By Brigette Flood

Fall’s finally here. Along with it comes the annual Digital Atlanta conference, taking place in Atlantic Station from Oct. 8-12. In its third year, Digital Atlanta, billed as the Southeast’s premier social media and interactive conference, brings educational workshops, networking opportunities and product demonstrations to one convenient location for five days. Admission is $25, which is a small price to pay for the opportunity to learn, meet and network with social media experts and local peers in the digital space.

With Atlantic Station serving as the primary venue for all sessions and events, the logistics of getting from one event to the next will be easier for attendees. Sounds like it will be much easier to navigate the full offering of workshops and speakers than it was last year, when sessions were scattered at locations from Georgia Tech to the perimeter.

Another difference in the 2012 programming is that sessions will be first come, first serve. Conference organizers say they have a good idea of what the most popular sessions and tracks will be, based on attendance in previous years. Hopefully they’re good at predicting and accommodating the crowd correctly. Last year brought over 2,000 attendees and this year is likely to double that number.

Bert DuMars, Digital Atlanta founder and VP of Interactive Marketing for Newell Rubbermaid, says, “We hope the conference continues to help individuals and small businesses take advantage of digital media, while also providing a showcase for new innovations from larger companies throughout the southeast.”

Based on my experience last year, there are plenty of sessions that appeal to a broad base of interests and experience. For seasoned professionals, there are best practice sessions, hands on roundtable discussions, showcases of new apps and other digital initiatives. For people new to digital and social media, there are plenty of how-to get sessions and smart people to ask questions.

Visit digitalatlanta.org to learn more, register and see the full schedule. A big thanks to Engauge, this year’s presenting sponsor. Facebook: DigitalATL; Twitter: @digitalatl; Hash tag #DigATL.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.