By V3con Staff
The HopeLine program from returning V3con sponsor Verizon Wireless collects unused wireless phones and other accessories and refurbishes them, with the proceeds going to support victims of domestic violence.
For a third straight year, Verizon Wireless is supporting the Center for the Pacific Asian Family by donating $5 for every phone collected at the registration area at this year’s V3 Digital Media Conference.
The center reports that the 2013 campaign, conducted in partnership with more than 50 local businesses and nonproﬁts and spearheaded by V3con, raised $13,000. The donation enabled the center to buy a minivan for use at its shelters.
As in previous years, Verizon Wireless will be a presence throughout V3con, to be held Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in downtown Los Angeles.
“AAJA plays an important role in the news industry, so it’s been an honor to support V3con for the past three years,” said Ken Muche, Verizon Wireless’ public relations manager for Southern California. “The dedicated AAJA members that make V3con happen, and grow it every year, have been partners in the truest sense of the word. We’re proud of our partnership and hope every attendee takes advantage of all the incredible opportunities this conference has to offer.”
As conference attendees deposit their old devices for HopeLine, they’ll get a chance to think about their next ones by checking out Verizon Wireless’ annual demonstration of cutting-edge technology after the first Saturday morning plenary session, from 10 to 10:20 a.m.
In addition, Verizon Wireless will sponsor the Saturday panel “Covering Disasters Home and Abroad” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Broadcast producer and consultant Denise Poon, V3con’s development managing director, will lead panelists in a discussion of what journalists can do to prepare for the next disaster. They will offer tips on getting accurate and up-to-date information when the challenges may include language and infrastructural communication gaps.
V3con pre-registration rates continue through June 17: v3con.com/registration.
Conference details: v3con.com.