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BlogHer Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary at Homecoming Event in San Jose
7/31/2014
Ruckus Wireless, SmartWAVE Technologies, BlogHer, Team San Jose, and City of San Jose officials celebrated BlogHer’s return to San Jose with a welcome home party on July 24th kicking off the conference’s 10-year anniversary. The welcome home party featured BlogHer attendees competing in a blogging Wi-Fi speed test – testing the Convention Center’s new ‘Wickedly Fast Free Wi-Fi.’

“We are extremely excited to celebrate our 10-year anniversary where it all began, in the heart of Silicon Valley, and be the first convention to utilize the facilities’ new Wi-Fi technology,” said Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder and COO of BlogHer. “In the past decade, we’ve grown from 300 attendees to more than 4,000 expected this year. BlogHer’s tenth anniversary theme of “selfiebration” celebrates the blogosphere’s breadth, diversity and future.”

“The Convention Center’s new ‘Wickedly Fast Free Wi-Fi’ provides best-in-class wireless infrastructure to meet the high density demands of convention traffic,” said Victor Shtrom, Co-Founder of Ruckus Wireless.

BlogHer ‘14 is the world’s largest event for bloggers and social media influencers. The conference features a robust list of keynote speakers including Arianna Huffington, Kerry Washington, Guy Kawasaki, Jenny Lawson, and a performance by Rev Run from Run-D.M.C. at the closing party. With over 4,100 attendees expected, BlogHer ‘14 is generating an estimated 3,270 hotel room nights and over $2.27M in visitor spending to the local economy.

“Today we are celebrating a homecoming,” said Michael Mulcahy, Team San Jose Board Chairman. “BlogHer’s enthusiasm and innovative spirit are a testament to their San Jose roots and we are honored to welcome their return to where it all began.”

With a $1.5 million technology investment, The San Jose Convention Center now offers free Wi-Fi, extending the City’s popular ‘Wickedly Fast Free Wi-Fi’ already offered at the Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) and within downtown San Jose—delivering reliable, fast, free Wi-Fi connectivity to millions of business travelers and conference attendees – an experience that only happens in the Capital of Silicon Valley.

The new in-house service approach offers significantly more bandwidth and more affordable solutions than competitors. Team San Jose estimates saving clients up to 10 percent in technology services with options available to fit the needs of different types of meetings, increase flexibility and reduce costs to meeting planners.

For more information about BlogHer, visit www.blogher.com/node/1393485/schedule.

For more information about San Jose, go to www.sanjose.org.


About Ruckus Wireless
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) is a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market. The company offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor "Smart Wi-Fi" products to mobile carriers, broadband service providers, and corporate enterprises, and has over 36,000 end-customers worldwide. Ruckus technology addresses Wi-Fi capacity and coverage challenges caused by the ever-increasing amount of traffic on wireless networks due to accelerated adoption of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Ruckus invented and has patented state-of-the-art wireless voice, video, and data technology innovations, such as adaptive antenna arrays that extend signal range, increase client data rates, and avoid interference, providing consistent and reliable distribution of delay-sensitive multimedia content and services over standard 802.11 Wi-Fi. For more information, visit www.ruckuswireless.com.

About SmartWAVE Technologies LLC
Headquartered in Atlanta, with project locations throughout the United States, SmartWave Technologies is a leading “wireless” centric systems integrator that provides the planning, design, and integration of wireless networks, along with the unique applications these networks support. With an operating legacy of over 12 years, the company’s history is rich with experience in delivering award-winning wireless networks and applications. They work in close collaboration with their clients to deliver the strategic insight, proven experience, and practical knowledge necessary to transform businesses through wireless. Whether their clients require the expertise to deploy the network and applications throughout an enterprise, a campus, a city, or even a small country, SmartWave’s resources have the experience, capabilities and passion for delivery. For more information, go to www.smartwave.us. Catch the Wave!

About BlogHer
BlogHer is the leading cross-platform media network created by, for and with women in social media. BlogHer delivers quality advocacy at scale for brands seeking to engage in authentic and persuasive dialogue with moderated communities led by more than 3,000 quality bloggers and 12,500+ engaging, original voices in social media, reaching an audience of 100 million across premium blogs, Pinterest™, Facebook®, and Twitter™. Founded in February 2005 by Elisa Camahort Page, Jory Des Jardins, and Lisa Stone, BlogHer publishes and syndicates news, information, advice, recommendations and research on women in social media across interest areas as well as on BlogHer.com. The company also hosts the world’s largest conferences for women in social media. Visit www.blogher.com for more information.

Team San Jose (TSJ)
Team San Jose, Inc. is an economic development organization and San Jose’s official Convention and Visitors Bureau, unifying the destination, hotels and venues to deliver an exceptional visitor experience. San Jose offers all you would expect from a big city destination with small town charm and serves as the gateway to Northern California attractions. Our company provides full management services for seven venues on behalf of the City of San Jose including the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, Parkside Hall and South Hall and Arts and Entertainment venues including the California Theatre, the Center for the Performing Arts, Montgomery Theater, and City National Civic.

About the City of San José
Known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, San José is the nation’s tenth largest city and the largest city in Northern California with an ethnically diverse population of more than one million people. San José was founded in 1777, once served as the state capital of California, and now encompasses 180 square miles. The City’s website is www.sanjoseca.gov.


Contact:
mhorrigan@sanjose.org






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