You no longer have to be a high-profile food critic to be a food influencer. When everyone’s a critic, how can you RSVP for a piece of the food writing pie?




12:20 PM

Lunch (12:20 – 1:30 PM)

sponsored by McDonald’s, @McDonalds

Self-Guided Tour of Japanese American National Museum (12:20 – 1:30 PM)

sponsored by Japanese American National Museum, @jamuseum
LOCATION: Japanese American National Museum

V3con Photobooth (12:20 – 3:00 PM)

sponsored by Nielsen, @NielsenKnows
LOCATION: NCPD Democracy Lab
HASHTAG: #V3cphotobooth

1:30 – 2:20 PM

Diversity in Media | Featured Topic

sponsored by McDonald’s, @McDonalds
LOCATION: JANM Aratani Central Hall
HASHTAG: #V3diversity

Diversity in media is a conversation that’s not new, but journalism start-ups have rejuvenated the push to change hiring and retention of diverse voices in media. We gather media voices from across the spectrum to have a no-holds-barred discussion about how we can make media representative of the communities they cover.




2:30 – 3:00 PM

V3con Lounge: Networking Break

sponsored by McDonald’s, @McDonalds
LOCATION: NCPD Lobby / NCPD Democracy Lab
HASHTAG: #V3networking

Want to talk to a speaker? Meet a potential new client or business partner? We’ve set up a space for you to meet, greet and talk with other V3 attendees. Gather in the lounge, enjoy the V3con Photobooth, have some snacks provided by McDonald’s, and meet some new friends!

3:00 PM

Featured Topic (3:00 – 3:50)

Diversity Behind the Camera: Writing for Television JANM Aratani Central Hall

sponsored by CBS Entertainment Diversity, @CBSDiversity
HASHTAG: #V3tvwriting

The other side of the entertainment industry, behind the camera, also contributes to the diversity of voices and ideas found in media. What work is being done to change the landscape for television writers and others who work behind the camera?




Workshops (3:00 – 4:50 PM)

Share Your Own Story With Guest Opinion Columns JANM Nerio Education Center Classroom 1

HASHTAG: #V3oped

Having trouble getting news coverage for your blog or nonprofit? Target the opinion section instead. Get tips on how to write and submit guest opinion columns to share your perspective and diversify the news. (Sign-up required.)


Hijack Your Way Into a Media Job JANM Araki Community Education Center

HASHTAG: #V3jobs

Did anyone look at your job application to that online portal? Probably not. But there are things you can do to get your foot in the door. This is a workshop that covers techniques and advice on finding a job (and getting hired) in media, including do’s and dont’s, using social media, networking and journalism groups. (Sign-up required.)


4:00 PM

Conversations (4:00 – 4:50 PM)

How Asian Fans Are Changing Sports JANM Aratani Central Hall

sponsored by Buick, @Buick
HASHTAG: #V3fans

Sports franchises have finally figured out what Asians have always known: if you sign them, fans will come — and so will media coverage by sports writers and non-sports writers alike.




Made for Us: Fashion and Beauty That Represent All of Us NCPD Tateuchi Democracy Forum

sponsored by Coca-Cola, @CocaColaCo
HASHTAG: #V3fashion

The pages in fashion magazines don’t always represent us, but consumer advocacy is changing that: Brands are using untouched photography, and plus-size models are beloved. But what will it take to get the media to represent the beauty in the world?




5:00 PM

A Conversation With … Jonathan Gold and Davan Maharaj | Featured Topic

sponsored by Asian American Journalists Association – Los Angeles Chapter, @AAJALA
LOCATION: JANM Aratani Central Hall
HASHTAG: #V3jgold

Join us for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold in an exclusive sit-down session with Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times.


5:30 PM

Japanese American National Museum Exhibition Preview

sponsored by Japanese American National Museum, @jamuseum
LOCATION: JANM Aratani Central Hall
HASHTAG: #V3janm


5:45 PM

Announcements, Door Prizes*, Evaluations and Closing

Presented by: V3con 2013 Steering Committee, @V3con
JANM Aratani Central Hall

* Must be present to win


Map of room locations for 2014 V3con

SOCIAL MEDIA BINGO Presented by McDonalds

2014 V3con Social Media BINGO rules:
1) All of your tweets must include hashtags #V3con AND #V3bingo for each box.
2) You must follow @V3con on Twitter and like V3con on Facebook.
3) Create an original tweet for each square. Using the same tweet to clear multiple boxes is not allowed.
4) If a Twitter handle and/or hashtag is noted in the BINGO box, you must mention it in your tweet.
5) Only tweets published between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday, June 21, 2014, will qualify.
6) If a challenge includes a photo, you can use any app you want (Instagram, Twitpic, Flickr, etc.), as long as it’s posted on Twitter.
7) Keep track of your progress and deliver your completed BINGO card to the V3con registration table by 4:00 p.m.
8) For every 3 completed rows (across, down or diagonally), you will receive a ticket for the door prize drawing. (Winner must be present.)
9) If you have completed all 25 boxes on your BINGO card, you will receive 4 tickets for the door prize drawing and be eligible for the Apple iPad with Retina Display 16GB.
10) The iPad winner will be selected by a V3con judge, so creativity and originality count! You must be a registered V3con 2014 attendee and be present to claim the iPad, if selected. “